Fall 2020 SCTCC Plan for Student Success

The 2020 Fall Semester at SCTCC will look a little different than in years past, but our students' health and safety is our top priority!

Everything you need to know about academics, student services, on-campus services, and more is located on this page. We look forward to seeing you either in person or online this fall!

Everything Starts with Safety

All employees, students, and campus visitors will be required to wear masks when on campus.

We are putting our students' health and safety first - please check out the safety measures below on the best practices for students as well as employees.

Masks or face coverings can help control the spread of infection from people who may be asymptomatic.

Please bring your masks with you to campus. Masks will be required of all students and all employees while on campus. This includes all classrooms, labs, and common spaces such as hallways, office suites, and the commons. Exceptions have been made in areas where wearing a mask poses a safety/health risk for the user due to the nature of their work. Masks or cloth face coverings can help with preventing your germs from infecting others – especially in situations where you may spread the virus without symptoms. 

  • Wearing a mask or cloth face covering does not protect you from others who may spread the virus. Wash your hands frequently, cover your cough, and practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet of space between people. 
  • Wearing a mask or cloth face covering does not mean people who are sick should go out into the community. If you are sick and need to go to the doctor, call your health care provider before going in and wear a mask or cloth face covering to the clinic. 
  • Don’t buy or wear surgical or N95 masks. These supplies are in high need in health care facilities to protect health care workers. 
  • A mask or cloth face covering should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask or cloth face covering without assistance.  

If you need a mask, the Bookstore will have some for purchase, and watch for special promotions where you can pick up a Cyclones mask.

If you have any questions about the masking procedure, please contact Chris Loos at 320-308-6158 or by email at cloos@sctcc.edu.

    Before coming to campus, ask yourself the following questions:
    1. Do you have a new cough?
    2. Do you have shortness of breath?
    3. Do you feel you have a fever?
    4. Are you experiencing: lost sense of taste or smell, increased fatigue, new body aches, diarrhea, chills, sore throat, headache, or chest pain?

    If you answered yes to any of these, do not come to campus. Seek medical guidance and ask to be tested for COVID-19.

    If any student has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please let your instructor know right away and stay in self-quarantine for 14 days. Instructors will let SCTCC Security know of the case, and if that student has been on campus, Security will work to inform those who have been in contact with the person with COVID-19. Information on the case will be sent out campuswide via Star Alert and email.

    Regular housekeeping practices have been implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, vehicles and areas in the campus environment, including classrooms, labs, restrooms, common areas, break rooms, lunch rooms, and meeting rooms daily.  Self-care or personal employee responsibility may be utilized for frequent cleaning and disinfecting practices; conducted in high-touch areas, such as phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, elevator panels, railings, copy machines, etc. as needed for personal safety.

    Facilities will do an extensive daily cleaning of campus facilities.  The College encourages employees and students to self-care clean and disinfect their personal space and work areas.  Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be available for people to self-care their workspace upon arrival at work, and as needed throughout the work shift.  Common areas frequently used will have cleaning and disinfection supplies available to clean prior to and after each use if needed.  Employees are encouraged to disinfect equipment and supplies as needed to make their work environment safe. 

    • Each office suite and classroom will be issued a bottle of appropriate disinfectant based on CDC guidelines.  This bottle will be refilled by Facilities staff upon request by calling 320-308-3382.   
    • Review product labels and Safety Data Sheets and follow manufacturer specifications. 
    • Establish a disinfection routine, both facilities employees and self-care. 

    All contact surfaces should be disinfected regularly.

    People in office spaces, classrooms, labs, and shops should keep a distance of 6 feet from each other.

