Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 UPDATES

As the fight rages on with COVID-19 pandemic, the administration of Holmes Community College is doing its part to help flatten the curve from the spread of this dreadful virus. Holmes has moved all of its on-campus classes to an online format, limited access to all campuses and has alternated work schedules to slow down the spread. 

There are NO KNOWN CASES of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Holmes Community College. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) continue to closely monitor the outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by the novel (new) coronavirus COVID-19, and are working to limit the spread of cases nationally and in Mississippi. For more information regarding the number of cases in Mississippi, visit the Mississippi State Department of Health website. 

Better Together even when we are apart

Stay up-to-date on college operations by checking Holmes' official social media accounts, https://www.holmescc.edu/administration/marketing/covid-19.aspx (shortened url:  https://tinyurl.com/w8kr3kg ) or by checking your College email account. All updates and resources will continue to be communicated via these referenced outlets.


 

INFORMATION FOR FACULTY AND EMPLOYEES

Altered Work Schedule

Because the virus continues to spread across the world and nation, Holmes has elected to move much of its operations off-campus to help support the guidelines set by the CDC and other state and federal authorities. In doing so, business is still being handled remotely. We feel we can meet the needs of our students even though we are not seeing them in person.

Faculty and staff at Holmes are answering phone calls and emails from home in a timely manner to help meet the needs of our students. The maintenance staff is alternating their schedule to adhere to the social distancing principle set forth in the guidelines. They are busy cleaning our facilities to help eliminate the spread of the virus as well.

Self Isolation

The College asks if you or a family member has traveled internationally in the past two weeks, please do not return to campus for any reason. If you need something from your office, please ask another member of your department to retrieve it for you. This is crucial in our efforts to discontinue the spread.

Travel

No travel is permitted at this time for any reason.

IT Questions

We understand that questions or problems may arise while you are away from your office computer. If you are in need of support, please do a service request in the MyHolmes portal and an IT Specialist will help you as soon as possible.

Human Resources

While moving to an altered work schedule, questions may arise regarding pay dates and pay by administrative leave in these unchartered times. As of now, no pay schedules have been altered and should process as usual.


 

INFORMATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS

Holmes Community College made the decision a few weeks ago to move all of its instruction to an online format. We look toward to the future when we can return to normal operations, but for now, Holmes is online for all classes and programs. Students should check their Holmes email daily and complete any assignments in Canvas. Your instructor will contact you through your classes in Canvas, and you have the ability to contact them as well to get answers to questions. Some small group meetings may be permitted once information becomes clearer about the coronavirus.

Academic Programs

      • Academic courses will be completed through a combination of online instruction and small group meetings when approved. Specific information is available through Canvas and Holmes email.
      • Questions regarding Academic Programs should be emailed to laustin@holmescc.edu.
      • Instructors and Advisors may be contacted via email through My Student Profile on the Academics/Career-Technical Page in the MyHolmes portal. A listing of the advisors may also be found at http://www.holmescc.edu/advising/.
      • Registration and advising will continue via ENROLL NOW. Registration information and resources may be found at http://www.holmescc.edu/registration/

Health Science Programs

      • Health Science courses will be completed through a combination of online lecture instruction and small group clinical when approved. Specific information is available through Canvas and your Holmes email.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

      • CTE courses will be completed through a combination of online communication and small group lab when approved. Specific information is available through Canvas and Holmes email

DualCredit

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are facing new challenges within education at every level. Holmes Community College is making every effort to ensure the success of our Dual Credit students. Our Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit Coordinator is in close contact with school administrators, counselors and instructors as we progress through the semester. For any questions or assistance with dual credit, please contact Dees Britt at dbritt@holmescc.edu or at 601-605-3349. We thank you for your patience as we navigate a very fluid situation.

eLearning

The eLearning Department at Holmes has been instrumental in moving on-campus to an online format while making sure the online classes continue as they were before the pandemic began. It is crucial for the students who moved from on-campus to stay on-top of their classes and communicate with their instructors so they can complete the semester on its regular schedule. We want you to be successful in the move to online, but you must do your part and make sure all assignments are done before they are due. Questions can be directed to canvas@holmescc.edu.

Workforce Programs

      • At this time, Workforce programs at Holmes Community College have been suspended until further notice.
      • Companies utilizing Holmes as their provider and students in face-to-face training programs will be contacted by their workforce coordinators when activities can resume.

