A Passport To Education: Cougar Week Helping During COVID-19

Friday, July 24, 2020 - by Don Foley, Cleveland State Community College
Students visiting Cleveland State over the summer have followed the safety procedures in place on all college facilities. Recruits seen here walk through the Mathis Student Center on the main campus of Cleveland State.
Students visiting Cleveland State over the summer have followed the safety procedures in place on all college facilities. Recruits seen here walk through the Mathis Student Center on the main campus of Cleveland State.
With collegiate enrollment numbers down across the nation during the 2020 pandemic, Cleveland State has taken many measures to make sure students and recruits here at home are getting what they need in the safest ways possible. A new step the college is taking will happen next week. July 27 - July 30 is “Cougar Week” on the main campus of Cleveland State, as well as July 27-28 at the Athens Center in Athens.

Applicants who haven’t registered, as well as those starting from scratch, will be visiting the two locations to take all the steps possible to become enrolled in online or hybrid courses for Fall 2020.
Waiting areas and special safety measures are in place for the new event. All Cleveland State locations currently have hand-sanitizing locations, sneeze guards, COVID-19 screening questions and social distancing policies are in place for everyone’s safety.

“Keeping each person safe is our top priority,” said Dr. Michael Stokes, vice president of Student Services. “From changing how we offer courses throughout our college to taking every reasonable step on our campuses, we have made the educational process as accessible as you’ll find on the college level. Applicants have been invited via text and other communication methods this last week to make sure they stay on track to begin fall classes on time.” 

One year ago, more than half of the courses Cleveland State offered were on-campus, in-person classes. Just one year later, more than half of the courses available in Fall 2020 are hybrid, part online and part on-campus. 

Student Success coaches, advisors, admissions personnel, financial aid specialists and even information technology Help Desk staff will be on hand to help students do everything from accessing their student portal, registering for classes or completing financial aid requirements for this coming semester.

Students or new applicants hoping to enroll have been invited to attend on the following dates in the Mathis Student Center on the main campus in Cleveland based on their chosen major:

July 27 – STEM, Arts and Humanities, and Advanced Technologies.
July 28 – Education and Social Science.
July 29 – Business
July 30 – Healthcare and Nursing

At the Athens Center, recruits and students have been invited to attend July 27 or 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., regardless of their area of study. Those wishing to visit for the first time with interest in applying to attend college may drop in on any of the dates or times listed and they will receive assistance.

COVID-19 screenings have been taking place at all Cleveland State facilities since the last week of May. You will need to answer COVID-19 screening questions either on location or online before beginning your visit at MyCS.CC/c19q. The college has created a “Passport To Success” document which each participant will receive. The education checklist will help students and Cleveland State faculty and staff members quickly assess what is left to be done in order to become a registered student for the Fall 2020 semester.

For any information on Cougar Week at Cleveland State, email CLSCC_INFO@ClevelandStateCC.edu for details on the event being held on the Cleveland campus. Call 423-745-8486 for details on the event being held at the Athens Center.

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