Coronavirus Information

Information for Students, Staff and Faculty on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Message from Dr. Stanley - September 4, 2020

Dear Team,

The fall semester is underway and I want to thank everyone who helped our students get into class and to the faculty who continue to stretch themselves to make learning engaging. About a quarter of credit classes are on-ground and the remainder are via zoom and online.  Our goal was to make sure we continued to serve students to the best of our ability and I feel we are succeeding. I also believe that we are pushing forward with new ways to help students succeed and introducing exciting ways to engage with students and each other.  I have highlighted just a few of the accomplishments below:

  • On Friday, August 21, we premiered our Commencement 2020 video. We had graduates participate during the ceremony by posting graduation photos on social media. We enjoyed kind words of encouragement from staff and faculty during the ceremony. We all wished we could have hosted commencement in-person but the video was a great way to honor our students and their accomplishments.
  • We recently held a graduation ceremony online for the Dental Hygiene students via ZOOM. Of our 20 graduates, 16 have already taken their boards and passed. We are so happy that 8 of the 16 students already have jobs and the rest of the class is interviewing.  
  • Our facilities crew continues to work very hard to keep our campus and centers clean and safe.  They have put up signage, sanitizer stations, plexi-glass partitions and many other safety precautions. We thank them for their continued hard work.
  • We also held a graduation ceremony via ZOOM for Dental Assisting. All of the 14 graduates are certified in radiology and 11 have already passed their dental assisting national boards and are officially recognized as Certified Dental Assistants. We are happy that 9 already have jobs and 8 of those jobs are local.
  • The construction at the Student Achievement Center continues each week and things are changing. We are excited to see Phase III move forward.  Please keep an eye on the Westmoreland WEEKLY for pictures of the progress.
  • Our Foundation continues to find opportunities to fund scholarships and aid for students during these challenging times. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have provided over $42,000 in funding to help students succeed. 
  • Our admissions team and center directors held a scholarship drive-thru. Students were able to stop by or meet up to receive their scholarship sign. The sign showed off their achievement for receiving a President’s or Meritorious Scholarship.  
  • Collectively, we launched What’s Up Westmoreland live on FB every Thursday at noon.  We have received great feedback and we are so lucky to have engaged staff and faculty who work hard each week to provide engaging information about what’s new at Westmoreland.  Check out the program over lunch next week.
  • We would also like to wish Dennis Pearson, Judy Scheeren, Susan Scheible, John Shelapinsky, Marty St. John and Alex Wygonik well on their retirements. Your service and dedication to the college will be felt for decades to come.

There are so many good things happening at Westmoreland that I could go on and on, and I will. I am planning to send emailed letters to everyone throughout the Fall semester to let you know the good things that are happening.  It’s important that we all remember and celebrate the successes at Westmoreland. None of these successes are possible without each of you putting students first and serving the college and the community.  Thank you. 

Enjoy the Labor Day. 

Dr. Tuesday Stanley
President

Westmoreland Operating Plan, the Wolfpack Returns - Updated July 17, 2020

Click here to view the operating plan.

COVID-19 Emergency Aid

If you have questions regarding emergency aid available to students due to COVID-19, please check out the COVID-19 Emergency Aid page on our website under Admissions & Aid.  

Mental Health Resources

We have added a Mental Health Resources page with some resources to help you cope with the challenges you may be experiencing due to COVID-19. 

Dear Employees,

 We look forward to the Fall semester and want to provide the following updates that are effective through January 3, 2021.  

Please review:

  • Fall credit schedule will include a mix of on-ground, remote and online classes.
  • Fall non-credit schedule will include a mix of on-ground, remote and online classes.
  • Contract training will be on-ground and off-site.
  • Fall PSTC classes will be on-ground and off-site.
  • Fall Police Academy classes will be on-ground.
  • Events that meet all CDC guidelines at the time of the event, can be held on-ground.
  • The centers have individual schedules posted to the website under the ABOUT/Locations tab. 
  • Employees who work to support the above mentioned on-ground classes and the maintenance/daily operations at each site will work on-ground.
  • Employees not designated to be on-ground will continue to work remotely. They will be required to attend meetings, activities and other responsibilities of the position. This could include being on-ground at our sites or other sites at any time. 
  • Travel for college business must be local and approved by a Cabinet member.

Your supervisor will be reaching out to you over the next couple of days to review these updates and answer questions. The dedication to our students remains our priority as we move closer to our first day of Fall classes. These actions also allow us to focus on the strategic plan and the initiatives that are important for the future of the college. Thank you for your flexibility and commitment to a successful Fall semester and continue to monitor the College Operating Plan

Dr. Tuesday Stanley

President

Dear Employees,

Each day, we are faced with changing circumstances that impact all of us professionally and personally. I value your resilience and ensuring that our students continue to be successful. There have been several updates to the College Operating Plan since its initial release. Please continue to check it regularly.