    • Employees and students are asked to maintain six feet of distance between employees, students, contractors and visitors. 
    • Cloth face coverings must be worn for spaces in hallways, restrooms, common areas and when in office suites where social distancing cannot be maintained. 
    • Points of contact on campus that require face-to-face interaction can have Plexiglas installed at that point of contact.  A SchoolDude maintenance request must be submitted to review this request. 
    • Students, visitors and customers will be encouraged to make appointments to meet with instructors and staff where in-person meetings may be required. One-on-one meetings may be conducted in person with social distancing, or on the phone, or virtually using mediums such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.   
    • Employees should be encouraged to use virtual meeting tools, including phone and virtual teleconference, in lieu of in-person meetings whenever possible. 
    • If in-person meetings are essential, consider limitations based on CDC guidelines, and/or local, state, and federal guidelines from Department of Health. 
    • Lingering and socializing before and after meetings should be discouraged.  
    • Office spaces, classrooms, labs and shops must maintain six feet of social distancing and may not exceed the capacity limits established by Minnesota Department of Health.  Deans and supervisors should contact Facilities Maintenance in advance of occupancy to conduct room surveys to develop a plan to maintain these distancing requirements. 
    • Vehicles will only be signed out to single occupants and cleaned and disinfected by each user with the disinfectant provided in each vehicle. No food containers, pens, phone cables or personal items can be left in the vehicle at any time. 
    • Employees, students and visitors are prohibited from gathering in groups and confined areas, including elevators, and from using other employees’ personal protective equipment, phones, computer equipment, desks, cubicles, workstations, offices or other personal work tools and equipment unless authorized. 
    • Students and employees are asked to request support and/or to present any COVID-19 related concerns to their instructor or supervisor.  

    Academics

    When it comes to your classes, the best way to find out if they'll be online or in person is to check "Delivery Method" when registering in eServices.

    If the Delivery Method is blank, that means your class will be face-to-face or in person.  

    Definitions

    What do each of the Delivery Methods mean?

    Online – asynchronous: A traditional online course. You can learn at your own pace and when it's convenient for you by logging in any day at any time to do your work, as long as you complete assignments and exams by their due dates.

    Online – synchronous: Class will meet online during dates and times listed.

    Mostly Online: Students will have 1-4 meetings face-to-face over the course of the semester. Dates are listed on schedule. Some of these meetings may be for exams.

    Blended/Hybrid: Class will meet with a mixture of online and face-to-face. Face-to-face meeting dates are listed on the schedule. Some courses may be divided into groups and students may only have to come to class some of the course days listed. Unless otherwise instructed, students should come to class on campus the first day and teachers will explain how the semester will work. As we get closer to the first day of classes, be sure to monitor your e-mail and D2L for more specific information about your classes.

    HyFlex: Students can opt to take the class face-to-face, online, or hybrid, as it works for your schedule. Lectures will be streamed so you can participate synchronously – checking the NOTES section of the class when you register is helpful to learn more about how each class will be offered. This is a very flexible way for students to take classes, as you can move between different ways of learning and find out what works best for you.

    Face-to-face: A traditional on campus class that meets in person. Face-to-face classes will be limited to a maximum of 25 students. Students and instructors in the classroom will follow social distancing guidelines.

    No delivery method listed? Your class will be face-to-face or in person.

    The info below is a general outline of how classes will look in each division. As stated above, the best way to find out how your classes will be offered is to check your schedule in eServices. You should also check the NOTES section of your courses to make sure you know everything you need to know about the class.

    The info we provide can change, and we will do our best to keep it updated. Make sure to watch your email and course schedule.

    All classes will be offered online in Synchronous, Asynchronous, or Mostly Online formats.

    All details are in your schedule - make sure to check the NOTES section of your course for additional info. If you have questions, you can contact the dean’s office or instructors directly to get more information about how your classes will be running.

    Liberal Arts and Transfer Programs:

    • Associate of Arts
    • Biology Transfer Pathway
    • Business Transfer Pathway
    • Coaching Certificate
    • Education Transfer Pathway
    • Engineering Broad Field
    • Envrionmental Science
    • Mathematics Transfer Pathway
    • Psychology Transfer Pathway
    • Spanish Transfer Pathway
    • Theatre Transfer Pathway

    Dean Melissa Lindsey
    mlindsey@sctcc.edu

    If you’re in one of the business, IT, or education programs, here’s how your classes will look fall semester 2020. If you’re also taking general classes such as English or mathematics, those courses might be offered in any format. Be sure to check your schedule for your classes.

    The best thing to do is make sure to check the Delivery Method when you are registering for class.

    • Accounting:  Online synchronous, online asynchronous, and hybrid
    • Culinary: Primarily face-to-face with some courses online.
    • Education: Online synchronous
    • Finance: Online asynchronous
    • Computer Programming: Online mostly asynchronous
    • Network Admin/Cyber Security: Online with 3-in person meetings (week one, midterm, final week) or online asynchronous
    • Business Transfer: Online synchronous and online asynchronous
    • Marketing Sales Management: Online synchronous and online asynchronous, hybrid
    • Marketing & Design: Online synchronous and hybrid

    More information to come on the face-to-face elements in Accounting and Marketing & Design classes.

