Hybrid / Online Classes FAQ | WKCTC

Hybrid / Online Classes FAQ

WKCTC is committed to a healthy and safe learning environment for our faculty, staff and students. As Dr. Reece discussed in his video update, West Kentucky Community and Technical College is taking a three-prong approach to classes this fall with in-person, hybrid and online offerings.

  • A hybrid course is one in which approximately 50% of course material is provided online. Online course material may include activities, assignments, and/or assessments. Online activities may include recorded lectures, reading materials, publisher materials, etc. The remaining 50% of coursework is delivered face-to-face (F2F).
  • Most WKCTC fall 2020 general education courses will be offered as hybrids.
  • Many technical lecture courses are also being offered in a hybrid format.
  • In certain technical programs, labs and clinicals will meet as originally scheduled.
  • A select group of courses will meet as originally scheduled to provide these students with supports that have proven to facilitate student success.
  • Check your KCTCS email regularly for more specific information on your class schedule.
  • For hybrid classes originally scheduled to meet twice weekly, students whose last names begin with A-K will meet on the first scheduled class day, while students whose last names begin with L-Z will meet on the second scheduled class day.
  • For courses originally scheduled to meet once a week or more than twice a week, faculty will contact students with scheduling information.
  • Faculty will try to be flexible, but accommodating this request will only happen if maximum room capacity is not exceeded. All students must have assigned regular schedules for face-to-face class attendance to support possible contact tracing.
  • No. Social distancing limitations do not allow for students to come more than we have outlined.
  • Because of the number of students enrolled and the capacity of some classrooms, the location has changed on some classes. You can check your student self-service, and you will also receive an email from your instructor the week before classes begin. To access your schedule, visit the Current Students webpage, click on MyPath, then click on Student Self-Service.
  • Faculty will be available to help you with all aspects of the course, and guides and video tutorials are available to help you with effectively utilizing online materials.
  • Online learning and computer lab staff will also be available to help you get started and answer technical questions.
  • Watch the WKCTC announcements and your email for information on Jump Start workshops to help you get started with the online portions of classes.
  • You can access email, announcements, and small assignments using your phone, but most activities and assignments will require a computer. Students also have difficulty with some materials when using a tablet or Chromebook.
  • Within hybrid classes, approximately 50% of course material is offered online. You will need access to a computer and reliable internet. While WKCTC has open computer labs throughout campus, most students prefer to have their own. Computers can be purchased from the bookstore using available financial aid. Read more about computer recommendations.
  • Within some courses, printed textbooks are required, but in others the materials are accessed directly from the online portion of the course. Information on textbooks is available on the bookstore website, and you will also receive textbook information directly from your instructor.
  • Minimum recommended is 25mg. A slower speed will result in very slow performance. All internet service providers have internet speed based on “best effort.”
  • Computers are available in the library located on the second floor of the Matheson Learning Resource Center and in the Grisham Computer Lab on the second floor of the Emerging Technology Center.
  • Wireless access is available in all buildings, and WKCTC is working to expand wireless access into surrounding areas such as our parking lots and picnic tables.
  • You can access email, announcements, and small assignments using your phone, but most activities and assignments will require a computer. Students also have difficulty with some materials when using a tablet or Chromebook.
  • The faculty, staff and students of WKCTC share the responsibility in keeping the campus safe. This includes performing the self-check of temperature prior to campus arrival, maintaining 6 ft distancing, and wearing face masks.
  • Facilities will be sanitized regularly, and frequently touched surfaces and areas will be cleaned a minimum of twice daily.
  • Each occupied space will have hand cleaning and disinfecting supplies as well as masks and gloves for those requesting them.
  • We will continue to follow KCTCS, local, state, and CDC recommendations.
  • To activate, visit the  Current Students webpage, click on MyPath, then click on Student Self-Service.
  • Follow the instructions to create your user profile. You will need your nine digit student ID number – aka EMPLID – that was assigned to you at the time of your online application. Make sure to: Record your username and email address, and remember your password and keep it confidential.
  • To access your email, visit the Current Students webpage, click on MyPath, then click on Email.
  • The easiest way to get your books is to place an order online at KCTCS Bookstores and your ordered texts and supplies will be delivered to your home! Financial aid charges accepted starting August 7th. Students can also request in-store pick-up if that is preferred over shipping. Allow 48 hours between the time of order and visiting the store for pick up.
  • Starting July 15, the bookstore will be open for counter service only. Financial aid charges will not be taking place until August 7th. There will be only four students allowed in the store at a time. Masks will be required to enter the building as well as the bookstore. You must bring your printed schedule with you because we will not be able to use your phone to read the details or print schedules for you. Students will give the bookstore clerk their schedule. A bookseller will gather student books and bring them to the counter where the sales transaction will take place.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: All student schedules include a SECTION NUMBER for classes. If all of your class section numbers begin with B5##, pick WEST KY CTC as your campus. (The website might ask you to pick your campus more than once. Even if it's an online course with a B5##, do NOT pick KCTCS ON-LINE as your bookstore.) If a section number begins with anything other than B5##, then you will need to pick KCTCS ON-LINE as your bookstore.
  • The library is open and ready to assist you with all of your research needs. Use a computer or printer, get help with online research, check out or return items, or study independently in a quiet atmosphere. View the library's hours. The library is “open” online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any computer or device. Visit the library's webpage. From Blackboard, choose eLibrary under Student Resources and select West Kentucky under Library Websites. Call 270-534-3197, Ask a Librarian online, Contact us via email or phone, or Chat Live with a Librarian on the home page of our website
  • The Tutoring Center will offer in-person tutoring in Fall 2020. They will continue to follow Healthy at Work guidelines, which include masks for students and tutors and 6-foot social distancing. The Center will also continue to offer remote tutoring to students who prefer or need it. Read more about the tutoring center.