The academic year at Peninsula College is moving forward — a week later than planned and with instruction going online for the entire spring quarter.
College officials announced the shift to online classes on April 2.
The quarter will start on Monday, April 13, and end as planned on Saturday, June 13.
Commencement is tentatively planned for Saturday, June 20, with a decision about commencement details to be made closer to that date, PC representatives said.
Faculty members are using the week of April 6-10 to prepare for spring quarter instruction, PC representatives said, including how to delivery of lab and clinic elements of courses.
“We are at a critical point in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” College President Luke Robins said.
Noting Clallam and Jefferson county health officials’ recommendations to “flatten the curve” of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Robins said, “As a college community, we can do this by eliminating face to face work conditions where possible, observing appropriate social distancing when interacting with others, and continuing to observe universal precautions and enhanced cleaning protocols.
“We have an ethical responsibility to do whatever we can to help slow the spread of this pandemic — but we also want to continue to serve our students and our communities during this challenging time. We are continuing to process admissions applications and financial aid requests and we are registering students.”
In a recent email to PC students Robins wrote, “Your academic success continues to be our top priority. The COVID-19 situation changes almost hourly, and I appreciate your patience as we prepare for a Spring Quarter unlike any we’ve ever experienced. Please take good care, get plenty of rest, and keep an eye out for updates via social media, our website and email.”
For more information, call Pirate Central at 360-452-9277.
Resources for students included are included below.
Textbooks can be ordered online at bookaneer.pencol.edu/Home. The site also includes information on rental returns. Free shipping withing Washington state has been extended on all orders placed on the website. For help placing an order, call 360-417-6440 and leave a message or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Business office
PC is working to really limit/eliminate cash payments to the college for the foreseeable future. Students can convert cash to cashier’s checks free of charge at local First Federal branches (students do not need to have an account). To find the nearest branch, visit www.ourfirstfed.com/home/locations. Payments can then be mailed to: Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
• Community Resource Database
A collaboration between the college’s Workforce Programs ABAWD Navigator and the school library has created a resource database to connect students and the community with supports from housing to healthcare. See https://bit.ly/2wrtpxf.
• Financial assistance
Financial aid for spring quarter was scheduled to disburse to eligible student’s billing accounts on April 6. Financial aid refunds will be generated and sent to eligible students (via refund method student selected) by Friday, April 10; paper checks may take a few days longer, PC officials said. Email to email@example.com for more information.
• Pirate Pantry/Student Food Bank
The Pirate Pantry closed with the end of winter quarter, but is open again this week (April 6-10), subject to health regulations). For a list of community food resources, visit http://bit.ly/2J28K5A.
• Worker retraining
Peninsula College’s Worker Retraining Program helps students with tuition, textbooks, childcare, transportation and more. Go to pencol.edu/worker-retraining for more information.