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Two NMCC Student’s Explain How their Studies Look Different this Fall

Published: Sep. 11, 2020 at 12:39 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -With college back in session, classes look different due to COVID-19. Newssource 8′s Anna Soderberg talked with two students at Northern Maine Community College about how their studies look this Fall.

NMCC is currently using a hybrid plan for educating students, but there are in person labs available for trade students. Caleb McManus is a liberal studies student at NMCC, and he says there are pros and cons to taking classes online this semester. He is better able to manage his work and student schedule; however, misses the in-person conversations.

"It’s definitely different than it was before. We used to have a majority of classes right in the classroom, so you kind of get that teacher student interaction. So, the person to person thing is the biggest challenge pretty much to get over. But switching to online classes hasn’t been too difficult, the teachers are super helpful. They usually will email you right away to make sure that everything is going okay. They also had some online classes before this, so I think we everyone already being accustomed to at least one or two, having them all go online is just a matter of communicating with the teachers and making sure that everything goes all right.

Eric Perreault studies electrical construction maintenance at NMCC and he says that for trade students, getting to learn hands on is essential for understanding the material as well as opportunities post grad.

“It’s a lot easier to learn hands on, especially in the trades because when you go out into the field after school that’s all it’s going to be is hands on. There is no online learning, no zoom meetings, you’re field everyday and you’re working. So, to get that kind of hands on interaction at school makes the world of difference.”

Both students agree that NMCC is working diligently to help and protect their students and staff on campus and through Zoom. NMCC plans to continue with their hybrid model of instruction through the end of the semester.

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