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Table of Contents

  1. Read our latest message from Dr. Ruda.
  2. Latest Updates
  3. Review our FAQs. 
  4. Tips for Success In Online Classes
  5. CARES Act
  6. Questions & Feedback

COVID-19 Statement

Dr. Ruda Welcomes Busters to Fall 2020 -- Key Safety & Health Reminders


Latest Updates

 

GCCC REPORTS TWO CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 ON CAMPUS

[Garden City, KS]-Sept. 10, 2020 -- At Garden City Community College, the welfare and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community are paramount. With that being said, in recent days, two students on campus have tested positive for COVID-19.  

 "This is a time to be attentive, adaptive, intentional, and engaged regarding the steps we need to continue taking as a community to care for ourselves and for one another," President, Dr. Ryan Ruda said in a statement. 

 The college continues to maintain strict health and safety guidelines, mandating masks, social-distanced classrooms, Plexiglas separators, and increased disinfection protocols. Administrators are also working closely with the Finney County Health Department to contact trace. For more information on how Garden City Community College is keeping its' campus safe, visit the COVID-19 page on the school's website: https://www.gcccks.edu/covid-19/default.aspx

 According to the Center for Disease Control, symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.  

 "Together we will continue to do our part to maintain the health and safety of the GCCC campus community," Dr. Ruda added.  

 Garden City Community College encourages all students, faculty, and staff to continually check for symptoms. If you are a confirmed case or have been identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive, please contact the college health department immediately at 620-276-9601.  

 "Please continue to monitor yourself, follow protocols and practices that have been enacted at GCCC and know that there are resources for personal and mental health on campus available," Dr. Ruda explained.  

 Local health officials urge you to socially distance, wear your mask and stay home if you're not feeling well.  

 Garden City Community College exists to produce positive contributors to the economic and social well-being of society.  


FAQ

 

Academics

The best way to stay connected to any GCCC information is to check your GCCC student email regularly and stay in contact with your instructors.

Tip: Make sure you have Flash installed and allow pop-ups as necessary. 

Computer labs are located in ACAD, Penka, and Joyce when there are not classes. There are also computers available in the Saffel Library. If you are Zooming classes from campus computers, you might want to purchase an inexpensive set of headphones/mic.

 

Admissions

You can explore our campus through our virtual tour! To speak with an Admissions representative, please call us at 620-276-9608 or email us at admission@gcccks.edu

Fall enrollment begins on April 28. If you are interested in setting up a time to speak with an advisor and enroll via Zoom, please fill out the Enrollment Day registration form online.

 

 Advising/Counseling

Enrollment is open for Fall 2020.  Please contact your advisor to enroll.  If you are unsure of your advisor, email Leslie Wenzel, Director of Advising at leslie.wenzel@gcccks.edu.

The best way to contact our Accommodations Coordinator is to email your question or concern to kari.adams@gcccks.edu.

 

Bookstore

Please contact the Broncbuster Bookstore: 620-276-9790 or virga.west@gcccks.edu to make arrangements.

Please call us at 620-276-9790, and we will work with you.



Financial Aid

Please know WE ARE HERE to process financial aid and answer any financial aid related questions you might have!

All of our services and processes are continuing as normal, via phone, email and other methods. Contact us today: finaid@gcccks.edu 620-276-9519. 

If your school has moved classes to an online format, you must continue to participate in the course work and follow your instructor's instructions to remain eligible for financial aid. If you have questions about the online format, contact your instructor or academic advisor.

Students dropping classes and/or completely withdrawing from their entire spring course schedule may have their financial aid negatively impacted.

For financial aid purposes, it's best to contact us prior to any potential changes to your schedules after your classes have already begun.

No, you still have time. Apply at www.fafsa.gov using the 2020-2021 FAFSA for Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021.

Make sure all final official high school and college transcripts have been received by GCCC, and then contact our office about your eligibility.

You may already be eligible for grants and/or loans to help pay for your educational costs. Contact us directly to discuss.
 Expect loan processing to take 5-7 business days.
 Talk to us directly. We have flexibility to work with students like you to ensure you're able to stay in school.
We encourage you to contact us, as well as your academic advisor/coach or program coordinator, for additional guidance. We can tell you your options for continuing in your program of study. Additionally, if you need to take a leave of absence as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, you should speak with us as soon as possible.
Email finaid@gcccks.edu or call 620-276-9519 for any questions and/or information about current semester and next year scholarship information.

