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  • July 20, 2020

    Here are today’s updates from Schoolcraft College:

    Just a reminder that Governor Whitmer has reiterated the order that individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space.

    It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Most significantly, the order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering. No shirts, no shoes, no mask—no service.

    You can view the order here .

    This site is updated regularly. Please check the Additional Information section for updates for Schoolcraft College employees, students and community members.

  • May 27, 2020

    Here are today’s updates from Schoolcraft College:

    Governor Whitmer has extended Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order until June 12, 2020. You can view the order here .

    Entities like Schoolcraft College are considered an essential business, and we have remained operational throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

    The leadership team continues to refine and create processes to ensure a safe and smooth transition to when more workers will be allowed in offices and the public will be allowed on campus.

    In the short term, our priority remains creating a process to gradually bring back to campus students and faculty to safely finish specific Winter 2020 semester classes. Both the Spring and Summer 2020 terms will use distance learning formats. 

  • May 11, 2020

    Here are today’s updates from Schoolcraft College:

    Governor Whitmer has extended Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order until May 28, 2020, as part of the six-phase MI Safe Start Plan. Michigan is in Stage 3: Flattening. You can read the plan here .

    As a reminder, entities like Schoolcraft College are considered an essential business, and we have remained operational throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

    The leadership team is studying Governor Whitmer’s plan and refining and creating procedures to ensure a safe and smooth transition to Stage 4: Improving, which is when more workers will be allowed in offices.

    In the short term, our priority remains creating a process to gradually bring back to campus students and faculty to safely finish specific Winter 2020 semester classes. Both the Spring and Summer 2020 terms will use distance learning formats. 

  • April 30, 2020

    Here are today’s updates from Schoolcraft College:

    Governor Whitmer recently announced Executive Order 2020-59, which suspended certain parts of the previous executive order, commonly called “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” and extended other parts to May 15, 2020.

    With this latest announcement, our priority is to establish a process where we can begin the process of gradually bringing back to campus students and faculty in order to finish specific Winter 2020 semester classes that couldn’t be completed by distance learning formats.

    As noted by Governor Whitmer, it is vital that citizens and entities do their part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Schoolcraft College will do its part by taking a measured, careful approach on the road to full re-engagement.

  • April 20, 2020

    Here are today’s updates from Schoolcraft College:

    Registration continues, payment deadline Friday, April 24

    Registration for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 semester courses continues, with classes for the Spring term beginning May 9. Tuition and fees are due Friday, April 24. We recognize this is a difficult time, so to help our students and the community navigate forward, we are:

    Buyback programs for books, Spring 2020 textbooks can be purchased now

    In keeping with Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, our on-campus bookstore remains closed. For Winter 2019 books that were purchased (not rented), we have partnered with our used textbook wholesaler, Nebraska Book Company, to offer a buyback program. Those students can check out the program by visiting the bookstore’s website and clicking on the “sell textbook” tab. You can view the link here

    For Winter semester textbooks that were rented, the due date has been postponed until Thursday, June 4. Instructions will be provided once campus is reopened. 

    Spring 2020 textbooks are available to purchase online at schoolcraftbooks.com . Financial aid will be available for online purchases from through Monday, June 1. Summer 2020 textbooks will be available to purchase online beginning on Monday, April 27.

  • April 9, 2020

    Here are today’s updates from Schoolcraft College:

    Today, Governor Whitmer announced an extension of her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order through April 30. As a reminder, institutions like Schoolcraft College are considered an essential service during this crisis, and we have put in place several initiatives to keep the College operational while safeguarding the health of our students, faculty and staff. 

    Registration is underway

    Registration for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 semester courses is now open, with classes for the Spring term beginning May 9. To help our students and the community navigate forward, we are:

    Additional resources for students

    Because of donations to the Schoolcraft College Foundation Greatest Needs Fund and the Student Emergency Needs Fund, the College has been able to address urgent student and institutional needs to help navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Besides the Distance Learning Scholarship Fund, the Foundation has funded:

    • Materials for students to be able to complete some lab classes online.
    • A Student Computer Loan Program for students to finish their courses online.  

