COVID-19 Updates

The latest information on WPCC’s response to the pandemic

COVID-19 Mass Testing Clinic Available

The Burke County Health Department has announced a Mass Testing Clinic for COVID-19 being held February 7 through March 18, 2022, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at their facilities located at 700 East Parker Road in Morganton [map]. The clinic is for PCR testing only and no appointments are needed. School or work notices from the clinic will be provided upon request.

Vaccine Incentive Returns

Have you had the COVID-19 vaccine? WPCC students and employees can qualify for a stipend this spring if they provide proof of vaccination and did not receive a stipend in the fall. Get more information on our vaccine page.

Ready to Submit?

You can submit your proof below. Click or tap the appropriate button to submit your information.

A Commitment to Safety & Protection

We welcome students and the general public back to our campus buildings for the spring semester. WPCC is committed to the health and safety of our campus community. This page shares information about our response to the pandemic along with resources to assist you with your studies and interactions with our employees, offices, and departments.

Spring Semester 2022 Protocols & Guidance

  • All students and employees are encouraged to be vaccinated.
  • Face coverings are required indoors outside of personal office space. This will apply to employees, students and guests. Classes located offsite will follow the guidelines of the location where they are meeting.
  • All students and employees experiencing COVID like symptoms or having tested positive for COVID should stay home and report their symptoms through the online self-reporting links:
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  • Protocols and Guidance are subject to change as the pandemic evolves.

Academic Resources

Here is a collection of resources to help with your studies at WPCC.

eTutoring

With the current events causing all of us more than enough stress, WPCC is working to provide some relief, at least with issues concerning math and English. We are offering online e-tutoring sessions weekdays. More information, including days/times and computer/device requirements to access tutoring is available at the link below:

Disability Services

If you have a documented medical, learning, physical, or other type of disability, contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at any time to request accommodations if you have problems accessing classes or any of WPCC’s services.

  • Please be aware that some accommodations may take several days or more to coordinate.
  • For more information or to make accommodation requests, contact Karla Lanier, Coordinator of Disability Services at (828) 448-3153 (e-mail: klanier@wpcc.edu) or Deanna Keller, Disability Services Resource Specialist at (828) 448-3154 (e-mail: dkeller@wpcc.edu).

Contacting Instructors

You can find contact information for instructors in the WPCC Directory. It is easiest and fastest to reach instructors by e-mail.

WPCC Library

The Library/Academic Success Center (ASC) is open on a regular schedule, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

NCLive Online Chat

zNCLive LogoAccess to NCLive is available to you off-campus. NC LIVE provides electronic access to digital content covering careers, business, investing, health, history, and genealogy.

In the evenings, live chat sessions are available from NCLIVE, the cooperative that ties together 205 libraries across North Carolina and shares a variety of online databases and resources useful for classes and research. If you need assistance with a project or research, we encourage you to use.

IMPORTANT: Chat is only available for the NCLive resources.

Here is where you can find the chat when it is available:

Screenshot of the Library web page showing the location of the NCLive Chat

ACCESS NCLIVE ONLINE CHAT


Ask A Librarian

The WPCC Library staff provides help to you through our Ask A Librarian service. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you post your question and the staff will respond in at least 24 hours.

Ask-A-Librarian is a great way to get help with research and reference questions.

Here is where you will find the page with information and the form where you submit your questions.

Screenshot of the Ask-A-Librarian Web Page with an arrow showing the location of the link to it in the navigation bar that appears at the left of library pages

ACCESS ASK-A-LIBRARIAN


Online Databases

You don’t have to be on campus to access databases that can help with projects and research. NCLive, Academic OneFile, Gale Virtual Reference, Literary Reference Center, and Opposing Viewpoints are all available via an online login.

ACCESS ONLINE DATABASES

Allied Health Databases

Health Sciences students can access various allied health databases off-campus.

