Northwest College

The Orendorff Building is now open to the public; Please use the 6th street entrance.
All other buildings still closed to the public.
Get updates at NWC COVID-19; We are open digitally, so please call or email us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Center for Training & Development offerings canceled?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:04 AM

Yes, all on-site workforce training classes in Powell and Cody are canceled until further notice. However, online training is still being offered. Our office is closed but we’re still operating digitally, so email or call us if you have questions: Christi.Greaham@nwc.edu (307-754-6062) or Dean.Bruce@nwc.edu (307-754-6123)

Are mental health counseling services still available?

Friday, March 27, 2020 9:06 AM

Yes, Counseling Services are still available! The Counseling Center is working to adapt services to meet your needs during this difficult and unusual time. To protect the health of students and staff, we are no longer providing in-person services. However, we will continue to offer services by phone, video conferencing and email.

Accessing Counseling Center Services:

Phone/video appointments are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm by calling the Student Success Center at 307-754-6135 or by email at studentsuccesscenter@nwc.edu.  

Mental Health Crisis and Emergency Resources:

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or present to the nearest hospital emergency department.

Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center - offers emergency services 24/7 in Park County. Call 888-863-0535 to reach a local therapist. Contact 307-587-2197 or 307-754-5687 for an appointment.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255

 

Are Powell Valley Community Education offerings canceled?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:05 AM

Yes, all on-site PVCE classes are canceled until further notice. However, online classes are still being offered. Our office is closed but we’re still operating digitally, so email or call us if you have questions: Leslie.Bigham@nwc.edu (307-754-6469) or Dean.Bruce@nwc.edu (307-754-6123).

Can I still get student loans?

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 3:04 PM

Since the College is still providing high quality education to students during its temporarily extended spring break period, student service related offices (the Financial Aid Office included) will provide services to its students. Therefore, while the Financial Aid Office may be temporally closed to foot traffic, and may direct students to provide only electronic copies of required documents (no paper copies) temporarily, it is currently still able to assist you with exploring your financial aid options. 

With respect to inquiring about obtaining a federal student loan, please contact financial aid at financialaid@nwc.edu or 307-754-6158 to discuss your aid options. 

I have or live with others who have serious chronic medical conditions. Do I need to consider self-quarantine?

Saturday, March 14, 2020 5:29 PM

People at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html#who-is-higher-risk; this includes those who have or live with others who have serious chronic medical conditions.

See our Guidelines for self-quarantine PDF

***Note. Previous communications from NWC used the word "isolate" and "isolation" instead of "quarantine" and have become aware of the difference in definition between the two. We should have used the word quarantine. While isolation serves the same purpose as quarantine, it’s reserved for those who are already sick. It keeps infected people away from healthy people to prevent the sickness from spreading. (credit: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/covid-19-understanding-quarantine-isolation-and-social-distancing-in-a-pandemic.)

I have traveled by airplane or cruise ship recently. Do I need to consider self-quarantine?

Saturday, March 14, 2020 5:28 PM

The College is asking students and employees who have traveled by airplane or cruise ship in the past 14 days to consider self-quarantine for 14 days; please contact us so we can make sure you have the support you need to continue your studies or are working from home or otherwise secluded from other people. We will work with you on a plan that works best for your situation.

See our Guidelines for self-quarantine PDF

***Note. Previous communications from NWC used the word "isolate" and "isolation" instead of "quarantine" and have become aware of the difference in definition between the two. We should have used the word quarantine. While isolation serves the same purpose as quarantine, it’s reserved for those who are already sick. It keeps infected people away from healthy people to prevent the sickness from spreading. (credit: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/covid-19-understanding-quarantine-isolation-and-social-distancing-in-a-pandemic/.)

Is Northwest College open right now?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:08 AM

Northwest College buildings will be closed to the public until further notice, but we are open digitally. Please call or email us if you need assistance with anything.

Is the Adult Education program suspended right now too?

