Kilgore College is definitely "Open For Business!”
KC is open for "business as usual," serving our students.
For Summer II and the Fall semesters:
Classes will be held in-person and remote formats (including video-conferencing, online instruction and other virtual formats).
Summer II begins July 6 and runs through Aug. 6. The fall semester at KC begins Aug. 24.
Both KC bookstores are handling in-person customers while still making available for those who prefer curbside pick-up. Student support services are also open for in-person assistance as well as online help. The library is currently open 7:30-5:00 (M-Th) and until 3:45 on Friday. The Zone in Kilgore is open for computer use, free printing, Proctor U testing, and in-person as well as online tutoring. On other fronts, both the East Texas Oil Museum and the Rangerette Showcase have resumed tours and gift shop services to customers. Parks Fitness Center is also open (Mon-Fri from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
The Kilgore campus and KC-Longview will offer in-person classes for both Summer II and Fall (Fall I and Fall II).
About 50% of the courses scheduled for Summer II have an in-person component. Maximum capacities for each classroom/lab have been determined to ensure that social distancing guidelines are observed. Classes will meet according to the original schedule; however, classes are being moved so that a given classroom is not used by consecutively scheduled classes when possible (i.e., a classroom will not be in use for both the 8 a.m. and the 10:10 a.m. scheduled class times.) Classroom reassignments and moves will lessen physical interaction for students when exiting and entering a classroom and allow time for disinfecting student spaces. Face-to-face class meetings will rotate through the week, allowing those who want the in-person experience to have that opportunity. However, students will not be required to be present physically if they choose not to. Students can continue to participate remotely via Collaborate or Zoom.
As KC pilots procedures for on-campus meetings during the Summer-II term, those pilots will inform any adjustments necessary to accommodate the increased number of courses scheduled for the fall. Due to the number of in-person class sections planned for Fall I and Fall II, the college will not be able to eliminate consecutive class meetings in a given classroom; a new class schedule is being contemplated that will allow additional time between class meetings.
Housing, Dining and Summer Camps:
College housing will be open to students in the fall. To ascertain best practices for reopening, housing personnel have consulted with the Gregg County Health Department. College housing will entertain a trial run of its services for summer II to work out any challenges for the fall. Concurrently, summer camps are also in the planning stages. Last but not least, the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes will hold a modified high school camp July 2-4 and conduct tryouts for the 81st line July 5-8.
Tuition Dollars Available for Students:
It is not too late for students to fill out a scholarship or financial aid application for the 2020-2021 school year.
Summer $ix Tuition Scholarships:
Also, courtesy of the KC Foundation, students who register during a six-week span (June 8 through July 17) will have the opportunity to receive a $1,000 scholarship! An Early Bird $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each week to one lucky student who registers during the week. Find out more by clicking here!
KC Connection Dual Credit Tuition Discount:
The KC Connection Dual Credit Tuition Discount is available for all graduating seniors who took at least 12 hours of dual credit with KC before graduation. Those students will have the opportunity to carry-over the 40% discount they enjoyed as a dual credit student into their enrollment with KC!
Thanks to some very generous donors, all of KC’s instructional buildings will be wireless prior to the beginning of the new academic year. Due to the fact that KC has established a strong wireless network at the college, it will expand the wireless environment to include external wireless access points. The Lee Mall/Mike Miller Plaza, the parking lot between Engineering Science Building and the East Texas Oil Museum, the parking lot behind the Applied Technology Building, and the parking lot outside of the Hendrix building at KC-Longview will have wireless capability. The signal strength for each of these four areas is strong enough to support connectivity and access to online coursework for 100 devices per location.
Health and Safety:
As KC monitors circumstances regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in the state and across the country, the safety and well-being of students and the campus community is KC's highest priority. KC will continue to assess risks to the community regularly and take steps to help mitigate and decrease any potential risks. KC will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and communicate routinely with Gregg County Public Health and the Texas Department of State Health Services. As a result, KC is implementing the following steps to decrease the spread of the virus, and protect the health of the community:
With the college returning to full operations, several health and safety policies, procedures, protocols and practices are now in place:
- Social Distancing: Public health officials have advised KC that social distancing is one of the best preventatives available. To facilitate this direction, chairs/tables/benches have been removed from hallways and other open areas. Computer stations, drinking fountains and restroom facilities are now covered or cordoned off as necessary. Elevators are limited to one individual at a time, and tape or decals show the six-foot intervals.
- Advanced Cleaning Protocols: KC has collaborated with its custodial vendors to conduct advanced cleaning protocols per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, and custodial services will perform additional cleanings.
- Plexiglass Shields: To protect direct customer service employees and campus visitors, the college has installed plexiglass dividers to maintain physical separation.
- Hand Sanitizer Stations: Additional hand sanitizer stations are in the common areas of every college facility for use by employees and students. Disinfectant is available for use by staff, faculty and students to wipe down work and instructional spaces as warranted.
Questions or concerns? Let us know!
- KC has established the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to answer questions from the KC community.
- A hotline (903-988-3747) is available Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
It is required that visitors obey all instructional signage on campus to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Facilities are being maintained using aggressive sanitization and hygiene protocols as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). This includes increased custodial cleaning and the availability of hand sanitizer dispensers at all entrances, common areas and elevators.
The following are safety protocols for employees, students and visitors:
All employees, students and visitors to any Kilgore College campus/facility should abide by social distancing guidelines. These include:
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
These precautions must also be followed:
- If you are ill, do not enter any campus facilities.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Utilize available hand sanitizer.
All employees, students and visitors to any Kilgore College campus/facility are encouraged to wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible.
Face coverings should:
- Covers the nose and mouth
- Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Is secured with ties, ear loops, or similar mechanism
- Includes multiple layers of fabric
- Allows for breathing without restriction
Thank you for your continued support as we monitor and respond to this fluid situation.
Brenda S. Kays, President