Lake Superior College hosts welcome event for students

Emily Ness
Updated: August 20, 2020 11:33 PM

The virus has brought on its fair share of concerns for both parents sending students off, as well as, students themselves. But, Lake Superior College said they are doing their part to make the return to school a positive one amid the pandemic. On Thursday, the college welcomed students back for day one of a three day welcome event called Early Bird.

Daniel Fanning, Vice President of Institutional Advancement & External Relations at LSC said the college has limited class sizes to 25 students per room and redesigned layouts to allow for better social distancing to keep students safe. Additionally, LSC will offer classes in person and online.

“We’re offering courses both online, on campus, and then for the most part, the majority of our classes are offered through a hybrid model,” Fanning said.

At Thursday’s event, students received their books, ID’s and Lake Superior themed face masks.

Dominic Jurnu, an incoming freshman said that although things would not be what he expected, he still wanted to make the best of his first year of college.

“I like it here. Its still college, I’m still going to have fun,” Jurnu said.

Ella Edblom, a second year student said wearing a mask would be the biggest difference this year, but she said she has gotten used to it and looks forward to classes starting.

“I love college. I had so much fun my last year and yeah, I’m really excited to meet new people,” Edblom said.

According to Fanning, enrollment is on par his year—something he said the college is proud of during the pandemic because it is a testimony to the hard work staff has put in to prepare.

“We’ve seen an increase in our registered, degree-seeking enrollment of about 6% just in the past week alone,” Fanning said.

Fanning added that parents and students have been understanding and cooperative about all the college’s new protocols and provided positive feedback.

“We’ve heard some really good reviews. We’ve had a big influx of last minute tours because people are hearing how seriously we are taking health and safety issues,” Fanning said.

Classes at LSC begin Monday.

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