KC President Outlines Remainder of College Semester

March 24, 2020

Kaskaskia College President George Evans announced today the College is extending its online and remote educational operational services for the remainder of the spring semester. Evans said the decision comes after reviewing state and federal guidelines as well as information from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and the Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention (CDC). Originally the College planned to move face to face classes online for three weeks; however, Evans says based on the latest data, the best course of action is to move everything to online or remote services. “We don’t make this decision lightly,” said Evans, “but our paramount concern is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the general public.”

Evans said the College has spent the past week preparing to move classes to online instruction as well as ensuring all other college functions will be available to the public without requiring face to face visits to the main campus or education centers. During the next eight weeks the campus and its education centers will not be available to students or the general public, and only essential staff will be working from these locations. The College isn’t closing, as all services including advising, financial aid, tutoring, and career services, will be available to the public online.

Coursework and Program Services/Classes – All regularly scheduled online courses that began in January are continuing as planned as well as regularly scheduled online courses that began March 16. Students who are taking online classes and/or hybrid courses will continue as planned. Students who are enrolled in face-to-face classes or were scheduled to begin a face-to-face class the week of March 16th, these courses will now begin online starting March 23. From this point forward, through the end of the semester, all courses will be provided online.
All classes will be delivered via alternate methods unless noted otherwise pending instruction in a specialized discipline.

Academic Advising – Web registration is open and available now through myKC. Please direct any questions or inquiries to info@kaskaskia.edu for new students and kcadvising@kaskaskia.edu for current students. Once contacted, an advisor will respond to your email to establish a non-face to face appointment. Your advisor will be readily available through email to answer your questions and to help you develop your schedule and register for your summer 2020 and fall 2020 classes. We will respond as quickly as possible. Please check for updates on the KC website, KC Alerts, and social media pages. High school counselors will be notified in detail about our registration plans.

Student and academic support services will continue online. For specific assistance, refer to the Kaskaskia College directory https://www.kaskaskia.edu/about-kc/directory/ to contact the office you need.

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Also, the College has developed an online tutorial to assist you in the online registration process: https://pics.kaskaskia.edu/tutorials/online-registration.mp4

Academic Center Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) – Academic Support Services – The ACE can be reached by email, ace@kaskaskia.edu, and phone, 618-545-3160. Students can find research and other library resources by visiting the KC website. YouTube videos are linked to the website that walks you through how to use our electronic catalog and databases.

Kaskaskia College Bookstore – At this moment, the KC Bookstore is unable to fill orders; however, they are checking emails for any questions at KCbookstore@kaskaskia.edu. For eBooks and Inclusive Access materials, please contact KCbookstore@kaskaskia.edu and onlinehelp@kaskaskia.edu.

Career Services – Students who have resumes that need reviewing can send their rough drafts to nfarley@kaskaskia.edu. All resumes will continue to be reviewed during campus closure and all correspondence sent via email. Available jobs will be updated on the Career Services website. Other resources include Illinois Work Net, www.indeed.com, or www.simplyhired.com for additional resources. Any additional questions for the Career Services office can be directed through email to nfarley@kaskaskia.edu.

Cashier Information – To make payments, students should log in to mykc. Find the Self Service – WebAdvisor Menu and click on webadvisor for students, then Financial Information – Student. From there are options to view account and make a payment or set up the Nelnet payment plan. For account or payment questions, email kccashiers@kaskaskia.edu.

Disability Support – Disability Support remains ready to assist in any way possible. Please contact Sandra Neabuhr at sneabuhr@kaskaskia.edu with any questions or concerns regarding your accommodations. For students requiring extended test timing, your exam time should be increased even when your exams move online. Please be sure to check in with your instructor in advance of any exam to ensure that your extended time remains in-place.

Kaskaskia College Education Centers and Crisp Technology Center – All Education Center Directors are answering their phones and emails and can assist with many student service questions. Students can call any of the five education centers for assistance. Directors will be available Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by phone or email only. Students can receive assistance with academic advising and registration from the Education Center Directors.

Financial Aid – Financial Aid is available by email at kcfinaid@kaskaskia.edu. Questions can be answered concerning student account, help individuals complete the FAFSA, and answer general questions. Forms can be scanned and emailed or mailed to Financial Aid Kaskaskia College 27210 College Rd Centralia IL 62801.

Blackboard and Canvas Questions via the Distance Learning Help Desk – The Distance Learning Office will be working remotely and responding to all inquiries.

Campus Access for Staff and Students is not allowed for students. Campus access for faculty and staff is still limited to essential needs only. The same protocol put into place recently for staff and faculty still exists.

Student Wi-Fi Service – Hot spot areas may be accessed by KC students and staff only near the Kaskaskia College Nursing Building northwest parking lot, the Health and Professional Careers northwest parking lot and the Agricultural Educational Center north parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning Monday, March 23. These days and times may change, so visit KC’s homepage for updates. Please go to www.kaskaskia.edu/wifimap to see the map of service and the highlighted purple parking areas.

Dual Credit – For the specific questions regarding dual credit, the following email address has been created: CV19dualcredit@kaskaskia.edu. Please use this email if you should have specific dual credit related instructions.
Evans added, “On behalf of the KC Board of Trustees and myself, I wish to thank everyone for their patience and support during this historic tragedy. Rest assured, this crisis will pass.”

For complete rundown and updates on the College’s response to the pandemic please visit https://www.kaskaskia.edu/covid19/.