College Updates

As a college, we are committed to providing transparent, accurate data regarding cases of COVID-19 related to the college environment while also maintaining the ongoing confidentiality of our students and employees.

The data below represents the number of POSITIVE COVID-19 cases self-reported each week and a cumulative total of POSITIVE COVID-19 cases since the start of the Fall 2020 semester across the entire college district*. Important Notes:

  • Data is updated weekly each Monday.
  • Contact tracing occurs following each positive test result and any individual in close contact (within 6 feet or closer for 15 minutes or more) will be notified and instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • The College is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of students and employees. Data will not be included that could be linked to identifiable information.
  • High school and daycare students are not included in this data. This decision was made in an effort to report unduplicated numbers in our communities.
  • The reporting of this data is designed to provide information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the college community, these cases are not included in the data because they do not pose any exposure risk to people at our facilities.
Weekly Report of Positive Cases
(9/12/2020 - 9/18/2020)
Fall 2020 Cumulative Positive Cases Count
(8/20/2020 - 9/18/2020)
3 19

*Note: These numbers reflect the total number of cases throughout the entire Northeast Iowa Community College district. NICC has locations in Calmar, Peosta, Dubuque, Cresco, Manchester, New Hampton, Waukon and Oelwein. View locations on the district map.

8/19/2020 Update for Students

Dear students,

On behalf of all faculty and staff at Northeast Iowa Community College, welcome to the fall semester! Whether your classes are face-to face, online or a combination of the two, we will do everything we can to help you be successful. All services are open and available for in-person and virtual assistance.

Below is what you need to know in order to prepare for classes this week.

Face Coverings

To protect the health and safety of our campus community, the College is requiring everyone to wear face coverings in all college buildings, including classrooms and meeting locations, unless alone in a private office or study room. The expectation is that everyone is personally responsible for wearing a face covering. You can find information about NICC Strong Pandemic protocols to keep our college and community safe.

Sanitation

Classrooms will be sanitized at the end of each class. Sanitizing supplies will be available in each classroom and/or the vicinity of the classroom. Faculty and staff will wipe table surfaces or other areas after each class.

Class Information

Many class changes have occurred during the past few weeks, please check your class schedule in Self-Service for Students, Student Planning > Fall 2020 for accurate information. Go to Brightspace to see additional important announcements about accessing your online, hybrid, and online synchronous courses.

Internet and Computer Lab Access

If you are in a situation where you do not have reliable internet or routine access to a personal laptop or computer to access your classes, please complete this technology request form and our helpdesk will try to accommodate your technology needs the best they can.

Some on-campus students have had classes move to an online synchronous (ONLS) format and the time between classes does not allow for travel back home. The following computer labs are available for students who need to join an ONLS class or utilize college computers while on campus. Headphones or earbuds are recommended when using the rooms.

Peosta
Room 200H | 7:00 am - 5:00 pm | Monday-Friday

Calmar
Max Clark Rooms 200 & 201 | 7:00 am - 5:00 pm | Monday-Friday

Peosta Construction

Students arriving at the Peosta campus will note a great deal of construction taking place. The College is in the first phase of the main building renovation which will include construction of a new café, student life, learning and testing centers, offices and classrooms.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Parking will be available in the west lot (by Fareway), the NECAS lot and the upper end of the south lot by the daycare.
  • There is limited parking in the north lot at this time as the north entrance is closed for renovation and construction in this area.
  • Parking is not available on the east end of the south lot as this is reserved for construction.
  • Students should enter the main building through the library entrance. The lower level main building entrances are for construction crews only.
  • The main entrance of the Industrial Technology building is open and available for use.
  • Emergency exits are located in the library entrance doors, lower level Health and Science area, lower level doors (café, southeast and southwest doors, conference center doors.)

Faculty and staff are thrilled to welcome you back. We are here to make sure you are successful during this unique situation. You are part of our community and we can’t wait to work with you.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Nacos-Burds, Ph.D.
Vice President of Learning and Student Success
Northeast Iowa Community College


8/4/2020 Update for Students

Fall 2020 students,

You have been resilient and dedicated to your education through this difficult time in our world’s history. As the Fall Semester begins, we want you to know that we are here for you. Together, we’ve got this!

It's the college's ultimate goal to bring students, staff and faculty back to our college facilities in a slow, safe and methodical way. We will preserve our vibrant learning environment while keeping our college community safe. Our plan is to resume classes starting the week of August 20. We will plan to pivot from that option, if necessary, based on current safety recommendations. Just as we have for many years, Northeast Iowa Community College continues to support individual student needs by offering the following learning options:

Face-to-Face: Students will attend class at a campus or college location, as scheduled. The College will adhere to safety precautions and social distancing. This will allow students to be in the classroom with their instructor. If safety, health or childcare circumstances require, the student can connect through a video live stream or watch a recording of the lecture at a later date. Please note: face coverings are required for all people who are inside any Northeast Iowa Community College location.

Hybrid: Students will complete a majority (51 percent or more) of the course content using the online environment where instruction can be accessed at any time (asynchronous). The remaining course content is delivered at a campus or college location, as scheduled . If safety, health or childcare circumstances require, the student can connect through a video live stream or watch a recording of the lecture at a later date. Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor. Please note: face coverings are required for all people who are inside any Northeast Iowa Community College location.

Online Synchronous: Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Instruction is live, online at a specific date and time with lectures recorded for review later. Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor.

Online: Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Instruction can be accessed at any time (asynchronous). Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor.

College administrators are working with faculty to finalize which courses will continue in their originally scheduled format and which courses will pivot to an alternative format. By August 7, your class schedule will be updated to reflect these changes. Updates will be viewable in Self-Service for Students, Student Planning > Fall 2020. Students who are currently enrolled in ONLY online classes will have no change. After you review your updated schedule, please contact student services or your advisor to answer any questions or make adjustments, 844.642.2338, ext. 2700, or studentservices@nicc.edu.

Please watch for communication from your faculty for more specific information about your courses. As always, faculty will continue to work with each of you personally to meet your educational needs. We are honored to work with you on your educational journey. Together we can make this semester an experience that defines us as a college community.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Nacos-Burds, Ph.D.
Vice President of Learning and Student Success
Northeast Iowa Community College


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


7/2/2020 Update

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 curbside service Monday - Thursday. The Peosta library is open for curbside pickup from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM and the Calmar library is open for curbside pickup from Noon - 2:00 PM.
  • 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.