    Students interested in a computer loan should contact their professors to begin the process.

    Also, several internet providers offer programs that make internet access more affordable for students. The Michigan Department of Education maintains a web page with this information: Michigan Department of Education Home Internet Options

  • March 23, 2020

    Here are today’s updates from Schoolcraft College:

    Today’s executive order announced by Governor Whitmer to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” is certainly important as we all work together to stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Just to clarify, institutions like Schoolcraft College are considered an essential service during this crisis.


    Registration

    • Registration for Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semester classes opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 28.
    • Please know that Schoolcraft College is offering nearly all traditional, lecture-type classes in distance-learning formats.

    Paying for classes

    • We have temporarily suspended the requirement to pay for classes within three days of registering.
    • We urge all prospective students to visit our page on scholarships and financial aid. There are funds available for displaced workers and guest students, among other student populations. Click here to get started .

    VisTaTech Events

    • In accordance with the latest Executive Order from Governor Whitmer, all events at the VisTaTech Center are canceled through April 13.
    • Our staff is contacting our clients.
    • The re-open date is to be determined.
  • March 20, 2020

    Here are today’s updates from Schoolcraft College:

    Campus

    • No face-to-face classes or services until further notice.
    • All services will be administered by phone, over email or through online resources.
    • Most employee building and department entrances, including Radcliff Center, will require badge access. The exceptions are:
      • The north entrance of the VisTaTech Center ONLY when an event is taking place.
      • The entrance to the IHA urgent care on the south side of the Jeffress Center.


    Dining facilities/food services

    • Dining facilities remain closed through at least Monday, March 30.
      • This now includes Henry’s.
  • March 19, 2020

    Here are today’s updates from Schoolcraft College:


    Campus

    • No face-to-face classes until further notice.
    • Face-to-face student services also suspended until further notice.
      • Student services will be administered by phone, over email or through online tools.
    • Only employees will have access to McDowell Center during this time.

    Registration

    • Registration for Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semester classes opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 28.
    • Please know that during this challenging time, the staff of Schoolcraft College is committed to serving its students and the community. To help, we are:
      • Temporarily waiving the three-day deadline to pay for classes after registering.
      • Encouraging students to explore all options for scholarships and financial aid. Click here to get started .
      • Offering more classes than ever in distance-learning formats.

    Dining facilities/food services

    • Dining facilities remain closed through at least Monday, March 30.
      • Henry’s will offer grab-and-go options through 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20.
  • March 18, 2020

    Here are today’s updates from Schoolcraft College:


    Lab classes

    • Lab classes that cannot transition to a distance-learning format were suspended until April 6.
    • Students should contact their faculty about their class.
      • Instructors are working on solutions so students can finish these courses.


    Student Services

    • As of March 18, 2020, all student services will be performed remotely (phone, email, online tools) until further notice.
    • Call the Answer Center at 734-462-4426 or use email correspondence with the respective service department.


    Dining facilities/food services

    • Dining facilities remain closed through at least Monday, March 30.
    • Henry’s will continue to offer grab-and-go options the remainder of this week with normal business hours.


    Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD)

    • CEPD non-credit registration begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 19.
    • Prospective students are strongly encouraged to register online at schoolcraft.edu/webadvisor .
    • Students also may register by calling the campus answer center at 734-462-4426.
      • Phone registration is a temporary option for Spring/Summer 2020 only.
  • March 17, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    Here are today’s updates from Schoolcraft College:

    Per Executive Order No. 2020-9 from the Office of the Governor, the following services, operations and buildings are closed through at least Monday, March 30:

    Bradner Library

    • Support is available via phone and email (734-462-4440 or library@schoolcraft.edu)
      • Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
      • Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      • Saturday and Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m.

    All dining facilities

    • Closed through at least Monday, March 30.
      • Henry’s offers grab-and-go options ONLY.

    Children’s Center

    • Closed through at least Monday, March 30.

    Fitness Center

    • Closed through at least Monday, March 30.

