Herkimer College Alerts

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Herkimer College to return to in-person instruction for 2021-22

students in biological science I classroom
Students attend Biological Science I in Fall 2019.

Herkimer County Community College is planning to return to in-person instruction for the 2021-22 academic year.

Students can expect to receive a more traditional college experience, with the majority of classes being held face-to-face at the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

“While we are optimistic about the fall, we will of course continue to monitor the situation, as the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty are and will remain our priority,” said Cathleen McColgin, president of Herkimer College. “Our plans to return to in-person class delivery will be contingent on positivity rates and guidance from SUNY, the CDC, and local and state public health agencies.”

All necessary steps for getting classrooms, laboratory spaces, and other facilities ready for the fall semester will be taken in accordance with guidance from SUNY and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At this time, the College plans to return to normal on-campus housing procedures and occupancies within its three apartment-style residence halls for the Fall 2021 semester.

Students preferring virtual learning can do so through the College’s existing Internet Academy, which recently earned Herkimer College the No. 2 ranking for top online community colleges in New York State.

Changes to the instructional plan or other related safety updates will continue to be posted at Herkimer.edu/restart.

New programs since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic include the Paralegal Studies Certificate, the Pre-Employment Corrections Basic Training Certificate, and the Psychology, A.A. degree. Herkimer College has also expanded transfer agreements for its Health Professions, A.S. degree with SUNY Upstate Medical University and its Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics, A.S. degree with SUNY Empire State College.

The College has also announced a new Commit 2 Complete program for incoming students. Students accepted into the program will be part of a cohort of on-campus residential students who will move through college together, reporting to a specialized adviser, taking part in unique events, and receiving a $1,000 award toward on-campus housing. More information is at Herkimer.edu/commit-2-complete-program.

Prospective students interested in enrolling for the fall semester can do so at Herkimer.edu/apply.

Interested in learning more about Herkimer College? The Admissions Office is hosting virtual information sessions and scheduling in-person campus tours. Sign up: Herkimer.edu/visit.