    Dean Shanda Davis
    shanda.davis@sctcc.edu

    The Health Sciences programs will return to campus to a mix of online and face-to-face classes. If you’re also taking general classes such as English or mathematics, those courses might be offered in any format. Be sure to check your schedule for your classes.

    Please note that the parking places by the HSB on the North side will be reserved for Dental Clinic patients and are not to be used by faculty, staff, or students.

    The best thing to do is make sure to check the Delivery Method when you are registering for class.

    • Cardiovascular Technology: Some online classes with face-to-face classes in groups of no more than 25. Students and instructors will wear masks and the classroom doors will be open as much as possible.
    • Dental Assistant: Some courses may be offered online, and face-to-face classes in groups of no more than 25. Students and instructors will wear masks, and PPE practices will be consistent with professional practice in dental offices.
    • Dental Hygiene: Students will have face-to-face classes, with select lectures online. On-campus classes will be in groups of no more than 25, and students and instructors will wear masks.  Labs and clinical courses will be face-to-face with PPE use consistent with CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Minnesota Board of Dentistry guidelines for dental offices, and OSAP (Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedures) Infection Control in Dental Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines.
    • Health Information Technology: This program (and Medical Coding) has been a completely online program and will continue online.
    • Sonography: Face-to-face classes will be held for lecture classes with no more than 25 in a group. Students and instructors will wear masks. The O.R. lab classes will be face-to-face following PPE practices consistent with Surgical Attire Policies of the industry. Labs will be limited to 12 students.
    • Surgical Technology: Face-to-face classes will be held for lab classes with no more than 25 in a group. Students and instructors will wear masks. The Operating Room lab classes will be face-to-face following PPE practices consistent with Surgical Attire Policies of the industry. Labs will be limited to 12 students.
    • Paramedicine: Some hybrid online lecture courses as possible and some face-to-face classes with no more than 25 in a group. Students and instructors will wear masks and gloves when on-campus for lab classes that cannot be moved online.
    • Nursing (ADN):  The Nursing theory classes will be delivered as a flipped classroom, and lectures will be available online to allow for asynchronous learning while maintaining consistency for all students. Once a week on Thursday, students will meet face-to-face for small group activities, group discussion, and questions. Each class will be divided into two groups for the scheduled on-campus classes. Clinicals during the first half of fall semester will be split. Each week, students will attend an online clinical simulation day and an on-site clinical education day with face-to-face instruction. While on-site, students will be divided to allow for social distancing.
    • Practical Nursing: Lectures will be split into two groups, with one group in classroom with masks and the other group attending synchronously from home. The two groups will alternate weekly. Skills courses will also be split this way, and clinicals are set for Thursdays and Fridays, with students splitting the shift. Students who are not in a clinical setting will be assigned virtual work to reinforce learning outcomes. Testing will be online and can be done one campus or remotely.

    Dean Bob Muster
    robert.muster@sctcc.edu

    The manufacturing, construction, and transportation programs will return to campus this fall with a mix of face-to-face and online courses. If you’re also taking general classes such as English or mathematics, those courses might be offered in any format. Be sure to check your schedule for your classes.

    The best thing to do is make sure to check the Delivery Method when you are registering for class.

    • Architectural Construction Technology: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Auto Body Collision Technology: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Automotive Service Technician: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Carpentry: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • CNC & Advanced Machining: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Computer-Aided Mechanical Design: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Electrical Construction Technology: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Energy & Electronics: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Medium/Heavy Truck Technician: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Land Surveying/Civil Engineering: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Plumbing: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Water Environment Technologies: Classes will be primarily face-to-face labs with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.
    • Welding/Fabrication: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online. Students and instructors will wear masks while on-campus.

    Dean Mike Mendez
    mike.mendez@sctcc.edu


    Student Support Services

    Once you've started your classes, what happens if you need some tutoring? Have questions about Financial Aid? Need to visit Career Services?

    SCTCC has so many services available to students, and they will all be available for you this semester.

    Connect with Student Services

    For everyone's health and safety, the best way to currently connect with Student Services is via phone, email, or Zoom meeting. You can find information on how to contact each area below.

    If you are unable to use Zoom or email to connect with Student Services, a few of the offices on campus are currently open. Face-to-face help will be available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in these areas:

    • Admissions
    • Academic Advising
    • Financial Services
    • Records and Registration

    Please call or e-mail ahead to schedule an appointment before visiting one of these areas. Contact information for each is below.

