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ESCC returns to school with a twist

Published: Aug. 24, 2020 at 5:26 PM CDT
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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) --

Enterprise State Community College students started back to class Monday, but it looked quite different than usual.

Classes resumed but students at ESCC will not be on campus until at least next week and for many students this semester, class will remain online except for a few hybrid courses.

Faculty WTVY spoke with Monday had mixed emotions about their first day back.

"I'm really excited to be back here today although it's different than in the past," said Fine Arts Division Chair Dr. Ken Thomas.

“It’s sad,” said History instructor Daniel Ponce. “I miss the energy usually these holes would be bustling.”

Not a lot will change for the way instructors run their courses. What will change is what happens on the other side of the screen.

"The challenge is with the student who is out at home and maybe their environment isn't the best suited for learning," Ponce explained.

Instructors are going above and beyond this semester to help with student needs.

“I’ve been reaching out a lot more maybe then I would during a normal semester,” Ponce continued. “If someone misses, I’ll give them a call in a normal semester I might see them in the hallway and I might pull them aside but I can’t do that so I’ve become a little more proactive in reaching out to them at home to be able to make up for lack of accessibility.”

Student Support Services works with students to ensure they succeed in school.

"One of the biggest concerns that we see is students having internet service in some of our rural areas and so that's the biggest challenge and so we are trying to combat that with as much resources as we can as an institution and a program," said Student Support Services Director Michael Harrison.

They have also gone completely online with advisors meeting and informing students who qualify for their program.

“Typically, we go into the classroom and meet with different classes and faculty members,” Harrison added. “This year we’re going to have to be going into their Google rooms, their online classrooms and we’ll be pitching our program to them as well.”

As of right now, events happening on campus this semester have been canceled, but the fine arts department still plans to perform.

“We will work on getting some kind of virtual performances for our students is for ‘Kookie’ concert which usually takes place in October and our Christmas concert and our student art show,” Thomas finished.

Students returning to campus will be the instructor’s choice.

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