    These operations are OPEN: 

    • The Learning Center is OPEN and is available by using the east entrance of the library (across from Forum building)
      • Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      • Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      • Saturday Noon to 4:00 p.m.
    • All Tutoring and Writing Support Services have been moved to online.

    VisTaTech events

    • Events at the VisTaTech Center that conform to the directive from the Governor’s Office (maximum of 50 people) are still being held and accepted. 
    • Entities that wish to cancel may do so and receive a full refund on their deposit. Call 734-462-4610 for more information.
    • Given the guidelines on social distancing, a limited number of staff will be available to support events.
    • Limited food service will be available. Contact your account manager for information.
  • March 16, 2020

    Dear Schoolcraft College community:

    Schoolcraft College, like the vast majority of community colleges, remains open and intends to remain open. We are able to do this in part because of our innovative learning environment and our agility to accelerate our transition to distance-learning opportunities where possible and practical. As of this moment, nearly half of those opportunities now are in a distance-learning format. 

    These steps have helped reduce the number of people on campus, which in turn supports the guidelines related to social distancing. In summary, we believe these solutions help mitigate against the potential spread of the coronavirus and also help ensure our students graduate on time, which is a key concern for many of our students and, indeed, the purpose of our institution.

    If your course has not transitioned to distance learning and you are not comfortable coming to campus for class, please contact your instructor via Schoolcraft email to make other arrangements. Schoolcraft College’s faculty members are committed to working with students to find the right solution.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this situation, which is uncharted territory for all of us. Please visit our dedicated website, schoolcraft.edu/coronavirus, for the latest information.

    Here is a summary of the latest news:

    Schoolcraft College events

    • All Schoolcraft College-sponsored events are canceled through Saturday, May 16.
      • This includes commencement, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2.
      • This also includes graduations related to the police and fire academies, culinary arts, and the two nursing pinning ceremonies.

    Schoolcraft College athletics

    • The National Junior College Athletic Association, of which Schoolcraft College is a member, has canceled all spring sports and all winter championships.
      • This includes the Division II men’s basketball tournament, which Schoolcraft College qualified for.

    Children’s Center

    • Due to an abundance of caution, the Children’s Center will close by end of business on Monday, March 16, and will remain closed until further notice.

    Food services

    • Henry’s closed at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16, in accordance with the executive order from Governor Whitmer.
      • It will open tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, offering grab-and-go service ONLY.
      • The decision to remain open will be made on a daily basis.
    • Beer To Go is closed until further notice.

    Fitness Center

    • The Fitness Center closed at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 16, in accordance with the executive order from Governor Whitmer.
      • This directive is through at least Monday, March 30.

    Credit classes

    • Where possible and practical, distance learning options are being implemented.
    • Right now, we have transitioned approximately 50 percent of our face-to-face courses to a distance learning format.
    • Lab courses will continue as usual unless you have been contacted by your faculty member that other arrangements have been made.
      • Contact your professor via Schoolcraft email to discuss alternatives if you are uncomfortable attending lab classes. Professors are instructed to work with students to find a solution.
    • For more information, please call 734-462-4486 or email studentrelations@schoolcraft.edu.

    Student Services

    • Services such as financial aid, advising, tutoring and more will be available by online or by phone. Call the Answer Center at 734-462-4426 or use email correspondence with the respective service department.
    • If you need to come to campus, on-campus support is still available at McDowell Student Center.

    Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD)

    • All fitness and aquatics classes are canceled for the rest of the term.
    • Most other CEPD classes are continuing; check with the CEPD office (734-462-4448).
    • Some CEPD classes are transitioning to a distance learning format.
      • If your class is doing this, your instructor will contact you.
    • The next registration period for CEPD courses begins Thursday, March 19.
      • We urge prospective students to either register online by clicking here, by calling 734-462-4426 to register by phone, placing your registration in the dropbox outside McDowell Student Center or mailing it to Schoolcraft College, Registration: CEPD, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152-2696.
      • Email cepd@schoolcraft.edu or call 734-462-4448 for more information.

