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COVID-19 Response

Lake Michigan College will extend online, distance learning through the rest of the spring semester, May 1, in response to the state-wide shelter-in-place order.  

The summer term will begin on June 8 (original date was May 11) and end on August 20. All summer classes will be delivered online through distance learning.  

Course registration dates for the summer and fall semesters have also changed. Registration for veterans will open on Monday, April 27, and to all other students on Tuesday, April 28. 

Some courses with essential hands-on components such as skilled trades and lab sciences were unable to be conducted entirely online. To accommodate students enrolled in those classes, LMC plans to resume face-to-face classes on campus after the shelter-in-place order has been lifted. The adjusted summer term dates will allow time for making up those classes.  

The college is still offering services to enrolled and prospective students remotely and continues to accept new applicants for the summer and fall semesters. 

“We all miss seeing our students in person every day, but everyone has been handling the transition remarkably well,” said LMC President, Dr. Trevor Kubatzke. “We’re grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding and we’re optimistic that these changes will ultimately improve our overall student services and course delivery in the future.”  

Watch a recording of the May 11 Student Forum for an update from LMC leaders. 


COVID RELIEF FUND

LMC is contributing to community relief efforts by donating Personal Protective Equipment from our academic programs and by manufacturing PPE in our Fab Lab. If you would like to donate to our Covid Relief Fund, visit www.lakemichigancollege.edu/support

Services for students will remain available online during regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Some services including Student Technology Support and the Writing Center have extended hours. 

Financial Assistance

CARES Grant Application: If you are a current student with added expenses such as course materials and technology for remote learning as well as food, housing, childcare, healthcare and more, you may apply for the new CARES Grant. Apply online.

Special Circumstances Review: If you or your family face a loss of income related to COVID-19, you may qualify. Dependent Students can apply here. Independent Students can apply here.

Scholarships: Scholarship money is also still available through LMC’s Foundation. Learn more and apply on the scholarships webpage.

General Questions

​College’s main phone line: (269) 927-1000

Academic Support

Use Canvas to contact your professors regarding individual coursework expectations.

Library: online learning resources including databases, e-books, research guides, citation help
Call: (269) 927-8605
Ask-A-Librarian contact form

Tutoring: Learning assistance including general and course-specific tutoring
Call: (269) 927-8750
Email:
rallen@lakemichigancollege.edu

Student Technology Support: Assistance with technology questions or issues
Email: studenttechnology@lakemichigancollege.edu
Call: (269) 927-8102

Writing Center: online writing consultations for course assignments and other writing pieces
Email: writingcenter@lakemichigancollege.edu
Call: (269) 927-8167
Schedule your appointment

Student Services

Admissions: Steps to become a student at LMC.
Text: (269) 927-8626
Email: admissions@lakemichigancollege.edu
Call: (269) 927-8626

Advising: Make an appointment, general advising questions, withdrawing from classes, transfer help, student educational plans.
​Text: (269) 927-8128
​Email: advisor@lakemichigancollege.edu
​Call: (269) 927-8128

Bookstore: Return your books for free via UPS - learn more on the Barnes & Noble website.
Email: sm537@bncollege.com

Counseling: contact Advising (above)

Financial Aid: grants, loans, scholarships, workstudy, and general financial aid questions
​Text: (269) 927-8112
Email: finaid@lakemichigancollege.edu
Call: (269) 927-8112

Registration and Records/Registrar’s Office/One Stop: registration help and questions, enrollment verifications, transcripts, transfer credit, graduation applications
Text: (269) 927-8107
Email: records@lakemichigancollege.edu
Call: (269) 927-8107

 

LOCAL RESOURCES

Spectrum Lakeland Is offering free virtual and drive-through screenings for COVID-19.  

Charter Communications is providing free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi internet for the next 60 days to households with K-12 students or college students who don't already have a subscription. Like Comcast and AT&T, it's also offering its Wi-Fi hot spots for free to the public.

Comcast is offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the 60 days. It's also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can't pay their bills. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers.

AT&T is suspending the termination of wireless, home phone or broadband service when customers can't pay their bills because of coronavirus disruptions. The company is also waiving related late fees. Like Comcast, AT&T is also providing free access to its public WiFi hot spots. The company also said its consumer home internet wireline customers and fixed wireless internet customers would receive unlimited data.

