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Western Iowa Tech

WITCC COVID-19 Updates

July 1

Western Iowa Tech Community College has reopened for face-to-face appointments for students and those conducting college business. Since closing the college to the public in March, most student services have been available remotely and will continue to be available remotely via Zoom or phone.

WITCC will also will be welcoming students back to campus this fall for both online and flex courses. Flex courses will combine face-to-face, online and Zoom learning. Instructors will deliver as much content as possible in the traditional classroom setting.

"We are aware of the tremendous responsibility we have to our students and employees to maintain the health and safety of our campus community," says Dr. Terry Murrell, President of Western Iowa Tech Community College. "Our team has been working over the past few months to create a plan that follows guidelines established by public health officials and provides our students with a great educational experience."

The college has put the following safety measures into place for the fall semester that begins on August 24.

  • For the safety of all, face coverings are required while in WITCC buildings.
  • Students and employees are asked to adhere to physical distancing practices in classrooms and meeting areas.
  • The college has reduced the amount of furniture and spread out chairs, tables, and seating to assist students and staff in maintaining the 6-foot distance.
  • Janitorial staff are increasing the frequency of sanitizing classrooms, counters, equipment, work spaces, and furniture.
  • Campus events and activities are limited to college business only.

The WITCC fall semester begins on August 24th for online classes and August 25th for flex courses. The academic calendar includes fall break, Thanksgiving break, and the semester concluding on December 22, 2020. Fall registration is now open. More information about enrolling in classes and a list of available services can be found at www.witcc.edu/fall or by emailing info@witcc.edu. Campus services are available Monday - Thursday from 8:00am - 5:00pm. The college is closed on Fridays through the month of July.

June 11

Western Iowa Tech Community College is currently making preparations for the fall 2020 semester. WITCC fully intends to hold fall classes and welcome students to our campuses.

The college's academic calendar, class schedule, and course delivery will continue as planned.

  • Face-to-face classes will be held as "flex courses." As much of the content as possible will occur in a face-to-face format and some of the content will be held online.
  • Instructors will contact students with specific details about class(es) in August. Students should regularly check their school-issued MyWIT email for updates.
  • Fall online classes begin August 24. Face-to-face classes begin on August 25.
  • The fall semester will end on December 22.
  • Holidays and breaks will remain as scheduled. Full fall academic calendar >>

WITCC will continue to offer a full-range of student services.

  • Residence halls will be open with reduced occupancy.
  • Cafeteria dine-in and carry-out options will be available. The cafeteria has been expanded to accommodate more distance in between tables.
  • Starting July 1, student services will be available face-to-face.
  • The Dunker Center and Gym will be closed until further notice.
  • Currently student services are operating virtually. Click here for more information on virtual services including career services, tutoring, counseling, disability services and more.

WITCC is taking extra measures to ensure campus health and safety for the fall semester:

  • Adhere to physical distancing practices in classrooms and meeting areas.
  • Limit the number of students present on campus.
  • Spread out chairs, tables, and furniture to a minimum distance of 6 feet.
  • Mandate that all students and employees wear a face mask.
  • Sanitize classrooms, counters, equipment, work spaces, and furniture frequently.
  • Insist on high levels of personal health monitoring. Sick employees and students are asked to remain at home and not come to campus.
  • Provide plastic shields to front-line employees.
  • Limit campus events and activities to college business only.

Quick Update

  • Virtual campus services are available Monday - Thursday from 8:00am - 5:00pm. The college is closed on Fridays until July 31.
  • Starting on July 1, the campus will be open to those conducting college business. 
  • Fall registration is now open. More info on fall registration >>
  • Fall orientations will be held virtually. More details regarding orientation will be published soon. View the fall orientation schedule >>
  • Refer back to this page for regular updates and announcements.

May 21 CARES Update - Emergency Relief Funding for Students

Western Iowa Tech Community College has completed the necessary paperwork to receive federal funds through Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In compliance with federal guidelines, 50% of the funding received to date, will be distributed directly to Western Iowa Tech students in the form of emergency financial assistance grants. This equates to $1,011,809 in CARES Act funding to support student emergency financial assistance grants.

