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Coronavirus Information

This is a rapidly changing situation. All official college communications related to the coronavirus will be posted on this website.

CAMPUS UPDATE: MAY 22, 2020

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, Governor Cooper announced the progression into Phase Two of his plan to reopen the state. The Safer-at-Home Phase Two plan goes into effect on May 22, 2020 at 5 p.m. and lifts the current stay-at-home order. In Phase Two more businesses will open, mass gatherings will continue to be limited to no more than 10 people indoors, gatherings of up to 25 will be permitted outdoors, and teleworking will continue to be encouraged.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff has been our top priority. This will continue to be our focus as we transition back to a more normal state of operations. To do this safely, all persons are strongly encouraged to review the Risk Mitigation and Safety Protocols put into place.

Return to Campus

  • Students
    The first priority as part of our transition is to resume face-to-face learning for students that need to complete their spring semester classes or practical hours that were suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. Students in the following programs will soon be contacted by their instructor(s) about completing their classes and hours.

    • Cosmetology
    • Esthetics
    • Medical Assisting
    • Phlebotomy
    • Veterinary Technology
    • Welding
    • Automotive

Work-based learning will also resume with safety protocols in place.

The summer semester at Gaston College will begin on May 26, 2020 with the majority of the classes remaining online the entire semester. For the programs/courses that require face-to-face instruction, instructors will communicate what portions will be taught online, and when and how on-campus instruction will take place.

Continuing education, customized training, apprenticeships, and services by the Small Business Center will resume to the fullest extent possible under the Phase Two guidelines.

Support for students and prospective students remains available online and by phone or email. For your safety, we ask everyone to connect with staff in one of these ways prior to visiting any of our campuses. When an in-person visit is warranted, staff will schedule an appointment for you during regular business hours. No walk-in service is available at this time. The testing center will also be open by appointment only. Current contact information to connect with various student support offices can be found on our COVID-19 student information page.

  • Faculty and Staff
    The College will continue to utilize teleworking as we begin Phase Two, however, supervisors will be communicating a plan to transition from telework to onsite work soon.
  • Safety Protocols
    The College will remain closed to the public at this time and will only be open for students, faculty, staff and prospective students as necessary. Anyone that is returning to campus is asked to review the College’s Risk Mitigation and Safety Protocols for full details on safety protocols, including face coverings and social distancing. 

If you feel poorly and/or have any symptoms of COVID-19 including a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell stay home and consult your doctor immediately

While we look forward to returning to campus and face-to-face classes, we must remain vigilant about the health and safety of our community. The situation also remains fluid, therefore, plans, guidelines, and protocols may change based on updates from federal, state, and local agencies. We will continue to update you through our COVID-19 website, College email, Blackboard, LEARN, and/or Aviso.

Graduate Celebration
While our graduates didn’t get to walk across the stage last Friday, we created a fun virtual experience for them to celebrate their day. With a special email, congratulatory video, social media filters, and more, we saw some special memories being made! Graduates should be receiving a special package by mail this week as well. We encourage our graduates to continue sharing their celebration on social media by using #GastonGrad2020. Congratulations again Class of 2020!

CARES Act
As a reminder, students who may be eligible for CARES Act funding were contacted via their Gaston College email. Check your email and apply today if you haven’t done so already! Contact the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@gaston.edu if you have questions about the CARES Act.

Summer Schedule
As a reminder, the College began its summer schedule this week. We are open Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and closed on Fridays through Aug. 14.

See previous campus updates.

 


Coronavirus Information

We encourage you to follow the recommendations from the CDC on preventing illness. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, including a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, you should contact your doctor and stay at home.

Help stop the spread of rumors and misinformation by understanding the Facts about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC also has many FAQs that you can review.

Both the CDC and the WHO are tracking cases in the U.S. and worldwide and provide updated information on their websites.