With the Governor’s order on indoor events, Westmoreland will move to a virtual commencement. Students will be able to view commencement online on August 21 and participate by wearing their cap and gown and using social media to share with us their commencement day. We hope that you will also join our students as many of you have for so many years. Look for a link via your college email.

The NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) has moved Fall sports to a Spring start with the exception of Cross Country. The guidelines can be found here.

New Student Orientation for all locations is now virtual and a schedule can be found on our website.

We are seeking clarification on the Governor’s telework comments.  Until further notice, we will proceed with our current College Operating Plan. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our focus. We will continue to follow the CDC requirements. 

I appreciate each of you and your commitment to the students, the college and the communities we serve. 

Dr. Tuesday Stanley

President

Dear Employees, 

I continue to be impressed with the dedication and commitment by the faculty and staff in support of our students. Thank you for navigating the uncertainty of each day and being adaptable so that our college continues to thrive. 

Our plans for Fall are being drafted and will be shared with several groups for feedback. All of our decisions have been based on data and our desire to create the best learning environment. 

Westmoreland is:

  • Working remotely through Sunday, August 2.
  • Holding Continuing Education classes remotely with on-ground classes/camps beginning Wednesday, July 15.
  • Hosting events by outside entities (some exceptions apply) starting July 15.
  • Teaching remotely for the summer session. Some labs (ATC and Allied Health area) will be on-ground.
  • Training for the Police Academy, medical non-credit, certifications and public safety on-ground.
  • Allowing only designated ESSENTIAL personnel to be present at Youngwood and all centers.
  • Phasing additional ESSENTIAL personnel on-ground prior to Monday, August 3.
  • Resuming student athletics per WPCC and NJCAA Region XX guidelines. 

While the Westmoreland experience may be different this Fall, we will adapt, prepare, and hold fast to our commitment to educational excellence. Our role in the community is wide-reaching and we are preparing for what we know today and what tomorrow may bring. 

I hope you all will join me in working towards a strong future for Westmoreland today, tomorrow and the next 50 years.

Dr. Tuesday Stanley, 
President 

 

Dear Employees,

We continue to appreciate the good work being done in the interest of students. Our summer enrollment reflects growth in continuing and readmit students, which shows excellence in teaching, learning and care from the staff. 

I want to take this time to update you on items that are impacting the college community. The Governor’s office announced on Friday, May 29 that Westmoreland, Fayette, Indiana and several other counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania will be moving to the GREEN Phase on Friday, June 5. With our move to GREEN, Westmoreland is:

  • Planning to work remotely through June 30. Further guidance after this date will be forthcoming.
  • Teaching remotely for the summer session. Some labs (ATC and Allied Health area) will be on-ground as we transition to the GREEN phase. 
  • Receiving a waiver that allows us to teach on-ground non-credit training for nurse aide, public safety and police academy. 
  • Allowing only designated ESSENTIAL staff to be present at Youngwood and all centers.
  • Conducting Commencement on Friday, August 21 via a drive-thru model.

The Cabinet is working with their staff and the Deans are working with faculty on a reentry plan. The reentry plan will address teaching, staff work environment, student expectations, CDC guidelines, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines. The health and safety of our college community remains our priority. 

One final update that we would like to share is that the Governor signed the state budget on Friday, May 29.  The budget includes flat funding for higher education which include the community colleges. This is good news in light of the impact that COVID-19 continues to have on our college finances. 

I hope you are all well and I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Dr. Tuesday Stanley 
President 

 Dear Employees,

Each day seems to bring a new challenge and each day you all continue to impress with your determination and commitment to Westmoreland. You continue to put our students first and find ways to help them realize their goals. In order to keep everyone informed, we continue to update our website with information regarding Westmoreland classes, events, and assistance.

With our move to the YELLOW phase on May 15, Westmoreland is:

Planning to work remotely through June 30.
Teaching remotely for Summer session.
Allowing only designated ESSENTIAL staff to be present at Youngwood and all centers.
Seeking a waiver to teach on-ground for technical hands-on classes at the Advanced Technology Center (ATC). 
Modifying the Continuing Education schedule.
Adjusting the summer camp schedule to include new online offerings.
Canceling all on-site events through June 30.
Opening The Growing Tree soon.
Continuing to plan Commencement for Friday, August 21.

