As institutes of higher learning revisit policies and procedures put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwest Mississippi Community College has announced that it is preparing for a full Fall 2021 semester.
In light of major improvements in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the College looks forward to returning to traditional in-person learning this summer and into the Fall 2021 semester, complete with a full slate of student engagement activities and events.
Most academic classes will return to pre-COVID protocol, with masks being optional and no social distancing guidelines in place, though classrooms will not be filled to maximum capacity. Additionally, in response to staff and student feedback, most academic classes will now operate on a schedule of two 50-minute classes, either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, with a small online component.
The four-day schedule, which Northwest leaders have described as the “new normal,” will cut down on students’ commute times and expenses. The campus will remain open five days a week, with all campus services available for students. Career-Technical and Health Sciences classes will meet at their pre-COVID times, on a four- or five-day schedule, depending on the specific program.
College leaders are also excited to debut new and exciting opportunities this fall, including: the August opening of Calhoun Hall, Northwest’s newest residence hall; opening of the first phase of the Concourse in Batesville, which will begin housing the College’s new Diesel Technology program (followed later by other programs) in August; the ability of students in DeSoto County to begin earning college credit in Northwest’s Utility Line Worker program; the alteration of the school’s Commercial Truck Driving program to better meet the needs of students and allow students eligibility for Pell Grants and federal financial aid; the introduction of the Coding Technology program at Everest, a technology hub in Water Valley that is a partnership between the Northwest and Base Camp Coding Academy; and the introduction of Northwest’s new, long-awaited Physical Therapist Assistant program, which begins in August.
Priority registration for summer and fall for current students begins on Monday, April 5. Spring Preview Days for new students will be held on March 31, April 6 and April 20.
At this time, Northwest continues to monitor the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and follow current safety protocols. More information about the college’s COVID-19 response, as well as information about pathways and programs, can be found at northwestms.edu.