Manhattan Area Technical College has created this webpage to keep campus members and others informed about the prevention of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), important advisories and updates, and the latest community announcements issued by Riley County Health Department regarding COVID-19.  For your reference, this webpage also provides links to important resources and information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. State Department. During this period, we ask that you please continue to review your Manhattan Tech email on a frequent basis for additional updates as the situation warrants. We are monitoring ongoing developments and will update this web page accordingly. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern.

ATTENTION:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns Manhattan Area Technical College will be adhering to the below guidelines:
  • The campus is closed to the public until further notice.

  • Instruction will be completed online beginning March 30 until further notice. 

  • Certain course have lab/clinical requirements that cannot be completed via remote delivery. Therefore, MATC in conjunction with RCHD, is preparing to reopen to students to accommodate only courses, with lab and clinical instruction starting on Tuesday, May 5. Programs approved by the VPSS to return to meet lab/clinical requirements are listed below:

    • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 
    • Automotive Collision Repair 
    • Automotive Technology 
    • Certified Nurse Aide 
    • Construction Technology 
    • Electric Power and Distribution 
    • Emergency Medical Technician 
    • Information Network Technology
    • Medical Laboratory Technology 
    • Welding Technology 
       
  • Beginning March 30 college employees will work remotely until further notice. During the closure employees working remotely will have limited access to return calls. Refer to the directory to communicate via email as that will be the preferred method of communication.

  • All campus events and meetings are canceled effective immediately until further notice.

  • Testing services will not be conducted until further notice. Aside from ACCUPLACER remote testing.

Ongoing Campus Updates:

Dear Students:

The priority during this unprecedented global pandemic is the health and safety of our Manhattan Area Technical College family. With that in mind, the decision has been made to cancel May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies.

You have worked hard to obtain your degree and we couldn't be any prouder of the Class of 2020 for your achievements in and outside of the classroom. We understand your disappointment, but we want to do everything we can to recognize you for your accomplishments.

Therefore, all eligible May 2020 graduates will receive their Manhattan Tech diplomas, diploma covers, graduation programs and, as appropriate, honors ropes in the mail at the end of the semester if all college and financial requirements are met. Those will be mailed approximately 12-14 weeks after grades are finalized. We also encourage and welcome graduates to participate in the December 2020 ceremony, which will be held on SATURDAY, DEC. 19, 2020 at the KSU Student Union Ballroom.

Other Important Deadlines/Information
  • All students who are finishing their program in May 2020 MUST complete an Intent to Graduate Form. This form is located on MATC online/Students/Registrar/Registration forms/Intent to Graduate (you will need to be logged into your MATC account to access this form). Once the form is filled out and submitted, your request and payment will be processed. If you have not completed the form, please do so ASAP.
  • The $25 fee paid with the Intent to Graduate form is to cover the cost of conferring the degree verifying all requirements have been met to be awarded corresponding certificate and/or Associated Applied Science Degree. All students must submit the form regardless of whether they walk in Commencement or not.

We are as disappointed as you that we will not be able to celebrate with you and your loved ones during a May ceremony. We hope that you all continue to stay safe and healthy during this time. If there are questions or concerns please address them to safety@manhattantech.edu.

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Dear Students!

Certain courses at the College have requirements under accreditation/certification/licensure standards that cannot be completed via remote/online delivery, requirements that were not completed before the College moved to a remote model in late March due to the COVID-19 situation.  

Therefore, MATC in conjunction with the Riley County Health Department (RCHD), is preparing to reopen to accommodate only those courses, with lab and clinical instruction starting on Tuesday, May 5th. The college will remain closed to the general public as services will continue to be offered remotely until further notice. We ask that you please read the following information in its entirety as compliance with these procedures is crucial in keeping everyone safe. 

Programs approved by the Vice President of Student Success (VPSS) to return on May 5th to meet lab/clinical requirements: 

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 
  • Automotive Collision Repair 
  • Automotive Technology 
  • Certified Nurse Aide 
  • Construction Technology 
  • Electric Power and Distribution 
  • Emergency Medical Technician 
  • Information Network Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology 
  • Welding Technology 

Before students and faculty return to campus the College will implement a variety of safety precautions, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the RCHD guidelines and directives. These measures are indicated in the sections below. 