As we move forward, I hope you are all able to continue to find hope.  It is important during these challenging times to take time for yourself. If you feel you are struggling, please contact Lauren Farrell in the Human Resources department with questions or concerns. You can also utilize the services provided by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Back On Track, 24/7. You can reach the service at 1-800-566-5933.

In the coming weeks we will plan our return. We will update everyone in the WEEKLY as plans evolve.  We hope that you are well and we look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Dr. Tuesday Stanley
President
When will Commencement be held?  
Commencement will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020 in the gymnasium on the Youngwood campus.  We are still working on details.  Check the graduation page  frequently for new information and please be sure to apply for graduation and RSVP for Commencement.
 
 
What does COVID-19 mean for my job search? If you are searching for a job, keep applying.
  • Continually reevaluate your application materials, making sure you tailor your resume and cover letter for each application (remember, the Career Connection Center is here to help!)
  • More tips here
How can I protect myself from fraud during my job search?
  • Be wary of communicating exclusively via chat-only platforms
  • Confirm the employer’s contact information
  • Don’t share personal or sensitive information via chat or email
  • Contact the Career Connections Center to get connected with their employer contacts
  • For more information, click here

FAQ : Micro-internships - Information from Parker-Dewey

Will the PHEAA deadline be extended?  Yes.  The PHEAAA deadline is being extended until Friday, May 15, 2020.

Will my aid be affected now that my classes are being taught remotely? No.  You will not be penalized because of the change to remote teaching of your Spring 2020 classes.  

How will I get the most up to date information? Check your Westmoreland email.  This will be the official communication for the College.  Additionally, your faculty may communicate through D2L.  You can access both of these through your MyWestmoreland portal.  You can also access D2L by going to www.D2L.westmoreland.edu.

Will counseling, advising, and tutoring be available? Yes, the way you interact may be different.  We have tools like Zoom (video-chat/conferencing) to meet virtually, and we can use phone and email too! Please contact the Information Center at 724 925-4000 option 1 to set up an appointment.

What about my Continuing Education class? Continuing Education classes are postponed beginning March 17, until further notice. This includes Nurse Aide, Police Academy, and Public Safety Training Center courses, both on-site and off-site. When classes resume, they will begin where they left off. If you would like to register for classes that begin after April 12, we are accepting registrations by calling 724-925-4000.

Are advisors and others from the college calling me?  Yes.  Advisors and faculty are touching base with students.  You may see our calls show up as NO CALLER ID.   Please answer if you can.  If you can not, please know that we will leave a message or call back.  If your voicemail is full, please try to delete messages so that we can leave a message for you.   Now is also a good time to set up your voicemail if you haven't already. 

Can I check my major and personal contact information?Yes.  Click here for a video on how to check your major and personal contact information. 

Are there any updates for the Nursing Students?  Yes. The Nursing Progam Orientation previously scheduled for March 18, 2020 will be rescheduled. The Orientation packets for LPN-RN students were mailed on March 17, 2020 to the address listed in the College data base. Please check your US Postal Service mail.  All faculty are available via email and D2L.

You have almost made it to the end of the semester, and your health and success continue to be our top priorities.  As we continue to work and teach remotely, we are focused on making sure each of you finish the semester strong. If you need helpful tips or other guidance, please reach out to your advisor or contact the Information Center at 724.925.4000.

As we monitor the guidance from the State, there are a few updates I would like to share with you.  We will be working remotely through May 31. After this date, our staff will return to Youngwood and each center in a multi-phase approach.  Details on this will be available in the next couple of weeks.

Our summer session is still on schedule to begin on Monday, June 1.  For our summer classes that are planned for on-ground, we are planning to start classes via remote teaching and then we will return to on-ground classes.  For all of our online classes, they will remain in place and we are adding new classes to the schedule. 

As the weeks go on, many of you have expressed feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. This is a tough time for many and we understand. We are making every effort to help, and we are available via email, ZOOM meetings, and phone calls. Please reach out, and if you notice a restricted number calling, please know we might be calling to check in. I also want to remind you about the following resources:

Advising & Counseling

  • Counselors, Pathways Advisors, TRIO, KEYS staff are available via their email (please check the portal for your advisor/counselor’s email) or web video appointment (Zoom), call 724-925-4000 for an appointment.
  • If you have a concern and do not know who to contact, please click here,and someone will reach out to you.

Online/Remote Teaching

Tutoring

  • You can still receive online tutoring using Brainfuse. To access online tutoring, go into your D2L account. There will be links from each of your courses to Brainfuse.
  • Virtual tutoring from Westmoreland will be available, contact pricer@westmoreland.edu.

