Pewaukee,
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March
2020
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Waukesha County Technical College implements precautions against coronavirus for student, staff and visitor safety

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PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Thursday, March 12, 2020) – Administrators at Waukesha County Technical College continue to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and late Wednesday the College made several decisions that impact students, staff and visitors. These decisions were based on Tuesday’s announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO), which declared the virus a pandemic.

Below are some of the College’s directives.

Prevention

  • The College has increased its daily cleaning routines to provide additional sanitization to areas such as railings, elevator buttons, door handles, tables, desks and drinking fountains.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located near the main entrances of all campus buildings, and wastebaskets have been placed inside and outside of restrooms and other high-traffic areas.

Classes

  • WCTC’s spring break is scheduled for March 16-22.
  • The following week – March 23-29 – there will be no face-to-face, in-class instruction happening on campus, with the exception of the following: Truck Driving, Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Academy, internships and Small Business Center courses. Select clinicals and Protective Services courses may meet; instructors will contact students with details. Fully online courses will continue to be held through March 23-29. Any course not included in this list will not meet March 23-29.
  • Students should monitor their email and online learning management system for course or scheduling changes.

Internal and External Events

  • All internal and external events are canceled and will not be held on or off campus through May 31, 2020 – with the exception of graduation, in which a decision will soon be made. This includes meetings, workshops, pinning ceremonies, speakers and more. This will be evaluated on a continual basis.

Travel

  • All international travel, including education abroad classes, have been canceled through May 31, 2020. Affected students will be updated of any changes. Earlier this week, WCTC canceled a trip that included visits to Austria and France.
  • If students travel outside the United States, upon their return, they must self-quarantine for 14 days -- even if they do not show symptoms of illness -- before coming back to class. Anyone returning from spring break who has traveled outside of Wisconsin must self-monitor (for cough, fever, difficulty breathing) for 14 days.

Earlier this week, the WCTC District Board approved $250,000 in emergency funds to be used toward the College’s pandemic plan, if needed. WCTC will use existing funds before utilizing the resources allocated by the board.

WCTC is relying on guidance from the WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in providing resources to those in the WCTC community.

>> For comprehensive, up-to-date information, visit https://www.wctc.edu/coronavirus.

About Waukesha County Technical College

Waukesha County Technical College, the leader in workforce development, prepares learners for success within the region and global economy. The College offers more than 150 areas of study including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and short-term certificate programs. Customized training for employers is also available. To learn more, visit www.wctc.edu.