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MHC prepares to welcome students back to campus

March 19, 2021

It’s the news that Medicine Hat College (MHC) has been waiting to hear.

Like all provincial post-secondary institutions, MHC received word yesterday that the Minister of Advanced Education is asking everyone to prepare for a full return to in-person learning in Fall 2021.

With this news, MHC will be able to move forward confidently with planning and preparations to safely welcome students back to campuses in Medicine Hat and Brooks this September.

MHC had been focusing on providing an outstanding student experience this fall including more face-to-face instruction. The announcement from the government allows us to consider and implement a far greater range of options. As always, the college will continue to comply with any COVID guidelines that may be in place when classes resume on campus.

 “We’re focused on student access, and this allows a far great array of options. While the past year has taught us many things and expanded our capacity to deliver education in new and innovative ways, a shift back to in-person learning is where we want to be for Fall 2021,” says Kevin Shufflebotham, president and CEO of MHC.

“We are so looking forward to welcoming students back on campus. We’ve missed their energy and excitement I can’t wait to be able to see their faces in the hallways again. The resiliency our students have shown throughout this experience has been remarkable and we are inspired by and grateful for their perseverance.”

At the same time, some students have greatly appreciated the flexibility that online learning provides and the college will strive to maximize access to this option as the transition back to campus occurs.

Not only will the fall bring a return to the classroom, it will also bring new opportunities for learning. Three new programs will launch in September, including diplomas in agroecology and humanities and social sciences. A one year post-diploma certificate in advanced accounting will also be offered.

“We are very excited at the prospect of students returning to the classroom and having new programs to explore at MHC. Our faculty has been working very hard to develop programs that connect students with new career opportunities,” says Dr. Vicky Roy, vice-president academic and provost.

Also new at the Medicine Hat campus is the Health, Wellness, and Athletics Expansion project. Construction is currently underway that will improve and enhance accessibility, fitness facilities, simulation training and cultural spaces, with completion expected next winter.

In the meantime, MHC will continue to follow provincial direction around public health measures to support a safe return to in-person learning in September.