On Jan. 4, Clark College will begin its fourth term in a row with remote learning. Clark will still offer courses that have labs with required hands-on instruction and they will still meet with enforced physical distance.
twenty-three-year-old Tyler Dunn is very thankful that he will still be able to meet with his new biology class. “I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to wrap up my degree as soon as I thought.”
“One of the classes I have left to complete has lab requirements and I’ve been pushing it off since we first went remote back in the spring quarter. I was hoping things would go back to normal sooner, but I’ll definitely be taking it this quarter,” he said.
Clark College isn’t the only school staying online through the winter. With other schools around the state staying online too, more students are opting to stay home and enroll at Clark.
Lizbeth Gomez decided to save herself some money and transfer from WSU to Clark to finish her prerequisites.
The 18-year-old freshman said she felt she was getting more of her money’s worth attending Clark remotely.
“I’m hoping by the time this pandemic is over I will be able to go to school in Pullman,” she said. “My parents were very happy to have me home and I am very happy to stay.”
Gomez isn’t the only new penguin saving her money and transferring from a university. David Lopez and his brother Brian are also planning to attend Clark in the winter term to finish their Associate degree before going back to a bigger school.
There are students still eager to get back to learning the way we did before the virus, like Cameron Arroyo.
“It feels like I’m teaching myself at times,” she said. “I hate lectures as much as the next person but I would prefer to learn in person than from behind a computer screen.”
Clark College had its first confirmed COVID-19 case back in September when a culinary student attracted the virus. With a campus that holds thousands of staff and students, it is still a high-risk zone and a good reason why the college is still teaching remotely.