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Howard Community College planning some in-person classes for fall semester

The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall is the focal point for students at Howard Community College's Columbia campus.
The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall is the focal point for students at Howard Community College's Columbia campus.

Howard Community College unveiled its learning plan for the fall semester Friday, with teaching to be conducted in classrooms and online.

The “blended learning” plan, according to a HCC news release, includes three types of classes — hybrid, scheduled remote and flexible online — that vary in the type of instruction.

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Hybrid classes will be held both on campus and online for labs and other types of instruction that require hands-on learning. Scheduled remote classes will be conducted online with specific times of instruction using the Zoom video conferencing app. Flexible online classes will allow students to learn and complete assignments on their own time while utilizing Zoom and other platforms for recorded lectures.

Services like academic advising, financial aid and other enrollment services will be available in person by appointment. Revised class schedules are available at howardcc.edu.

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“From the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, Howard Community College has prioritized the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff. The decision for fall aligns with the college’s own recovery and reopening plan and follows guidance from Howard County, the state of Maryland and the Centers for Disease and Prevention,” HCC President Kate Hetherington wrote in a prepared statement.

“I greatly appreciate the patience and perseverance of the college community as we developed our plan for the future, which balances health and safety with the necessity of some in-person services and instruction.”

According to the release, HCC will resume campus operations once Maryland and Howard County move to Phase 3 of reopening plans.

Several other Maryland college are implementing a combination of in-person and online learning for the fall semester, including Towson University and McDaniel College in Carroll County.

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