SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Technical Community College said Wednesday it will continue with online classes in the spring 2021 semester due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The school will offer on-campus low-density labs for its health and STEM programs.
Holyoke Community College made a similar announcement last week. Greenfield Community College also announced that it will be primarily a remote-learning institution in the spring.
In Enfield, Connecticut, Asnuntuck Community College will follow the same model it used in the fall, with courses offered online with the instructor teaching live.
Asnuntuck’s CEO, Michelle Coach, said the college is working to have all hands-on courses have the necessary time they need for training. Those include the phlebotomy, registered dental assistant, esthetics, cosmetology, dental and manufacturing programs.
STCC said its faculty members are working with their deans in the online development program to prepare classes for spring delivery.
“We look forward to one day being back on campus full time, but we need to safeguard our students, faculty and staff,” college President John B. Cook said in a news release. “The pandemic has created an unpredictable environment that prompted extensive and thoughtful discussions. After much consideration, we felt a mix of online classes and low-density labs for our technical and health programs, using strict social distancing protocols, would be the best approach for the spring.”
The college said there is no intention to convert to an online-only institution. Hands-on training on computer-numerical-control manufacturing equipment and in the patient simulation center is being redesigned to involve fewer people and more space.
STCC said it will also continue to offer student services remotely. The college has about 90 programs and 7,000 students.