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Cincinnati State plans in-person technical learning, remote general classes in fall

Posted at 10:01 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 22:26:05-04

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati State's plan for fall semester includes in-person labs and technical skills courses as well as remote general education courses.

Students in health care and technical fields such as aviation maintenance, engineering, IT and culinary arts will learn in person while courses in math, English, humanities, sciences and business technologies will be taught online.

"This new plan extends our mission to traditional university students who may be seeking a more affordable way to continue their college education remotely due to the COVID 19 pandemic," Robbin Hoopes, provost of Cincinnati State, said in a release Tuesday.

The plan also preserves Cincinnati State's mission of providing technical students with cooperative education experiences that prepare them for jobs, the release said.

In-person lab and technical courses will be adjusted to ensure appropriate social distancing and other COVID-19 safety best practices developed by the CDC, state and local health authorities, and specific industries.

"We are building in these new safety protocols not only to protect students, instructors and staff during lab classes, but also to prepare our students to be successful and safe as they enter their professions in this new normal," Hoopes said.

The Middletown campus will also offer a mix of remote and in-person courses for the fall.

The college expects to have all course listings updated by mid-June with information about how classes will be delivered.

In other announcements:

  • Cincinnati State's Workforce Development Center, which provides custom workforce training, short-term certificates and assessments, will resume operations in June.
  • Cincinnati State has begun distributing grants to spring and summer students from its share of federal CARES Act funding. The college intends to extend some version of those grants to fall students taking at least six credit hours.
  • The Cincinnati State Foundation has also received a number of private grants and donations for its Student Relief Funds to help students with emergency situations or with technology so they can complete remote courses.
  • Starting this fall, Cincinnati State students will be able to use part of their federal financial aid to purchase laptop computers.

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