Screening Protocols 

Starting May 1st, a screening questionnaire will be made available that is required for students and faculty to complete. Staff will review the responses from students and will do follow-up phone calls to obtain clarification, if necessary. Faculty will receive a confirmation email from the staff member on Monday, May 4th as to which students can safely be on campus for the week of May 5th – 7th. Students will access the questionnaire in Canvas and will need to complete it prior to coming on campus on May 5th.  

  • Faculty will be emailed the same questionnaire and will need to complete prior to coming on campus May 4th. 
  • For weeks of May 11th, 18th, and 25th students will need to complete a subsequent screening questionnaire prior to being on campus those weeks. The surveys will be made available the Friday prior to the following week. Staff will review the responses each week, do follow-up phone calls if necessary, then send a confirmation email to faculty of which students are cleared to come on campus. This additional verification of health status is to ensure that if someone would start to show symptoms, we can identify those and have documentation if we would have a COVID-19 case on campus. 
  • Each day faculty will take student’s temperature using no touch thermometers prior to entering the lab/clinical area. Additionally, a roster will be provided each week having a space for the student’s temperature to be wrote down each day. 
  • If the student’s temperature is above 100 degrees Fahrenheit: 
    • Faculty member should contact administration and/or security to come and verify the student’s temperature.  
    • Said administrator/security will assist the faculty in notifying the student that they will need to leave campus and cannot return until they are fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication per CDC regulations.
    • Faculty will need to send an email to the appropriate staff regarding the student so proper follow-up measures can be taken. 
Classroom Management/Cleaning 

Great care will need to be taken before, during, and after groups are in educational spaces.  Please strictly adhere to the following protocols: 

  • Students must be on the approved VPSS list (emailed to faculty each Monday morning) 
  • Students cannot be allowed on campus without a completed screening questionnaire and approval email 
  • Students will not be allowed to come and go on a single day. Once a student leaves campus they will not be allowed back on campus that same day. 
  • Class sizes will be no more than 10 people including faculty and program assistants 
  • Everyone will be required to wash and/or sanitize their hands as soon as they enter the classroom/lab
  • Students and faculty should adhere to the social distancing guidelines as provided by the CDC (6 ft)
  • Only one person at a time may use restroom facilities 
  • Cleaning supplies will be provided for each educational area 
  • Before and after classes all spaces used for instruction including seating, tables, door handles, light switches, tool handles, computer keyboards, toilet, faucet, sink, and any other items or surfaces in contact with students or faculty must be disinfected in accordance with CDC requirements
  • Once lab/clinical session has ended, students must leave campus

Students and faculty should be familiar with most recent cleaning and social distancing guidelines from the CDC:

  1. CDC - Guidance for Institutes of Higher Education
  2. CDC - Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
  3. CDC - Prevent Getting Sick

In addition, the main campus building will remain locked and the Commons area is closed. Students will need to bring a beverage with them as they will not be permitted access to the vending machines or allowed to leave campus to obtain such beverage and return on the same day.

Continue to monitor your MATC email and CANVAS as instructors will be in contact with any additional information.

For the latest updates on what MATC is doing to serve our students and community – as well as a variety of helpful information and resources – visit the College’s COVID-19 page. 

For questions or concerns direct your inquiries to safety@manhattantech.edu.

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Please read this communication in its entirety as it contains important information regarding updates to academics, eCampus textbook rentals, and the academic calendar at Manhattan Area Technical College for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changes to the Academic Calendar, Spring 2020

Due to COVID-19 causing an interruption in instruction for two (2) weeks the College is extending the end date of the spring semester to Friday, May 29th. Because of the variety of class delivery methods for the remainder of the semester, professors will schedule final exams appropriate to their classes during the final week.

March 30: Online/Distance Classes Begin
May 1: Final Withdrawal Date (refer to the updated enrollment calendar for course specific dates)
May 25: No classes (Memorial Day)
May 26-29 Final Exams
May 29: Last day of Classes/Exams.

Announcing Withdrawal Deadline Update

The final date to withdraw for the Spring semester is extended to Friday, May 1. Refer to the Updated Enrollment Calendar regarding your course specific withdrawal date.

eCampus Books Update

If you rented your Spring 2020 textbooks through our eCampus bookstore rentals will be extended until June 5th.

Online Course Participation and Grades

As of March 30th, Manhattan Area Technical College transitioned face-to-face instruction to online until further notice. During this juncture it is critical as a student you are logging-in regularly to complete course work and submit assignments. Manhattan Tech will continue to issue grades based on the students’ course involvement, completion of assignments, homework, etc. Maintaining good grades remains as important online as it did in face-to-face courses to earn credits and complete degrees.

