WNCC preparing for Spring 2021 semester, in-person classes begin Jan. 18


SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. <January 8, 2021> - Western Nebraska Community College has updated its Safe Operating Protocols for students, faculty, staff, and community members in preparation of the Spring 2021 semester. 

Classes for the Spring 2021 semester will begin, in-person, Monday, Jan. 18. The last day for returning students to register for classes is Sunday, Jan. 17. For new students, the deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 15. In addition, WNCC's Workforce Development, Adult Education, and Lifelong Learning programs will resume in-person on Jan. 18. 

"While we always appreciate the energy students bring to our campuses, we are especially excited to have them return this spring," WNCC President Dr. Carmen Simone said. "Our faculty and staff are eager to begin this semester."

WNCC will continue to implement the same protocols used during the fall semester regarding facial coverings. Facial coverings must be worn by students, faculty, staff, and community members at all times, unless they are alone, behind closed doors. Students in their own residence hall rooms are not required to wear a face covering. 

A notable change to the spring protocols is the way in which employees and students should report COVID-19-related information. WNCC is asking employees and students to utilize a COVID-19 self-reporting form, which can be found at wncc.edu/about-wncc/campus-safety/covid-19-self-reporting-form.

WNCC Cougar Athletics competitions will resume in the Spring 2021 semester. Spectator protocols are in the process of being finalized. 

"Inviting the community to participate in activities on our campuses is key to our mission," Simone said. "So long as it is safe to do so, we will support community involvement."

WNCC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely. Any questions or concerns should be directed to covid19@wncc.edu