April 21 Student Communication

It has now been a month since we made the difficult decision to continue the spring semester online and close our campus buildings, although it seems so much longer than that. Every day, I hear from faculty and staff about how our students are rising to meet challenges both academically and personally while continuing to focus on coursework and academic goals. I also hear how much we as a college community miss being together. As we connect with you remotely in online and Zoom classrooms or over the phone, we are inspired by your commitment to succeed and the strength you demonstrate.

Campus Building Closure
The EICC leadership team continues to monitor the health and safety conditions in our region. The state of Iowa reports growing numbers of cases, showing we have not yet reached the peak, and Iowa’s governor this past Friday announced the closure of K-12 schools through the remainder of this academic year. Based upon the best information and guidance we now have, we have decided to continue the closure of our campus buildings until at least May 17. While our buildings may remain closed, we continue to be available to serve you. You can find information on accessing college services remotely at eicc.edu/c19studentservices.

Summer Term and Fall Semester Plans
This week, we will begin to adjust the summer schedule to offer most classes online or via Zoom technologies. As the conditions in our community allow us to return to campuses and reopen labs, select summer courses may hold on-campus hands-on labs as part of summer instruction. Instructors and deans are finalizing plans for summer offerings now. Early next week, we will communicate revised schedules for the summer term. We recognize that some spring courses will also need to meet over the summer to make up hands-on content in our labs. Instructors are looking forward to returning to labs and working with you to complete your coursework. They will be reaching out with those plans soon. The Fall Semester is scheduled to begin on August 24. We are looking forward to engaging with you online, with Zoom and back in classrooms this fall.

We know many of you have experienced hardships and challenges during this pandemic. The college provides counseling services, referral to community services and career services to assist you with your career and job search. As you consider your educational plans, we know that your financial situation also may have changed. Our financial aid offices are ready to help you complete the FAFSA, provide documentation on adjustments to income and work with you to find resources to help with college costs. As THE Community’s College, our commitment to you stands stronger than ever. Please reach out, we are ready to help. We promise to listen and respect the changing circumstances the pandemic has brought while helping you find the best path forward to completing your educational goals.

Our collective goal is to emerge from this current crisis smarter, stronger and more committed than ever to fulfill our mission and meet your educational needs.

Stay safe and finish strong.