Fall 2020 Delivery | St. Clair College

FAQ for Fall 2020

When will classes start?

St. Clair College will delay the start of its fall semester by two weeks, with classes commencing Monday, Sept. 21 and running for 13 weeks. There will be a few programs within the School of Health Sciences, which are governed by accreditation bodies, that will require a start date of Sept. 8 to achieve a full 15-week semester for practical skills. An email with further instructions will be sent during the summer break.


Will classes be online or face-to-face?

Most courses at St. Clair College will be delivered online in the fall, along with some in-person classes for labs that require hands-on instruction.


How will I know which classes are online, hybrid or face to face?

Each program has identified how the semester delivery of your classes will occur.  Please go to the College Programs website and select your specific program for details. https://www.stclaircollege.ca/programs.  Further communications will be sent as your start date approaches.

  • In-Person delivery will require you to attend classes at the college and instruction will be provided by faculty in person;
  • Online delivery will require you to access your courses and receive instruction through Blackboard;
  • Hybrid delivery will be a combination of in-person and online instruction (as noted on your schedule);
  • Clinical/Placement will require you to attend your practical, in-person, hands-on learning experience with a predetermined industry partner.

Do we pay for parking this fall at the College?

There is no charge for parking at the College for the fall semester.


When will my fall class schedule be available?

Student schedules will be available August 24.


Is there a reduction in tuition or ancillary fess for the fall semester?

There is no reduction of tuition or ancillary fees for Fall 2020.  Tuition is for the instruction, assessment, and administration of a program. Instruction is not specific to location or mode of delivery (in-person or online).

These costs are ineligible for refund or rebate.  The ancillary fees support student services and activities distinct from academic programming or the College’s general operating costs.


What is the deadline to drop a course or withdraw from it without penalty?

The deadline for Fall 2020 is October 2.


What are the tuition and ancillary fees for Fall 2020?

You can find the fees here: https://www.stclaircollege.ca/registrars-office


Can I defer my enrolment from Fall 2020 to January 2021?

All programs are not offered in January. If your program is not offered, you would have to apply for Fall 2021. Please be aware that seats in a program cannot be guaranteed if you choose to defer your Fall 2020 start.  Admission to a highly competitive program is offered to the most qualified applicant by semester. If you have been accepted and choose to defer, you may be placed on the program waitlist or will have to enroll in September 2021.

Summer greetings to our growing St. Clair family and a special welcome to our incoming first-year students. We hope your July is off to a great start.

It is with great joy that St. Clair College can announce the approval and commencement of our pilot project this week to have our Winter/Spring students return to campus to complete their interrupted academic studies. The College has worked diligently with the Ontario Ministry and our local health authorities to provide you with a safe campus environment.

Utilizing the plans for the Pilot Project, we continue to finalize the upcoming 2020-2021 school year ensuring your health and safety are our first priority. Our commitment is to provide each of you with the support you need to have a successful and positive year with us at St. Clair College.

During this COVID-19 era, the College continues to consult with the Ontario Government, experts and local health departments to provide you with a safe and healthy learning environment. You can learn more about these plans on the FAQ page of our website at https://www.stclaircollege.ca/health-centre/coronavirus/faq.

Students who studied with us last semester will be familiar with some of the ways we adapted teaching through remote learning. If you are a first-year student coming from high school, you have experienced online learning too. In addition to online presentations, our instructors and service departments will continue to be available to help you succeed in your studies.

The essence of what has made St. Clair College a great place to learn and grow has not changed. As we begin our 54th year, we will build on the decades of successes that have enabled our students to prepare for careers and life.

Whether you will be learning online, face-to-face or through a blended model, we are here to help you. Our student services department will continue to serve you through learning support programs, scholarships and financial aid or mental and emotional health counselling.

Please refer to our College website first for all the answers to your questions, under the headings "Starting in September", "Financial Support" and "COVID-19 Updates." If there is a question you don't see answered in our FAQ or on the website, please email us at info@stclaircollege.ca and we will get back to you with an answer.

