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Monday , 28 September 2020

Lakeland College back with blended learning

Lakeland College will be one of the few post-secondary institutions in the province offering in-person learning.

“Lakeland is really known for its hands-on learning,” said Georgina Altman, Vice President of External Relations and Infrastructure at Lakeland College

“We know our students are looking for those hands-on opportunities and want to provide them as best we can.”

Many post-secondary institutions will only offer virtual learning, but Lakeland College will use a blend of online and in person.

“Even though students are back, there will be a smaller number of students in class and lectures can be streamed online,” said Altman.

She said that all of the spaces at Lakeland College have been assessed for COVID-19 occupancy and that their team for COVID-19 initiatives ensures they remain compliant with ongoing provincial regulations.

Plexiglass barriers and signage will help allow for physical distancing in classrooms, office space, learning commons, and hallways.

Residency will be open but with a limited number of beds. Kitchen schedules, extra cleaning protocols, wearing masks and staggering class times will also help eliminate risk.

“Public health requirements may be different in each lab location, but we are really working hard to ensure that student lab experiences remain the same as before,” said Altman.

Jennifer McConnell, Communications and Digital Media Associate knew that for classes to resume, they would be needing certain supplies and wanted to get ahead of the game.

By partnering with local companies, Lakeland College was able to provide hand sanitizer that will be made available for students when they return.

“Our main goal was that we wanted to stay local, and the local product has really suited our needs,” said McConnell.

Decal and Sign Obsessions created the label with the college logo, and Copper Cork Distillery made the sanitizer.

“It was a really great partnership,” said McConnell.

Students can now purchase the product at the campus bookstore.

 

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect Media from the Vermilion Voice newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.