Library Services

Career Connections

Virtual Career Connections Center

Veteran Services

  • In addition to your advisor or counselor, if you receive Veteran benefits and have questions or concerns, please email Andrew Doherty, our VA certifying official, at dohertya@westmoreland.edu

Financial Aid and Registration 

  • Our Information Center will still be able to assist you by calling 724.925.4000.

Successful Study Habits & Tips

  • Maintain consistent contact with your faculty via college email or D2L.
  • Check your college email regularly.
  • Set aside approximately two hours for every credit hour of class to study (Ex: English is a 3-credit hour class so you should study at minimum 6 hours per week)
  • Set a regular study/class schedule and stick to it.
  • Use the resources above and have patience. We are working hard to respond as quickly as possible.
  • If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your counselor or advisor, or use this form.

I encourage you to look forward and be hopeful. If you are graduating, we will see you at Commencement in August.  If you are planning to attend Summer classes, we will see you in a short couple of weeks.  And if you are not returning until Fall, we hope you take the next couple of months to relax and plan.  It’s been a trying time for everyone and we have been challenged to think and act in new ways. We have and will continue to overcome. We will make our way through and your Westmoreland family is here for you.

Be well and safe,

Sydney Beeler, Ed.D.
Vice President, Enrollment Management

I am very proud of all of our employees for managing the situation and keeping student success as the top priority. The health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff remains of utmost importance. We continue to update our website with news and information regarding Westmoreland, so please check it often.As we continue to monitor the guidance from the state, Westmoreland is:

Working remotely through May 31
Teaching remotely through the end of the Spring semester
Holding summer session beginning June 1, online and on-ground 
Modifying the Continuing Education schedule
Canceling all on-site events through May 31
Rescheduling Commencement for Friday, August 21
In this time of uncertainty, what remains consistent is our commitment to you and your well being. I hope you are able to prioritize your self care. If you feel you are struggling, please contact Lauren Farrell in the Human Resources department with questions or concerns. You can also utilize the services provided by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Back On Track, 24/7. You can reach the service at 1-800-566-5933. For technical issues, please contact the IT Department Help Desk.    

As we look to the future, we will continue to be the great and AMBITIOUS institution that we have always been. We look forward to returning and opening our doors to students, faculty, staff and the community.

Dr. Tuesday Stanley,
President

Dear Students,

Like many of you, Continuing Education is navigating uncharted territory right now. These are difficult times for all of us as we strive to provide excellent service in a rapidly changing environment. But with determination and perseverance, we will pull through.

For the safety of our students, instructors and staff, in-person Continuing Education classes are postponed until further notice. This includes Nurse Aide, Police Academy, American Heart Association, and Public Safety Training Center courses. When these classes resume, they will pick-up where they left off. 

Several classes have been identified for remote instruction. We are working with the instructors to get these courses up and running. Students enrolled in these courses will be contacted and informed of this option. Instructions on how to remote into the class will be given at that time. For students unable or not interested in remote courses, alternative options can be discussed. Please check this website often for updates.

Student Concern Form
As a college, we want to support you and guide you through these changes. If you have concerns, please complete the form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to continuing to serve your professional development and personal enrichment needs. 

Please, take care. 

David Pistner

VP, Continuing Education, Workforce & Community Development 

Dear Students,

You remain the top priority during this pandemic. As such, and in accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s guidance yesterday, the college has made the difficult decision to:

Teach remotely through the end of the Spring semester. If you are unsure about how to complete your class remotely, please reach out to your faculty for details. Your advisor can also serve as a resource.
Provide Student Services (Registration, Advising, Counseling, Student Life, etc) remotely through April 30.
Modify the Continuing Education schedule
Cancel all on-site events through the Spring semester
Reschedule commencement
Change Summer classes to 8-week term starting June 1. You will be hearing from Westmoreland with details on summer classes including a revised schedule. 
Resources
Advising & Counseling

Counselors, Pathways Advisors, TRIO, KEYS staff are available via their email (please check the portal for your advisor/counselor’s email) or web video appointment (Zoom), call 724.925.4000 for an appointment.
If you have a concern and do not know who to contact, please click here and someone will reach out to you.
Online/Remote Teaching

D2L has an overview if you log-in using your Westmoreland username and password at d2l.westmoreland.edu.
Additional Resources can be found here.
For questions about D2L, contact the Distance Learning department at DLsupport@westmoreland.edu.
For technical assistance, contact the IT Help Desk at helpdesk@westmoreland.edu. 
Tutoring

