Clark State extends modified operations, moves graduation to Aug. 15

Clark State Community College was selected to participate in a federal work-study experiment. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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Clark State Community College was selected to participate in a federal work-study experiment. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Clark State Community College, which already moved all classes to online or correspondence formats, now has extended its modified operations to the end of the spring semester in May.

Also, graduation scheduled for May 9 has been moved to Aug. 15, college officials announced on Monday, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jo Alice Blondin, Clark State president, stated the decision was not made lightly.

“We know that these are critical times for students, and we will continue to be diligent in ensuring and supporting their success during this unprecedented situation. We also wish to alleviate the uncertainty around important campus milestones such as graduation and reassure students and employees that we will return to normal operations as soon as possible,” she stated in a release.

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The change affects all campuses, including in Springfield, the Greene Center in Beavercreek, Xenia REACH Center and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine asked higher education institutions to move learning online. Ohio is under a state of emergency, with dine-in restaurants and bars closed along with movie theaters and fitness centers. The governor asks that people not gather in groups of 50 or more, to practice social distancing and for seniors 65 and older to stay home.

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DeWine on Monday declared a state of emergency after three Ohioans in Cuyahoga County tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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