Camosun College prepares for limited on-campus learning
Release date: June 22, 2020
Camosun College is taking action to ensure sections of courses that require access to specialized equipment or face-to-face instruction on campus are delivered safely, following public health guidance.
“Only where absolutely necessary will students come on campus,” says John Boraas, Vice President of Education at Camosun. “We have a well-deserved reputation for applied, innovative and relevant education. We take our responsibility to follow the directions of the provincial health authorities and to keep students and our colleagues safe equally as seriously. Due to the current situation, for programs that are applied or have a hands-on element, we will keep as much programming as possible online, while the teaching that needs to be delivered in person will be done so in that way that’s safe for everyone.”
Due to COVID-19 health considerations and public health guidelines, the college is planning for a mix in the delivery of courses during the summer and fall months. As the college finishes up winter courses, planning will allow for the completion of summer courses, and then immediately into the launch of fall courses in September.
“All of us at Culinary Arts are thrilled to welcome students back into the learning environment,” says Steve Walker-Duncan, Chair, Culinary Arts. “Safety and sanitation has been a core learning objective since Escoffier formalized professional cooking all those years ago. We will continue to develop our practices and want to assure everyone that we are doing everything necessary to protect our students, our staff, and our community. Students are back in the kitchens actively learning applied skills enabling them to move into the workforce with the highest standards of food safety in the forefront of their professional practice.”
“Many of our graduates are health care professionals working on the front-lines amid the current COVID-19 pandemic,” says Ros Giles-Pereira, Chair, Continuing Care Department. “The education students receive in the classroom is the same that they will need to apply in the workplace. Following the creation of a detailed plan to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty, we’re delighted to get back to ensuring Camosun students are able to deliver the health care that people rely on in communities on Vancouver Island and beyond.”
Occupational health and safety assessments of courses are underway such as planning for the use of space, controlling the number of students in the classroom, ensuring appropriate exposure controls and other physical measures have been implemented. All students and employees will be required to complete COVID-19 safety training before returning to campus as well as participate in a daily health assessment before arriving on campus.
Examples of courses from the past winter, summer and fall with components that will be delivered safely on campus include: carpentry, certified dental assistant, ceramics, dental hygiene, electronics and computer engineering, engineering design, health care assistant, massage therapy, professional cook, plumbing, mechanical engineering, refrigeration and air conditioning, and practical nursing. Also, elements of some courses will be delivered in the field and in practicum locations.
Readiness will often look different for each approved course. Some of the measures may include any or all of the following: maintaining physical distancing, including in classrooms, hallways and stairwells; completing control measures checklists; splitting classes into smaller groups; wearing protective protection equipment; marking floors with flow patterns; identifying entry and exit points; adjusting schedules to ensure safe working conditions and capacity; and, sanitizing classrooms between student groups and any shared equipment. Work is also underway to examine all health and safety guidelines as each individual group’s return to campus is considered as well as the collective impact of all individual plans.
Most student services will remain online throughout the summer and fall months.
Student registration for fall begins on June 23. The bulk of course offerings are still available.
The college is following guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC and the B.C. Government to ensure the safety and well-being of students and employees.
Camosun College is one of the largest colleges in British Columbia with campuses located on the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆpeoples. Established in 1971, the college serves more than 19,000 learners a year in certificate, diploma, bachelor's degree, post-degree diploma and continuing education programs.
Last updated: June 22, 2020 8:29 am