You can still receive online tutoring using Brainfuse. To access online tutoring, go into your D2L account. There will be links from each of your courses to Brainfuse.
Virtual tutoring from Westmoreland will be available, contact pricer@westmoreland.edu.
Library Services

Our librarians can assist you remotely by emailing library@westmoreland.edu.
Textbook Services and Resources
In partnership with E-Campus, our online bookstore, VitalSource Helps, a program that provides access to FREE ebooks to all Westmoreland students through May 25th. Students may begin accessing these materials today at bookshelf.vitalsource.com.
Further information, including answers to frequently asked questions for students, can be found here and is attached for your reference.
Career Connections

For internship/practicum, if arranged through Career Connections, please contact Sue at kepplers@ westmoreland.edu, Samantha at gouldners@westmoreland.edu or Diane (ATC) at metzd@westmoreland.edu.
Virtual Career Connections Center
Go to classroom.google.com
At the top, click Add+ and then Join Class
Enter the class code: gq7cqbh
Any questions, contact Sue, kepplers@westmoreland.edu or Diane, metzd@westmoreland.edu.  
Veteran Services

In addition to your advisor or counselors, if you receive Veteran benefits and have questions or concerns, please email Andrew Doherty, our VA certifying official, at dohertya@westmoreland.edu. 
Financial Aid and Registration 

Our Information Center will still be able to assist you by calling 724.925.4000.
I encourage you to keep reaching out to your faculty, talking with your classmates, connecting with others during this time of physical distancing. We are all in this together, and we will continue to help you navigate and move forward on your path. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Be well and safe,

Sydney Beeler, Ed.D.
Vice President, Enrollment Management

Dear Faculty-

Thank you all for your patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time.  Based on Governor Wolf’s guidance today, Westmoreland has made the difficult decision to teach remotely through the end of the spring semester and work remotely through April 30.  Commencement will be rescheduled.

We will be canceling the following in person events and will find alternative ways to recognize our students.

  • Scholarly Evening
  • Phi Theta Kappa Induction ceremony
  • Student Achievement Ceremony
  • Nursing Pinning

Additionally, we will move our summer term to begin on June 1.  The last weeks of May will be used to make up any competencies needed to complete the spring semester.

Here are some important things to help students learn during this time:

  • Send a message to your students explaining the situation and your plans for your class.
  • Have the students’ phone numbers available to contact them if they are not participating.
  • Please talk with your dean if you have any issues or need support.
  • If you have a student who needs services, please reach out to Julie Greathouse greathousej@westmoreland.edu and she will connect the student with the correct resource.
  • The IT team has online resources to help students, staff and faculty.  Go to the portal and click on Staff Resources.  Then click on the Emergency Services section.

Please be flexible with your students’ needs and individual concerns.  They are nervous about this change as much as you are. Please keep track of the date if a student does stop participating and you cannot reach them.  Let Student Services know about these students as soon as possible.

I trust your expertise and I know you will do what is best for your class and your students.  You are the most important part of your class. If I can help or answer any questions, please let me know.

With warm thoughts,
Kristy Bishop

Dear Westmoreland Employees,

Our first priority remains the health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff during this pandemic. We continue to update our website with news and information regarding Westmoreland, so please check it often.

Based upon Governor Wolf’s guidance today, Westmoreland has made the difficult decision to:

Work remotely through April 30
Teach remotely through the end of the Spring semester 
Modify the Continuing Education schedule
Cancel all on-site events through the Spring semester
Reschedule commencement
Change Summer classes to 8-week term starting June 1
Our dedicated faculty and staff will be reaching out to students to ensure continuity of learning. 

We will communicate necessary changes and continue helping students, staff and faculty with resources to manage this challenging time. If you feel you are struggling, please contact Lauren Farrell in the Human Resources department with questions or concerns. You can also utilize the services provided by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Back On Track, 24/7. You can reach the service at 1-800-566-5933. For technical issues, please contact the IT Department Help Desk.  

We ask that you remain diligent in protecting yourself and minimizing the risk to others, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, stay away from those who are sick, stay home if sick yourself, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, do not share any food, drinks, cups, utensils, etc., cover your cough or sneeze and practice social/physical distancing.   

These are unprecedented times but we remain determined to keep our students on track. Unfortunately, we have had to make some hard decisions but we will push forward to complete the semester and help our students succeed. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.  

