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:
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
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Fridays
Questions on your financial aid
Contact Student Financial Services
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
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Tutoring - Bea Houston
Students who need assistance with school work can meet with a tutor via zoom.
Bea Houston / firstname.lastname@example.org / 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
email@example.com / 712.274.8733 ext. 1461
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:
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Comet Learning Center
Corporate College non-credit classes
IT Help Desk
Overlook Cafe (serving breakfast and lunch through March 22)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.