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Fall 2021: The New Normal at PCCC

Updated: Apr 15, 2021

As vaccination rates increase, the US is beginning to see a gradual increase in larger scale re-openings of industries affected by COVID, including food service, live entertainment, and various institutions. Among those institutions are the nation’s colleges, most of which had transitioned to online coursework for the majority of last year and the beginning of this year.

Dr. Steven Rose, president of Passaic County Community College, is ready for the anticipated Fall changes, and took some time to discuss them with Visions Newspaper.

At this point we are considering Fall 21 to be the “new normal,”” explained Dr. Rose. This fall we will be offering a new mix of [classes] with approximately 60% in-person, 20% on-line and 20% on Zoom.”

This new hybrid approach allows students who may have found the flexibility of online coursework beneficial to continue their studies in a similar manner.While Zoom classes were not for everyone, some found them to be very convenient and preferable,” Dr. Rose explained.

PCCC expects all 3 campuses to re-open similarly to the way they were prior to the pandemic, but with increased measures to protect students and staff. “We are hopeful that in the next several weeks we can provide vaccines for students and staff on campus,” says Dr. Rose. “We want to ensure that anyone who wants a vaccine will have easy access.”

PCCC currently offers rapid COVID testing on a weekly basis.

Asked if he had any words for students concerned about Fall at PCCC, Dr. Rose stated, “

We understand that the impacts of the pandemic will be felt for a long time to come. We anticipate being able to provide increased financial and academic support to our students for the next several years.

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