Dr. Tuesday Stanley

President 

Based upon Governor Tom Wolf’s recent guidance, Westmoreland has made the decision to continue working and teaching remotely through April 12, and as such, students will not have access to the Youngwood Campus or any Center locations. Also, as a reminder, holiday break begins for students on April 8 and classes resume on Monday, April 13. Please know that we understand that this situation can cause feelings of uncertainty, anxiety and others. We are and will continue to be here to support you. As a reminder, the following is available:

Resources

Advising & Counseling

  • Counselors, Pathways Advisors, TRIO, KEYS staff are available via their email (please check the portal for your advisor/counselor’s email) or web video appointment (Zoom), call 724.925.4000 for an appointment.
  • If you have a concern and do not know who to contact, please click here and someone will reach out to you.

Online/Remote Teaching

Tutoring

  • You can still receive online tutoring using Brainfuse. To access online tutoring, go into your D2L account. There will be links from each of your courses to Brainfuse.
  • Virtual tutoring from Westmoreland will be available, contact pricer@westmoreland.edu.

Library Services

  • Our librarians can assist you remotely by emailing library@westmoreland.edu.
  • Textbook Services and Resources
  • In partnership with E-Campus, our online bookstore, VitalSource Helps, a program that provides access to FREE ebooks to all Westmoreland students through May 25th. Students may begin accessing these materials today at bookshelf.vitalsource.com.
  • Further information, including answers to frequently asked questions for students, can be found here and is attached for your reference.

Career Connections

Veteran Services

  • In addition to your advisor or counselors, if you receive Veteran benefits and have questions or concerns, please email Andrew Doherty, our VA certifying official, at dohertya@westmoreland.edu

Financial Aid and Registration 

  • Our Information Center will still be able to assist you by calling 724.925.4000.
I encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to connect with your faculty, advisors, and fellow classmates through D2L, social media, or conversations via the phone or text. Together, we will continue to navigate this, and I will continue to update you as needed. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
 
Be well and safe,
 
Sydney Beeler, Ed.D.
Vice President, Enrollment Management

Dear Westmoreland Employees,  

We continue to monitor the news surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 and our first priority remains the health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff. We will update our website with news and information regarding Westmoreland so please check it often.

Based upon Governor Tom Wolf’s recent guidance, Westmoreland has made the decision to continue working remotely and extend the time period through April 12. Our remote teaching program is also planned to continue through April 12. Employees will have holiday break April 9 - 12. There are no classes for students and faculty beginning April 8 and classes resume on Monday, April 13.

As the leadership team follows the situation, we will continue to communicate necessary changes. Our primary focus is helping students, staff and faculty with resources to manage this difficult time. Please contact Lauren Farrell in the Human Resources department with questions or concerns and for IT assistance, please contact the Help Desk. 

We ask that you remain diligent in protecting yourself and minimizing the risk to others, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, stay away from those who are sick, stay home if sick yourself, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, do not share any food, drinks cups, utensils, etc., and cover your cough or sneeze.  

At this time, it is normal to feel anxious and stressed. Please utilize the services provided by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Back On Track, 24/7. You can reach the service at 1-800-566-5933. We appreciate your flexibility and hard work during these challenging times.

Dr. Tuesday Stanley,

President 

We understand these are difficult times and we are all in uncharted territory right now.  Many of you are probably feeling overwhelmed and anxious.  The Westmoreland counseling department is providing you an opportunity to discuss your concerns and ways to manage your feelings during this time.  

Tuesday, March 31 - 1 p.m

Thursday, April 2 - 10 a.m.

Friday, April 3  - 10 a.m. 

Two one-hour sessions during Spring Break 

Monday, April 6  - 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8  - 10 a.m. 

Continuing Education classes are postponed beginning today, March 17, until further notice. This includes Nurse Aide, Police Academy, and Public Safety Training Center courses, both on-site and off-site. When classes resume, they will begin where they left off. 

Yesterday, upon the Governor’s recommendation that social distancing for non-essential businesses be enforced, the college decided to offer all student services remotely as of Wednesday, March 18th. This will continue through March 29th. During this time, employees, students and the public are not allowed on our campus or center locations. However, there are several resources to assist you in success this semester.
As you prepare to continue your course work remotely, I want to remind you of some successful habits and resources.

Resources

Advising & Counseling

  • Counselors, Pathways Advisors, TRIO, KEYS staff are available via their email (please check the portal for your advisor/counselor’s email) or web video appointment (Zoom), call 724-925-4000 for an appointment.
  • If you have a concern and do not know who to contact, please click here, and someone will reach out to you.

Online/Remote Teaching

Tutoring

  • You can still receive online tutoring using Brainfuse. To access online tutoring, go into your D2L account. There will be links from each of your courses to Brainfuse.
  • Virtual tutoring from Westmoreland will be available, contact pricer@westmoreland.edu.

