Fall 2021 SCTCC Plan for Student Success

Everything you need to know about academics, student services, on-campus services, and more is located on this page. We look forward to seeing you either in person or online for classes!

Everything Starts with Safety

We’re encouraging students to get vaccinated before returning to campus for Fall 2021.

  • Masks are required for all those on campus, regardless of vaccination status.
  • We're recommending that everyone try to keep a distance of 3' from others.

We are putting our students' health and safety first - please check out the safety measures below on the best practices for students as well as employees.

Masks are required for all those on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

If you have any questions about masking, please contact the Safety Department at 320-308-6158 or by email at safety@sctcc.edu.

SCTCC complies with the CDC guidance for masking protocols in indoor spaces for counties of significate and high risk of transmission level.  Masking protocols are currently in place that require masks to be worn by all individuals while in an SCTCC facility or participating in an SCTCC program.  In addition, masks must be worn in outdoor spaces when 6 feet social distancing is not possible. Academic programs may have additional requirements that supersede this standard.

Anyone one that is unable to wear a face mask can apply for an exception.  If the exception is granted, the individual must wear an approved face shield in place of the mask.  The process for applying for an exception can be found at mask exception process.

Areas considered a health care setting, including the waiting area of the dental clinic, have special mitigating requirements that can be found at https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/ep/surge/crisis/index.html#ppe.

    Before coming to campus, ask yourself the following questions:

    1. Do you have a new cough?
    2. Do you have shortness of breath?
    3. Do you feel you have a fever?
    4. Are you experiencing: lost sense of taste or smell, increased fatigue, new body aches, diarrhea, chills, sore throat, headache, or chest pain?

    What you need to know about COVID-19

    If any student has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please let your instructor know right away and stay in self-quarantine for 14 days. Instructors will let SCTCC Security know of the case, and if that student has been on campus, Security will work to inform those who have been in contact with the person with COVID-19.

    Minnesota State has developed a dashboard for reporting the COVID-19 case data that is impacting the colleges, universities, and the system office. The dashboard is updated weekly and serves as a tool to inform campus communities about changes in COVID-19 cases and community spread and aid campus leadership decision making. View the Minnesota State COVID-19 Dashboard here.

    The CDC recommends keeping a distance of 3' from others.

    CDC Recommendations for Colleges

    Regular housekeeping practices have been implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, vehicles and areas in the campus environment, including classrooms, labs, restrooms, common areas, break rooms, lunch rooms, and meeting rooms daily. Self-care or personal employee responsibility may be utilized for frequent cleaning and disinfecting practices; conducted in high-touch areas, such as phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, elevator panels, railings, copy machines, etc. as needed for personal safety.


    Academics

    When it comes to your classes, the best way to find out if they'll be online or in person is to check "Delivery Method" when registering in eServices. In addition, check the NOTES section. You will learn a lot more specifics about how the class is being offered in the notes section.

    If the Delivery Method is blank, that means your class will be face-to-face or in person.  

    Definitions

    What do each of the Delivery Methods mean?

    Online – asynchronous: A traditional online course. You can learn at your own pace and when it's convenient for you by logging in any day at any time to do your work, as long as you complete assignments and exams by their due dates.

    Online – synchronous: Class will meet online during dates and times listed.

    Mostly Online: Students will have 1-4 meetings face-to-face over the course of the semester. Dates are listed on schedule. Some of these meetings may be for exams.

    Blended/Hybrid: Class will meet with a mixture of online and face-to-face. Face-to-face meeting dates are listed on the schedule. Some courses may be divided into groups and students may only have to come to class some of the course days listed. Unless otherwise instructed, students should come to class on campus the first day and teachers will explain how the semester will work. As we get closer to the first day of classes, be sure to monitor your e-mail and D2L for more specific information about your classes.

    HyFlex: Students can opt to take the class face-to-face, online, or hybrid, as it works for your schedule. Lectures will be streamed so you can participate synchronously – checking the NOTES section of the class when you register is helpful to learn more about how each class will be offered. This is a very flexible way for students to take classes, as you can move between different ways of learning and find out what works best for you.

    Face-to-face: A traditional on campus class that meets in person. Students and instructors in the classroom will follow social distancing guidelines.

    No delivery method listed? Your class will be face-to-face or in person.

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    The info below is a general outline of how classes will look in each division. As stated above, the best way to find out how your classes will be offered is to check your schedule in eServices. You should also check the NOTES section of your courses to make sure you know everything you need to know about the class.

    The info we provide can change, and we will do our best to keep it updated. Make sure to watch your email and course schedule.

    The business, IT, and education classes will be hybrid but mostly held face-to-face. If there are multiple sections of a class, you can expect at least one of them to be fully online. The best thing to do is make sure to check the Delivery Method when you are registering for class.

