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On April 30, 2020, Nevada's Governor, Steve Sisolak, officially issued a directive that extends the stay-at-home order in Nevada through 5/15/2020. As such, the COVID-19 Taskforce wanted to take a moment and notify our staff/faculty/students that Northwest Career College will stay closed to the general public through 6/1/2020. Classes will continue to be held online and prospective students will still be able to register for coursework and begin their educational journeys. At this time, NCC plans to reopen our campus on 6/1/2020, however, we will continue to meet twice weekly to discuss the evolving situation and verify these plans. If anything changes, you will be notified immediately. We are also monitoring the updates and guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control, the CDC, on a regular basis and following their direction as it pertains to colleges and personal health and well-being when dealing with COVID-19. Below are some of the basic questions answered on COVID-19 as well as links to the most up-to-date health organizations monitoring and working on this critical health crisis and answers to questions about your education at Northwest Career College.
President Dr. John Kenny Delivers A Campus Update
NCC Campus Reopening Plans
State of the Campus - April 2020 Dr. John Kenny has recorded a short "State of the Campus" video to provide updates about a few important topics including:
  • Campus Reopening Guidelines
  • Certification Exam Plans
  • #VegasGoesBlue Initiative
  Click Here to watch it on Instagram! Homeschooling Support Resources The Taskforce has received a lot of feedback about the challenges our parents and children have faced over the last several weeks and wanted to provide support. Ms. Ivy Champion, an NCC Homeschool parent of over 10 years, has recorded an AMAZING video to provide you with some suggestions to ease the transition to homeschooling, including topics such as:
  • Family Calendaring
  • Learning Spaces
  • ...And many more!
  Click Here to watch it on Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for additional resources in the coming weeks. Be well and stay safe!
Weekly COVID-19 Taskforce Memorandums
Purpose of the Memo The COVID-19 Taskforce is committed to transparently communicating about the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it is having on our institution. Up until this point, updates have been provided by Executive Team members and leaders within the organization. To consolidate these updates and provide them in a consistent format, the COVID-19 Taskforce will send a single weekly update in this format moving forward. Campus Reopening Plans Projected Reopening Date Considering the ongoing concerns about the lack of widespread COVID-19 testing, the Taskforce voted to keep the campus closed to students and the public and continue conducting remote class sessions for the upcoming term that runs from May 4, 2020 through May 31, 2020. The Taskforce further voted to establish a revised projected reopening date of June 1, 2020. Reopening Assessment Criteria Going forward, the Taskforce will consider the following factors when assessing NCC’s readiness to return to normal campus operations each week:
  • Nevada’s ability to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in our community through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
  • Nevada’s likelihood to institute or reinstitute protective measures, such as the stay-at-home orders;
  • Nevada’s ability to support reopening of other businesses, schools, and childcare facilities with appropriate physical distancing measures; and,
  • Federal health guidance about the appropriate screening measures that should be adopted by businesses and schools prior to reopening.
  Anticipated Impacts of Decision Impact on Students Academic operations will continue under the same parameters as are currently in effect for the April 6, 2020 term:
  • All programs will continue conducting virtual classroom and support sessions at their normally scheduled times.
  • New and returning students in specific programs (Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Technician and Phlebotomy Technician) will receive lab kits by May 1, 2020 to supplement their virtual classroom experience for the upcoming term.
  Impact on Employees Business operations will continue under the same parameters as are currently in effect with a limited number of employees on-campus until otherwise specified. Please note, employees may be asked to return to campus sooner than students and reopening timelines for both populations will not necessarily line up. NCC remains committed to providing adequate notice of any plans to reopen and will make that decision based on the criteria described above.
What Is COVID-19? COVID19 is a novel virus that spreads from person to person, usually within about six feet of each other through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes…but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. What Are The Symptoms Of COVID-19? Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness including fever, cough and shortness of breath. For more information:, Is There Anything You Can Do To Stop The Spread Of These Germs?
  1. Wash your hands. It’s basic. It’s simple. But, it is very effective because COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory disease that is spread easily and removing the microorganisms from your hands is highly effective. So, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds…about the time it takes you to sing Happy Birthday two times.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  For more information:
Homeschooling Tips For Employees And Students
What Do I Need To Know As A Current Or Future Student Of Northwest Career College?
Northwest Career College has implemented a plan to address COVID -19 on our campus sites. We will need your help, however, in keeping everyone healthy and safe. Here are a few of the policies we have implemented:
  1. If you are sick, stay home. This applies to all staff, faculty and students. You should contact your physician…do not show up without an appointment as they may have special instructions for you.
  2. If any students, staff, faculty or guests on campus are showing signs of acute respiratory symptoms, they will be asked to leave and meet virtually with a member of the NCC Team.
  3. If you have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, please notify your instructor, academic advisor or career services advisor.
  4. Remote Tutoring will be available for all students.
  5. Remote Make Up Sessions will be available for all students.
  6. We are working with all of our extern sites to share with them our COVID-19 protocols and to learn theirs. Although we cannot be 100% certain of each site’s response should you fall ill, we will work diligently with them to schedule a “back to work” plan.
  7. Northwest has created a Task Force to address any issue that arises from COVID-19 as it pertains to our students, staff and faculty. They have developed plans for any circumstance that may arise on campus. If circumstances change, you will hear from a member of the NCC staff or faculty.
Direct Links To Local, State, National and International Health Resources
The best and only way through a challenge of this nature is with complete transparency and commitment to doing the right thing by keeping everyone safe and healthy. And that is exactly what you can expect from Northwest. Please know that Northwest Career College is here for you today and will be here for you going forward. On behalf of everyone at Northwest Career College… Stay safe. Stay healthy. Take good care.

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