Adult Basic Education

      • Students who want to work on their high school equivalency while practicing social distancing have an online option at Holmes Community College. Options include preparation for both high school equivalency and WorkKeys, the Smart Start credential and basic literacy skills. GED/HiSET and WorkKeys testing is currently closed.
      • For assistance with a personalized plan, email Chelia Woodfork-Thompson at cwoodforkthompson@holmescc.edu.
      • To stay up-to-date with current class changes or to connect with an instructor in Holmes CC's district, contact District Adult Education/HSE Director, Earline Russell-Smith at 662.472.9105 or email esmith@holmescc.edu.

 Library Services

If you are need of the library's assistance during this time, you can go to the library's website at http://holmescc.edu/library/index.aspx to see if you can find what you need. If you cannot find what you need, please reach out to your instructor before the assignment is due to see if they can get your questions answered.

Proctored Exams

More information regarding specific proctored exams will be communicated to students via Holmes email or Canvas via the instructor.

Residence Halls

The dormitories at Holmes Community College are closed until further notice. Students were given the opportunity to retrieve essential items on March 16-18, but if you were not able to return to campus on those days, please contact Housing Director Terry Fancher at tfancher@holmescc.edu.

Carroll Cafeteria and other dining

All campus locations are closed so there are no dining services available.

Summer/Fall Classes

Registration for Summer and Fall classes has not begun yet. Registration will begin on April 14 for both current and prospective students. On April 14, you should click on the Enroll Now tab located on the main page of the Holmes website at holmescc.edu. As part of the registration process, students will go through an online orientation.

Emails and phone numbers

If you need to get in touch with a faculty/staff member and are unable to reach them in Canvas, you can go to the employee directory at https://hccapp.holmescc.edu/adphonebook/.

Online Resources / Office365

Office365 - PDF
Using a Virtual Computer - PDF


 

INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Summer/Fall Registration

Registration for Summer and Fall classes has not begun yet. Registration will begin on April 14 for both current and prospective students. On April 14, you should click on the Enroll Now tab located on the main page of the Holmes website at holmescc.edu. As part of the registration process, students will go through an online orientation. The Freshman Friday events set for April 17 in Grenada and Ridgeland and on April 24 have been cancelled at this time.

Campus Tours

On-campus tours have been postponed until operations return as normal. To get more information about our campuses, please reach out to the campus recruiters at https://www.holmescc.edu/administration/marketing/recruiting/index.aspx.

Applications

The Admissions Department is still processing all applications. To apply or enroll, click on the Enroll Now tab at holmescc.edu.

Financial Aid (FAFSA)

Students can still fill out their FAFSA applications during this time. Go to https://fafsa.gov to start this process. These applications are still being processed.

Emails and phone numbers

If you need to get in touch with a faculty/staff member and are unable to reach them in Canvas, you can go to the employee directory at https://hccapp.holmescc.edu/adphonebook/.


 

COLLEGE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

We are doing our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In doing so, all campus activities and events have been either cancelled or postponed at this time. If you have certain events, please contact your club/organization sponsor to receive more information. No events will be held throughout April and possibly will reach into May.

Athletics

The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has cancelled all sports at all colleges for the remainder of the spring semester. Student athletes who want to participate in athletics at Holmes Community College starting in the Fall, should contact each coach individually. The athletic staff directory can be found at https://www.holmesathletics.com/athletics/directory/index.

Commencement

At this time, the College has made no changes to Commencement 2020, which is scheduled for May 15 on the Goodman Campus. Information will be provided to students who have applied for graduation prior to the event. The deadline to apply for graduation is March 31. You can apply for graduation by clicking on the Apply for Graduation logo in the Road to Graduation portlet on the Academics/Career-Technical page of the portal. We plan to celebrate with our graduates but until the virus passes, we have no update.

OFFICES AND SERVICES

We know this is a stressful time for our students, faculty and staff. We do not want to add to your stress level by failing to answer your needed questions. If you do not know the number to the individual you are looking for, you can call 1-800-Holmes4 and someone will help direct you. Switchboards are operating from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. You can also use the school directory at https://hccapp.holmescc.edu/adphonebook/. Remember each of our campuses are closed at this time to limit the spread of the virus so please do not drive to a facility and get upset when you do not find who you need. All people are working remotely to answer your questions.