Library Services

Textbook Services and Resources

  • In partnership with E-Campus, our online bookstore, VitalSource Helps, a program that provides access to FREE ebooks to all Westmoreland students through May 25th. Students may begin accessing these materials today at bookshelf.vitalsource.com.
  • Further information, including answers to frequently asked questions for students, can be found here and is attached for your reference.

Career Connections

Veteran Services

  • In addition to your advisor or counselors, if you receive Veteran benefits and have questions or concerns, please email Andrew Doherty, our VA certifying official, at dohertya@westmoreland.edu

Financial Aid and Registration 

  • Our Information Center will still be able to assist you by calling 724.925.4000.
Successful Study Habits & Tips
 
  • Maintain consistent contact with your faculty via college email or D2L.
  • Check your college email regularly.
  • Set aside approximately two hours for every credit hour of class to study (Ex: English is a 3-credit hour class so you should study at minimum 6 hours per week)
  • Set a regular study/class schedule and stick to it.
  • Use the resources above and have patience. We are working hard to respond as quickly as possible.
  • If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your counselor or advisor, or use this form.
What we are experiencing is like nothing many of us have ever seen, and I know that the amount of change can cause uncertainty. As a college, we want to support you and guide you through these changes. I encourage you to reach out to your faculty, to your counselor/advisor and to your fellow classmates. Create connections through D2L, social media, email or via phone, and please ask for help if you need it. Together, we will move forward on our ambitious paths.

 

Best regards,

 

Sydney Beeler, Ed.D.

Vice President, Enrollment Management

Dear Employees,

In light of the Governor’s recommendation that social distancing for non-essential businesses be enforced, we will be moving to a remote working business plan beginning Wednesday, March 18.  We ask that all employees report to work on Tuesday, March 17 and make arrangements with their supervisor to work remotely. When working remotely, you are required to be available during your normal working hours. This will continue through March 29.

As a reminder, our faculty will begin remote teaching on Wednesday, March 18.  The leadership team will send out additional communications outlining how we will provide support to our students. 

We will continue to use our website for updates so please check it regularly.  Thank you again for your flexibility during these unprecedented times. 

Dr. Tuesday Stanley, President

Dear Westmoreland Employees,  

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19), our first priority remains the health, safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this rapidly evolving, unprecedented situation. We are regularly updating our website  to share news and information, so please check it often.

We have been in discussions with both of the associations on how we move forward during these times.  We greatly appreciate the speed at which everyone is responding to the needs of our students and the changes those needs require us to make so that we can continue to serve them well.  Many of our students are nervous and worried about their ability to continue. We need to all serve as a team of resources for them.

Employees are expected to report to work, however, if you are unable to report, you need to take Paid Time Off (PTO), upon approval of your supervisor.  In working with the associations, we are using a PTO model during this time. You will be able to use your Vacation, Personal and Sick time as PTO through April 12, unless circumstances change.  As always, you will need to complete the appropriate paperwork. The procedure has not changed. The only change is that it is PTO.

Your supervisor will begin to work with you now, in the event that we need to move to a remote work environment. They will identify the scope of work that you will be able to complete from a remote location.  

Our IT team is building online resources to help students, staff and faculty.  They have developed a page on the portal, where they will place links to resources.  You need to log in, click on Staff Resources and then click the Emergency Services section.  There you will find resources, including how to establish VPN access, if needed.

Please remain diligent in protecting yourself and minimizing the risk to others, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, stay away from those who are sick, stay home if sick yourself, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, do not share any food, drinks cups, utensils, etc., and cover your cough or sneeze.  

Leaders across the college are continuing to plan for the short-and long-term actions. It is normal to feel anxious and stressed during these times.  Please utilize the services provided by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Back On Track, 24/7. You can reach the service at 1-800-566-5933.  We appreciate the flexibility and hard work during these challenging times.

Dr. Tuesday Stanley, President 

I know that many of you have been following the news updates on the Coronavirus. The leadership team at Westmoreland County Community College has also been reviewing the news and monitoring organizations like the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the World Health Organization.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases in Westmoreland, Indiana or Fayette counties. However, we have opted to cancel classes on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.  The college will use these days to implement our emergency business continuity plan. We will resume classes with remote teaching on Wednesday, March 18 through April 12. Our faculty and staff will work with students through the transition.

Continuing Education classes will go on as scheduled, including Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17. This includes the Police Academy, Nurse Aide and programs at the Public Safety Training Center.

At this time, all athletic seasons are suspended effective Monday, March 16.

