Ivy Tech Community College will reopen its Columbus campus starting Monday to assist students with enrolling and registering for classes this fall.
Ivy Tech has two starting points for the fall semester to support eight-week course schedules — Aug. 24 and Oct. 26. Students can enroll now for either start date by phone at 888-IVY-LINE, by email at [email protected] or by visiting the campus after Monday. All enrollment services also will continue to be provided virtually.
"As we reopen our doors, we are taking extra precautions to make sure we meet all recommended health guidelines,” said Steven Combs, chancellor of Ivy Tech Columbus.
The Ivy Tech guiding principles for returning to campus are the safety of faculty, staff and students is paramount; campus density should be managed; social distancing should be practiced; employees should be enabled to work remotely; and to serve students utilizing social distancing and face coverings.
The campus will have a limited number of employees on campus to manage the density of individuals onsite. Additional staff will be available virtually and can be contacted online or through campus computer kiosks.
Entry to the building will be restricted to the front doors of Poling Hall.
All employees, students and visitors will be expected to wear face masks while in common areas and when a distance of 6 feet between individuals cannot be maintained. The college will provide masks to all registered students and employees. Visitors are asked to bring their own masks. Disposable masks will be available for anyone visiting campus who does not have one.
“As we prepare for classes this fall, we want to make sure all our students have the access they need to enroll and get their questions answered,” said Randy Proffitt, vice chancellor for enrollment services at Ivy Tech Columbus. “We are intentionally offering our courses through distinct methods so that our students and employees feel safe and comfortable.”
This fall, a majority of classes will be offered virtually or online. Virtual classes occur in real time with students meeting and interacting with their instructor and classmates online at a scheduled time, just like an in-person classroom experience.
Online classes are more task-oriented with students having access to communicate with faculty and classmates. Online classes have no set schedule for instruction, but deadlines are given to complete assignments. Technology assistance is available for students.
A limited number of classes will meet in person on campus. Students will have the option to attend some of these classes virtually while the class is being taught, view video lectures and connect with faculty when needed.
Courses in some programs, such as the Cyber Academy, aviation flight, manufacturing and health care, will be conducted in person to help meet the demands of those areas.
Ivy Tech offers more than 30 programs at the Columbus campus.
Students can earn up to a two-year associate degree and can enter the workforce or transfer their credits to continue their education toward a bachelor’s degree.
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For information about Ivy Tech Community College Columbus’ safety precautions or to enroll, visit ivytech.edu/COVID-19 or email [email protected].