CCTC’s fall 2020 semester will begin, as originally scheduled, on August 24. Academic calendar dates throughout the semester, including exams, breaks and holidays, will not change.

In planning for the fall 2020 semester, CCTC has two priorities: safety and student success. We must protect the health of the campus community while giving students educational opportunities that lead to good jobs, economic mobility and personal fulfillment. Student success is, as always, our focus. A safe and healthy campus community is always a top priority as well, and the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to take extra measures to ensure that everyone remains healthy.

With the virus still very prevalent in our community, we must focus on our two priorities with equal purpose and commitment. Students who get sick cannot continue coursework or progress toward completion. Faculty who get sick cannot teach; staff who get sick cannot provide important support services our students need.

Central Carolina Technical College will offer a multitude of choices to students for preferred course format this fall. Courses will be taught online, synchronous online through Zoom and hybrid. Traditional lecture courses held in a face-to-face environment will begin as synchronous online courses until conditions allow a return to campus.

Online instruction is provided via the internet and no face-to-face instruction is required. Online courses can be completed at a time that is convenient for the student and without traveling to campus. Synchronous online is instruction delivered online but at a scheduled time through Zoom. Students don’t travel to campus but have interaction with the instructor since the class is happening live. Hybrid instruction is a blend of on campus and online instruction. A portion of these courses is accomplished on campus, in a face-to-face traditional classroom while maintaining social distancing. The remaining lecture portion is completed in the online environment at a time convenient for the student. Hybrid instruction will be used when a hands-on component such as labs and clinicals are course requirements.

Following CDC guidelines, the college has implemented many measures to prevent the spread of germs: floor markings are in place to help keep social distancing, clear safety guards have been added to service counters, mandatory face coverings on all campuses and frequent cleaning of high traffic areas.

For all CCTC students, the college strongly recommends obtaining a reliable laptop computer to be used throughout their college career and especially during this challenging time. All CCTC campuses provide free internet access for CCTC students. The CCTC bookstore has new laptops with webcams available for purchase.

CCTC is doing everything possible to ensure that students receive a high-quality education this fall and that students have a variety of choices to ensure their needs are met. CCTC continues to closely monitor public health recommendations as fall approaches. After the first day of classes on August 24, CCTC will evaluate conditions every three weeks to determine next steps.