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.

Positive COVID-19 Cases

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
(5/29/2021 - 6/4/2021)
Cumulative Positive Cases Count
(8/20/2020 - 6/4/2021)
0 231

*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.

5/20/21 Update

Dear NICC Community, 

Just as the Pandemic Response Team (PRT) has done consistently throughout the past 14 months, we are making the following policy changes based on CDC, IDPH and local guidance along with consideration of The College’s current COVID-19 case count

The below policies are effective immediately for the NICC community:

If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19:

  • Face coverings are optional both indoors and outdoors.

  • Social distancing and capacity restrictions are lifted.  

If you are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 you are still encouraged to: 

  • Wear a face covering inside any NICC location.

  • Stay 6 feet apart from others.

  • Consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are under the age of 18: 

  • Face coverings are optional regardless of vaccination status.

  • Parents may want their child to continue to wear a face covering for reasons that make sense for their family or that child's specific health condition. Parents are encouraged to make their own decision about their child’s face covering usage.

* Note: This policy is based on the recent guidance provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) for Schools and Childcare Centers.

Sincerely, 

The Pandemic Response Team

5/14/2021 Update for Students and Employees

Dear Students and Employees, 

Northeast Iowa Community College’s Pandemic Response Team (PRT) is aware that CDC updated their guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.  That organization's new guidance states the following: People  who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

The PRT is actively reviewing these recommendations.  We have not made any changes to college protocols at this time but will provide updates to the community as adjustments are made. 

There are numerous benefits to getting vaccinated. We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated - for yourselves and all those around you. Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is easier now more than ever. Many pharmacies and healthcare providers in our district are offering no appointment, walk-in vaccination. To find a vaccination provider in your area access the  National Vaccine Finder or Iowa Vaccine Finder.

Sincerely, 

The Pandemic Response Team 

4/20/2021 Update for Students and Employees

Dear Students and Employees, 

Due to the demand for access to the COVID-19 Vaccine in the northern part of the NICC District, the College’s upcoming Vaccination Clinic is now open to the public

You are welcome to share this information with your friends and family via your own social media platforms. This information will also be shared on the College’s social media platforms and with the local media. 

WHAT: Northeast Iowa Community College will host an on-campus COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccination Clinic on the Calmar Campus on Thursday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Center. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccination.

A follow-up clinic to administer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be on Thursday, May 13, in the Student Center, which is 21 days after the first dose. Another registration link will be provided once those details are solidified. 

WHEN: Thursday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

WHERE: Northeast Iowa Community College Student Center, Calmar Campus.

HOW: Reserve an Appointment

Sincerely,
The Pandemic Response Team

4/19/2021 Update for Students and Employees

Dear Students and Employees,

Due to the demand for access to the COVID-19 vaccine in the northern part of the NICC district, you are now welcome to invite your friends and family to the College’s upcoming vaccination clinic. Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you know who is interested in receiving the vaccination. 

Northeast Iowa Community College will host an on-campus COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccination clinic on the Calmar Campus on Thursday, April 22 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Student Center. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccination.

A follow-up clinic will be on Thursday, May 13 in the Student Center, which is 21 days after the first dose. That date happens to fall on Calmar’s graduation day. Another registration link will be provided once those details are solidified. 

4/16/21 Update for Students

Dear Students,
 
The College will host an on-campus COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccination clinic on the Calmar Campus on Thursday, April 22 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Student Center. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccination.

A follow-up clinic will be on Thursday, May 13 in the Student Center, which is 21 days after the first dose. That date happens to fall on Calmar’s graduation day. Another registration link will be provided once those details are solidified. 

If you need assistance with scheduling an appointment, please contact Flannery Cerbin-Bohach at ext. 1208, or cerbin-bohachf@nicc.edu

Sincerely, 

The Pandemic Response Team 

4/15/2021 Update for Students and Employees

Dear Students and Employees, 

Today we are announcing a new opportunity for any student or employee who is interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

As a response to the current demand for access to the vaccine in the northern part of the NICC district, the College will host an on-campus COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine clinic on the Calmar Campus. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the vaccination. 