 

 Records and Registration

The college continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and evaluating what changes will be necessary for Fall 2020. Our highest priority is the safety of our students, our community, and our faculty and staff.

We are committed to developing a plan that balances that commitment to safety with continuing our mission of helping students prepare for their goals at an affordable cost. Regardless of delivery, GCCC promises an engaged, high-quality experience. We want to be a part of your future because we know that "from here you can go anywhere!"

Click here to see our different class delivery options

Click here to use our advisor contact form

Enrollment is currently open for summer and fall classes. Please contact your advisor directly to enroll or request a Zoom meeting.

You may submit your enrollment request here.

Review our Fall 2020 add/drop dates

Then, if you need to submit a request for a schedule change, you can do so online. Click here.

 

Residential Life

Currently we are not allowing students to return to live in the residence halls if they have left and traveled outside of the city or state.

Pro-rated semester rates for students who have officially checked out of the dorms are currently being processed. Check your Bustermail next week for a message regarding your adjustment from Residential Life. Students will also receive updated copies of their semester bill from our Business Office or can check their student accounts on Busterweb starting next week.

Currently, the dorms are closed, and students are not allowed into the rooms to retrieve their items. In the rare case of a health or medical emergency, students should contact Christine.dillingham@gcccks.edu. More information about move-out from Residence Life is forthcoming. We thank you for your patience.

Residential Life staff continue to do daily checks of all areas. This includes window and door checks. GCCC Campus Police will also continue to do routine checks on campus.

Mail and packages will continue to be accepted and processed as normal. Mail and packages will stay secure in our mailroom until you are allowed to return to collect it.
Residential Life staff is still available by phone or email and will check in with students still living on campus each week to determine any needs. Amenities such as custodial services, maintenance, foodservice, laundry, and mail will still be available to them. Foodservice will consist of grab-and-go meal options to ensure social distancing guidelines set forth by health officials.
  • In case of emergency or extreme distress, call 911. 
  • Contact Finney County Health Department at 620-272-3600. Avoid exposing public waiting areas by calling ahead to get instructions.
  • Contact GCCC College Health at 620-276-9601. 
  • Stay in your residential area, self-isolate in your room until the illness can be determined or until you receive further instructions.
  • Contact Residential Life (620-276-9516 or 620-805-4999) and/or the GCCC Nurse at 620-276-9601 to receive information regarding housing and health instructions.
  • If a confirmed or suspected case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been determined, the Residential Life staff will follow quarantine/isolation guidelines.
  • Contact your parent, guardian or emergency contact.
Normal policies are still in effect. The only exception is the visitation policy which currently prohibits off campus visitors.
If you lived on campus before Spring Break, you'll still automatically be counted as part GCCC's group quarters. If you live off campus or with your parents, you'll complete your census questionnaire like normal. Learn more on our Every Buster Counts webpage.

 

Miscellaneous

The Campus Closet is still available to students in Garden City and the surrounding communities. 

On Mondays from 10 AM to noon GCCC students can pick up non-perishable food items and hygiene products outside the southwest door of the Academic Building. This is a self-serve station. 

Students can also request items and alternative pick up day and times, within reason (all pick-ups will be at the southwest door of the Academic Building) by via email (campuscloset@gcccks.edu) or the Remind App info: text "@gc3closet" to 81010 to join.

Items available include: non-perishable food items, hygiene products (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.), bed sheets, blankets & pillows. 

The Finney County United Way is working with local government and non-profit agencies to make sure a variety of resources are available to meet as many needs as possible. If you have a need for non-perishable foods, paper goods, diapers, books, etc., please contact them at 620-275-1425 or fcuwed@gmail.com. 

Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas can also help with multiple concerns, including tracking down IRS Economic Impact Payments, counseling, homelessness, non-food pantry supplies, and other basic living needs. Contact them today at 620-272-0010 or covid19help@catholiccharitiesswks.org

 

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