COVID-19 Information page

Information & Updates

As Maine’s community colleges prepare for a possible outbreak of COVID-19 in our communities and on our campuses, it is essential that everyone stays informed. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will continue to provide information as it develops and changes. WCCC summer courses are online and there is limited access to the WCCC campus.

In an effort to comply with CDC recommendations to limit the impact of COVID-19 in our communities, Washington County Community College (WCCC) summer courses are now being delivered through online and distance education methods, and most staff are working remotely at this time. There is limited access to WCCC campus. Please call (207) 454-1000 to discuss access or to make an appointment for necessary assistance during this time.  Please check back regularly for updates.

For more information: Melvin Adams, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services, is leading the college’s response to COVID-19. If you have questions or concerns please contact him at (207) 454-1032 or madams@wccc.me.edu.

HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND REPORTS/CARES ACT
CARES ACT Student Fund Report: July 11, 2020 Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report (CARES)-July 11, 2020.

CARES ACT Student Fund Report: May 27, 2020 – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report (CARES)- May 27, 2020. 

July 9, 2020: WCCC FALL STUDENT PLAN
The following memo provides information on WCCC’s plan for the fall 2020. Memo from President Mingo on Fall Campus Plan 

July 9, 2020: WCCC FALL RESIDENTIAL STUDENT PLAN
The following memo provides information on WCCC’s plan for residence hall students in the fall 2020. Memo from President Mingo on Fall Residential Student Plan

MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM: COVID-19 FAQs
The Maine Community College System is posting regular updates and information about COVID-19. For answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the community colleges’ response, please visit the MCCS COVID-19 information page.. 

URGENT ALERTS: RAVE SYSTEM
WCCC utilizes RAVE to update students, faculty, and staff of urgent and emergency information. Please login to your MyWCCC portal and click on RAVE to review your current contact information and update, if needed.

May 20, 2020: SPRING 2020 GRADE REQUEST CHANGE

POTENTIAL FOR GRADE CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19

Summer is right around the corner. Final grades were posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Please remember that you have additional options regarding your grades for the spring of 2020. For example, if you earned an F in a course, you have the option of requesting a No Pass (NP), which will not impact your grade point average. If you earned a D, you have the option of requesting a Low Pass (LP), which will not impact your grade point average. You can review your full options, below. Please note that you have until August 7, 2020 to request a grade change for the spring of 2020, only.

Please complete a Grade Change Request Form in the MyWCCC portal by going to https://portal.wccc.me.edu/ICS and then, click on ACADEMICS tab and then, Student Forms. You will see Grade Change Request: COVID-19 Related. Please read, understand, and complete the form. Please note that you have until August 7, 2020 to request a grade change for the spring of 2020, only.   

If you have questions, please contact us at (207) 454-1000 or enrollment@wccc.me.edu.

QUESTION & ANSWER REGARDING GRADE CHANGES:

I was not as successful as I wanted to be in a class. It is impacting my Grade Point Average (GPA).

We recognize that students may face unexpected personal and academic challenges this semester. For that reason, students in most courses will be allowed the option of converting a letter grade to a Pass/Fail option once grades have been assigned at the end of the semester.

Students who choose the Pass/Fail option will have one of three grades recorded on their transcript:

  • A “Pass” (P) grade will be awarded for a letter grade of C or better.
  • A “Low Pass” (LP) grade will be assigned for a grade of D+ through D-.
  • A “No Pass” (NP) grade will substitute for a grade of an F.

Students may want to consider choosing the Pass/Fail option for 2020 spring semester courses for the following reasons:

  • “Pass” and “Low Pass” grades earned in the 2020 spring semester will be counted toward degree credit.
  • “Pass” and “Low Pass” grades earned in the 2020 spring semester will not be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point averages (GPA).
  • For this semester only, a grade below D- (NP) will not impact the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • A grade of Pass for the spring 2020 semester will count for prerequisites that require a C or above grade.
  • A Low Pass (LP) grade does not count for prerequisites.
  • Although the college typically limits the total number of courses a student may take Pass/Fail, that limit does not apply for the 2020 spring semester, and a course taken Pass/Fail this semester will not count against the total number of Pass/Fail courses the college typically allows.

Students may want or need to record their regular grade, rather than opt for Pass/Fail, for the following reasons:

  • Students in certain courses—many of them in the health care field—require a letter grade. All students should consult with their instructor before opting to switch their grade to Pass/Fail.
  • If a student is planning to transfer to another college or university, it is possible that the institution may not accept a P grade for credit in certain programs.

Once a student has chosen a pass/fail option, the grade cannot be converted back to a letter grade.

If you need assistance in understanding this procedure or have questions, please contact us at enrollment@wccc.me.edu or (207) 454-1000. 

MARCH 30, 2020: STUDENT COMMUNICATION
  Dear Students,

WCCC is committed to working with you to help you get through the current coronavirus crisis which we are all faced with navigating.  Unfortunately, the current state of the pandemic does not allow us to come back together in a face-to-face community after our vacation on April 6th; however, we can still connect with one another through technology.  The days, weeks and months ahead will be filled with uncertainty as we transition into this world of remote learning.  I strongly encourage you to do so and to stay connected with your faculty, fellow students, and the WCCC staff.

Your health, wellbeing and safety is our top priority and the following decision has not been an easy one to make.  As of today, it looks more and more like the remainder of our semester will be in this new remote learning environment.  WCCC is prepared and I want to reassure you that we have a robust online learning system to support your learning.  I know you will have many questions so I’m attaching (Guidance for students) some well thought out questions you might be contemplating.  This document is meant to try to ensure that students are fully supported and that we maintain academic continuity so you can complete your program this year and on time.  I hope you will find the attached document helpful.  Please reach out to your faculty, or support personnel at the College if you have additional questions and/or need clarification.  You will see that several individuals and their contact information are listed throughout the document to guide you so you know the best resource to get immediate answers to your most pressing questions.

