Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host the majority of its courses this spring 2021 in either hybrid or online options for its students as it continues to provide a safe and healthy learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. BCC’s spring semester begins on January 25, 2021.
Ninety-three percent of all classes, except for nursing and physical therapy assistant classes, will be taught by faculty in an online or hybrid model.
Nursing, physical therapy assistant, STEM, and a few other classes and labs have been in-person this fall, with strict social distancing and face-covering guidelines, as well as deep cleaning by BCC’s Facilities team between every class.
BCC made this decision by engaging every faculty member who is teaching and asked them to be a part of the decision making for their classes and their students. The process for deciding how to teach classes in the spring is collaborative and is intended to meet pedagogical, access, and equity issues. Our primary goal is to ensure the safest environment possible.”
In a joint statement issued by the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges, Ellen Kennedy, President of BCC, joined with the other community colleges across the Commonwealth to say:
As Presidents of the fifteen Massachusetts Community Colleges, monitoring public health conditions, ensuring safety for our campus community, and maintaining high-quality academic instruction are top priorities during this pandemic. Therefore, the fifteen community colleges will continue to offer primarily remote, online, and hybrid learning, with limited in-person courses, in the Spring 2021 semester. Each college will continue to provide students with the services and support they need to succeed while tracking local public health conditions. We are hopeful that making this decision early will give our students, faculty, and staff, who are already balancing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic recession, the necessary time to prepare for the Spring semester. We look forward to serving all who rely on Massachusetts Community Colleges for an affordable, safe, and flexible higher education experience.”
Spring registration for current students begins on November 2, known as the Priority Registration period. Applicants and new students can register beginning November 16 – and the class schedule is available at www.berkshirecc.edu/spring.