Health scare forces many changes at Piedmont Community College


PCC curriculum classes will begin, primarily online, on March 30. If you are not accustomed to online classes, or need a refresher, consider these resources:

• Blackboard Orientation courses are available for all students enrolled at PCC.

• Distance Learning Help Desk: Call 336-322-2138 or email for assistance with accessing the orientation, logging into your course, or any other distance learning needs that might arise.

• “How to Navigate an Online Class” presented by PCC’s TRIO Team at 1 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 26. Click to participate.

Curriculum classes with labs

Classes will be online beginning March 30. The remaining hands-on activities will be adjusted upon students’ return to campus. These schedules will be determined by faculty and deans, and will be focused on providing a safe environment to all students.

  • Classes with labs include Agribusiness, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Practicum, Electrical Power Production, Digital Effect & Animation Technology, Gunsmithing, Industrial Systems and Mechatronics. Welding labs are discontinued until further notice. Students can begin the new online portion of their program and check the Blackboard course announcement page for updates.
  • Healthcare: Students should continue clinicals if the students’ specific site allows. Contact the instructor with any changes.
  • Work-Based Learning and Federal Work-Study programs are discontinued until further notice. Students in the Federal Work-Study program will be paid for scheduled hours missed due to school closure.

    Computer labs available

  • Beginning March 30, curriculum students who do not have access to a computer or the internet, can access that technology in the school’s computer labs will be open on both campuses. Students will need to schedule two-hour time slots by calling the number provided on the PCC website ( Those phone numbers will be available by March 26.
  • Students in job seeking programs should reserve a space by calling 336-599-0032 in Person County and 336-94-8064 in Caswell County.
  • Free online options are available through Charter Communications for K-12 and college students, if you are in their area. Learn more by calling 1-844-579-3743.

    Continuing education classes

  • Continuing education classes will cease face-to-face instruction as of Monday, Mar. 23, with the exception of some Allied Health and Public Safety classes, according to the N.C. Community College System Office. Unless noted below, classes will be transitioned to online delivery, completed at a later date or rescheduled all together.
  • Face-to-face classes have been moved online, or rescheduled. Students should check with the instructor.
  • Adult Basic Skills/High School Equivalency (HSE) classes have been moved to hybrid format. Contact Tina Lawrence at 336-322-2114.

    Testing has been delayed

  • An update regarding future testing dates will be communicated when the information is available. Contact Felicia Holt at 336-322-2155.
  • A limited number of Alllied Health classes currently in session will be allowed to continue. Clinicals are on hold until further notice. Contact Lori Watlington at 336-694-8080.
  • Public Safety classes will only be held as requested by public safety agencies. Contact Nancy Oberman at 336-694-8070 or Heather Franklin at 336-694-8052.
  • the current section of the truck driving class has been delayed and future sections canceled until further notice. Contact Ben Foti at 336-322-2160.

    Get assistance from faculty and staff

    PCC faculty and staff will be working from home as much as possible, but they will still be available to assist students.

  • Faculty will have virtual office hours clearly posted in Blackboard. Staff in all areas of the College will be available via email and telephone. Inquiries about financial aid can be emailed to

    PCC’s summer & fall registration is open

    Schedule information is available on WebAdvisor and (in .pdf format).

    College events for March and April are canceled or postponed unless they can be held online. Keep an eye on the PCC Calendar or the PCC Student Activities Facebook page for updated information.

    Future College-wide updates will be emailed and posted to PCC’s COVID-19 webpage. If you have not already, sign up for the PCC Alert system.


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