    Culinary classes will be held in person.

    • Accounting
    • Culinary
    • Education
    • Finance
    • Computer Programming
    • Network Admin/Cyber Security:
    • Business Transfer
    • Marketing Sales Management
    • Marketing & Design

    Dean Shanda Davis
    shanda.davis@sctcc.edu

    With the exception of the Health Information Technology Management (HITM) online program, the Health Sciences programs will return to face-to-face classes.

    Please double check the Delivery Method and class notes when you are registering for class.

    We will shift to maintain compliance with direction from the State of Minnesota and Minnesota State. We are following the current recommendation to maintain three feet of distancing when possible. For labs requiring less than three foot distancing, we will be using PPE to protect one another.

    Please note that the parking places on the North side of the HSB continue reserved for Dental Clinic patients and are not to be used by faculty, staff, or students.

    SCTCC Dental Clinic and Labs

    Patient safety and strict infection control is a high priority at the SCTCC Dental Clinic.  All dental students, faculty and staff working directly with patients will follow COVID-19 PPE guidelines for dental health care providers. These guidelines are obtained from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, and OSAP (Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedures) Infection Control in Dental Practices. 

    Aerosol reduction protocols are in place with the use of ADS vacuum systems and the Medify HEPA Air Purification devices.

    Some classes will be held on campus, and some will be online.

    Many of the face-to-face classes will be hybrid (a mix of online and in-person), and with the new 3' distancing guidelines, more classes will be able to be held in person.

    All details are in your schedule - make sure to check the NOTES section of your course for additional info. If you have questions, you can contact the dean’s office or instructors directly to get more information about how your classes will be running.

    Liberal Arts and Transfer Programs:

    • Associate of Arts
    • Biology Transfer Pathway
    • Business Transfer Pathway
    • Coaching Certificate
    • Education Transfer Pathway
    • Engineering Broad Field
    • Envrionmental Science
    • Mathematics Transfer Pathway
    • Psychology Transfer Pathway
    • Spanish Transfer Pathway
    • Theatre Transfer Pathway

    Dean Melissa Lindsey
    mlindsey@sctcc.edu

    Nearly all the trades and industry classes will be on campus, in person.

    Masks will be used except in cases to be compliant with OSHA guidelines. Some classes may be online or blended, based on how they are listed in eServices in the Notes section.

    The best thing to do is make sure to check the Delivery Method when you are registering for class.

    • Architectural Construction Technology: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • Auto Body Collision Technology: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • Automotive Service Technician: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • Carpentry: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • CNC & Advanced Machining: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • Computer-Aided Mechanical Design: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • Culinary: Primarily face-to-face with some courses online.
    • Electrical Construction Technology: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • Energy & Electronics: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • Medium/Heavy Truck Technician: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • Land Surveying/Civil Engineering: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • Plumbing: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.
    • Water Environment Technologies: Classes will be primarily face-to-face labs with some lectures online.
    • Welding/Fabrication: Classes will be primarily face-to-face with some lectures online.

    Student Support Services

    Once you've started your classes, what happens if you need some tutoring? Have questions about Financial Aid? Need to visit Career Services?

    SCTCC has a LOT of services available to students, and they will all be available for you this semester.

    The Academic Advising Center team will be available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assist students in-person or by Zoom, phone, and email. We will be able to meet with you in the method that works best for you!

    If you are a new or returning student (after being away) and you need to get registered for fall 2021, you can learn more about How to Get Registered for Classes.  

    If you are a continuing student (you were enrolled in spring 2021) and you need to get registered for fall 2021, you can Visit the Advising Webpage

    If you have any questions you can:

    Visit the Advising page

    Accessibility Services will be open 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

    Please connect with Tricia or Dean for any accommodation needs before the start of the semester.

    Visit the Accessibility Services webpage.

    Testing Services will offer the Accuplacer Assessment test to students in-person on the SCTCC campus starting July 1. Physical distancing guidelines will be observed.

    To schedule an appointment for the Accuplacer:

    • Visit the Accuplacer Sign-up link
    • Refer to the New Student Checklist you received in the mail for additional information

    For more information on the Accuplacer, as well as links regarding how to study for it, visit the Accuplacer page.

    If you need accessibility services for the Accuplacer, please email acc@sctcc.edu.

    Make an appointment, drop-in, call, or email Admissions for help with your application, tours, assessment tests, and more.

    Visit the Admissions page


    Admissions is open on campus for face-to-face help, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    The Campus Life office will be open for in-person or online appointments with students.

    Email skeeley@sctcc.edu for an appointment or call 320-308-5922 to make an appointment in advance.

