Info for Students

Kansas City Kansas Community College has been vigilantly monitoring the daily and hourly updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. We have been following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as guidance from local, regional and state public health officials to inform all of our decisions.

Please read the 'General Information' section on the Coronoavirus (COVID-19) Webpage for any changes and updates.
We have adjusted our Steps to Enrollment to include information about virtual advising and when you need to pay for your courses.

KCKCC COVID-19 Student Relief Fund

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) is working relentlessly to meet the unique needs of our students. KCKCC has established a process for students seeking temporary, short-term, financial assistance. The COVID-19 Student Relief Fund is made possible through the generous donations of KCKCC faculty, staff, alumni and donors.

Read more about how to apply and the requirements

Virtual Graduation

Updated May 5, 2020

Kansas City Kansas Community College will honor more than 800 graduates in a first-of-its-kind Virtual Graduation Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Graduates, the campus community, friends and family are invited to hear speeches by Dr. Mosier, President of Kansas City Kansas Community College, Dr. Ray Daniels, Chair of the Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees, Mr. Destin Williams, Vice - President of Kansas City Kansas Community College Student Body and Jerry Pope, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and and view a commemorative video.

The virtual celebration video will remain available and archived for future viewing.  Also included on the commencement website will be a full listing of all graduates, including any academic honors they have earned.

Cap and Gown

Updated May 5, 2020

Students may order caps, gowns, by completing the Student Cap and Gown Order Form.

Students must have completed their graduation paperwork and paid their $20.00 graduation fee in order for their cap and gown to be shipped to them.

Sizing availability of caps and gowns will be on a first come, first serve basis. Exact sizing cannot be guaranteed on the final day of distribution.

Students who wish to purchase Souvenir tassels, key chains and graduation announcements, may do so on the KCKCC Bookstore Webpage.

For questions regarding class rings, please visit Jostens website at www.jostens.com.

Withdrawing From Class

In an effort to provide students with greater flexibility as KCKCC adjusts to remote instruction and students deal with the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are extending the last day to withdraw from classes (without a refund) to May 11, 2020. Withdrawals will not be allowed after this date.

Before you make the decision to withdraw from a course please consider the following:

  • Discuss the situation with your instructor.
  • If you are receiving financial aid, and you are considering withdrawing from a class or withdrawing altogether for the remainder of the semester, please keep in mind that this decision could impact future financial-aid eligibility. If you have questions about your financial aid, or about the impact dropping courses or withdrawing completely may have on your aid, please email finaid@kckcc.edu.
  • Reach out to your Student Success Advisor and/or Program Coordinator.
  • High School students should contact their High School Counselor to withdraw.
  • International students should visit with the International Student Services Coordinator.
  • Students with military benefits should contact the Military Veteran Center

Should you decide a withdraw is necessary, you must complete the Student Withdrawal Form found on WebAdvisor.

We know this semester has been challenging, and we want you to know that we are here for you.

TEC Enrollment for Fall 2020

Enrolling in KCKCC Technical Education certificate programs has changed due to the Stay-at-Home order that is in effect.  Enrollment is through an online process rather than in-person. View the TEC Enrollment PDF about the changes.

The following certificates have been affected:

Auto Collision Repair
Automotive Technology
Building Engineering & Maintenance Technology
Commercial and Residential Equipment Technology
Computer Software Technology
Computer Support Specialist
Computer System Networking & Telecommunications
Computer System Networking & Telecommunications – Computer Specialist
Computer System Networking & Telecommunications – Network Specialist
Construction Technology
Cosmetology
Culinary Arts
Electrical Technology
Heating and Refrigeration
Machine Technology
Multimedia Video Production
Nail Technology
Web Application & Design
Welding Technology

Advising

To continue serving KCKCC students, advising and enrollment management services will be available remotely via email, phone, text, Office 365 Chat and Zoom Video Conference. Go to the Advising webpage for more details. 

Placement Testing

Due to COVID-19 course placement using the ACCUPLACER™ placement test is currently unavailable. Kansas City Kansas Community College is currently using multiple factors including, but not limited to, high school GPA/course grades, GED content scores, ACT/SAT scores and DANTES scores for course placement. For guidance about your course placement and for more information regarding multiple factors, contact Faith Moody at fmoody@kckcc.edu.

Learning and Library Services

Learning and Library Services is prepared to provide exceptional academic support to our students in a virtual environment. The Learning Commons LibGuide is the primary tool students should turn to for the most up to date information regarding our services.

Tutoring will be facilitated by our KCKCC team through live chat, online writing consultations, and Zoom. In addition, access to Tutor.com is being placed into each Blackboard course. Tutor.com is an online tutoring platform that allows students to connect in real-time with a tutor.

Our Library provides access from off-campus to thousands of articles and eBooks to meet research needs. The library features streaming videos, music, and popular film. Our librarians will be logging in during regular hours to live chat with students and patrons for library instruction and to answer questions.