Please note, the college is not closing. Employees will report to work as scheduled, unless ill.  If ill, employees should notify their supervisor and Human Resources.   

Our Youngwood campus and all centers will be open should you need assistance.  For anyone that does not have internet access, the computer labs will be open.  

We will continue to provide updates on our website and via our emergency alert system, RAVE.  If you would like to add any additional phone numbers to the alert system, you can do so via the portal. 

Earlier this week the college enacted the following: 

Meetings/events of more than 25 people or more are cancelled, postponed or being held virtually.

Non-athletic travel was cancelled.

As mentioned in all of the updates we have posted on the website, if you feel ill, please follow recommended best health practices.  We also ask that you reach out to your faculty instructor or advisor for guidance on how to stay up-to-date in your classes.

The college recognizes that there is no perfect solution that fits everyone’s situation. We are doing our best to focus on the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty.  

In moving forward, we will continue to track the status of the COVID-19.  Please continue to monitor our website for the latest information and protect yourself with best health practices.

Dr. Tuesday Stanley, President

Continuing Education classes will be held as scheduled. This includes American Heart Association classes.

Dear Faculty,

Thank you for your concern about the coronavirus. We want to make sure that everyone is safe while still providing an education for our students. 

To continue teaching during this disruption, here are some things to consider:

Distance Learning created Zoom accounts for all full-time and part-time faculty. Zoom is a web-conferencing tool that creates Skype-like group calls between you and your students. This may be a solution to replace on-ground lectures and class meetings.

If you haven’t completed registering your Westmoreland Zoom account, you’ll receive an email today with instructions to complete your registration. Once you’re registered, use the Zoom Guide to get started. (Note: Students do not need Zoom accounts to participate in the meetings.)
Stay in touch with your students. We’ll tell them as much as we can about the institution, but we need you to keep them informed of your intentions and expectations. In this situation, they need comfort just as much as structure.

Use your Westmoreland email account, D2L course announcements, or create a group chat in Google Hangouts for more direct and instant communication with your students.
Be mindful of the students who may struggle with technology. They will need extra reassurance that help is available. If you’re unable to address their concerns, direct them to Distance Learning or IT helpdesk.
Consult with your peers about best practices. Brainstorm ideas for delivering materials. Help each other use technology. Distance Learning is also available for support.
Prepare to be flexible and patient with your materials and students.
These are a few suggestions to get started, and we’ll continue sending more information as needed.

We appreciate your effort in helping our institution and students through this process. We also recognize not every activity or course will transition easily to an online format, so thank you for your patience and understanding.

Let us know if there’s anything we can do to further support you and your students.

Annette Boyer, boyera@westmoreland.edu

Adam Woodrow, woodrowa@westmoreland.edu

Grace Sandy, sandyg@westmoreland.edu

Distance Learning, dlsupport@westmoreland.edu

IT Helpdesk, helpdesk@westmoreland.edu

Continuing Education classes for Westmoreland County Community College will go on as scheduled, including Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, 2020. This includes Continuing Education, the Police Academy, Nurse Aide and Public Safety Training Center programs.

Please contact David Pistner, Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at pistnerd@westmoreland.edu or 724-925-4219 with questions or for further information.

Please reference the Westmoreland County Community College website for up-to-date information and announcements.

Westmoreland continues to monitor the associated news posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19).  At this time, Westmoreland is not making any changes to our class schedule or sports activities.  We have cancelled several trips based upon the travel destination on a case by case basis.

In a recent email to everyone, we introduced a page on our website where we offer best practices for our students, staff, faculty and the community during this time of year. We recently added a letter on our website from Carol J. Fox, MD Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer, Excela Health.  Please take a minute to check out the page and review the sources that we have provided regarding COVID-19.

Please note that the college leadership team has been meeting to review plans and prepare for possible changes. 

Dr. Tuesday Stanley, President

Additional Information

  • Student Concern Form
  • What we are experiencing is unprecedented and we know that the amount of change can cause uncertainty. As a college, we want to support you and guide you through these changes. If you have concerns, please complete this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Name*
    Email*
    Phone*
    Location*Youngwood or center
    Your Concern*
     
  • Additional Information
  • Background 
  • The Centers for Disease Control is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19).
  • On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. On March 11, 2020 WHO publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.
  • Symptoms
  • According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
  • How It Spreads
  • Through the air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it
  • Occasionally, fecal contamination
  • Protect Yourself
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes and other frequently touched items.
  • If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
  • Helpful Links/Resources
  • Westmoreland County COVID-19 Business Resources
  • Message & Information from Excela Health
  • Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Page
  • Pa Department of Health Coronavirus Page
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