BridgeValley Community and Technical College students will be learning from afar again in the Spring 2021 semester.
As school officials opted to do this fall, BridgeValley's coming spring semester will be accomplished in virtual fashion, except for situations which require in-person work.
Some courses that require clinical rotations, labs and hands-on learning will be in person, but the majority of BVCTC students will be learning virtually — whether at home, at the coffee shop or on a bench at the park.
The decision was not made lightly, according to BVCTC's president, Dr. Eunice Bellinger. College leadership chose to move forward with a largely virtual modality as the uncertainty of Covid-19 still looms large.
"We are dedicated to fostering a learning community both in person and virtually in which all students are valued and supported," Bellinger said in a news release. "We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn and succeed in the classroom, so we have worked very hard to ensure that teaching and learning can be done effectively, yet safely."
Online courses that were already scheduled will not change. Traditional classroom-based courses will meet during normal class times but will remain virtual. In-person classes will be scheduled to keep students and faculty safe while adhering to Covid-19 safety guidelines.
The Spring 2021 semester is scheduled as follows:
• Oct. 13 — Spring registration begins
• Jan. 25 — Classes begin
• May 8-14 — Finals
• May 17 — Grades due
BridgeValley has campuses in Montgomery and South Charleston.