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A handful of classes, such as auto and dental hygine, will have at least some teaching on campus

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Mt. Hood Community College will teach almost all fall-term classes online.

Mt. Hood Community College, like other nearby community colleges, is going to be primarily online for fall term during the COVID-19 pandemic, except for a few hands-on disciplines such as dental hygiene, automotive technology and welding.

"After careful consideration of all of our programs, we have determined that there just isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for Fall Term, so we have made decisions on whether to hold classes online or in-person on a program-by-program (or at times even a course-by-course) basis," the college's website said.

Fall registration is open and the first day of classes will be Monday, Sept. 21.

Online classes will include the vast majority of MHCC's offerings from business to cybersecurity and history to German.

Only welding and a few auto programs will be taught completely on campus.

Cosmetology, dental hygiene, emergency medical technician, funeral services, mechatronics, medical assistant, nursing and a few others will be taught partly in person and partly online.

MHCC's noncredit community education classes, which include things such as art and organic vegetable gardening, all will be online.

Clackamas Community College and Portland Community College had announced weeks earlier that they primarily will be teaching remotely for fall term.

CCC and PCC said campuses will be closed to the public. Student services such as career planning and financial aid wlll be conducted remotely.

The COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and colleges in March and all classes moved to remote instruction.

There has been a national debate about the safety of reopening schools during the pandemic.

It is likely that most public K-12 schools in Oregon will teach students remotely for at least the first months of the school year. The state of Oregon released a complex set of metrics on when K-12 schools would be allowed to teach students in school buildings, even with half-time hybrid models and disease prevention protocols.

The COVID-19 epidemic has killed more than 320 Oregonians and thousands of state residents have been sickened.

MHCC warned that anyone coming on campus for fall classes must be masked and follow all the recommended social-distancing and hand-washing protocols.

"We're all in this together. Our safe return to holding some face-to-face classes relies on everyone taking responsibility," the school said.

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