To understand the educational delivery currently planned for your program, you can now go online to find your program here: https://www.stclaircollege.ca/programs. Each program page will have a button entitled "Fall 2020 Program/Course Delivery", where you will find information about whether your courses will be delivered online, in person or a combination of both.

The Pandemic Steering Committee has been planning your safe return to school. Our Facilities Department has installed signs throughout the campuses reminding staff and students to wash their hands, practice social distancing and wear a mask. Cleaning protocols have been enhanced so that high traffic areas are wiped down and disinfected often.

Students coming to campuses in the Fall will be required to complete the COVID-19 Student Training Module in order to attend classes. Every student will also be screened daily for symptoms of COVID-19. Further instructions will be provided in a future email.

Are there challenges ahead? There always are. This pandemic has created some new concerns and uncertainties. Count on us to help guide you through this year. Together, we will make this another awesome year at St. Clair College.

Thank you for choosing St. Clair College, we can't wait to welcome you in September!

Sincerely,
Roseann Danese,
Manager, Marketing and Recruitment

Dear Soon-to-be Saints:

Congratulations on your admission to St. Clair College.  Our official motto, in Latin, is "Optimum Elige" – that is "Choose The Best"... and you have certainly done that.  Annual, province-wide satisfaction surveying of students, graduates and employers-of-graduates traditionally shows St. Clair College ranking in the top five of a number of categories among Ontario's two dozen public colleges, for our academic quality, employment preparation and on-campus services and facilities.

During these still uncertain times, as we all await the resolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am sure you are wondering what your 2020-21 academic year will look like.  How will we deliver the excellent education that you seek?

First and foremost, let me assure you (and your parents and loved ones who may be supporting you in your educational journey) that your health and well-being is the College's paramount concern.  That has always been the case, but never moreso than in the midst of the current health crisis.  As we prepare for the Fall 2020 semester, ensuring your health and safety is the concern that supersedes all our plans and intentions.

Since mid-March, we have been consulting with the provincial Ministries of Health and Colleges and Universities, the regional Health Unit, and a number of other agencies, to meld St. Clair's operational potential with the guidelines and restrictions associated with pandemic controls.  What can we do (and what can't we) in terms of architectural alterations, space management, facility scheduling, class-size reductions and the furnishing of personal protective equipment to allow a certain number of people to be on our campuses while still strictly enforcing the mandated individual social-distancing and group-gathering limitations.

For the most part, the lecture portion of your instruction can be delivered safely and very effectively on-line.  Our faculty members gained a great deal of experience in this electronic format at the end of the 2019-20 academic year when we had to suspend in-person classes in mid-March.  Within a small amount of time, they converted all of their lectures and lesson plans to on-line delivery, allowing us to successfully complete our Winter semester.  Many professors are also providing on-line instruction to the several hundred, home-based students who are enrolled in the 20 or so programs running during our current Spring/Summer semester.

But the uniquely beneficial feature of a St. Clair education – like that of the entire Ontario college system – is its hands-on, practical, technical nature.  The knowledge you acquire through lectures and classroom assignments is reinforced by the skilled techniques developed in labs, workshops and clinics.  It is, in large part, those practical skills which will ultimately – upon your graduation – make you highly attractive to employers.

That being the case, the College's concentration at this moment is to attempt to arrange a certain degree of on-campus, in-person attendance for you during the Fall semester, if only for the labs, workshops and clinics associated with those courses that require it.

Let me emphasize this again, your health and safety supersedes all of our desired and intended plans.  If, ultimately, we or provincial/local health authorities determine that your presence on-campus would entail an inordinate or unmanageable degree of risk, then we will have to operate strictly on-line during the Fall and hope that the New Year – and the Winter semester – will dawn pandemic-free.  But if we can, safely, welcome you to campus for a few hours of integral lab/workshop time per week in the Fall, it is our fervent hope to do just that.

That, of course, probably will not be possible for many of our new, incoming international students.  The other factor affecting you, at the moment, is the global travel restrictions that may have postponed your ability to get to Canada.  Until we can roll out the welcome mat to greet you in-person, we'll be providing you with your on-line lectures – coupled, perhaps, with some on-line-delivered skill exercises that you can practice at home.

