Since its outbreak, the COVID-19 global pandemic has fundamentally changed the way Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) employees and students live their lives. The virus forced everyone to reboot the way they work and study by doing so entirely online for the foreseeable future.
Behind the scenes, employees from all areas and departments of MCCC came together to work as a team to make the transition to online happen as smoothly as possible for students to ensure they could successfully complete their classes. MCCC also had the ongoing support of the Board of Trustees and the community throughout this time.
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Together they spent countless hours preparing for this enormous undertaking and executing a plan to ensure life could move forward with as much normalcy as possible.
Here’s how it happened.
Batten down the hatches
What did it take to move this community college entirely online?
By early March, the looming threat that the global pandemic would force MCCC to shutter its facilities across both its Central Campus in Blue Bell and West Campus in Pottstown, as well as The Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale, was growing larger by the day. With the luxury of a limited window of time before the stay-at-home order was eventually given, MCCC developed hypothetical scenarios of what a college-wide move online could look like.
The IT Department began by addressing issues like what equipment would be needed, if MCCC had the bandwidth to support going entirely online, moving the Help Desk to an entirely virtual setting and determining how to keep payroll and other critical functions of MCCC running.