Monday, March 16, 2020 2:42 PM

The Adult Education Program has suspended services for new students until further notice. Current students will be contacted about distance education options. Please email AdultEd@nwc.edu with specific questions.

Is the Child Care Center still open?

Thursday, July 02, 2020 9:00 AM

The Children's Learning and Care Center is currently open.

Is the Johnson Fitness Center still open?

Thursday, July 02, 2020 9:02 AM

Yes, the JFC will is currently open Monday through Friday 5:00 AM - 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Should we reschedule/cancel large gatherings of our own?

Saturday, March 14, 2020 10:23 AM

At this time, the College strongly discourages hosting or attending any large gatherings.

What are NWC's guidelines for self-quarantine?

Sunday, March 15, 2020 9:24 AM

See our Guidelines for self-quarantine PDF

What are our options for local health services?

Saturday, March 14, 2020 1:33 PM

Please find a list of local healthcare providers on our website at https://www.nwc.edu/services/health/.

Local healthcare facilities are asking people who suspect they might be infected with COVID-19 to call ahead of time for instructions on how to proceed. People who are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath are directed to call the Powell Valley Healthcare hotline at 307-754-1242 or the Cody Regional Health hotline at (307) 578-2000 to speak to a professional about your symptoms and get further instructions.

Please continue to follow the CDC's recommendations regarding regular and thorough washing of your hands, keeping your hands away from your face, disinfecting/cleaning areas that are frequently touched, not coming into contact with individuals known to have or have been exposed to the illness, staying home if you are sick, etc. Be sure to practice social distancing: 1) by avoiding large gatherings and 2) If you have to be around people, keep 6 feet (2 meters) between you whenever possible.

What at Northwest College is being canceled right now?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:10 AM

All on and offsite College travel, events, and conferences for students and employees until further notice are being cancelled or postponed. Following the CDC's recommendation, the College will be canceling or postponing travel, events and conferences over the next eight weeks. Details will be announced here at nwc.edu/covid-19.

What is social distancing?

Saturday, March 14, 2020 2:09 PM

Social distancing involves avoiding large gatherings. If you have to be around people, keep 6 feet (2 meters) between you when possible.

From Cleveland Clinic:

“Social distancing is pretty much like using common sense,” Dr. Gordon says. “We don’t realize how interconnected we are until we’re asked to avoid people.” But he notes that terms like “mass gatherings” or “congregate settings” are vague. They’re used to describe things like shopping centers, movie theaters or stadiums. But how many people together is too many? “That’s a moving target,” he says. “While the number 25 is often cited, there’s currently no official definition — and that may be subject to change.”

What resources from Hinckley Library are available to me?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 11:11 AM

Hinckley Library has 750K unlimited-use online books and other resources that may lend themselves as alternatives to your reserves or textbooks. Direct links may be added in Moodle. Please contact library staff for assistance. If you need library materials scanned to create an online version, please contact library staff and they can assist you. Please abide by “fair use” copyright rules regarding classroom use. Learn more at https://nwc.edu/library/. Contact Nancy Miller at Nancy.Miller@nwc.edu (307-754-6243) for more information.

Will Einstein Bagels and the Grille be open?

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 4:18 PM

No, Einstein Bagels and the Grille will be closed beginning March 16 until further notice. 

For more information, contact Beth Dickerman at Beth.Dickerman@nwc.edu.  

Will I receive a refund for housing or my meal plan?

Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:33 PM

Yes. Students will receive prorated refunds for residence halls and meal plans. Please watch your NWC email inbox for further details.

Will interlibrary loans still be processed?

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 4:09 PM

Library staff are processing incoming interlibrary loans. They will contact you if you have an item in process. New interlibrary loans for physical items that go through the mail are being suspended. Contact them if you need an essential item at this time, and they will continue emailing requested articles to you.

Deb Kelly: Deb.Kelly@nwc.edu 

Nancy Miller: Nancy.Miller@nwc.edu 

Contact

NWC Pandemic Response Team for COVID-19
covid-19@nwc.edu