Gaston College starts fall semester, first full week of classes

The first full week of fall classes started for Gaston College students with many taking online or hybrid classes. Smaller numbers of students are taking face-to-face classes at the Dallas, Lincolnton, and Belmont campuses.

Last Thursday morning, as employees and students arrived on campus, they were directed to specific building entrances, where face mask and temperatures checks were conducted in keeping with the college’s safe plan to prevent the spread of Covid -19.

Enthusiastic campus greeters welcomed students back to the campus as they helped answer questions or gave directions to building locations. Students were encouraged to go to designated pick-up stations to receive a free backpack before heading to class. The backpacks contain a safety kit filled with hand sanitizer, face mask with filter, reusable forehead thermometer strips, first aid kit and tissues. Students also received a Gaston College T-shirt and ink pen. All students will receive a backpack sponsored by the Student Government Association, Student Life and the College.

Gaston College President John Hauser warmly greeted students, faculty and staff as he visited classrooms and offices at all three campuses on August 20. He was extremely proud to see things running so smoothly.

“Gaston College students and employees are not allowing anything to overshadow their enthusiasm as we start the fall semester,” said President Hauser. “Today everyone cared for each other and worked together with the goal to keep everyone safe. I thank the Gaston College family for the tremendous job today.”

four people wearing masks and holding backpacks

Gaston College employees and Student Government Association President Najira Davis prepare student backpacks to go to pick-up locations for the first week of classes. (Front row -L to R) Linda Barrett Ray, Najira Davis, (Back row-L to R) Renita Johnson and Kendrick McDowell)


Dr. John Hauser, President of Gaston College visits Dallas, Lincoln and Belmont campuses to welcome students and faculty as the fall semester begins. The first day of classes was Thursday, August 20, 2020.

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