    Coming to campus? Bring your face mask! Masks are required on campus. #MasksUpClonesUp

    Need help registering for classes or need your access code? Make an appointment with Academic Advising to get ready for Fall 2020.

    Visit the Advising page


    If you are unable to use Zoom or email to connect with us, Academic Advising is open on campus for limited face-to-face help, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Staffing is limited, so please call or e-mail ahead to schedule an appointment before coming to campus: 320-308-5741 or advising@sctcc.edu

    Make an appointment, call, or email Admissions for help with your application, tours, assessment tests, and more.

    Visit the Admissions page


    If you are unable to use Zoom or email to connect with us, Admissions is now open on campus for face-to-face help, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Staffing is limited, so please call or e-mail ahead to schedule an appointment before coming to campus: 320-308-5089 or enroll@sctcc.edu

    Testing Services will continue to offer the Accuplacer Assessment to students via Zoom.

    Schedule and appointment for a Zoom-proctored test:

    For more information on the Accuplacer, as well as links to how to study for it, visit the Accuplacer page.

    If you need accessibility services for the Accuplacer, please email acc@sctcc.edu.

    Contact the CAS tutors for ways to learn course material by clarifying textbook assignments, discussing ideas,and reviewing practice problems. Tutors explain and model, but do not complete assignments.

    Visit the CAS webpage.

    The Campus Life office will take online appointments with students.

    Email skeeley@sctcc.edu for an appointment or call 320-308-5922.

    The Student Senate Cabinet meetings will continue via online meetings. Senate Office hours will be available online through Zoom (times TBD).

    The Senate Office and student lounge spaces will remain closed until guidelines change to reduce restrictions on group gatherings and sanitization.

    ​The full Senate meetings will be held completely online through Zoom. Dates and times for these meetings are still being finalized. 

    Visit the Campus Life webpage.

    Career Services can help you with your resume, finding a job, and tips and tricks for interviews. Zoom appointments are available and preferred.

    Visit the Career Services webpage.

    Staff will sanitize carts during snack station refills. Staff will wear gloves and face masks when refilling the CycloneSnack stations.

    Financial Services can help you learn more about types of loans and grants, rights and responsibilities of aid recipients, federal and college policies about awards, and steps to get started applying for financial aid. Financial Services can help answer your financial aid and payment questions.

    For your health and safety, eServices is the best way to make a payment as well as apply for financial aid.

    Visit the Financial Services webpage.


    If you are unable to use Zoom or email to connect with us, Financial Services is open on campus for face-to-face help, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Please call or e-mail ahead to schedule an appointment before coming to campus: 320-308-5961 or financialaid@sctcc.edu

    If you need assistance with registration, transfer of credit, graduation, and curriculum support, or if you need to submit transcripts, have question on your academic records, or anything related, the Records and Registration Office can help. Contact them:

    Visit the Records and Registration webpage.


    If you are unable to use Zoom or email to connect with us, Records and Registration is open on campus for face-to-face help, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Please call or e-mail ahead to schedule an appointment before coming to campus: 320-308-5075 or registration@sctcc.edu

    If you are experiencing difficulties in your life and/or at school, we encourage you to meet with our Student Support Manager to discuss issues of concern.

    The Student Support Manager, Melanie, prefers appointments via Zoom or phone. Make an appointment:

    Visit the Student Support webpage.

    Resources & Support during COVID-19

    If you need accessibility accommodations, please make an appointment or drop-in to a Zoom meeting:

    Visit the Accessibility Services webpage.

    Fall 2020 sports have been canceled, including the volleyball season and the first part of the basketball seasons. Decisions regarding the spring 2020 seasons will be made in the near future, including the remaining basketball seasons and softball and baseball.

    Contact the Cyclones Athletics Office:

    Visit the Cyclones Athletics webpage.

    Students who are in TRIO can connect with the TRIO office several ways:

    Visit the TRIO Student Support Services webpage.

    The Central Region Coordinator will continue to work remotely. You can email him at Jonah.maddox@state.mn.us.

    The Veterans Resource Center will be closed fall semester 2020.

    For more info on Veterans Resources, please visit this page.

    If you are eligible for work study, there are several positions available to work on campus.

    Jobs for this fall will be posted on JobNet - visit the Career Services page for more info on how to register for JobNet, then search for a work study position.

