Sep 14, 2020 9:07 PM

HutchCC BOT approves changes to spring semester

Posted Sep 14, 2020 9:07 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The HutchCC Board of Trustees approved a shortened spring semester during their monthly meeting.

With the new calendar, spring break will be canceled this year and the semester will end one week earlier than originally planned.

“The schedule for the spring semester has been top of mind for us for quite some time,” College Spokesperson Denny Stoecklein said. “We have been doing a lot of evaluating and discussion internally.”

Under the proposal, all classes will be held in person or online and commencement will be held Friday, April 30. Making the decision now also prevents other complications.

“It was just the right time we thought to make the decision to move forward with eliminating spring break and then ending the semester a week earlier,” Stoecklein said. “Before it got too much closer to the spring and people started making spring break plans, this way it gets the information out there quicker.”

While the fall semester will be online after the Thanksgiving holiday, the college will be open through finals.

“We are planning on all of that to be in person,” Stoecklein said. “Spring break is in March, so it’s several weeks ahead of the end of the semester. So at this point, the plans are to have the spring semester entirely face-to-face.”

The regular online classes will be available as well as special online courses for students who wish to learn remotely.