Instructors will be completing a roster verification for their course in the coming weeks. Therefore, it is imperative that you have logged into your course or maintained contact with your instructor by Monday, April 13th. Failure to remain in contact or complete assignments may lead to your withdrawal from the course and may impact your financial aid and/or satisfactory academic progress.

We realize the unforeseen challenges of transitioning to online coursework and the general stress and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Know that you all have made this transition with remarkable resolve. As always please know that our top priority is your safety as well as the safety of the entire Manhattan Tech community. If you have any questions, please reach out.

For questions or concerns direct your inquiries to safety@manhattantech.edu

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Students and Community Members:

After consultation with administrators and faculty leadership, the college has decided to convert all summer courses to an online format.

Unfortunately, we cannot predict the spread of COVID-19 in Kansas or nationwide. While we recognize that many of you long for a return to in-person classroom instruction, it is impossible to know how soon that might occur. Therefore, with summer registration open and students already enrolled/enrolling, it is imperative that we made this decision now in order to give individuals ample time to make decisions related to summer semester.

Given that summer travel plans may be adversely affected or canceled outright due to public health restrictions, continuing your studies with online summer semester offerings may be a great option, especially if social distancing restrictions remain in place for an extended period. Even if we receive word that we can return to in-person classroom instruction, we will continue with our planned online delivery method for the summer.

As always, MATC administration will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional communication to students/community as decisions are made. We appreciate everyone’s support at this time of uncertainty and hope everyone stays safe and healthy! 

The Riley County Health Department (RCHD) and Governor Laura Kelly issued Stay-At-Home Orders to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Effective at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, March 29, Manhattan Area Technical College will be adhering to the emergency guidelines in keeping with the issued orders:

  1. The Campus is closed until further notice and instruction will be completed online beginning March 30 until further notice. Please watch your email for information from your instructors regarding delivery of your coursework.
  2. Beginning March 30 college employees will work remotely. Essential staff will continue to report to campus as needed under the direction of their departments supervisor while adhering to the social distancing guidelines as provided by the CDC (6 ft). More details about working remotely will be provided by your department’s supervisor.
  3. While the campuses are closed, we will still be working on continuing to provide student and community resources remotely (i.e. advising, admission appointments, financial aid, etc.). Updates will be provided.

We will continually monitor and assess the situation and provide updates as warranted. Please continue to regularly check your Manhattan Tech email, RAVE Alert, and the College’s website for the most up to date information and guidance. The health and safety of our students, employees, and community members continues to be, and will always be, our top priority.

For questions or concerns direct your inquiries to safety@manhattantech.edu

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Attention MATC Students:

At Manhattan Tech the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. Therefore, based upon federal, local, and state mandates we are announcing the following precautionary measures:

  1. Manhattan Tech will be closed to students, visitors and the public until April 6th.
  2. All courses will move to online instruction beginning March 30th (Refer to Continuation of Instruction section for more information).

Continuation of Instruction

  • General Education, Business Administration, and lecture/didactic components of technical courses will go to an online format beginning March 30th.
  • Beginning March 30th technical program instructors will deliver all classroom instruction online.
  • Hands-on technical competencies will be taught face-to-face beginning April 6th while practicing social distancing guidelines and adhering to Riley County Health Departments (RCHD) 10-person limitation on public gatherings. Therefore, on-campus instruction will be delivered to groups of no more than 9 students at a time.
  • As we move online, it is critical students log-in regularly to complete course work and submit assignments. We will continue to issue grades based on student assignments and homework. Maintaining good grades remains as important online as it did in face-to-face courses to earn credits and complete degrees.
  • Instructors will contact their students via Canvas/email to help them prepare for this transition.

Campus Safety

In adherence with federal, state, and local recommendations the College is performing the safety measures below:

  • Before students can enter any technical lab/clinical areas on April 6th, they will be asked to answer a set of screening protocol questions through CANVAS. Then each day after, programs will have a roster available where the student will initial verifying that their answers to the statements on the screening still apply.
  • Employees or students presenting symptoms (fever, cough, etc.) will not be allowed to participate in a face-to-face setting and are encouraged to self-quarantine as instructed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Students and employees will not be allowed to bring children on campus.
  • The Commons will be open with limited access to the vending machines, restrooms, etc. Tables and chairs will not be available to individuals to limit the number of people in the area.
  • Safe hygiene and social distancing will be taught and strictly practiced.