On campus, we are maintaining a skeleton crew of essential personnel only each day.  In an effort to remain safe and to practice the health professionals advice, we are practicing social distancing and the doors are locked as we monitor and limit those who can enter the building.  As of today, approximately 85-90% of faculty and staff are now working from home and are ready to be of service to answer your questions and to help guide you through this transition!  I know this won’t be easy for many, but our faculty have been working hard to ensure your academic success.  They have come up with many creative ways of delivering your program objectives, and I applaud them for their hard work and dedication to each of our student’s success.  I’ve been extremely impressed with some of the options they’ve put in place so you can continue your work as seamlessly as possible.  I strongly encourage you to give this new learning modality a try!  It’s built to be engaging, create, and fun; but more importantly with the academic integrity necessary to ensure you receive the best education possible given the difficult situation we are all faced with managing right now.

You will see from the attached document, that we’ve tried to significantly reduced the risk with moving into this new remote learning environment.  Some of the strategies we’ve adopted are an option for students to request a pass/non-pass option at the end of the semester so you can still graduate on time and the semester will not count toward your GPA.  We are bringing to bear many financial resources to help you with emergency funding, up to and including financial help with technology if you have a need.  We will ensure we have online tutoring options available, counseling and advising services as well as instruction.  I can assure you, the WCCC Team of faculty and staff are available and awaiting your questions so we can support you through these uncertain times.

I would remind you that together we are stronger, and we will get through this if we come from a place of strength and compassion toward each other!  The halls are not the same without our students, faculty and staff!!  We miss you and look forward to connecting with you on Monday, April 6th in our new remove deliver options!  Enjoy your loved ones and most importantly, Be Safe!

Guidance for students

Thanks,
Susan L. Mingo
President

MARCH 16, 2020: DISTANCE AND REMOTE DELIVERY NOTICE

Dear WCCC Community,

I am deeply grateful for everyone in our college community for the support you have shown in the midst of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak.

The current situation demands that we take immediate, difficult action to protect the health and safety of our communities. We do so with tremendous regret and understand that these actions will be disruptive and difficult.

  • By the end of this week, Maine’s community colleges will close all campus student housing for the remainder of the semester. Resident students with personal extenuating circumstances may request an exemption.
  • After our extended break, we will move all courses that can be moved to online/distance education.
  • And we will double our efforts to develop alternative delivery models and options for those courses that are hands-on in nature.
  • More information about specific courses will be provided in the coming days.
  • All non-essential college travel is cancelled.
  • Gatherings of over 50 are no longer allowed and should be restricted to no more than 10 people if they involve anyone over 60 or those at higher risk for infection.

Everyone on campus is working to make these transitions as manageable as possible. And we will need the continued cooperation, understanding and kindness of everyone in our college community to move through these challenging days.

We do not have perfect answers for any of the hard decisions in front of us, but we are all committed to doing our very best to ensure the health and safety of our college and our communities and to continue the teaching and learning underway this semester

Thanks,
Susan L. Mingo
President  

March 12, 2020: EXTENDED SPRING BREAK NOTICE

Dear WCCC Community,

As you are probably aware, the University of Maine System, Bowdoin College, and a number of other colleges and universities have announced that they will move all instruction on-line and close residence halls after their spring breaks in response to the potential spread of COVID-19. Many of you are wondering if WCCC will do the same.

This morning, after careful review and discussion, we have decided to extend our student break by one week in order to prepare to transition as many courses as possible to new modalities should the need arise. For WCCC this means that, for students, our break will extend from March 23, 2020 through April 3, 2020.  Employees will be on the regularly scheduled break from March 30th-April 3, 2020 and at work during the week of March 23rd – 27th.

Our response team is working in close collaboration with COVID-19 planning teams across the Maine Community College System. The highest priority of each of these teams is the health and safety of our college communities. The work that is underway is concerned with all aspects of college operations. Having a non-instructional week will enable faculty and staff to focus on the most important of those areas so that we can be as ready as possible to continue educational delivery throughout the current semester.

As of today, no college has closed its residential facilities. Those decisions will be made in close consultation with public health experts and will be made before the conclusion of breaks. If we are forced to close residence halls, we are committed to providing students who have legitimate reasons for remaining on campus a place to stay through the end of the semester, and those decisions will be on a case-by-case basis.

Maine, as of today, does have one presumptive positive test for coronavirus in the state in Androscoggin County. The decision to extend the break in order to prepare is based on the fact that the vast majority of our student body is from Maine and commutes to campus from the local area. We are continually monitoring the virus spread within our area and consulting with public health officials. Based upon the factors as they currently exist, we believe the prudent course of action is to continue our normal operations as much as possible.

These are challenging days for everyone. I want to assure you that we are determined to do everything we can to keep our communities safe and healthy. The situation is provoking anxiety and disruption in even daily tasks for many of us, and we are all understandably left with a sense of unease and uncertainty. Our dedicated students, faculty and staff work hard year round to create a robust, warm environment where we can all do our best work. During this difficult time, we fully intend to continue supporting our community and ensure we provide the resources they need to get through this difficult time.

As I communicated with you yesterday, regular updates are being posted to the WCCC website  www.wccc.me.edu,  the portal https://portal.wccc.me.edu/ICS, and to the MCCS COVID-19 information page.

Also, please know that the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) and 211 Maine have announced a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about COVID-19 at any time. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing info@211maine.org .

Susan L. Mingo
President