Spring semester begins at West Kentucky Community and Technical College on January 11, 2021. Beginning Monday, January 4 through Friday, January 8, students will be able to register for classes if they haven't already done so.
Students that postponed college in the fall due to the pandemic may be more comfortable taking classes this spring. WKCTC has worked hard implementing safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
After all, safety is the first priority for students, faculty and staff and this spring semester will be no different. The semester will follow the same three-pronged approach as fall semester 2020. Following the safety guidelines set forth by the state of Kentucky, the Centers for Disease Control, and the WKCTC campus, this system promotes a safe and healthy way to learn. It's a combination of face-to-face classes, hybrid and virtual learning.
Face-to-face classes will have a strong online element to the courses structure. By being prepared with a course that is 'COVID-19' ready, this will give students peace of mind knowing that courses can easily switch to online learning. Last fall, there were minimum disruptions on the campus due to COVID-19 infections. If students were asked to quarantine, it was handled on a class by class basis. Measures were in place for contact tracing and all seemed to go smoothly the entire semester.
The second option for scheduling spring classes is the hybrid course. This course is approximately 50% online and 50% in a face-to-face setting. And, of course, there's the 100% online learning.
Classes will be socially-distanced, as they were this past fall. Students and faculty will wear masks. With socially-distanced courses, there are fewer students in each classroom providing the utmost safety as we continue to wrestle with the pandemic.
If finances are an issue, there's a new scholarship opportunity called Work Ready Kentucky (WRKS) that offers up to 60 hours of free tuition for anyone who hasn't earned an associates degree. The scholarship covers areas such as healthcare, manufacturing, business, IT, construction or skilled trades, and transportation and logistics. If you would like more information on the scholarship program there's a hotline number at 833-711-WRKS or go to the website at https://workreadykentucky.com/.