We will share date and time information with you as soon as it’s finalized. In the meantime, if you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, you can find a list of appointments that are currently available through our community partner providers (listed above).

Northeast Iowa Community College welcomes partnership opportunities, like this, that do not duplicate efforts and helps fulfill demands in the communities we serve. 

Sincerely,
The Pandemic Response Team 

3/16/2021 Update for Students

Greetings students,

Welcome back from time away during Spring Break.

It's been one year since COVID-19 forced us to adapt how we teach and attend classes, creating a challenging learning environment. I know it has not been easy for you given the impact of the pandemic on your life. I am proud of how hard you have worked to do your best.

With the distribution of vaccines underway and the continued observance of safety protocols, brighter days are indeed ahead of us. I am glad more and more of our students, faculty, and staff are eligible to receive the vaccine.

As I look around the community, I also see other schools and colleges successfully bringing more people back to in-person learning in a thoughtful and safe way. Here at NICC, many of you are asking for more in-person interactions inside and outside the classroom.

With this in mind, our May 2021 graduation ceremonies will be held as in-person celebrations. Safety continues to be a priority and details of the events will be shared when we have them.

Furthermore, as we look ahead to the fall semester, the majority of the classes will be held in-person within a safe environment. Just as we always have, NICC will continue to offer flexible class options such as online, online synchronous, hyflex, and hybrid classes to help those students needing to balance work, college, and family obligations.

I see a hopeful spring and beyond. Let us continue to be resilient, vigilant, and work together.

With admiration of your efforts,

Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D.
President, Northeast Iowa Community College

2/10/2021 Update for Students and Employees

Dear Students and Employees,

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that became effective Sunday, Feb. 7. The proclamation eliminated the requirement for people to wear face-coverings in public places.

However, the policies and procedures adopted by Northeast Iowa Community College at the start of the fall semester remain in place. Face coverings continue to be required in all college buildings, including classrooms and meeting locations, unless alone in a private office.

We urge you to continue practicing the College’s safety protocols as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sincerely,
The Pandemic Response Team

1/11/2021 Update for Students

Dear Students,

Whether you’re returning to Northeast Iowa Community College after fall semester or you’re a new student, we are thrilled to have you with us. The NICC Pandemic Response Team is offering reminders and resources related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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.

Reporting Policy

All students and employees are required to report any illness or close contact exposure to college administration. If you experience illness or close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 please complete the Student COVID-19 Notification form.

Quarantine Protocol

The CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. NICC plans to continue to follow CDC guidance and direct students, employees and visitors with close contact exposure to COVID-19 to remain off site for 14 days. Your local public health department may allow you to return to work and other daily activities 7-10 days after your exposure. Regardless, NICC plans to continue asking everyone to stay off site for a full 14 days after an exposure.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The implementation of an effective COVID-19 vaccine will impact the College’s ability to have more in-person classes and services at NICC. Please consider receiving the vaccine as it becomes more widely available. Iowa’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine can be found at the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website.You can also check out the COVID-19 Resources page on the NICC website to find multiple vaccine information.

Course Information

The College intends on maintaining the spring 2021 semester dates and currently scheduled instructional delivery method unless health and safety requires changes. The goal is to offer courses in a variety of formats and maintain a consistent format throughout the semester.

If you need internet access to participate in online classes while on campus you are encouraged to use the open computer labs. Note: Please use your headphones so other students can use the space at the same time.

Calmar - Room 200 Max Clark Hall
Peosta - Room 200H in the Library or the Internet Cafe on the upper level

Playbook

All information related to the College’s response to COVID-19 can be found on the NICC COVID-19 Webpage. The website includes a downloadable PDF version of the playbook. We appreciate your continued cooperation in keeping our College community safe and healthy.

