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Okanagan College cancels remaining in-person classes

March 18, 2020 - 2:06 PM

Okanagan College has cancelled all remaining face-to-face classes while it completes the move to online teaching in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 90 per cent of academic classes have already made that transition, according to an Okanagan College media release. The move to cancel all in-person classes takes effect tomorrow, March 19.

“We continue to work on creative ways to deliver trades training programming, especially shops, following guidance from the provincial health officer," Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton said in the release. "We have already postponed more than 20 planned intakes of trades programs that were to start in the next few weeks.” 

Students currently on practicum placements will continue in those placements unless advised by otherwise. The college is working with practicum providers to assess each situation on a case-by-case basis, in addition to communicating means and opportunities for employees to work from home.

“Many of our student services are already available online and others are transitioning to ensure students feel supported while not on campus, such as counselling and accessibility services,” Hamilton said.

“We know this is a stressful and uncertain time for students, as it is for all, and so we’re going to be taking a look at every way we can provide support and help students face whatever challenges they’re encountering as the situation unfolds.”

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