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In Focus Preview: what will college look like this fall?

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va (WVVA) - This week's In Focus centers around going back to college this fall. Guests include: President of Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) Dr. Tommy Wright, Bluefield College (BC) President Dr. David Olive and Bluefield State College (BSC) Provost Dr. Ted Lewis.

Plans for SWCC this Fall:

Dr. Wright says most classes will be taught online. However, students who are studying healthcare, science related courses welding, etc. will have some on campus classes. Face masks will be required on campus this fall.

Athletics at SWCC:

Dr. Wright says the fall season is going to be shifted to the spring. Winter sports have shifted to January. There will be no athletics until January. Athletes will start practicing in November.

Plans for Bluefield College this Fall:

Dr. Olive says a hybrid model of learning will be used at BC this fall. Students can take classes online, on campus or do a combination of both. Masks will be required.

Athletics at BC:

BC is a NAIA School. The fall season has been delayed by two weeks. Fall sport athletes can start practicing mid-August. Dr. Olive says there will not be as many out of conference competitions.

Plans for Bluefield State College this Fall:

Dr. Ted Lewis says the fall semester will start Aug. 13 and end Nov. 25. All in person classes will have social distancing measurements set up.

When students enter campus, they will be screened for a temperature, and they will be required to wear masks on campus.

BSC is seeing an increase in its online instruction About 60% of its lasses will be delivered online. Many classes will be hybrid: a combination of face-to face and online, according to Dr. Lewis.

Athletics at BSC:

BSC is a NCAA Div. II school. It has cancelled all athletic activities for the fall.

For the full interviews with Dr. Wright, Dr. Olive and Dr. Lewis, be sure to watch In Focus this Sunday July 26 at 9 a.m. on WVVA.

Melinda Zosh

Evening Anchor and Producer

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