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Student Accessibility and Support Services

If you plan to take degree program courses, contact Ms. Alex Twitty at atwitty@kckcc.edu or 913-288-7346. She will get back with you within one business day. · If you plan to take tech classes, contact Ms. Carly Eastling at ceastling@kckcc.edu or 913-288-7851. She will get back with you within one business day.

Provide your disability documentation in an electronic form to atwitty@kckcc.edu. She will submit it to the appropriate staff person.

After reviewing your documentation, a SASS staff person will contact you to schedule an intake interview. This will be conducted via Zoom, a video conferencing package.

Once the documentation has been reviewed and the intake interview completed, SASS will notify your instructors of the accommodations you are entitled to.

Device and Internet Access

The Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion is providing assistance with a device and internet access during the pandemic. Go their website for additional information and a form you can fill out.

For students and teachers that may not have internet access at home, Spectrum (aka Charter or Time Warner Cable) Internet is offering 60 days of free service. Installation fees will be waived for new student or teacher households. If students wish to discontinue services at the end of the 60 day period, they will need to contact Spectrum to cancel services in order to avoid being billed.  The number for Spectrum is 1-844-488-8395.  This offer is independent of KCKCC.

Additionally, Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps. This program delivers industry-leading broadband speeds month for eligible families and seniors. To enroll, consumer customers should access SpectrumInternetAssist.com.  

Moreover, Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.  Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees. 

Graduation / Commencement Ceremony

KCKCC’S Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 21 is cancelled. While this was a very difficult decision, it as made to help ensure you and your family members' health and limit the possibility of the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates approximately 8 weeks after the end of the semester.

What is happening on campus?

All classes, events, and activities are suspended for March 16-29, 2020. The suspension of classes from March 16-29 provides time for faculty members to prepare to move classes online for the rest of the spring 2020 semester.  Only essential personnel will be on campus. While we move courses online, we have also drastically reduced the number of employees on our campus to help mitigate the spread of this virus.  Many employees are working remotely so we can continue to provide nonacademic functions such as advising, counseling, tutoring, registration, financial aid, etc. 

Despite the colleges limited on-campus operations status, our priorities are to teach and advise students through the semester and virtually recruit and enroll students for the next academic year.

What is happening with classes?

During this time, instructors will transition all face to face courses offered at a KCKCC location to totally virtual (online) model of instruction. ALL CLASSES will resume on Monday, March 30, 2020. Additional information regarding your specific classes will come from your instructors. Please continue to check your email for any updates. Students are strongly encouraged to stay off campus. Most student support services will be available virtually.

Please note:

  • All classes offered at a KCKCC site, will be offered in a virtual (online) instruction format for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester
  • Concurrent Enrollment Classes taught by area high schools’ instructors will continue following the school districts’ schedules
  • Dual Enrollment Classes taught by KCKCC instructors at area high schools will be offered online only
  • GED and ESL classes are postponed until further notice at Wyandotte High School
  • GED classes are postponed until further notice at the University Kansas Health System

Within the next few weeks, the College will reassess the need to continue online instruction for the summer 2020 semester and additional information will be released.

How can students prepare for classes online?

Students should look for messages from their instructors about expectations for courses. Check your KCKCC student email often. If online learning is new to you, visit Online Education for a basic guide and resources to get started. Instructors and advisors may also use tech tools, such as Teams, Skype or Zoom, as an alternative for in-person meetings or office hours.

What is happening with the Commencement Ceremonies?

Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremonies are Cancelled. The college has decided to cancel commencement ceremonies which were scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the KCKCC main campus field house. While this was a very difficult decision, it is made to help ensure you and your family members health and limit the possibility of potential spread of the COVID 19 virus. Degrees and Certificates will be mailed to graduates.

Student Housing

Limiting Size of Student Housing Operations

There are no confirmed Coronavirus cases on campus or in Student Housing.  However, to protect the safety of the students, KCKCC has made the difficult decision to close Student Housing operations for the rest of the spring 2020 semester.

Student Housing is developing plans for an orderly, move-out process that emphasizes and helps ensure social distancing. Staff will communicate that process directly with the residents as it is finalized. An email will be sent to the residents no later than the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18, 2020.   Student Athletes living in Student Housing will also receive communication from their coaches regarding this process.

*Special considerations will be made for students in highly exceptional situations who do not have a permanent residence or cannot return to their permanent residences, including some international students. KCKCC Housing leaders will work directly with students with exceptional situations.

Please note, KCKCC is in the process of determining how to address pro-rated housing refund requests. Once a decision is made, we will update the College’s COVID-19 website. At this time, the focus is to safely move the students out of housing.

This is a rapidly changing situation for our families, our college, our state, and our nation. We will continue to work through this evolving situation, and thank you for your patience and goodwill as we meet this challenge together. Please let us know if you have any questions.

KCKCC Student Housing office, rmoore@kckcc.edu or call 913-200-4532.

 

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