2020 Trinidad State News

Some hands-on courses resume face to face instruction at Trinidad State

Trinidad and Valley Campus / May 5, 2020

As coronavirus restrictions have started to ease, Trinidad State is carefully moving some classes back to face-to-face instruction, while keeping others fully online.

Last month law enforcement and nursing classes resumed in-person instruction in Alamosa. Now, Trinidad State is adding Emergency Medical Technician, Line Technician and Heavy Equipment to the list. Nursing on the Trinidad Campus will also resume face-to-face instruction. These changes are allowed under guidance from the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Rules in place for these classes include:
  • All students and faculty will maintain six-foot physical distancing requirements;
  • Face masks will be required;
  • Classrooms and equipment will undergo regular deep cleaning;
  • Classrooms will have posted signs on hygiene and safety measures;
  • Classroom ventilation meets OSHA guidance;
  • Class sizes will be limited to no more than 10 individuals inclusive of students and instructor(s) at any given time;
  • Shared equipment will be limited where possible, and sanitized between each use with alcohol wipes;
  • Symptom screening will be applied using screening tool approved by local health department.
Screening logs will be maintained for each student and faculty member for purposes of contact tracing should that become necessary.

Nearly all other classes are continuing online as the college completes the spring semester.

Most summer classes will be delivered using remote instruction. That means online classes meeting with the instructor at specific times. However the following classes will meet in person starting July 6 to complete work from the spring semester:
  • Welding
  • Automotive
  • Dental Assisting
  • Gunsmithing (4th semester only)
  • Massage
  • Cosmetology
  • Diesel
  • Aquaculture
Trinidad State now plans to resume on-campus classes starting on August 17 with class sizes limited to 20 students. The college will, however, have contingency plans should conditions change later in the summer.

“We are happy to see some light at the end of the tunnel,” said Dr. Rhonda M. Epper, Trinidad State president. “I want to thank the students and staff who have adapted in a very challenging time. But please remember this isn’t over yet. Please make every effort to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.”

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