WAUSAU – Northcentral Technical College will open its campuses for the fall semester as scheduled on Aug. 31, NTC announced this week.

Students will have the opportunity to select from a full menu of academic offerings, including in-person classes, virtual college courses that offer the highest level of flexibility with self-paced lectures and assignments and hybrid courses offered through Zoom that provide more structured learning with set lecture times and deadlines.

“We have a variety of offerings that give students the flexibility to choose a learning mode that fits their academic style during these unprecedented and unpredictable times,” said Lori Weyers, NTC president. “We recognize that NTC plays a critical role in supporting the industries that are on the front lines of this pandemic by delivering skilled graduates that serve as the backbone of Wisconsin’s essential workforce. It’s imperative that we are open to serve not only our learners, but the communities who rely on us.”

To minimize the risk to students and staff, the college will rely on physical distancing in classrooms and mask requirements for everyone on campus. The college has also adjusted room capacities and added sections to allow for physical distancing in classroom and lab spaces. In addition, CDC guidelines for routine disinfection and strict sanitation measures will be followed. For those interested in student housing, Timberwolf Suites will continue to be open with enhanced safety protocols for shared spaces.

Students can also take advantage of NTC’s newest offering, the liberal arts transfer degree, this fall. Through a partnership between NTC and Madison College, students can earn their AA or AS degree and transfer to any UW college, including guaranteed transfer to UW-Madison.

“At a time when many families are making difficult decisions regarding their son or daughter’s future, our admissions team has been fielding many calls from parents seeking information on our new liberal arts transfer degree as an alternative to having their child go off to college this fall due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19,” Weyers said.

The college will monitor COVID-19 developments and alter plans as needed.