Based on federal guidelines, 2,001 Western Iowa Tech students are eligible to receive CARES Act emergency financial assistance grants.

Emails were sent to all eligible students to notify the student of the CARES Act grant award and how the awards would be distributed.

The amount granted to each student is a fixed amount of $500. The initial distribution of funds was processed on May 13, 2020 to all 2,001 eligible students, for a total initial distribution of $1,000,500.

Additional grants will continue to be distributed to eligible students as long as funding is available.

Western Iowa Tech is using the following federal eligibility requirements to distribute CARES Act emergency financial assistance grants:

  1. be enrolled, as of March 13, 2020, in credit classes (not a high school student taking dual enrollment courses) at Western Iowa Tech for the spring 2020 semester,
  2. have a completed 2019-20 FAFSA application on file with a valid expected family contribution (EFC) indicating not in student loan default or overpayment and
  3. making satisfactory academic progress for 2020 spring semester.

May 14, 2020

Currently WITCC is closed to the public, and in order to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19, WITCC college campuses will remain closed to the public until June 30. Employees will begin returning to work starting on Monday, May 18.

The college will also have modified hours of operation during the summer.
Virtual campus services are available during these times:
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm.
Closed on Fridays

Information for Students

Summer Registration

  • Summer classes will be held in an online format. Select classes have required hands-on lab components. Details about specific classes will be provided by the instructor.
  • To register for summer classes at the Sioux City campus, schedule a virtual appointment. To register for classes at a branch campus, contact the branch campus directly.
  • For more information about summer classes, click here.
  • Summer classes begin May 26.
  • Laptops can be picked up on the Sioux City campus May 11 - May 22, Monday - Thursday 8:00 am- 4:30pm. Students should report to the Physical Plant building (parking lot 4) and follow the directional signs to the laptop return/checkout area. You must show your student ID. Cherokee and Denison students should contact the campus directly.
  • To order books, go to the online campus bookstore. Many books are already included in the course. To find out, search for your book on the link above. If "Cengage" appears, your textbook is available online. If "Cengage" doesn't appear, you will need to purchase your book. Order books online >>

Fall Registration

  • Fall classes will be held in their traditional format starting on August 25. Online classes begin August 24.
  • To register for fall at the Sioux City campus, schedule a virtual appointment with your advisor.
  • To register for classes at a branch campus, contact the branch campus directly.
  • Learn more about fall registration >>
  • Student laptops will be issued at orientation. See the fall orientation schedule >>
  • To order books, go to the online campus bookstore. Many books are already included in the course. To find out, search for your book on the link above. If "Cengage" appears, your textbook is available online. If "Cengage" doesn't appear, you will need to purchase your book. Order books online >>
  • The first step to starting at WITCC is to fill out a free online application. You will need to create an account, which allows you to start and stop your application any time. Apply to WITCC >>
  • Filling out a FAFSA is your first step to thousands of dollars in financial aid to help pay for college. The deadline for the FAFSA is June 30. The process takes 6-8 weeks. Start FAFSA application >>

Need help filling out your FAFSA?
Contact Mary Joan Dougherty
mjdougherty@icansucceed.org / 515.402.4211 / Schedule a virtual appointment

Questions on your financial aid
Contact Student Financial Services 
finaid@witcc.edu /

Student Resources
Although the campus is closed to the public until June 30, the following resources are available to students.

Virtual campus tours
Tour the campus, check out a program, and talk to a recruiter
Schedule a virtual visit >>

Tutoring - Bea Houston
Students who need assistance with school work can meet with a tutor via zoom.
Bea Houston / bea.houston@witcc.edu / 712.274.8733 x3218

Counseling Services - Teresa McElroy 
Mental health counseling sessions available via Zoom 
Schedule a virtual appointment
Teresa.McElroy@witcc.edu / 712.274.8733 x1293 
Disability Services - Michelle Fiechtner 
Accommodations for eligible persons with disabilities
Schedule a virtual appointment
Michelle.Fiechtner@witcc.edu / 712.274.8733 x3216 
Career Services - Carol Muhs 
Career services is available to assist with career exploration, resumes, and mock interviews via Zoom.
Schedule a virtual appointment
Carol.Muhs@witcc.edu / call/text 712.545.0094
Comet Cupboard Food Pantry 
Available 24/7 to WITCC students by appointment. Must present student ID.
Contact Security at 712.274.8733 ext. 6414

IT Help Desk 
Assistance with software, laptops, and MyWIT. 
Open Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM 
helpdesk@witcc.edu / 712.274.8733 ext. 1461

Information for Employees

Starting on May 18, some employees will be designated to report to work on campus. Over the following weeks, the college will phase in the return of additional staff while maintaining safety recommendations by public health officials. Executive Council members are developing their departmental reinstatement plans and will reach out to their areas. 