Many of you, I suspect, have seen that other schools have already announced that they will be operating in strictly on-line fashion in the Fall.  In St. Clair's case, as I write this letter in early June, we believe we have a few more weeks to firmly and finally determine (in conjunction with public health authorities) how we will be operating in the Fall.  Remember, too, that we are trying to develop individual curriculum-delivery plans for over 100 academic programs, encompassing several thousand courses, at a half-dozen campuses.  Analyzing that substantial quantity of scenarios, our administration and faculty members have now been working for two months to determine what we can do on-line and what we might be able to do face-to-face.

When that analysis is complete in a few weeks' time, you will receive follow-up information from the College.  It will specify the elements of your Fall semester to be delivered on-line and the elements planned for on-campus, in-person instruction.  That follow-up message will also outline all of the health and safety protocols and procedures we will be implementing to ensure your personal protection when on campus.  In order to give our staff enough time to prepare, our Fall semester will commence on Monday, September 21, 2020, which is two weeks later than originally planned.  The College is also currently planning for a 13-week semester.

On monitor screens or in-person, the entire St. Clair College family of employees looks forward to seeing you in September as you launch your postsecondary journey.

Until then, stay well and we'll keep you informed of our plans with updates during the next few weeks.

Patricia France, M.Ad.Ed.
President

Dear Saints:

As you are aware the COVID-19 Pandemic has created major challenges to every enterprise around the globe. Post-Secondary Academic Institutions are no different. Every College and University is undergoing a complete assessment of its delivery model, including St. Clair College.

The staff at St. Clair College have dedicated considerable time and effort to determine the safest and best possible way to continue to provide a quality education to our students in all our programs for the upcoming Fall 2020 Semester.

We are undergoing a thorough assessment of every single program (including Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship), classroom, lab and every area of the institution to ensure the safety of our students and staff when we do return to face-to-face activity. This assessment also includes a comprehensive analysis of every course to determine the best blend of virtual learning opportunities versus a conventional in-person platform in order to complete the program outcomes. Classes are being designed to be flexible and accommodating.

Please be assured that we are committed to ensuring that you receive the best possible education in your upcoming academic semester regardless of the method of delivery.

As a follow-up to the President's message on May 19, 2020, here are the current academic plans. The current spring semester is running on-line. We are hoping that we will be able to conduct a "pilot" in-person delivery for graduating students that still require face-to-face elements from the Winter Semester in early July. If that is successful, with the approval of public health officials, we may be able to conduct some face-to-face delivery of our Spring Semester in August. This will include all post-secondary programs, Apprenticeship, and Pre-Apprenticeship programs.

Our number one priority is safety and, as such, the College must ensure that we follow the direction of public health authorities and acquire the appropriate approvals for reopening College campuses when it is safe to do so. This approach will likely result in a reduced student population on our campuses whenever and wherever possible, as well as adhering to social-distancing/group-gathering restrictions.

In order to give our staff enough time to prepare, our Fall Semester will commence on Monday, September 21, 2020, which is two weeks later than originally planned. The College is currently planning for a 13-week semester.
There may be a few programs within the School of Health Sciences which are governed by accreditation bodies that may require a start date of September 8, 2020 to achieve a full 15-week semester for practical skills. These affected students will receive further instructions from their program coordinators regarding semester start date and semester length once the analysis of the program is complete.

St. Clair College prides itself on its reputation for excellence in education and especially in providing the tangible hands-on skills necessary for our graduates to be successful in their chosen careers.  

Please be reassured that you have made the right decision to come to St. Clair College. Our students are the reason we exist. To that end, we will continue to provide the quality education that is expected of us and has made St. Clair College a recognizable academic institution globally. Our ability to cover curriculum remains (as has always been the case) indisputable.

We sincerely thank our graduating students, who are awaiting the completion of their Winter studies, for their patience as we still endeavor to navigate a return to labs and clinicals for completion of program outcomes.

I very much look forward to seeing you all in our hallways once again, when it is safe to do so. I enjoy the vibrance that our students bring to our campuses which truly defines who we are...Proud professionals creating the next generation of excellence.

Sincerely,

Waseem Habash
Vice President, Academic