Enterprise is reducing the minimum age for renting a car to 18 through May 31 "to make it easier for students to get home to their families" due to the suspension of college courses.

U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities.

United Way of Southwest Michigan To get help, simply dial 211 or 844-875-9211 to speak to a community resource advisor that can provide information and referrals for everyday needs in times of crisis.  

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services For emergency relief services including:

  • Cash, Food, Medical, or Home & Burial Assistance: 855-275-6424 (855-ASK-MICH) 

  • General Information: 517-241-3740 
    Hearing impaired callers may contact the Michigan Relay Center at 711 and ask for the number above. 

  • Public Health Emergencies: 517-335-9030 (For Bureau of Laboratories Public Health Emergencies ONLY) 

  • Hotlines for providing assistance services - view the full list of hotlines

 

 

Information and updates for employees will be communicated through your supervisors and published on the LMC Employee Portal.

Update: March 23, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

Lake Michigan College will extend online, distance learning through the rest of the spring semester in response to the state-wide shelter-in-place order.  

The college originally transitioned its in-person, face-to-face classes to be temporarily delivered online beginning on Monday, March 23 with a plan for students to return to campus on April 14.  

Now students will participate in online, distance learning through the duration of the semester which ends on May 1.  

The college has also adjusted its summer term schedule. Originally summer classes were scheduled to begin on May 11. Now the summer term will begin on June 9 and end on August 21. All summer classes will be delivered online through distance learning.  

Course registration dates for the summer and fall semesters have also changed. Registration for veterans will open on Monday, April 27, and to all other students on Tuesday, April 28. 

Some courses with essential hands-on components such as skilled trades and lab sciences were unable to be conducted entirely online. To accommodate students enrolled in those classes, LMC plans to resume face-to-face classes on campus after the shelter-in-place order has been lifted. The adjusted summer term dates will allow time for making up those classes. 

The college is still offering services to enrolled and prospective students remotely and continues to accept new applicants for the summer and fall semesters. 

“We all miss seeing our students in person every day, but everyone has been handling the transition remarkably well,” said LMC President, Dr. Trevor Kubatzke. “We’re grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding and we’re optimistic that these changes will ultimately improve our overall student services and course delivery in the future.”  

If Michigan’s shelter-in-place order is lifted by April 14, the college still plans to open its campuses back up to employees and the general public while observing public health recommendations.  

Update: March 23, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

Lake Michigan College campuses are closed to the public, with a plan to re-open on April 14.

All face-to-face classes will continue in an online, distance-learning format beginning on Monday, March 23. We understand that students face technology barriers and other challenges to studying at home, and professors are prepared to be flexible and accommodating. Students without a home computer may contact the advising department to request a laptop to borrow at no cost.  

The majority of services for current and prospective students will remain available remotely. Please call or email specific departments. See the “RESOURCES” tab on this page for more information.

The William Hessel Library is closed per the Governor’s executive order.   

The Hawk’s Nest student activities area will be closed Friday, March 20 through April 13.  

All student life activities and public events on campus, including all Mendel Center activities have been canceled through April 13. The May Commencement ceremony and Honors Convocation have been postponed until August. The Graduate Fair will be rescheduled in July. Dates and times will be shared as they are determined.  

The National Junior College Athletic Association has canceled the spring sports season, which means Red Hawks Baseball and Softball will be canceled for the year.   

Due to the current state of COVID-19, the March 24 Board of Trustees meeting will be conducted remotely - the public is also invited to join through a Zoom meeting.

Kidzone childcare centers are closed March 18 through April 13. Barnes and Noble bookstore services will be available on the web.  

Thanks for your understanding as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. 

Update: March 17, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

As of March 17, there are no diagnosed cases of COVID-19 at Lake Michigan College or in southwest Michigan.  

The college will be open to the public this week through Thursday, March 19, with limited staff while we prepare employees to work remotely.

Lake Michigan College campuses will be closed to the public starting Friday, March 20, with a plan to re-open on April 13.

All face-to-face classes will continue in an online, distance learning format beginning on Monday, March 23. We understand that students face technology barriers and other challenges to studying at home, and professors are prepared to be flexible and accommodating. Students without a home computer may contact the advising department to request a laptop to borrow at no cost.  

The majority of services for current and prospective students will remain available remotely. Please call or email specific departments. See the “RESOURCES” tab on this page for more information.

