STOCKTON – After 14 months of mostly remote classes and services, Delta College announced today a significant step toward returning to campus for the Fall 2021 Semester, with a full return expected in Spring 2022.
While the pandemic is not over, and the situation could still change, it is Delta’s hope to offer up to 50 percent of Fall Semester classes in person or with a hybrid (partially online and partially in person) modality.
The remaining 50 percent of classes will stay online. This phased approach will give students the flexibility to determine how comfortable they are attending in-person classes and what works best for their schedules.
The tentative return to campus plan was approved by the College’s Board of Trustees this week, with the understanding that adjustments will likely be needed as conditions change.
“No one could have guessed in March 2020 how long this pandemic would persist and how disruptive it would be for educational institutions like Delta College, including thousands of our students,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Omid Pourzanjani.
“We are excited to share today that the end appears to be in sight. While we must continue to keep our guard up to protect ourselves and others from this deadly virus, a partial return to campus in Fall Semester is fantastic news for many students and for our college community as a whole.”
In addition to more in person classes, Delta also intends to offer (on a limited basis) student services including financial aid, admissions and records, food services, childcare, the Student Food Pantry, student activities, clubs, and learning communities.
The College plans to make the first floor of Goleman Library available as a study hall with express student services like counseling and financial aid. The College Bookstore will be open and food services will be available in both the cafeteria and Java Jitters which will be occupying its new Goleman Café space.
The news of more in person classes and services makes Delta an even more attractive option for college-bound students. Tuition is free for first-time, full-time college students for a full two years, and those students will take effectively the same general education classes that they would receive at a more expensive four-year university. Delta also offers many pathways directly into new careers that can double or even triple students’ incomes in a relatively short amount of time, getting them back into the workforce and back on their feet.
The tentative plan announced today could change, as Delta will continue to follow evolving local, state and federal guidance to protect the health of students, faculty, and staff.
Open registration for Fall Semester begins May 24. To search for classes, visit deltacollege.search.collegescheduler.com.
Additional details including frequently asked questions for students and employees are available at deltacollege.edu/coronavirus.