    The Student Senate Cabinet meetings will occur in-person. Senate Office hours will be available in a format TBD.

    The Senate Office and student lounge spaces will be open and following any sanitization and distancing guidelines.

    ​The full Senate meetings will be held in-person and streamed synchronously. Dates and times for these meetings will be determined soon and can be found on the Student Senate webpage.

    Visit the Campus Life webpage.

    Shaun in Campus Life is available on campus in Room B024 in the basement of the Heartland Building for appointments Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. -  4:30 p.m. Make an appointment in advance by calling 320-308-5922 or email skeeley@sctcc.edu.

    Career Services can help you with exploring careers and majors for transfer, and job search help with your resume, cover letters, networking, and interviews.

    Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Visit the Career Services webpage.

    The Cyclones plan to offer all sport offerings for the 2021-2022 season.

    Contact Nate Hiestand in the Cyclones Athletics Office:

    Visit the Cyclones Athletics webpage.

    Financial Services can help you learn more about types of loans and grants, rights and responsibilities of aid recipients, federal and college policies about awards, and steps to get started applying for financial aid. Financial Services can help answer your financial aid and payment questions.

    eServices is the best way to make a payment as well as apply for financial aid.

    Visit the Financial Services webpage.


    If you are unable to use Zoom or email to connect with us, Financial Services is open on campus for face-to-face help, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    The CAS Fall Hours:

    • 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday
    • 7:30 am – 3:00 pm on Friday

    Students can schedule an appointment to work with one of the CAS professional staff (either in person or online tutoring) during the following hours:

    • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 10:00 am and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Friday: 8:00 am – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

    Appointments can be made through the CAS website www.sctcc.edu/cas.  Students can make either an in-person or online appointment during the appointment scheduling hours. Another option is too stop into the CAS to make an appointment with a front desk employee.

    Students can drop in anytime to work whenever the CAS is open. We will try to have student staff available all the times to assist students. When CAS professional staff are not on appointments, they will help with drop in tutors.

    We are unsure about space limitations at this point, so we may have to limit the number of people in the CAS.  If we do, staff will monitor this number and limit students from entering or limit the time students are in the CAS. Students will still be expected to sign in each time they come to the CAS for tutoring.

    Contact the CAS:

    Visit the Mary Stangler Center for Academic Success webpage.

    If you need assistance with registration, transfer of credit, graduation, and curriculum support, or have questions about your academic records, or anything related, the Records and Registration Office can help. Contact them:

    Visit the Records and Registration webpage.


    If you are unable to use Zoom or email to connect with us, Records and Registration is open on campus for face-to-face help, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    For quick questions, please call us at 320-308-5075 or registration@sctcc.edu or feel free to stop by if you're comfortable doing so.

    If you'd like a longer meeting for discussion of your transfer credits, academic record, etc. please call or e-mail ahead to schedule an appointment: 320-308-5075 or registration@sctcc.edu

    Students who are in TRIO can connect with the TRIO office several ways. The TRIO office is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Visit the TRIO Student Support Services webpage.

    The Central Region Coordinator will be opening the Veterans Resource Center on July 1, 2021. Hours for fall semester will be posted when determined. 

    You can email the coordinator at Jonah.maddox@state.mn.us.

    For more info on Veterans Resources, please visit this page.

    Wellness Resource Services is here to provide non-academic support and short-term mental health services to help improve personal wellness and academic success. If you are struggling in anyway, please contact us. We are here to help!

    Wellness Resource Services will staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

    • Students can schedule appointments with Jeanna either via phone (320-308-5096) or stop in at 1-401 to schedule an appointment.
    • Faculty can drop in to see Jeanna for consultation Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 pm.
    • Catherine can be contacted by students at 320-308-5096, Catherine.paro@sctcc.edu, or stop in to her office in the 1-401 suite.

    Email: wellness@sctcc.edu
    Call 320-308-5096
    Visit the Wellness Resource Services webpage.

    Non-academic Student Support 

    If you are experiencing difficulties in your life and/or at school, we encourage you to meet with our Student Support Manager to discuss issues of concern.

    Appointments with the Student Support Manager, Catherine Paro, are available via Zoom, phone, or in-person. Make an appointment:
    Email  catherine.paro@sctcc.edu
    Call 320-308-5096
    Visit the Non-Academic Student Support webpage.

    Mental Health Services 

    Your wellness is important to us! SCTCC’s Mental Health Professional, Jeanna Franklin, MS, LPCC, is here to provide free, short-term, on-campus mental health services to students dealing with a variety of life issues. Students can request an appointment by completing a Mental Health Services Request form.  Someone from the Wellness Resource Services team will be in touch with you to discuss scheduling.