    What your job will be like depends on who you are working for. If your job can be done remotely, your supervisor will work with you on how that will look.


    Campus Services

    You've got your classes all set and figured out how to access the services to help you with your education. Now what about all the other services that you need to be successful?

    Fall semester books are available online starting July 22!

    The best way to get your textbooks for fall is to order them online through the SCTCC Bookstore.

    You have 3 ways to pick up your order:

    1. Pay online, shipped to your home.
    2. Pay online, pick up in store.
    3. In store by appointment – Schedule your Appointment!

    If you’re coming on campus to get your books, please bring a copy of your class schedule to drop off at the Bookstore. Your books will be picked by the Bookstore staff – only Bookstore staff will be allowed in the textbook aisles. PSEO books will be packed and delivered to Molly McAlister to distribute to students. 

    A max of 10 customers can be in the Bookstore at any time, and the registers will all have plexiglass barriers installed. Decals on the floor will show you where to stand for social distancing. Staff and students will wear facemasks, and the pinpads will be cleaned after each use along with high traffic areas.

    Starting Aug. 3, the Bookstore will be open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    Using Financial Aid for your books? It will be available starting July 27.

    The food service options for this fall are currently being planned – there will be food service on campus, but the hours will be limited. The Commons space will be open for students to use with social distancing measures in place.

    Culinary starts serving later in the semester around November. Watch for more info on possible options for to-go orders.

    The 1-405 Lab will be open with workstations set up for social distancing. Each workstation will be sanitized after use.

    • Starting July 27, the 1-405 Lab will be open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Starting Aug. 24, the 1-405 Lab will be open 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    The Library computer lab has glass between stations and will be available during Library hours:

    • Aug. 10-21: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    • Aug. 24 onward: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Before you enter the computer labs, please use the hand sanitizer provided.  

    Customized Training has resumed training and both face-to-face and online courses are offered. 

    For on-campus training, students or students and instructors will wear facemasks and larger rooms will be utilized for social distancing. Be sure to check your email or mail before class for details on locations and any specific requirements for your training.

    For more information please visit our website at www.sctcc.edu/training or contact training@sctcc.edu or 320-308-0015.

    If you're still planning on moving to St. Cloud for the fall semester, there are several housing options.

    Because of COVID-19, SCSU is limiting the number of people in dorms, which will reduce the number of SCTCC students they'll be able to accept in residential halls during the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Priority will be given to SCSU students for room assignments. Be in close contact with SCSU Residential Life to discuss your housing options.

    To learn more about other housing options and how to use the SCTCC app to find a roommate, check out the Housing page.

    If you're in need of a laptop to complete your coursework, SCTCC has a limited number of laptops for student academic use.

    56 laptops will be available by fall for checkout for student checkout. Laptops may be checked out during regular computer lab hours in the 1-405 Computer Lab, which will be open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    For information on email setup, Zoom, D2L Brightspace, and more, check out the Student Help Desk page.

    Please contact helpdesk@SCTCC.edu for tech support.

    The Library will be open to serve students, and the tentative hours are as follows:

    • Aug. 10-21: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    • Aug. 24 onward: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Study rooms can be reserved, but only one person will be allowed. Tables, computers, and materials will be wiped down after use. There will be a designated counter for returning materials and one for checking out which will have a plexiglass barrier. Decals on the floor will show you where to stand for social distancing.

     Computer workstations will also be available for use and social distancing will be incorporated within the existing workstations.

    If you have questions or need remote assistance, please email library@sctcc.edu.

    We are evaluating the best way to distribute parking permits to students for the fall semester. Updates will be made when available. 

    Current students don’t need to worry about a new permit – you will be able to keep your permit from last year.

    Please register your car like normal at this link.

    Make sure your mailing address is up to date in eServices.

    The Student Card Office will have a link for you to upload your own photo for your student ID. When you come on campus, you'll be able to pick up your ID. More information on where to pick up will be coming.

    If you are a returning student and still have your SCTCC ID, you are able to use that ID, even if you haven't been an SCTCC student for a few semesters.

    The Veterans Resource Center will be closed Fall Semester.

    The Quiet Room and Lactation Room will be open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Watch for signage on seating areas and make sure to keep social distancing in mind.

    The lockers on campus won't be available to rent this semester.

    All information will be updated to the best of our abilities. The best way to know what to expect in classes is to check your course schedule and keep in touch with your instructors.

    Still have questions? We're here to help!