Returning to work guidelines:

  • Employees who are returning to work on or after May 18 will park in lot 4 and enter the building through entrance 14.
  • Employees will be scanned for their temperature before being allowed into the building.
  • It is incredibly important that employees help keep the campus healthy and remain home if they are feeling ill.
  • Face masks will not be provided. You may bring your own or purchase a mask in the bookstore for $9.99
  • Starting on Monday, May 18th the Overlook Café will be open from 11:30 - 12:30, Monday - Thursday and limited lunch options will be available. The campus bookstore will also have sandwiches and drinks.  At this time the Coffee Spot will not be open.
  • Employees who are unable to return to work due to a COVID-related reason are afforded certain protections from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). For more information, click here. If you have questions, please contact Jackie Plendl at Jackie.plendl@witcc.edu.

April 24, 2020

It is the time of year for students enrolled in courses at Western Iowa Tech Community College to return their textbooks and laptops to the college. WITCC has updated this process in an effort to keep you safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Monday, May 4th students may start returning their rental books and college-issued laptop computers by following this process:

Sioux City campus:

  • Report to the Physical Plant Building located by parking lot 4, Monday - Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. and Friday from 8:30am to 11:30am Friday.
  • Drive up to the chain link fence gate on the side of the Physical Plant Building.
  • Signs will direct you to the backside of the building.
  • Enter the large overhead door and pull into the garage area.
  • Once in the garage, you will be provided a bag for your books and one for your laptop computer.
  • Label the bags and return to the attendant.
  • WITCC will process the return and notify you if there are any issues with your returned items.
  • Items can be returned Monday May, 4 - Friday, May 22nd.
  • Items not returned will be charged to the student.

Cherokee campus:

Denison campus:

High school students who picked up their books from the campus should follow the process above.High school students who received their books from their high schools, should return books to the high school.

Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time. Together we will get through this!

April 2, 2020

In an effort to maintain the health of its students and employees, Western Iowa Tech Community College will extend online format learning for the remainder of the semester and the Sioux City, Cherokee, and Denison campuses will remain closed to the general public.

  • Support services including tutoring, counseling, disability services and more are available for students. A list of resources and departmental contacts can be found on this site.
  • Residence halls will remain open to students who wish to stay on-campus and food service will continue to be provided.
  • Only designated personnel will be allowed on campus through May 14. All other employees will continue to work from home.
  • The spring graduation ceremony scheduled for May 14 will be moved to a virtual format.
  • All events scheduled to be held at Western Iowa Tech Community College are cancelled through May 14.

March 17, 2020 at 2pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has now been elevated to a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency by Governor Kim Reynolds. With this new development, Western Iowa Tech Community College is implementing the next phase of our pandemic plan:

The college campuses in Sioux City, Denison, and Cherokee will close to the general public starting on Wednesday, March 18 until Monday, April 13. All events scheduled to be held at Western Iowa Tech Community College are cancelled until April 13.

Information for Students

  • All face-to-face classes, including labs, will be moved to a remote learning platform. Students will be notified of specific course plans via email by their instructor by Sunday, March 22.
  • Online courses will continue uninterrupted.
  • Web-based tutoring, counseling, and disability services will be available. Details on accessing these services will be provided via email.
  • Residence halls will remain open to students who wish to stay on-campus and food service will be provided.

Information for Employees

  • Instructors are to notify specific course plans to their students via email by Sunday, March 22.
  • Employees should report to work as planned March 18, 19, and 20. Starting on March 23, only designated personnel will be allowed on campus until April 13. During this time, all other employees are asked to work from home. Please coordinate details and job expectations with your supervisor. All full-time and regular part-time employees will be paid during this time.

