Ennis provides Bevill State virtual learning update

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Bevill State Community College provided an update on Friday regarding the college’s move to digital learning.

BSCC President Dr. Kim Ennis released a letter to students, noting that the college has completed a second week of offering remote learning. 

“Bevill State is making every effort to keep students and instructors updated on available resources, and striving to provide the necessary tools for continued learning as possible,” Ennis said in the letter, shared on Facebook. “In an effort to provide our students with continued tutoring services this semester, online tutoring resources became available to students. Students have access to online tutoring with a BSCC tutor within their Canvas accounts. These tutors can communicate with students, review coursework, and provide assistance through the available resources in Canvas.”

The college also has a contract with Smarthinking, a 24/7 online tutoring platform. 

“Smarthinking will increase our tutoring options, especially for students who may need after-hours access,” Ennis said. “This expansion of our tutoring services will provide valuable academic support and assistance for students during these unusual times in higher education.”  

Ennis also noted in the letter that dual enrolled high school seniors are still expected to complete their coursework, despite high school seniors across the state being declared as graduates.

“The decision was made by Alabama State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey that any high school senior who was in ‘good standing’ and ‘on track to graduate’ at the end of the third nine-week period, before schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, can be declared a high school graduate,” Ennis said. “While Bevill State congratulates the high school graduates, we are making efforts to ensure that every high school senior enrolled in a BSCC Dual Enrollment course completes their coursework to receive the appropriate credit.”

Due to impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak, Ennis said summer 2020 nursing program admission on the Hamilton and Jasper campuses has been cancelled. The college has extended the fall 2020 nursing application deadline to June 15 for nursing program admission on the Fayette and Sumiton campuses. The application deadline is also June 15 for mobility and military medic mobility programs.

Ennis further added, “Advanced registration for the summer semester will take place April 27 through May 14, with registration on May 26 and classes beginning as regularly scheduled on May 28. All classes will begin in an online, virtual, or remote format, with plans for classes to resume on-campus later in the semester. Of course, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must remain flexible and know that dates, events, and locations may change.”  

In preparing for the fall semester, Ennis says scholarship letters will be mailed to future students next week. In addition, she said administration is in the process of accepting honors nominations for the current semester.   

It was also announced this week that Bevill State Community College and other colleges across the state will be receiving a stimulus check through the federal government’s $2 trillion CARES Act. According to a report by Al.com, $12.9 billion will be distributed to colleges in the United States - $184 million will go to colleges and universities in Alabama.

The website Inside Higher Ed states that Bevill State will receive just over $2.6 million in total allocation, with just over $1.3 million reserved to be awarded for Emergency Financial Aid grants to students.

Bevill State declined to comment about the allocation.