MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL, ALA. — Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) will offer students hybrid, online, and traditional face-to-face classes in a reduced-capacity this fall.

According to NWSCC President Dr. Glenda Colagross, NWSCC will offer classes for students that prefer virtual and traditional learning environments. “Our goal is to offer our students classes in a variety of delivery methods that help them learn in a safe environment that is the most comfortable for them,” said Colagross.

New class options for the fall semester include more classes taught exclusively online as well as traditional, face-to-face classes, and hybrid classes, students will meet with the instructor at least one day each week with the remainder of instruction online. The majority of classes offered on campus will utilize a distance learning model or hybrid model.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 has caused educational institutions across our country to evaluate and adjust how instruction is delivered on college campuses. We are continuing to build on what we have learned beginning in March. Our students and faculty have done a tremendous job of adapting to these difficult circumstances. We continue to focus on the two primary objectives of keeping our students, faculty and staff as safe as possible and offering delivery methods that meet the unique situations of all of our students.”

If face-to-face instruction must occur on campus, students will be required to comply with the College’s COVID-19 protocols for social distancing, face coverings, and additional sanitation measures. Students will also be required to complete a COVID-19 online waiver before coming to class.

Classrooms for the Phil Campbell and Shoals campuses will be arranged to meet social distancing guidelines. As part of the NWSCC COVID-19 plan, face coverings have been purchased for employees and students, and sanitization and social distancing signage has been placed on both campuses. Sanitation and cleaning protocols for each area of both campuses has also been established as part of the plan.

Students planning to attend either campus or take online courses this fall can register in a virtual format. “We know how difficult of a time this been for everyone in our community,” stated Colagross. “We want to be as supportive as possible for our community, returning students, and new students. We want to encourage and work with everyone that wants to continue their education.”

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About Northwest Shoals Community College:

Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to approximately 3,600 students. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities that promote economic growth and enrich the quality of life for the people it serves. For more information about the NWSCC, visit