Northwest College Prepares for Fall

Northwest College prepares for Fall
Northwest College prepares for Fall(Wendy Corr)
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 11:52 PM CDT
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POWELL, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - At Northwest College in Powell, staff are preparing offices, classrooms and dorm rooms for the return of students on August 19th.

West Hernandez, Enrollment Services Director at Northwest, says numbers for the fall semester are changing week to week.

“It’s challenging to get an accurate picture,” he says. “You know, we have a good population of international students here at Northwest, and we don’t know what that’s gonna look like. And we have students who are just, and rightfully so, apprehensive about a large group of people coming to campus. So there is some talk about students nationally taking a gap year.”

Although enrollment numbers right now are uncertain, Hernandez says he certainly understands why students are wary.”

“We don’t know what this fall’s gonna look like in many ways,” he points out, “so you’re giving students information at this current time, with them hoping to make a decision, and sometimes you can’t give them everything.”

Hernandez says the college is still working out the details of what campus life will be like this fall - looking at a combination of online and in-person classes, but with safety measures in place.

“Students will have the opportunity to go to class in person at times, but also join us via Zoom for that live interaction,” he explains.

Campus officials are making sure that Northwest College students are as safe as possible when school does start again this fall - that includes making mask-wearing mandatory for students and staff.

“We’re asking students and staff to wear masks while on campus, especially in those close quarter areas,” he notes. “You know, if you’re within six feet of somebody, it is going to be a requirement.”

And Hernandez says that the staff is increasing their diligence in cleaning the facilities, but adds that students will need to do their part.

“We’re going to need the students’ help in following orders, monitoring how they’re feeling every day, and all those pieces. It’s definitely going to be a different fall semester than normal.”

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