    Appointments via Zoom or phone are preferred.
    Email Jeanna.franklin@sctcc.edu
    Call 320-308-5006
    Visit the Mental Health Services webpage.

    If you are eligible for work study, there are several positions available to work on campus.

    Job opportunities will be posted on JobNet - visit the Career Services page for more info on how to access JobNet, then search for a work study position.

    Students are expected to work on campus (not remotely) starting July 1, 2021.


    Campus Services

    You've got your classes all set and figured out how to access the services to help you with your education. Now what about all the other services that you need to be successful?

    The best way to get your textbooks is to order them online through the SCTCC Bookstore. To avoid lines and to get the best selections of used textbooks, we encourage students to buy early and buy online. Please provide a valid street address with all orders, for shipping purposes.

    You have 2 ways to pick up your order:

    1. Pay online, shipped to your home.
    2. Pay online, pick up in store.

    If you’re coming on campus to get your books, please bring a copy of your class schedule to drop off at the Bookstore. Your books will be picked by the Bookstore staff – only Bookstore staff will be allowed in the textbook aisles. PSEO books will be packed by the Bookstore and students will be notified when they can pick them up.

    Bookstore hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m

    The Commons space will be open for students to use during building hours with physical distancing measures in place.

    Hours:
    M-Th: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Fr: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    (These hours are subject to change - watch for updates.)

    Picnic tables are set up outside the Commons Door 5 for dining al fresco. Watch for more details.

    Starting Aug. 23, 2021:

    1-405 Lab: 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

    H117 Lab: 7 a.m.-close (tech support for the H117 lab is available until 3:30 p.m.)

    Libary Lab: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Culinary is currently serving on campus.

    Customized Training offers continuing education classes in a range of subjects, both in-person and online. 

    For more information please visit our website at www.sctcc.edu/training or contact training@sctcc.edu or 320-308-0015.

    If you're planning on moving to St. Cloud for college, there are several housing options.

    To learn more about other housing options and how to use the SCTCC app to find a roommate, check out the Housing page.

    If you're in need of a laptop to complete your coursework, SCTCC has a limited number of laptops for student academic use.

    A limited number of laptops will be available for checkout for student checkout. Laptops may be checked out during regular computer lab hours in the 1-405 Computer Lab, which will be open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

    For information on email setup, Zoom, D2L Brightspace, and more, check out the Student Help Desk page.

    Please contact helpdesk@SCTCC.edu for tech support.

    Phone: 320-308-6445

    The Library building (Heartland) will be open during Fall 2021.

    • Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Study rooms can be reserved for up to 3 people, and computers are available for use.

    Curbside Checkout

    We also offer Curbside Checkout service, so you can get material without coming inside. Email library@sctcc.edu or call 320-308-5141 to get your materials.  

    Online Services

    The library services are open to you online. We have thousands of articles and books available to you in our catalog any time: https://www.sctcc.edu/library 

    Events

    The library will be offering regular online and in-person events, available to any member of the SCTCC community. Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/SctccL

    Student parking fees are automatically calculated as part of your fees.

    Taking all online classes? Parking is not included in your fees, so no worries about paying for something you're not going to use. If you're on extended internships or other off-campus situations, you can request a waiver.

    How to get your Parking Permit

    • Register your car at this webpage.
    • You'll login with your StarID and password, and enter your car make/model and your license plate number.
    • Two days after you register your vehicle, your permit will be ready to pick up.

    Ready to pick up?

    Your permit will be in the Library in the Heartland Building. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Campus Maps

    If you are a returning student and have a parking permit sticker on your car's windshield, you can use that permit.

    Parking will be enforced beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Students, faculty and staff are all required to display a parking permit.

    Northway (Main) Building: 6:45 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

    Health Sciences: 6:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. HSB will have one designated entrance and exit. Please watch the signs in the hallway to make sure you're moving the correct direction.

    Heartland (Library): 6:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Are you ready to get those student discounts?

    Here's how to get your student ID if you are a new student:

    1. Upload your photo for your ID at this link
    2. Or stop stop by 1-215 to get your ID photo taken
    3. We'll get started on creating your ID card
    4. Check your SCTCC email - you will get an email when your ID is ready

    Ready to pick up?

    Your ID will be in the Library in the Heartland Building. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Campus Maps

    If you are a returning student and still have your SCTCC ID, you are able to use that ID, even if you haven't been an SCTCC student for a few semesters.

    The Veterans Resource Center will be open starting July 1, 2021. Watch for information on hours.

    The Quiet Room and Lactation Room will be open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Watch for signage on seating areas and make sure to keep physical distancing in mind.

    The lockers on campus won't be available to rent this semester.

    All information will be updated to the best of our abilities. The best way to know what to expect in classes is to check your course schedule and keep in touch with your instructors.