MSJC begins registration for fall 2020 semester

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SAN JACINTO – Registration for the fall 2020 semester at Mt. San Jacinto College is now open, with classes beginning Monday, Aug. 17. Visit http://www.msjc.edu/schedule to register.

The arrival of COVID-19 in the spring forced the closures of all MSJC campuses and in-person courses, leading the college to creatively and successfully transition instruction and student support services online to complete the semester.

The fall 2020 semester will look different, with about 80% of classes scheduled for online and about 20% returning to campuses. Many of the latter category will be Career Education courses and science labs that require hands-on instruction.

To ensure proper social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, programs and instructors will be strategic in how they conduct in-person classes and labs.

“We’ll be on campus, but we’ll do a lot of creative scheduling,” Dr. Peter Zografos, director and chair of the MSJC nursing program, which has about 100 students, said. “We’ll have to stagger our students. We can’t have 30 students in a classroom at the same time. It’ll be down to about 10. Our faculty have been amazing and flexible to make that happen.”

Many of the college’s theory courses will be online in real time, meaning they’ll be held virtually but on a specific schedule. Other theory courses will be held online anytime, meaning course materials will be available 24/7, though students will still need to check in and meet assignment deadlines as instructed.

Like Zografos, certified nursing assistant instructor Patricia McBee said she faces challenges in ensuring her students complete their coursework in one semester, receive hands-on experience in nursing care facilities and take their tests to earn their certifications before heading into the in-demand health care workforce.

“We’re working closely with our health care system partners in the community for our students to continue getting that real-world training,” McBee said. “You learn a lot with live patients, more so than with interactive simulations online.”

Students can see the fall 2020 schedule at http://www.msjc.edu/schedule and can learn more about MSJC Career Education programs at http://www.msjc.edu/CareerEducation.

Submitted by Mt. San Jacinto College.