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Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Pathfinder wearing mask and glovesThe Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a new form of the coronavirus family that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December and has spread throughout the world.  As of right now, the risk of exposure to this new strain of the coronavirus is considered low in Kentucky.  However, confirmed cases in the US are increasing. We are monitoring the situation and will continue to update this page and take appropriate measures to ensure the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. The following is a list of key resources to keep you informed about the COVID-19.

COVID-19 Updates

3/25/2020 2:42 Pm

News from Owensboro Community and Technical College

OCTC Extends Remote Delivery to End of Spring Semester

OWENSBORO, KY (03/25/2020) To continue to protect the health and well-being of our community, Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) will continue online/remote classroom instruction through the end of spring classes, and use online/remote assessment during the regular final exam week of May 4 - 10, 2020. All campus services will be delivered through online/remote methods during this time.

We will continue to follow the guidance from the Governor's Office, the Green River District Health Department, and the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) on any decisions.

"Our number one priority continues to be the safety and health of our students and employees. In this time of uncertainty we want our students to finish the semester. We will do our part to assist and help them stay on track to move forward and achieve their educational goals" added Scott Williams, OCTC President.

For more information contact: Bernie Hale (270) 686-4506, Bernie.hale@kctcs.edu

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3/20/2020 2:29 PM

OCTC is transitioning all student support services to remote/alternative delivery.  While most OCTC buildings will be locked through April 5, OCTC employees will provide services through distance delivery that you previously accessed on-campus/in-person.:

  • Bookstore
  • Campus Information
  • Computer Lab (see Learning Resource Center)
  • Counseling Center
  • Disability Support Services (see Counseling Center)
  • Fee Payment/Business Office
  • Financial Aid
  • Library Services (Learning Resource Center)
  • Pathfinder Den-Career Exploration, Academic Advising, Success Coaches, Transfer, Pathfinder Pantry
  • START Center/Admissions
  • Student Records
  • Success Coaches (see Pathfinder Den)
  • Tutoring (Teaching & Learning Center-TLC)

To reach us, please use the department directory below that includes phone and email contact information and the hours of service.

We hope that this will be a short-term issue, but regardless of the length of time, OCTC will work diligently to keep you safe while completing your education. Again, thank you for your patience and flexibility. Together, we can do this!

Offices will be open remotely/virtually during our regular hours:

Bookstore

M-Th: 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 270-686-4523 or octc.bookstore@kctcs.edu (Operated by Barnes & Noble). You may continue to place orders online at the Barnes & Noble Online Bookstore for delivery with free shipping, though you may experience longer shipping times than usual. 

Campus Information

M-F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 270-686-4400 or mary.durr@kctcs.edu 

Counseling Center

M-F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 270-686-4418 or octc.counseling@kctcs.edu 

Fee Payment/Business Office

M-Th: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 1-855-5GO-OCTC. Pay on-line at: Student Self Service contact us 270-686-4669 or email octc.businessoffice@kctcs.edu

Financial Aid

M-Th: 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., F: 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., 270-238-8944 (for texting) or 1-855-5GO-OCTC or octc.financialaid@kctcs.edu 

Learning Resource Center (Library)

M-Th: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 270-686-4590. Downtown & Southeastern Campuses, M-F: 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 270-686-4466  (DT)  or octc.library@kctcs.edu 

Pathfinder Den, Pathfinder Pantry

(Transfer, Success Coaches, Advising & Career Services, Pathfinder Pantry)

M-Th: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., after posted hours by appointment only,  270-686-4683 or octc.pathfinderden@kctcs.edu 

SkillTrain Center

Downtown Campus, M- F: 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., 270-686-4454 or octc.skilltrain@kctcs.edu 

START Center

M-Th: 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 270-686-4522 or octc.startcenter@kctcs.edu

Student Records

M-F: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., octc.studentrecords@kctcs.edu 

Teaching & Learning Center (TLC)

M-Th: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., F: 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., 270-852-8964 or octc-tlc@kctcs.edu  

Additional Information

For service outside of regular office hours, visit the help.owensboro.kctcs.edu webpage or call 855-5GO-OCTC (855-546-6282).

Let us know how we can help!

RESOURCES

State of Kentucky COVID-19 Website and Hotline

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has prepared resources on when to seek care, how to prevent becoming ill, who is most at risk, and up-to-date status of the COVID-19 situation in the state. A hotline for questions regarding the virus in the state is available at 800-722-5725. 

Kentucky Department of Public Health

The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to closely monitor the international situation concerning the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This respiratory disease was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on December 31, 2019. Since that time, it has spread throughout China and to many other countries. Public health officials in Kentucky are monitoring individuals who meet certain exposure criteria to limit the introduction of COVID-19 in Kentucky. They are also are preparing for the possibility that the virus begins to spread in the commonwealth.

Kentucky Health Departments 

Colleges are encouraged to visit the websites of their local health departments and coordinate with them for guidance related to cases in their area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading public health agency for the United States and has all the current information related to COVID-19.  You will find facts about symptoms of the virus and what to do if you become sick, tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus, and answers to frequently asked questions.

The U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of travel advisories.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

This web-based interactive dashboard tracks the spread of COVID-19 in real time. It is hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.