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MHC modifies start to Winter 2022 semester
December 22, 2021
Given the rapid developments related to the spread of the Omicron variant, Medicine Hat College is taking steps to offer students and staff predictability heading into the Winter 2022 semester.
President and CEO Kevin Shufflebotham says the college will delay the start of the winter semester to Monday, Jan. 10. When classes do begin they will be delivered online as much as possible until Jan. 21.
“Through COVID we’ve focused on the wellness of people while providing access to the best possible learning experiences. The impact of Omicron isn’t certain, but we feel it is important that everyone enters the holiday break knowing what to expect in January,” he says.
“The short delay to the beginning of the semester allows time to adjust plans, then continue providing access to classes and services no matter what Omicron brings.”
He notes that campuses in Brooks and Medicine Hat will be open, health measures remain in effect, and all practicums, clinical, and other off site work integrated learning experiences will continue following the guidelines of the host site.
Shufflebotham explains that some learning can only be delivered in person. Due to the intense timetable and need for hands-on learning, apprenticeship classes will begin as scheduled on Jan. 4 with ongoing COVID precautions in place. A limited number of courses may also start as scheduled, especially if a delay threatens the ability of students to complete a program on time.
Students need to check college email for changes that may affect their program.
“This is difficult information for everyone to hear right before the holidays, but we wanted to offer some direction now, rather than have people wondering what might happen in the coming days,” Shufflebotham says.
He emphasizes that this is a short term measure and that MHC’s goal is to bring everyone safely back to campus during the Winter term. The college will continually evaluate the situation and provide updates via email and on the website.
“As always, we ask for your patience and support as we work through this latest challenge and do what you can to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season,” says Shufflebotham.
Visit www.mhc.ab.ca/COVID-19 for updates.