Sincerely,
The Pandemic Response Team


12/10/2020 Update for Students

Greetings NICC students,

I am grateful for your remarkable work, commitment to success, and sacrifices throughout the fall semester. It has not been easy during the pandemic. Allow me to share with you the following information that will help you plan for the upcoming holidays and the spring semester.

Vaccine

We are heartened by the exciting news of effective COVID-19 vaccines being implemented. The vaccine will impact our ability to have more in-person classes and services at NICC. Iowa’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine can be found at the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website. We will share the process for receiving the vaccine as it becomes available.

Holiday Gatherings and Travel

The CDC recommends that we celebrate the winter holidays with the people we live with to limit the risk of transmission and infection. If you choose to visit family and friends or travel over the holidays, be mindful of the risks involved and the precautions you can take to protect yourself and others.

Spring Semester Information

NICC will continue to provide in-person and remote services at all campuses and centers. We intend to maintain the spring 2021 semester dates and consistent instructional formats unless health and safety requires us to change. Courses in various formats (face-to-face, hybrid, online synchronous, online asynchronous) are available to meet students’ needs. NICC is committed to providing quality learning experiences that lead to your success.

Students can access their class schedule and course information in Self Service.

  • Self-Service for Students > Student Planning > Spring 2021
  • The Spring syllabi will contain specific information about classroom instruction, format, and how learning outcomes will be met with health and safety in mind.

Student Services

Student Services staff or your advisor are available for any questions at 844.642.2338, ext. 2700, or studentservices@nicc.edu. Here is a list of important contacts that includes other services (e.g., Learning Center, Technology Support, Counseling, Disability Services).

Safety Protocols

As a reminder, we can all do the following to keep ourselves and others safer into 2021:

  • Use cloth face coverings or masks as required at all NICC locations.
  • Practice social distancing and frequent hand washing.
  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • Follow COVID-19 mitigation strategies to help in decreasing transmission and infection.
  • Understand quarantine protocol: NICC follows the CDC guidance of 14-day quarantine.
  • Report illness or close contact exposure to the college: Student COVID-19 Notification form

Please continue to remain safe during the pandemic. We will get through this together. Have a safe holiday break.

Sincerely,

Dr. Liang Chee Wee
President


11/20/2020 Update for Students

Dear Students,

Navigating school, work and the holiday season can be challenging in a normal year. Add a dangerous pandemic to the mix and things get even more complicated. It can be hard to know which activities are safe and which should be avoided.

Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Here are some tips to make your Thanksgiving holiday safer.

What is changing after Thanksgiving?

With the rising number of COVID-19 cases on campus and in the community we will be implementing the following changes in course delivery and college operations to help reduce the number of individuals on campus:

  • All locations remain open to the public, though hours and staffing may be reduced.
  • All offices and departments remain open to provide services through a combination of in-person and virtual activities.
  • High school concurrent courses held at our centers will continue to meet as scheduled. (Recent changes may have been made based on your high school's learning plans.)
    • Check your NICC email and Brightspace for updates from your instructor.
    • Contact your center or high school counselor with any questions.
  • Beginning November 30th, more lecture-based fall classes are moving to remote delivery (online synchronous) through the end of the semester.
    • Check your NICC email and Brightspace for updates from your instructor.
    • Contact your instructor with any questions.
  • Career and technical programs that include labs will continue to meet as scheduled to complete their hands-on coursework.

Why are things changing?

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases on campus and in the community, the potential of exposure to COVID-19 over the Thanksgiving holiday and recent directives issued by Iowa’s Governor.

What can you do to help?

Your choices have the potential of jeopardizing the College’s ability to safely provide you an education and puts you at risk of not being able to successfully complete your coursework.

Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. We look forward to finishing the semester safely. We are in this together.

Sincerely,
The Pandemic Response Team


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.