IRSC returning to normalcy as it readies campuses for fall semester
BY SUZANNE SELDES
Indian River State College will be returning to pre-pandemic operational capacity beginning with the fall semester that begins Aug. 18.
In addition to expanding classroom occupancy, the college will resume full in-person participation throughout its performing arts and athletics programs, planetarium shows, foundation events, community and social activities and in general spaces of student engagement.
The announcement comes at a time when higher education institutions across the nation — including the entirety of the Florida State University System — have publicized similar arrangements.
“IRSC is looking forward to welcoming back more students on our campuses with the start of the new academic year,” Dr. Timothy Moore, IRSC president, said. “We intend to increase classroom occupancy to more typical levels and provide the robust face-to-face learning and social experiences that so many students are yearning for while offering a wide range of online courses and complete degree programs for students who prefer that modality.”
In anticipation of returning to normalcy, IRSC has created additional social spaces where students can safely engage with each other, with the faculty and with staff. A new outdoor café area adjacent to the Koblegard Student Union on Fort Pierce campus is one such example.
IRSC will continue to offer vaccination opportunities to its students and employees, track COVID cases and maintain heightened levels of cleaning and sanitizing. In alignment with Gov. Ron DeSantis’s recent executive orders, the college has moved to a mask-recommended position.
To apply or register for the fall semester, visit www.irsc.edu or stop by the Student Success Centers at any of the five IRSC campuses. The college offers more than 100 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, technical certificates, applied technology diplomas, and career training and apprenticeship programs that lead to professional licensure and certification.
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