CLTCC Postpones Classes Week of March 16 as Part of COVID-19 Response

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In response to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Executive Order issued Friday regarding statewide efforts in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) will be postponing all classes (Credit, Workforce, and Adult Education/WorkreadyU) on Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, announced Chancellor Jimmy Sawtelle. “CLTCC is devoted to providing high quality instruction and services within a safe, sanitary and secure environment,” Sawtelle said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work together to ensure the safety of our students and our communities.” All CLTCC campus sites will be closed Monday, March 16. On Tuesday select employees will be notified to report to work. All faculty and staff will be required to report to work on Wednesday, March 18, to actively formulate plans for online delivery of instruction and alternate training schedules for unique programs of study. Students will resume classes Monday, March 23, with online instruction.

“In regard to the online classes, we want to stress our efforts to modify instructional delivery and college operations are centered on ensuring quality learning environments for students as well as safe work environments for faculty and staff,” Sawtelle said. “CLTCC personnel will continue to work with our state government and public health agencies as well as utilizing protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Students in programs that are ‘hands on’ such as Nursing and Welding may still report to their campus, yet classes will be modified to reduce personal interaction.”

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For students who do not have ready access to high-speed Internet (broadband), CLTCC will provide access at all college locations to dedicated computer labs. “CLTCC intends to sustain operations at each location as appropriate, and we will provide appropriate precautions for the health and wellness of students per CDC recommendations,” Sawtelle said. “The administration is currently working to determine essential support services that will be needed specific to providing instruction, student services, workforce training, and finance and administration.”

Sawtelle noted this is an ongoing situation and that plans will be modified as conditions change. The CLTCC Chancellor’s Office will provide updates as new information becomes available and students are encouraged to stay connected with CLTCC’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter as well as the website at www.CLTCC.edu. Everyone is also encouraged to utilize other available resources that promote prevention including the Office of the Governor’s Website at gov.louisiana.gov.

Summary of Important Dates:

• Monday, March 16: CLTCC Closed

• Tuesday, March 17: Essential CLTCC Personnel Only

• Wednesday, March 18 – 20: All employees report to work with no classes for students.

• Monday, March 23: All employees report and classes resume (many classes resume on.line.)