It is important for you to understand that the college is still operating. Also note these plans are subject to change as WITCC will continue to follow the recommendations of public health officials. Continue to refer to this page for continued WITCC-related updates. Thank you for your support, patience, and cooperation during this time.

March 13, 2020

For Students

Spring Break has been extended until March 22. Classes will resume March 23. A majority of face-to-face classes will be held online. Faculty are using the week of March 16 to prepare for this transition. Students will receive specific class instructions from faculty via email by Sunday, March 23.

ESL/ELL Students

Spring break for ESL/ELL students has been extended until Sunday, March 22. Starting on Monday, March 23, ESL/ELL classes will resume and be held through a combination of online classes via Remind, and texts, phone calls, and/or email. Your teacher will contact you with instructions and guidance for your class by text or phone call by Sunday, March 22. The Bookstore will be open to purchase books. Visit this page for regular updates. For additional information, call Pamela at 712-274-8733 ext. 1854 or Nancy at 712-274-8733 ext. 1902.

Open

ACT Prep
Admissions
Bookstore
Career Services
Cherokee campus
Coffee Spot
Comet Cupboard
Comet Learning Center
Corporate College non-credit classes
Counseling Services
Denison campus
Disability Services
Financial Aid
I-CAN Office
IT Help Desk
JTP/Title I
Library
Medical Clinic
Overlook Cafe (serving breakfast and lunch through March 22)
Recruitment
Residence Halls
Testing Center
Tutoring Services

Closed/Cancelled

FAFSA Completion Event
Fitness classes (cancelled through March 31)
Intermural games and practices (cancelled through March 31)
Lifelong Learning activities/events (cancelled through March 31)
Spring Career Fair - rescheduled for April 22nd
Student activities (cancelled through March 31)
Recruitment activities (cancelled through March 31)
Robert E Dunker Student Center

March 12, 2020

In an effort to support public health and minimize the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing, Western Iowa Tech Community College will extend Spring Break for students through Sunday March 22 and will transition many of its face-to-face classes to online classes beginning March 23. Select lab-based, hands-on courses will meet as scheduled starting on March 23 in a face-to-face format. Students should refer to their email several times a day as instructors will be sending out specific guidance regarding their classes. WITCC employees will continue to work as scheduled and campuses will remain open. We want to emphasize there are no identified cases of COVID-19 at Western Iowa Tech Community College. These measures are being put into place to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty.

Information for Students & Families

WITCC will communicate instructions and announcements via email. Students should check their email several times a day to receive updates.

Face-to-face classes are cancelled for students on March 16 through March 22 as part of spring break extension.

Residence halls and dining services will continue to be open and available for students who choose to remain on campus.

Starting on Monday, March 23 many face-to-face classes will meet online until further notice. Online courses currently running will continue without interruption.

Select lab-based, hands-on courses will meet as scheduled after March 22 in a face-to-face format. Students will receive specific guidance from their instructor via email by Sunday, March 22.

Students who are scheduled for active learning experiences such as internships and clinicals should check with their instructors for further instruction.

High school students taking college courses (including the Sioux City Community Schools Career Academy) should follow their school's plan. Concurrent enrollment students taking WITCC online courses will have no interruptions. Concurrent enrollment students taking face-to-face classes at WITCC will receive instructions from their instructors.

Information for Employees

Employees will continue to report to work as scheduled. Faculty will work with their supervisor to plan and coordinate the transition to online courses and communicate with students. WITCC campuses will remain open and operational.

Travel

The college is suspending all international travel through the end of the semester. College-sponsored domestic travel for faculty, staff, and students are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Events

In an effort to limit large groups of people on campus, all events and activities scheduled in the month of March have been cancelled, including Lifelong Learning classes and events, student activities, recruitment events, and external events held on campus.

We're In This Together

WITCC continues to work closely with public health officials to determine the best course of action for the health, safety, and wellness of the campus community.

Please refer back to this page for the latest updates, changes, and announcements.

Please refer to information related to COVID-19 from the following reliable, expert sources:

Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Still Have Questions?
Email covid19@witcc.edu.
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