The William Hessel Library is closed per the Governor’s executive order.   

The Hawk’s Nest student activities area will be open through Thursday, March 19, noon-5 p.m. with a limit of no more than 10 students at a time. The Hawk’s Nest will be closed Friday, March 20 through April 12.  

All student life activities and public events on campus, including all Mendel Center activities have been canceled through April 12. The May Commencement ceremony and Honors Convocation have been postponed until August. The Graduate Fair will be rescheduled in July. Dates and times will be shared as they are determined.  

The National Junior College Athletic Association has canceled the spring sports season, which means Red Hawks Baseball and Softball will be canceled for the year.   

Due to the current state of COVID-19, the March 24 Board of Trustees meeting will be conducted remotely in the Todd Center Room 1301 beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public who are required to comply with social distancing of six feet.

Kidzone childcare centers are closed March 18 through April 12. Barnes and Noble bookstore services will be available on the web.  

Thanks for your understanding as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. 

Update: March 13, 2020, 4:54 p.m.

The COVID-19 situation is fluid and evolving quickly. LMC officials are maintaining close communication with our partners and public health experts and we will keep the public informed about college updates when new information is available.  

Campuses Closing on Fridays
LMC campuses will close on Fridays to allow us to maximize cleaning time and reduce employee exposure. All campuses will be open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, March 16 – April 10. We plan to resume normal hours on April 13.  

Services Still Available 
Essential services for current and prospective students will remain available in-person or remotely. Before visiting campus, please call the main line at (269) 927-1000 or use the online directory to look up a specific person. Visitors to our campuses must follow prevention recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These include:   

  • If you are sick, stay home and call your doctor.  

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. 

  • Cover your mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing (into a tissue or a bent elbow). 

  • Practice social distancing by six feet. 

  • Keep your personal work spaces clean and disinfected. 

  • Avoid those who are sick. 

Many Events Cancelled 
We’ve had to cancel many upcoming events to limit social gathering and slow the spread of COVID-19. Please check our online calendar, visit the Mendel Center website or contact the organizer to see if your event is cancelled before visiting the College.  

Students and employees should update their contact information on WaveLink to receive emergency text, phone and email messages from our RAVE Alert system.  

Classes Moving Online 
All face-to-face, in-person classes are cancelled Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. Classes that are currently delivered online will continue as normal.    

On Monday, March 23, all classes will be delivered via distance learning if possible. Some courses may not be able to be delivered via distance learning. Detailed information and instructions pertaining to each individual class will be communicated to students directly from college faculty.  

On April 13, we are planning to resume all classes as usual. 

Other Communication Channels

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we respond to a rapidly changing and unprecedented situation. Take care and be well.  

Update: March 12, 2020, 3 p.m.

On Friday, March 13, all Lake Michigan College campuses will be closed to students and non-essential staff. All classes will be canceled.  

On Monday, March 16, the college will re-open and employees will resume regular business hours until further notice.  

From Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, all face-to-face, in-person classes will be canceled. Classes that are currently delivered online will continue as normal.   

On Monday, March 23, all classes will be delivered via distance learning if possible. Some courses may not be able to be delivered via distance learning. Detailed information and instructions pertaining to each individual class will be communicated to students directly from college faculty. 

On April 13, we are planning to resume all classes as usual. 

Exceptions to this closure protocol include Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center, Brandywine High School, and Van Buren Technology Center. Students and employees in these locations will be subject to directives from those respective school systems. 

Residence Hall 

As of today, we plan to keep our on-campus housing facility, Beckwith Hall, open. Students who choose to move out of the residence hall will receive a prorated discount for the remainder of the semester.  

Mendel Center and Other College Activities and Events  

Effective immediately, any events scheduled through April 13, that have more than 100 attendees will be canceled or rescheduled. This includes the upcoming Blossomtime pageant, the theatre performance, Pajama Game and the Wine, Chocolate and Jazz event on South Haven’s campus.  

Visit the online calendar for updates about individual events.  

Travel Precautions 

Effective immediately, all college-sponsored employee travel scheduled between now and April 13 that requires the use of mass transit has been or will be canceled.  

Employees are strongly discouraged from using mass transit and traveling to regions determined high risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

If employees choose to personally travel out of the country or have had known contact with a COVID-19 positive person, they will be required to self-quarantine for 14 calendar days and work remotely. 

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