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NMJC Offering All Classes in the Fall

NMJC Offering All Classes in the Fall

By Susan Fine

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Dr. Kelvin Sharp, president of New Mexico Junior College, has announced that the college is planning to offer a full range of classes for students beginning in the fall 2020 semester. “We are planning to operate all classes including face-to-face, online, dual credit, and ITV. We intend to give students every possible choice to meet their needs,” said Dr. Sharp.

“Our executive team is meeting continually to discuss how we can work with the Governor’s Executive Orders, as we plan to meet the needs of our students,” said Sharp. “Many students prefer face-to-face teaching, so our goal is to provide all options for our students. Our challenge is to ensure that we have the proper safety protocols in place to manage the risks associated with the current and any ongoing health crisis.”

NMJC will adhere to the health guidelines prepared by the State of New Mexico when the fall semester begins. Sharp continued, “We want students and their parents to know that whatever the situation in August, our priorities are the wellbeing of everyone on campus, along with the excellent education our students receive from New Mexico Junior College.”

Sharp said that he was extremely proud of the NMJC faculty for their work during the spring semester when the pandemic shut down schools and businesses. All NMJC classes transitioned to online format within a matter of days, and classes finished on time culminating with a virtual graduation of students on May 8th.

Sharp said, “One of our biggest announcements is our new schedule format starting in the fall semester.” Beginning with the fall semester, NMJC will be implementing a new weekday course schedule for students. Classes will be either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, with no Friday classes. Dr. Sharp said that the new format allows students greater flexibility in balancing work, family and school obligations. “Most of our students are working, and we understand how difficult it is to go to school three, four, or five days a week. Our new schedule format will allow students greater flexibility to take classes and not conflict with their other obligations.”

Sharp concluded, “I truly believe that NMJC is a great option for students in these uncertain times. Our tuition is the lowest in the state, students can stay safely at home, and our classes will transfer to universities when the student is ready.”

Because of the current health orders, the NMJC campus is on restricted access. Students seeking to register may contact the college through the website, nmjc.edu, or call the NMJC Help desk at 575-492-2575. Academic Advisors are currently working from home, and will return e-mails or phone calls to help students register for classes. Sharp said that he hopes to start opening offices to the public in the coming weeks.