LC increases in-person
instruction in summer and fall
Laredo College’s fitting slogan of “taking it to the next level” rings
truer than ever with a phased return to campus, beginning with hybrid and
in-person instruction starting in the summer and continuing in the fall. Students
will have more options to choose from for face-to-face, hybrid and online courses
that best suit their needs.
The college provides students
with a wide selection of available academic, technical and vocational programs.
We will be offering more to students, more choices of class delivery methods,
more financial aid opportunities and more options to create a degree or
certificate completion plan that aligns with their career aspirations.
“We are back, even though we were
never truly gone since we continued offering face-to-face classes in select health
sciences, technical and vocational programs,” Laredo College President Dr.
Ricardo J. Solis affirmed. “Over the past year, our college community has been
diligently working and preparing to welcome back students to our campuses. We are
excited to get an early start with increased in-person courses in the summer as
we prepare for the ultimate in-person instruction experience in the fall.”
Laredo College’s rigorous
academic standards have remained intact despite recent events. Since the
pandemic started, the college has garnered multiple accolades and distinctions,
being recognized as a high-caliber institution of higher education. LC was
ranked as the top community college in Texas by BestColleges.com. This top
ranking is in addition to our Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program being
named one of the #1 programs in the nation and our designation as the community
college with the state’s lowest graduate debt.
LC has a proven track record of
quickly adapting to changes, as witnessed by our seamless transition to online
learning. We are now in the process of shifting back to face-to-face classes.
As part of this gradual transition back to an on-campus experience, college
libraries and learning centers are hosting “Walk-in Wednesdays” this spring. Every
Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., students can stop by to use a computer, study
or seek in-person tutoring without scheduling an appointment. They will have to
call once they get to the door to be escorted in and undergo COVID-19
Health and safety
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,
Laredo College has been proactive in its efforts to mitigate the spread of the
virus and keep students, employees and the community-at-large safe, beginning
with the creation of the Health and Safety Operations Center (HSOC).
The center has been a critical
part of our health and safety strategy. The highly trained staff has been especially
effective in preventing the transmission of the virus throughout our campuses.
There have been no cases where a student has been infected as a result of
taking on-campus classes.
HSOC will continue its mission of
keeping the Laredo College community safe. Part of their primary duties will be
making arrangements for testing and vaccine administrations, conducting contact
tracing, cleaning and disinfecting, providing personal protective equipment,
ensuring that proper signage is posted throughout our campuses and other
activities and operations vital to ensuring the health and safety of all
President Solis commended the entire
Laredo College community’s coordinated efforts. They have all worked closely with
local, state and national health authorities to create a plan for the college’s
full return to campus while continuing strict enforcement of health and safety
protocols to keep everyone safe.
“Our success in mitigating the
spread of COVID-19 is a direct result of a mix of collaborative strategic
planning, bold leadership and impeccable execution by our Board of Trustees,
administrators, faculty and staff. They have done an outstanding job under
strenuous circumstances. Together, we have reconceptualized what on-campus
instruction and interactions will look like in the era of COVID-19.”
Students can rest assured that
their safety is of utmost priority. Although health and safety protocols will
be clearly outlined on student handbooks and syllabi, HSOC staff will be
available to answer any COVID-19 and other safety and health questions through
their call center. Faculty and staff are also being trained to assist students
and ensure that safety measures are followed.
Moreover, the health and safety
team has been working with faculty and administration to coordinate class
schedules to avoid large groups in the hallways and give staff ample time to
clean and disinfect. Classroom and building capacities will be monitored and
limited, while high-traffic areas where large crowds might congregate will be
blocked off. HSOC will also conduct routine building assessments to ensure
students remain socially distant.
Additionally, Laredo College has
testing sites at both campuses–the Gateway Community Health Center clinic at
the South Campus and a Curative location at the Ft. McIntosh Campus–offering
free testing services for LC employees and students.
For additional information about
summer and fall registration, prospective and returning students may call (956)
721-5109, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.laredo.edu. Registration for Maymester and both summer sessions opens
Monday, April 19.
We are back and ready to help you
take it to the next level at Laredo College!