Campus Events/Travel/Visits

  • Group and individual campus visits will not be permitted during the spring 2020 semester.
  • All on-campus events have been cancelled for the next 8 weeks (refer to cancellation list on website). Alternatives to our traditional commencement ceremony are being considered.  More information will be provided later.
  • College-sponsored travel for employees should be avoided. Any exceptions will be at the discretion of the vice president/supervisor of the department.

High School Students

  • General education courses will go to an online format and begin March 30th.
  • Excel in CTE courses are still under determination. Once a decision has been made an update will be provided.

Campus Operations/Staffing

  • Manhattan Tech will be closed to students, visitors and the public until April 6th. After April 6th the College is asking the public and students to conduct as much business through email, online resources, and the telephone as possible to reduce the traffic at the college.
  • Essential employees will work remotely until April 6. After which the College will be working with staff on staggered schedules in order to adhere to the social distancing guidelines as provided by the CDC (6 ft).
  • Advising and enrollment for summer and fall courses will continue as scheduled.  It will be done remotely whenever possible.
  • All on campus testing will not take place until April 6th. If you have scheduled a test that falls prior to this date the respective testing center will reach out to you in order to assist you. Any future testing on campus will take place under adherence of the social distancing guidelines.

Manhattan Tech community please keep in mind that this is an unprecedented time and an extremely fluid situation that evolves daily if not hourly at the local, state and federal level. We will continue to monitor and adjust as necessary.  Any changes or updates for employees and/or students will be communicated via Rave alert, CANVAS, and their Manhattan Tech email account. We will notify the general public on our website and via our social media channels.

For questions or concerns direct your inquiries to safety@manhattantech.edu.  

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Due to the ever-evolving challenge of the COVID-19 coronavirus and per CDC recommendations, Manhattan Tech is cancelling all large-scale events on campus for attendance greater than 50. Events that are smaller than 50 participants will be reviewed and may continue assuming that proper social distancing guidelines can be implemented. Refer below for the most recent cancellation/postponement event/activity list.

  • Manhattan Tech’s National Signing Day - Cancelled
  • Spring Open House – Cancelled
  • Spring Commencement – Event Cancelled at KSU Ballroom, The college is reviewing alternate methods to celebrate the academic achievements of our students and will release details later.
  • Campus Visits – Cancelled until March 30th
  • Group Visits – Cancelled for until June 1st

FFA Ag Mechanics and STEM Camp are under review by multiple entities and when a decision has been made an update will be provided. Events that are scheduled in the future will be reviewed in the coming weeks as we navigate this pandemic. If you have questions about it moving forward, please contact safety@manhattantech.edu.

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Attention MATC Students:

As the concerns around COVID-19 continue, MATC administration is being very diligent in communicating with Riley County Health Department and following directives and recommendations from governmental authorities. In doing so, MATC has made the determination to extend closure of the college through March 27th and resume limited number of operations on March 30th.  The most up-to-date information will continue to be communicated out on our website at manhattantech.edu and RAVE Alert.

In the coming week administration and faculty will be working together to come up with a plan for continuing instruction. It is imperative that students continue to check their manhattantech.edu email accounts and Canvas for additional information regarding the continuation of their courses that will resume March 30th.

For guidance on prevention of COVID-19 refer to this informational handout provided by the Riley County Health Department.

MATC administration will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional communication to students as decisions are made. We appreciate everyone’s support at this time of uncertainty and hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

For questions or concerns direct your inquiries to safety@manhattantech.edu

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Attention Manhattan Tech Students/Community:

With the growing concerns nationwide surrounding the discussion of the coronavirus and how it’s affecting educational institutions, Manhattan Tech’s administration has developed a pandemic preparedness procedure. The plan developed follows recommendations and directives from governmental authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Kansas Department of Public Health (KDPH), and the Riley County Health Department (RCHD).

Due to the recent development of the virus in Kansas, Manhattan Tech has made the determination to extend Spring Break through March 20, 2020. The campus will be CLOSED and inaccessible to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. All classes and events are cancelled for the week. Additional information and updates will be available on the website, Canvas, Manhattan Tech Email, and communicated through all media avenues.

For guidance on prevention of COVID-19 refer to this informational handout provided by the Riley County Health Department.

Manhattan Tech administration will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional communication to students as decisions are made. We appreciate everyone’s support at this time of uncertainty and hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

For questions or concerns direct your inquiries to safety@manhattantech.edu.  

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