Friday, August 7, 2020 - by Don Foley, Cleveland State Community College
With just under two weeks before the Fall 2020 semester at Cleveland State Community College kicks-off, numbers show now may be the best time to enroll.
Just one year ago, many colleges across the state were enjoying enrollment increases. This includes Cleveland State. However, after COVID-19 forced many to study remotely this past spring, students have not followed the usual pattern of steadily applying for fall admissions. As colleges are seeing fewer new freshmen one year later, a later deadline at Cleveland State now has students considering an August enrollment.
“This is no time for students to delay their education,” said Dr.
Bill Seymour, Cleveland State Community College president. “At Cleveland State, we have success coaches, advisors, faculty and staff working more hours than ever over these next two weeks. We want to be sure that when students are ready, we are ready to get them in class. For many colleges, it’s too late to enroll. We’re taking every measure possible to assist any new student wishing to begin their education”
Cleveland State’s Student Success Center will be hosting open registration this coming week to help students no matter where they are in the process. “Some may be ready to register for classes and some may not have even applied,” said Judy Nye, director of the CSCC Student Success Center. “We will be taking each student as they come and simply figuring out where they are in the process. We want to meet them where they are and take them where they want to be. We want to get them ready to begin classes on the first day of classes Aug. 24.”
Beginning next week, the college’s open registration period will take place in the Mathis Student Center on the college’s main campus in Cleveland. It will run from Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Some appointments are scheduled, but walk-ins will be accepted. The following week, Aug. 17-20, the period will continue with slightly extended hours. Monday, Aug. 17 and Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., students will be able to work toward completing their enrollment. However, on Wednesday, Aug. 19 and Thursday, Aug. 20, the hours will be extended from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
“With more than half of our courses being offered in a hybrid fashion this fall, there are plenty of online and on-campus options for students,” said Dr. Seymour. “Plus, with the new Health and Science Center and the McMinn High Education Center set to open in early 2021, new students starting this fall will be among the first to use these state-of-the-art facilities.” Also, the Athens Center of CSCC now has 20 full programs students can take completely onsite. At the college’s Monroe County Center, students can enroll in Advance Business and Advance Technologies programs starting Aug. 24.
Currently, all campuses of Cleveland State are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. On Fridays, the college will offer services remotely via online, telephone or email communication. There are exceptions in regards to some services including, but not limited to, the Cleveland State Library, math labs, academic classes and workforce training options.
When visiting any CSCC facility at this time, there will be designated doors open for use as an entrance or exit. Signage will be posted to notify people of the proper door to enter at each building. All visitors to the college will be required to have their temperature checked via touchless infrared thermometer prior to entering any building. Visitors must answer COVID-19 screening questionnaires daily and they can be found online at mycs.cc/c19q. Mask wearing and social distancing practices are in place, as well.
To apply for admissions, visit the college at MyCS.CC/ApplyNow. For more information, contact the main CSCC campus at 423-472-7141, the Athens Center at 423-745-8486, and the Monroe County Center at 423-884-2338. Students are currently enrolled online and on-campus through the CSCC main campus in Cleveland, as well as CSCC’s Athens Center in Athens and Monroe County Center in Vonore.