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To keep faculty and students safe in pandemic, winter term will be taught remotely

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - The Mt. Hood Community Campus is closed and deserted as courses are being taught remotely, which will continue during the winter term, through March 2021.

Mt. Hood Community College officials have announced classes will be online for winter term, as coronavirus cases in Oregon and nationwide have been hitting record levels recently.

The college posted on its website that it will conduct virtually all classes online for the winter term, as it did for the fall, due to restrictions designed to tamp down the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winter term starts Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, and ends Saturday, March 20, 2021. That means that MHCC students will have been studying remotely for an entire calendar year.

Administrators at MHCC did not immediately respond to calls for more explanation on the decision.

So far in the pandemic, the virus has killed more than 700 Oregonians and more than 47,000 have been infected.

This reflects the trend nationwide, as the U.S. reported a record of more than 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

During the upcoming winter term only a few classes, such as automotive technology, machine tooling and welding, will have in-person classes and a few others in the medical fields and disciplines such as mechatronics will offer some sessions of class in-person and some remotely, which is called a "hybrid" model.

Some of the winter courses will not have specific class meeting times, so students will not have to log in for live lectures and can complete the entire class on their own schedule, according to the website.


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