PALM DESERT (CNS) – Most classes set for College of the Desert’s upcoming winter intersession and spring semester will be held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced Tuesday.
Officials said at least 95% of all sections will be completely online, although certain courses, including some nursing sections with laboratory and clinical components that require face-to-face instruction, will not be.
“When planning the upcoming semesters, we carefully considered the safety of our students, faculty and staff and we believe this plan will provide our students with the safest, least disruptive approach to earning their degrees and certificates during the pandemic,” Superintendent and President Joel L. Kinnamon said.
Course registration begins Dec. 1.
The college’s main campus in Palm Desert and its satellite campuses across the region have been shuttered to all non-essential personnel since mid- March due to the coronavirus. Student services continue to be offered virtually, including counseling services via Cranium Cafe, a video-conferencing platform.
College officials said staff are working up a plan to bring students and employees back to campus, although a timeline was not provided.
Summer and fall classes were previously held virtually due to the pandemic.
Additional information can be found at http://www.collegeofthedesert.edu.