Email listings

Admissions - kabates@holmescc.edu
Communications - sdiffey@holmescc.edu
Financial Aid - finaid@holmescc.edu
Business Office - slawshe@holmescc.edu; kalaevans@holmescc.edu
Counseling - Please see your appropriate counselor by going to https://www.holmescc.edu/administration/student_services/counseling.aspx
Housing - tfancher@holmescc.edu
Recruiting - lspell@holmescc.edu (for Goodman); alindsey@holmescc.edu (for Ridgeland); and hdenoon@holmescc.edu (for Grenada) Workforce - mblankenship@holmescc.edu

Fitness Centers across the District

Because of the social distancing policy outlined from the CDC and other agencies, fitness centers on the Goodman Campus, Ridgeland Campus and the new facility in Kosciusko will remain closed at this time. We are sorry for the inconvenience and know how important fitness is to you. Please be creative during this time. We hope to be back open as soon as possible.


 

COLLEGE UPDATES

3/25/20

March 25, 2020

Holmes to continue online-only classes until April 20

For Immediate Release

Holmes Community College President Dr. Jim Haffey announced today that the college will continue remote instruction until at least April 20 as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to be monitored.

"We are very anxious to resume a normal work schedule as soon as possible and will do so with a lot of energy as soon as it is safe to do so," Dr. Haffey said. "Most college functions that were scheduled to occur before May 1 have been cancelled, but events (such as graduation) scheduled to occur after that time will continue to be evaluated.

"Our goal during this time continues to be to serve our customers and to do what is necessary to move our state forward," Dr. Haffey said. "We have strong contingency plans and emergency funds in place for situations like this, and we want to make sure we continue moving forward."

The college moved 788 academic and career technical classes to an online format on March 18, making Holmes one of the first schools in the state to resume classes after Spring Break. Instructors, staff and administration will continue to provide instructional support to the 5,210 students as everyone navigates the uncertainties and inconveniences resulting from this global pandemic.

As one way to assist students, Holmes has identified several areas at each location where they can park and work on their assignments in their vehicle if they have limited access to wifi at their homes. This service is available from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Additionally, Mississippi library systems are offering free wifi from the parking lots; visit https://cutt.ly/xtv1duh for a full list. The libraries participating is also being updated daily as more begin offering this service.

As administration continues to evaluate the best course of action for the college, students, faculty and staff will be notified of any changes to the schedule. Holmes will also provide updates as they are available on the college's social media sites and on the Holmes website at https://www.holmescc.edu/administration/marketing/covid-19.aspx.

3/23/20

Mississippi library systems are offering free wifi from the parking lots to help students and instructors do their school work. Go to https://cutt.ly/xtv1duh to see the libraries offering wifi at this time. The list is being updated daily as more libraries come online with this service.

3/18/20

Sam Williams hard at work

Spring semester classes at Holmes Community College started back today in an online format as Holmes does its part to help fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The College has moved 788 academic and career technical classes to an online format which includes 3,555 traditional students. Currently, 5,210 Holmes students are being taught and are receiving instructional support. Plans are being made to host individual training for career and technical students in addition to their online content.

Holmes Community College President Dr. Jim Haffey is proud of the effort his instructors and administrators have made to keep students on track to finishing the spring semester in a timely manner.

"We take a lot of pride at Holmes at being flexible and responding to our communities' needs quickly," Haffey said. "That is a culture that our instructors and employees embrace."

Holmes has invested in the Canvas Learning Management Platform, which has become the most widely adopted LMS in North America, benefitting millions of students and teachers globally across 70 countries. The eLearning Department at Holmes embraced the use of Canvas and many other innovative activities to enhance online education.

"We were fortunate to have invested heavily in online learning over the last decade," Haffey said. "A large percentage of our classes are usually delivered online to students across the state and country. I would not say that it has been an easy process to convert everything to online, but most of our classes already had a lot of online resources tied to them, so we have been able to expand those. I am extremely proud of our instructors for jumping in with both feet to help get our state and country back going."

Director of eLearning Tish Stewart said her staff was eager to help the on campus instructors convert their classes to online.

"Since our eLearning program has 20 years of experience, we have a wealth of information that we are able to share with instructors and students, including basic instructions, training manuals, and tips for the online classroom," Stewart said. "We are doing all we can to help all those involved with this transition to be prepped and ready for what the weeks ahead may entail."

Vice President for Academic Programs Dr. Jenny Jones said once she knew a transition from on-campus to online was imminent, her staff and instructors went to work getting this accomplished.

"Our instructors were able to take their face-to-face courses and start converting them to fully online within days," Jones said. "Of course none of this would have been possible without the outstanding support from the eLearning Department. They have been the backbone to this massive undertaking. We want to ensure that our Holmes students to know that we are all here for them and will support them in the days ahead. No Place Like Holmes! has never been more evident than now."

