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COVID-19 Response: Tri-C’s Encore On-the-Go Program offers Online Classes


CLEVELAND: Encore 55+ Learning at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will begin offering online classes as the College works to maintain community programs while adapting to challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak.


Encore On-the-Go features virtual sessions three days a week to enrich the minds and lives of those aged 55 and older. Classes begin April 21, 2020 and take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday through May 29. The 90-minute sessions start at either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.


Classes cover a wide variety of subjects including fitness, history, music, religion, science and more. A full list with dates and times is available at tri-c.edu/encoreonthego.


Instructors will teach the classes via Webex, an easy-to-use online meeting platform. Assistance is available for those unfamiliar with Webex, and the Encore team is offering test sessions on using the app.


Enrollment cost is $8 per class. Visit tri-c.edu/encoreonthego to sign up any time before each individual session.


Tri-C launched Encore On-the-Go after the COVID-19 outbreak closed campus sites and forced the cancellation of in-person classes, including the popular Encore Campus Fridays’ program scheduled for this spring.


Tri-C Working Overtime to reach students during COVID-19 Outbreak


How do you keep college students connected to classes and campuses after they become distance learners during a pandemic? Two words: personalized attention. Lots of it, too.


Faculty and staff at Tri-C have made nearly 20,000 phone calls to students since the College shifted to remote delivery of classes to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.


Each call focused on ensuring students made a seamless transition to online learning and services. Thousands of calls led to follow-up conversations to lend assistance.


Tri-C President Alex Johnson said the person-to-person contact was meant to deliver an important message: The College cares about its students and will do whatever it can to help them achieve.


This unprecedented time presents challenges, but we want everyone to know they’re not facing them alone,” Dr. Johnson said. “We will get through this together. Situations may change, but we will find a way to help our students succeed and reach their goals.”


In addition to the calls, the College has also held several virtual Town Hall meetings with students; conducted text and email campaigns; and shared videos with tips on how to maximize the distance learning experience.


Tri-C also increased student access to emergency funds and distributed computers to those who lacked the technology needed to participate in online classes.


“The programs and processes we’re developing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak carry the College and its students forward,” Dr. Johnson said. “We will emerge stronger, smarter and more compassionate than ever.”






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