Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and safety of our students, employees and community continues to be our top priority. Cases of COVID-19 continue to be reported in Iowa and NICC continues to closely monitor the situation. We will follow the guidance of the Iowa Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other agencies when making changes to our plan and making steps to re-open in phases.

Updates

Last Updated: 7/2/2020 - Beginning Monday, July 6, Northeast Iowa Community College will be moving into step three of our pandemic response plan. Step three means the college remains mostly closed to the public with gradually increasing exceptions.

  • College campus buildings and center locations are closed to the public with exceptions being made for individual appointments. An extremely limited number of classes and labs are currently being held in person with permission of the vice presidents. Those classes are strictly following Public Health protocols.
  • To protect the health and safety of our campus the Pandemic Response Team is requiring all people to wear applicable face coverings (cloth covering, disposable or cloth mask, face shield) in all campus buildings, including classrooms and meetings, unless alone in a private space.
  • Beginning July 6, the NICC Childcare centers will be open and operating under new Department of Human Services protocols.
  • Campus libraries are currently offering drive-up service and will prepare to increase access on July 13. The Peosta library is currently open for curbside pickup Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – Noon.
  • Our priority continues to be that our students receive a quality education. Our intention is to resume offering face-to-face credit and non-credit classes beginning August 20, 2020. To provide multiple options for students, faculty have been asked to provide classes through multiple methods including face to face, online and hybrid. Programs that require hands-on learning will continue as planned in a safe and socially distant environment and will be enhanced with online learning options.
  • Virtual student services are available to all students: Counseling, tutoring, advising, disability services, virtual visits, enrollment and placement testing. (See "Important Contacts for Students" below)
  • The college is requiring ALL employees to complete safety training prior to returning to NICC campus facilities and center locations.
  • The college is recommending anyone allowed in a college facility of center location perform the CDC self check using the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker.

7/9/2020 Update for Students

Dear NICC Student, 

We are thrilled to be partnering with you as you continue your education this fall. You have persevered during this difficult time in our world and we are honored to work with you. 

At Northeast Iowa Community College, our priority continues to be a quality education for our students in a safe environment. Our intention is to resume offering face-to-face credit and non-credit classes beginning August 20, 2020. Just as we have for many years, Northeast Iowa Community College will continue to offer alternative learning options, such as online or hybrid learning formats. Faculty will continue to work with each of you personally to meet your educational needs. 

While our ultimate goal is to provide you with the option of face-to-face classes starting August 20, we will plan to pivot from that option, if necessary,  based on current safety recommendations. Faculty who have planned to offer face-to-face courses have been asked to prepare plans for alternative learning options, including the option of attending a face-to-face class virtually, in real time. Please note: programs that require hands-on learning will continue as planned in a safe and socially distant environment that will be enhanced with online learning options. 

When we do return to offering the option of face-to-face classes, the College has put the following safety precautions in place to protect your health and safety:

  • Classroom modifications to ensure physical distancing
  • Social distancing controls such as barriers and signage
  • Face coverings required to be worn by everyone on campus
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices
  • Frequent hand washing encouraged and use of hand sanitizer, which is widely available

Here are other things to prepare for fall enrollment:

  • Take personal responsibility for your health. Follow current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines. 
  • If you need any assistance now or into the fall, virtual student services are available to all students: counseling, tutoring, advising, disability services, virtual visits and placement testing. For more information, please call the Student Services office at 844.642.2338, ext. 2700.
  • Become familiar with Brightspace, the College’s online learning platform. For assistance, please call the Department of Instructional Innovation and Design at 844.642.2338, ext. 1701. 

We plan to send you regular communication as we move closer to the fall semester. We thank you for the opportunity to work with you and keep you safe this fall. 

Sincerely, 

Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D.
NICC President

How can we help stop the spread of COVID-19?

We all can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Stay home and social distance.

Should I wear a face mask in public settings?

The CDC does recommend wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. View more info about face coverings from the CDC and how to make your own.

Where can I find the most up-to-date information about COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the best place to find the most current information.

What are COVID-19 Symptoms?

Coronaviruses are respiratory, meaning most people who have a Coronavirus will have a cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, and fever. View the CDC About Coronavirus Disease page for additional information.

How do people get Coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the most accurate information.

Who is considered at higher risk?

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. These people who may be at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness, includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

How can we prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Disinfecting surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

What should I do if I am infected with the Coronavirus?

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community:

  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Wear a facemask
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all "high-touch" surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms

More information regarding steps to take when you are sick can be found at the CDC Steps to Take when Sick page.

What if I am unable to attend class?

