CLC to open as planned in the fall

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Central Lakes College Entrance. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Fall semester classes at Central Lakes College will begin as scheduled Aug. 24.

CLC’s top priority remains protecting the health and safety of students and employees as well as ensuring students receive a top-quality education, according to a news release Tuesday, June 16.

“CLC is excited to present students with a wide range of course and program delivery modes to choose from, including face-to-face, online and a variety of options in between,” the release stated. “Each of our programs will have the ability to adapt as the situation demands. New HyFlex courses provide great flexibility, as students can choose when they are ready and comfortable to return to campus. These courses include optional face-to-face, online delivery in real-time with the instructor or traditional online components. Our technical programs are committed to delivering in-person, hands-on training, with some engaging online components for added flexibility.”

CLC will continue offering all of its student support services, both in-person and online. These services include advising, counseling, financial aid, tutoring, bookstore, accessibility services and information technology support.

To make sure every student is connected on day one, this year each new student will be paired with a mentor coach. Regular online get-togethers will ensure ready access to services, support and information.


Cafeterias, student housing and student life programs are ready to welcome students back on campus as well. Further, performing, cultural and studio arts, band and choir are ready for the return of students and community members.

“In every case where people are on campus, we will continue to follow state safety and health protocols, including social distancing, enhanced cleaning practices and clear communication to everyone about what is required,” the release said. “Central Lakes College continues to monitor recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of Higher Education to ensure we are providing the best education possible while keeping students, staff and faculty safe.”

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