WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – With the health and safety of students, employees, and the general public in mind, Mercer County Community College (MCCC) released a comprehensive plan on Friday that lays out its plan to reopen the college safely and gradually.
MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang said the comprehensive planning process is the work of an extensive, 23-member cross-functional task force comprised of faculty, staff, and students from all aspects of college instruction and operations, from both the West Windsor and Trenton campuses. The Task Force employed a research and data-driven approach, and through surveys of employees and students.
The group was given a two-week time frame to complete the document, which was then presented to the entire campus community via two virtual public forums. More than 250 individuals participated in the forums.
“This plan is developed with our mission in mind and aims to provide the most flexibility to meet student needs,” said Wang. “But first and foremost, we must plan with the priority of safeguarding the health and safety of our students, our employees, and the public we serve.
“The task force did an outstanding job,” Wang said. “This plan represents a delicate balance of clarity and flexibility that we strive to achieve.”
The plan is in compliance with the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the New Jersey Governor’s Office, and other applicable agencies.
MCCC Dean of Health Professions Kevin Duffy, who co-chaired the Task Force with Athletics Director John Simone, said the plan is four-phased, with each phase to be triggered through guidance from state and local officials.
The first phase involves limited staff on campus with class instruction delivered remotely, leading to a second phase allowing limited on-site instruction with major social distancing still in place.
Phase three allows limited opening of the Conference Center, Kelsey Theatre, and athletic events. Phase four sees the resumption of pre-pandemic operations.
“This process was completed by a team of hard-working, dedicated professionals that worked day and night to provide the best possible recommendations,” Duffy said. “In my humble opinion, the work done by the task force should be the standard for all future committees – collaborative, transparent, constructive, and proactive.”
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