ACCESS HEALTH SCIENCE DATABASES

Campus Technology Resources

Wi-Fi

Looking for a place to access wi-fi to complete your assignments? You are welcome to use the WPCC wi-fi in your vehicle at the following campus locations:

  • Handicapped parking spaces in front of Phifer Hall
  • Parking spaces nearest the front entrance of Carr Hall
  • 15-minute parking lot on the left just past the loading dock
  • Student pick-up/drop-off area beside the flagpole
  • Handicapped parking spaces behind Patton Hall

A campus map is available here.

Technology Resources

If you have technology issues or concerns (such as equipment, internet service, Moodle access, etc.) please share your needs on the form below so that we may attempt to offer assistance.

  • Enter the name of the person who is the contact for the request.
  • Enter a phone number where you may be reached
  • Please provide your email address


Internet Access Possibilities

Looking for internet access? Software tools for assignments and projects? Here are links to resources that may be helpful to you.

  • NC Broadband – COVID-19 internet service offerings in North Carolina
  • Adobe Creative Cloud – Free temporary at-home access for students who log into Creative Cloud on campus
  • AT&T – Internet access for qualifying limited-income households for $10/month
  • Charter Communications – Free broadband internet for new customers in households with college students for 60 days
  • Comcast Internet Essentials – Free internet service for new customers and free speed upgrade for current customers
  • EveryoneOn – Search for low-cost internet service and computers by zip code

Resources for Needs

We are assembling resources to assist you with classes.
Check back often for additional links and updates.

Find Support Online

COVID-19 is putting strains on everyone socially and economically. Here are links to resources that you may find useful if you have needs.

North Carolina Student Resources

  • Aunt Bertha  – Enter your zip code to locate services like medical care, food, job training, and more.
  • NC 211 – NC 211 provides a wide variety of resources to help during the crisis.
  • NCCARE360 – Have a need? Find a local agency who can help.
  • Partners Health Management –  Mental health and substance abuse services. To reach any office, call 877-­864-­1454 (Relay NC 711 or TTY (English) 800-735-2962; (Spanish) 888-825-6570).
  • WPCC Counseling Services – WPCC offers free, confidential, personal counseling services to currently enrolled students. Counseling services are available to full or part-time students who are dealing with issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, relationship/family issues or substance abuse that impacts their ability to be successful in their coursework.

Burke County COVID-19 Updates

Get the latest information and updates concerning COVID-19 in Burke County on their COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates page.

HEERF CARES Act Grants

WPCC has posted information about student grants through this federal program.

 

Questions and Comments

We are striving to provide the most current information about the Corona Virus and WPCC‘s response to it, but you may have a question or comment that has not been addressed. Please submit your thoughts below and someone will be directly in contact with you.

 

COVID-19 Resources

Here are some links to online resources for COVID-19 and guidelines to help you keep safe and combat getting the virus.

Take These Precautions

The following precautions are a part of good health practices:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse a tissue after you cough, sneeze, or blow your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect any surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • It is also a good practice to start being more aware of the number of times a day your hands touch an object or hard surface and then touch your face without being washed.  Limiting the exposure of your nose, mouth and eyes to unwashed hands can help protect from the spread of all germs and illnesses.
  • Have a plan in case you need to miss work or other responsibilities due to personal illness or to care for a sick family member.
  • Pregnant women and those who have children should review the CDC recommendations on COVID 19.

Online Resources

Illness & Prevention Strategies

WPCC recommends the following practices to help prevent or control the spread of illness:

  • Anyone demonstrating cold or flu-like symptoms should use sick leave and stay home until the symptoms have not been present for at least 48 hours.
  • Use good hygiene practices as outlined below to keep from spreading any infectious diseases.
  • High-risk individuals or those who are in regular contact with high risk individuals should take extra precautions to not spread any infectious diseases.

 

Online Resources

You can stay up on the latest confirmed information about COVID-19 using the following links to online resources:

 

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page updated January 27, 2022