If a student is unable to attend class they need to notify their instructor by email (preferred) or phone as soon as possible.

What if class is cancelled due to instructor illness?

If an instructor cancels class, students will be notified through their College email or a Brightspace announcement.

What if I have questions on my financial aid or FAFSA?

Call the Financial Aid Office:

  • 844.642.2338 (Mon. - Fri., 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Calmar area: ext. 1230 or 1236
  • Peosta area: ext. 2219 or 2220

New Federal Student Aid Flexibilities for Students, Parents and Borrowers: Students, parents and borrowers can go to the Federal Student Aid (FSA) for important updates regarding federal student aid in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). They have a student and borrower question and answer section and links to resources relating to COVID-19.

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is providing emergency grant relief to college students whose lives have been disrupted and are experiencing financial challenges related to COVID-19. Learn more about the CARES Grant.

College staff and faculty are working remotely and are here to help students and the community. Please call 844.642.2338 to reach us or use additional contacts below.

Technology Support (NICC Help Desk)

Online and Blended Learning

Faculty

  • Refer to the course syllabus in Brightspace for your faculty’s contact information.
  • Call Online and Blended Learning if you are uncertain how to navigate Brightspace.

Academic Deans

  • Chris Carlson - Dean of Career and Technical Education, carlsonc@nicc.edu, 844.642.2338 ext. 2168
  • Laura Menke - Dean of Allied Health, menkel@nicc.edu, 844.642.2338 ext. 2498
  • Jeff Murphy - Dean of Business, Arts and Science, murphyj@nicc.edu, 844.642.2338 ext. 1235
  • Sue Schneider - Dean of Nursing, schneiders@nicc.edu, 844.642.2338 ext. 2209

Student Services/Advising/Financial Aid

  • Email: studentservices@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2700 (7:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday)
  • Zoom appointments – make a request using one of the above

Learning Center

Counseling

  • Email: burnsra@nicc.edu (Calmar) or martinb@nicc.edu (Peosta)
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1378 (Randi Burns - Calmar) or ext. 2215 (Brooke Martin - Peosta)
  • Zoom appointments – make a request using one of the above
  • Resources online at Counseling Resources and in Brightspace

Student Crisis Fund

Disability Services

  • Email: stamata@nicc.edu (Calmar) or greenad@nicc.edu (Peosta)
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1258 (Anna Stamat - Calmar) or ext. 2280 (Adam Green - Peosta)
  • Zoom appointments – make a request using one of the above
  • General information and resources online at Disability Services

Library

TRIO (Peosta only)

  • Email: virtac@nicc.edu (Cindy Virta) or kremerj9@nicc.edu (Jodi Kremer)
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2406 (Cindy Virta) or ext. 2405 (Jodi Kremer)
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2408 (Nikki Atnip) to schedule appt
  • Zoom appointments – make a request using one of the above
  • TRIO Tutor: email millers481@nicc.edu (Sue Miller) for tutoring appt. TRIO Students only.
  • Online resources available at TRIO

High School Partnerships

  • Email: hvitvedm@nicc.edu (Missy Hvitved), stelkenc@nicc.edu (Caitlin Stelken), gilbertka@nicc.edu (Katie Gilbert), smithj@nicc.edu (Janet Smith)
  • Phone: 844.642.2338
    • Missy Hvitved ext. 1157 (Northern end high schools)
    • Caitlin Stelken ext. 2393 (Southern end high schools)
    • Katie Gilbert ext. 2389 (Associate Dean of High School Partnerships)
    • Janet Smith ext. 2320 (Administrative Assistant)
  • Zoom appointment – request using the above

Student Life

  • Email: poppk@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2104
  • Watch NICC email for virtual student life events

Finance Office

To Report a Concern, Incident or Unresolved Complaint:

  • Incident of Concern Form
  • Complaint Form - In the event of a complaint, issues should be resolved at the lowest level possible to resolve the concern quickly and to the satisfaction of those involved. Students are encouraged to make an informal inquiry to an instructor, advisor or assigned dean/director as soon as possible following the event that gave rise to the complaint.

Should I cancel my travel plans?

CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. More information can be found on the CDC Travelers page.

Will the college cancel scheduled trips (class trips, in-state or out-of-state competitions, etc.) for students?

Scheduled events and trips are subject to evolving conditions in many areas of the country. The college will monitor scheduled activities and travel recommendations. Travel will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If a scheduled trip is canceled students will be notified by a college official. Faculty, in conjunction with the Department Dean, will communicate any travel changes to students.

What do I do if I have domestic/international travel planned?

For the most up-to-date travel notices and resources visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).