Northwest College

Northwest College buildings are now closed to the public through May 11 (or until further notice);
Get updates at NWC COVID-19; We are open digitally, so please call or email us.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Center for Training & Development offerings canceled?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:01 PM

Yes, all on-site workforce training classes in Powell and Cody are canceled through May 11. 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 in-person classes being changed to an online delivery?

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 4:10 PM

After spring break, academic coursework will continue Monday, April 6, in alternative formats (online, video or phone conferencing) for the remainder of the semester, so our students can continue their NWC education as unimpeded as possible. All in-person courses are already being converted to alternative formats; courses that cannot easily be converted will likely be rescheduled, modified, or canceled if some other sort of accommodation cannot be arranged. Please await instructions from your professors for important details about how to continue your spring 2020 classes going forward.

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, March 24, 2020 12:04 PM

Yes, all on-site PVCE classes are canceled through May 11. 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).

Are the residence halls and apartments open?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2:16 PM

 If you have not contacted Housing about moving out of the Residence Halls, please do so ASAP. Those students who have received permission to stay on campus may remain through the end of the semester. If you need to remain on campus and have not contacted Lee Blackmore, please do so as soon as possible at Lee.Blackmore@nwc.edu. All other residents must email their resident director to schedule a time to move out by April 6. Prorated refunds will be provided—details will be sent to you in a future email. Those who have not made arrangements to move out by April 6 will be charged a daily rate.

Note: Trapper Village Main apartments and Trapper Village West apartments will be closed to the public, not to residents.

Can I still check out items from Hinckley Library?

Monday, March 16, 2020 2:52 PM

You may check out library items through Monday, March 16. The due date is the end of the semester for staff and faculty.  For students it is April 15. After today, if items become overdue, retain them and return once the library reopens. You will not be charged a fine.

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 an NWC meal plan. Will I still be able to get meals in the DeWitt Student Center?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:42 PM

The DeWitt Student Center is closed to the public, but NWC students who live in the residence halls and have nowhere safe to go will be allowed to stay. We are making arrangements now to make sure those who stay will also have meals. Beginning Thursday, March 19, all meals for students in the residence halls will be pick-up only. Students can come to the main dining area in the DeWitt Student Center to pick up meals. 

Pick-up Times:

Breakfast: Monday-Friday, 8-10 a.m.

Lunch: Monday-Friday, noon-1:20 p.m.

Dinner: Monday-Friday, 5:30-7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Brunch is noon-1:30 p.m., and dinner can be picked up from 5:30-7 p.m.

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/.)

I haven’t heard from my instructor yet. Should I contact them?

Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:15 PM

Yes. Faculty have been actively reaching out to students this week, so check your email and make sure you don’t miss any important messages. If you haven’t seen a message from your instructors yet, contact them ASAP. Contact information can be found at https://nwc.edu/directory/faculty/

I live in the residence halls and do not have a safe place to go. Can I stay on campus?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:43 PM

NWC students who live in the residence halls and have nowhere safe to go will be allowed to stay in the halls. We are making arrangements now to make sure those who stay will also have meals.

Residents of Trapper Village Main and Trapper Village West are not required to leave their apartments, but are advised to adhere to the CDC's recent guidelines for social distancing and our guidelines for self-quarantine, if necessary.

Is Northwest College open right now?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:07 PM

Northwest College buildings will be closed to the public through May 11 (or until further notice), but we are open digitally. Please call or email us if you need assistance with anything.

Is spring break extended for online classes this year?

Sunday, March 15, 2020 10:13 PM

Spring Break is extended through April 5, 2020, including classes that were already in an online format. Classes will resume Monday, April 6, 2020.

Is spring break extended this year?

Sunday, March 15, 2020 10:14 PM

Spring Break is extended through April 5, 2020. Classes will resume Monday, April 6, 2020 (including classes that were already in an online format).

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?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:11 PM

The Children's Learning and Care Center will be closed through May 11 (or until further notice).

Is the Johnson Fitness Center still open?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:11 PM

The JFC will be closed through May 11 (or until further notice).

Should I continue my studies this semester at all?

Monday, March 16, 2020 1:35 PM

We encourage you to continue your NWC studies this semester when classes resume on April 6. We're working very hard to creatively transition your courses, and support services, to an alternative format (like online, or video conferencing or even phone conferencing) so that you can continue your academic goals as unimpeded as possible. This is a strange time for all of us, but it doesn't have to cripple us. We will work with you to ensure we're all doing what we can to not lose this semester entirely.

Even though our physical doors are closed, we are still open digitally to answer all your questions. We'll post new FAQs here as we develop plans and processes to answer all your questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through how best to serve you.

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, March 17, 2020 2:49 PM

All on and offsite College travel, events, and conferences for students and employees through May 11 are being canceled 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 during the extended break?

Monday, March 16, 2020 2:50 PM

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 graduation ceremonies be held?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2:12 PM

Our previously scheduled graduation ceremony falls within the CDC recommended timeline to cancel or postpone events, so we will not be holding a graduation ceremony on campus May 9, but graduating students, we want to celebrate you! This is a momentous occasion in your lives, so we are working on creative alternatives for graduation. Be on the lookout for future communications about 2020 graduation as we take some time to create something unique and special for you to mark this important occasion.

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