CCC President's Message

March 16, 2019

The Administrative Team at Coffeyville Community College (CCC) has closely monitored the ever changing public health challenge, COVID-19, across the region. The administration has been following information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Kansas Department of Emergency Management (KDEM) and has been in contact with our local Emergency Management officials, K-12 leaders, as well as monitoring the guidance from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).

Though there are no known cases in our service area, our state already is impacted and schools are closing in an effort to limit the spread and to prepare for alternative educational activities. Institutions like ours in communities of our size will not be immune from this virus.

With the closing of the area school districts and community colleges late last night, CCC will immediately suspend face-to-face classes at the Coffeyville and Columbus campuses from March 17th to 20th.  Current online classes will continue to operate as normally scheduled.  CCC will be on Spring Break starting March 23rd to March 27th.

Face-to-Face Class Status.  CCC faculty and staff are in the process of transitioning face-to-face coursework at the Coffeyville campuses to an online environment where available.  Courses that have met the minimum requirements will end immediately (e.g. activity courses).  Students who choose to remain on campus may be allowed to utilize the Student Success Center for Internet and/or computer access.  Converted online classes will resume a normal schedule on Monday, March 30th, following Spring Break.

All Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses will suspend face-to-face meetings through April 10th.  CTE programs pose a significant challenge due to the hands on nature of the programs and required clinical experiences.  CCC is working on a plan of action to address the CTE program challenges and will communicate to those students through their respective instructors.  Students need to stay in communication with their instructors via email for further information.

Student Success Center/Tutoring Assistance.  Any student who needs technical assistance with online classes are asked to email their instructors for assistance.  The Student Success Center will be open this week (March 16-20) for student tutoring assistance and/or for students to utilize Internet access and computers.  Plans are being developed to provide online tutoring assistance for students who are completing their course work from a distance.  Students are encouraged to email the Student Success Center Director to request assistance as needed.

Will I still receive credit for this semester?  Yes, students who complete the required course work (whether face-to-face, online or hybrid) will receive credit for their classes this semester.  However, a student has the option of withdrawing from their classes prior to the last day to drop (April 3rd).  Before withdrawing from a course or courses a student needs to visit with their advisor and the Financial Aid Office to understand the impacts of withdrawing.

The CCC Campuses will remain open as scheduled this week (March 16-20).  CCC will maintain normal operations to ensure students are served and employees will report to work as normally scheduled.  The Learning Centers on each campus will be open to provide workspace for students who do not have Internet access and/or computers. The college will be on Spring Break March 23-27 and all offices will be closed during this time as normally scheduled.

CCC employees with childcare issues due to the local school closings need to communicate with their immediate supervisor for guidance.

Residence halls will remain open as previously scheduled.  Students will have the option to stay in the residence halls or go home and stay home.  Students who cannot go home or may need assistance should contact the Residence Halls staff as soon as possible. Food service will be provided for residential students through Spring Break.  Students who go home are encouraged to check out of the Residence Halls and take their belongings in the event they are not allowed to come back to campus this semester.

College and campus events.  Until further notice, all Coffeyville Community College events are cancelled until Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  This includes the Humanities Series, Open House, Enrollment Days, activities, and athletics. 

The NJCAA has cancelled all spring sport seasons effective immediately. 

What happens after Spring Break?  CCC administration will continue to monitor the situation through the next two weeks and update the campus community frequently via email and the College website.  All activities will be reassessed by Monday, March 30th to determine if and when students may return to campus if at all.  

Prevention - From the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE).
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid spreading the virus and to avoid being exposed to the virus. The virus is thought to spread between people who are within about 6 feet of each other for at least 10 minutes through droplets from coughing and sneezing. 

To reduce risk, everyone should: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces daily.


Please watch CCC’s website, social media pages, and/or your CCC email for updates.

Upcoming Schedule  

March 17 – 20 – Offices open – no face-to-face classes – Residence Halls open

March 23 – 27 – College Closed for Spring Break – offices closed – Residence Halls open

March 30 – Converted online classes begin

May 6-7 - Finals

Dr. Thornburg