Vice President of Career Technical Education Dr. Amy Whittington said her classes have made a move to online as well which has made her instructors embrace new technologies along the way.

"I am proud to say that our face-to-face CTE courses went live today with online content to ensure that we are continuing to provide those skills necessary to gain employment upon completion of a CTE program," Whittington said. "The eLearning Department has been vital in the success of our push to online with program content. Our highly-skilled instructors are continually searching for new technologies to train remotely.

"Collaboration and team work across divisions have been key in this transition," she added. "While these may be challenging times, I am confident that our CTE team will use this time to find ways to make our programs even stronger."

"As schools and universities close or otherwise prepare for coronavirus (COVID-19), the Instructure (Canvas) team is here for you," according to the Canvas website. "We're committed to the health, safety, and success of students, educators and administrators everywhere. And we want to make sure you can continue to teach, learn, and succeed from anywhere."

Holmes has also identified several areas at each location where students can park and work on their assignments in their vehicle if they have limited access at their homes.
Wifi is available to students in the following areas of our campuses: Goodman Campus, along Montague Street; Ridgeland Campus, parking lot in front of Adcock Library; Grenada Campus, parking lot on Avent Drive near the Phillips Building;  Attala Center, in the big parking lot; and Yazoo Center, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Hours available will be 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Students need to be aware that signal strength is determined by the numbers of users so the strength may fluctuate as more people take advantage of the service.

3/18/20

From Get2College: "As we are all faced with uncertainty at this time, Get2College remains committed to serving students and their families.  WHEF and Get2College staff members are currently working remotely and fully open for business.

If you need any help completing financial aid applications (MS Aid Application or the FAFSA) please reach out to them by going to www.get2college.org.  They can provide virtual assistance.  Remember that March 31 is the deadline for completing the MS Aid Application for the HELP grant.  Please complete this application as soon as possible and before March 31.

In addition, Get2College is posting updates about ACT tests, state testing or any other high school or college updates they are receiving."

3/17/20

Holmes Community College has identified several areas at each location where students can park and work on their assignments in their vehicle if they have limited access at their homes.

Wifi will be available to students in the following areas of our campuses: Goodman Campus, along Montague Street; Ridgeland Campus, parking lot in front of Adcock Library; Grenada Campus, parking lot on Avent Drive near the Phillips Building; the Yazoo Economic Development and Education Center, parking lot; and the Attala Center, in the big parking lot. Hours available at all locations except for Yazoo will be 8 a.m.-7 p.m. while Yazoo remains available until 8 p.m.

Students need to be aware that signal strength is determined by the numbers of users so the strength may fluctuate as more people take advantage of the service.

wifi signs

3/16/20

A video message from Holmes Community College President, Jim Haffey.

 

The College will continue to host Face to Face classes in an online format through March 30 and may follow CDC guidelines to remain online only for 8 weeks (or the remainder of the Spring Semester). The College is exploring options to bring small groups in to complete some career technical assignments but will not do so until after March 30. Proctored exams will likely be available in small group formats after March 30 or students may choose to use a digital, third-party service.

3/13/20 Message from Dr. Jim Haffey

Holmes CC will cancel classes on Monday March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 for students taking classes on campus.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) ImageStudents currently enrolled in online courses will continue as normal. Students are strongly encouraged to check their student email daily for updates.

Dual credit classes will continue as normal following the local high school schedule.

At this time, classes will resume on March 18 in an online or alternative format until at least Monday, March 23rd. Every effort will be made to accommodate students during this period. Dorms will only be open March 16-18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to accommodate students needing to access their rooms for educational supplies.

Common areas such as libraries, food service, computer labs, and athletic facilities will be closed.

The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges has announced that all athletic practices and games have been suspended through March 30.

All campus activities and events outside of the classroom at Holmes CC have been canceled until further notice.

Holmes CC will restrict all student and employee travel unless deemed necessary by the Office of the President.

Faculty, staff and students who believe they may have come in contact with the coronavirus in another venue are asked to self-quarantine for at least fourteen days prior to returning to work or school. If a student or faculty or staff member exhibits any symptoms, we ask that they not return to the college until they have been medically cleared.

We strongly encourage our faculty, staff, and students to educate themselves on facts related to the coronavirus. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html to stay informed with the latest information.

  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.

Sincerely,

 

Jim Haffey, Ph.D.
President
Holmes Community College