    Business Development Center (BDC)

    • Some classes have been postponed while others are running as scheduled.
    • Please contact the BDC directly at 734-462-4438 or bdc@schoolcraft.edu for questions regarding BDC classes, events or for direct assistance with business needs.
    • In most cases, direct business assistance (counseling, one-on-one assistance) services are being provided virtually (on the phone, via email or through video conferencing). 

    This remains an evolving situation. We are committed to communicating with you in a timely manner. Thank you again for your patience, understanding and professionalism during these trying circumstances.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Conway A. Jeffress 
    President

  • March 13, 2020

    Dining at Schoolcraft College

    Out of an abundance of caution with respect to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the following actions are now in place:


    Henry's Food Court

    Henry’s Food Court has closed the salad bar, pizza station and all self-serve stations until further notice. Because all items will be made to order during this time, some delays may occur. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please know that our first priority is the health and safety of all our guests.


    Statement from American Harvest

    Dear Valued Guests & Patrons:

    On behalf of our Culinary Arts Department and Faculty, due to the numerous issues occurring with health and safety, we must take the proper precautions and remove servicing the public from our curriculum at this time.

    We will post any future updates.

    As Department Chair, I value all of your support and do hope you will support our decision at this time.

    Shawn Loving, CMC
    Department Chair


    Main Street Café:

    Dear Valued Guests & Patrons:

    On behalf of our Culinary Arts Department and Faculty, due to the numerous issues occurring with health and safety, we must take the proper precautions and remove servicing the public from our curriculum at this time.

    We will post any future updates.

    As Department Chair, I value all of your support and do hope you will support our decision at this time.

    Shawn Loving, CMC
    Department Chair



    JC Café and Ocelot Café

    JC Café in the Jeffress Center and the Ocelot Café in the St. Joe’s Sports Dome are both closed until further notice.

     
  • March 12, 2020

    To Schoolcraft College Students:

    The leadership team at Schoolcraft College meets daily - sometimes more than once a day - to stay on top of the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are formulating plans and actions to, most importantly, help keep you safe, and secondly, allow you to finish your classes so that you can graduate on time. We also are committed to communicating updates to you in a timely manner. Here is the latest official information:

    • We’re moving as many classes as possible to a distance learning formats. We’ve been developing this plan over the past several weeks, and the systems we are putting into place will carry us through the winter semester and possibly into future semesters.
    • It’s imperative that you check your Schoolcraft College email regularly for updated information from your instructor on how your class(es) will continue. In addition, instructors teaching lab courses and occupational programs, such as EMT, Police and Fire Academy, Culinary, Welding and others, will be sending you information on how these classes will continue. Again, keep checking your email.
    • Stay home if you are sick and notify your instructors. Our institution and instructors will work with your specialized needs to help you stay on track. By offering distance learning formats for classes and alternative formats for student services, such as online tutoring and academic advising by phone. We will help our community to continue to move forward as best as possible.

    Please visit our dedicated website, schoolcraft.edu/coronavirus, for the latest information as well.

    Dr. Conway A. Jeffress
    President

    Dr. Cheryl Hawkins
    Vice President and Chief Academic Officer

  • March 9, 2020

    Over the last few weeks, the leadership at Schoolcraft College has been closely monitoring the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease and its impact on members of the campus community. We are collaborating closely with the local public health authorities and following local, state and federal public health guidelines, including those issued by the CDC, and developing action plans accordingly. It’s important to note that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has publicly deemed that for the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is not widespread circulation in most communities in the United States. Current efforts are focused on lessening the spread and impact of this virus as this situation is assessed continuously.

    Faculty and staff can assist in prevention efforts by following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid large gatherings.

    The best guidance at this time to help stop the spread of the coronavirus is to take similar steps as you would prevent yourself from getting the flu. In particular, washing hands is extremely important – especially before eating, using the restroom or touching your face. Avoiding others who have flu-like symptoms is important as well.

    Note that Schoolcraft College has alcohol-based sanitizer dispensers and hand-washing resources located throughout the buildings.

    Schoolcraft College will post updates as warranted.

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