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Germanna planning to shift some classes online

Germanna Community College is planning to shift some classes that were originally meeting in the Dickinson building on the Spotsylvania campus to an online version.

Others are going to be offered in what the college is calling a “hybrid” version with part of the class online and part of it meeting face-to-face.

The moves are necessary because the Dickinson building suffered significant structural damage during last Tuesday’s earthquake and won’t be available for use until at least January, college and construction officials have said.

President David Sam had been looking for space for those classes but had also wanted to avoid asking students to travel elsewhere to take them.

The time of some classes has been changed.

According to a posting on the college’s Web site, training in online learning will be offered Wednesday and Thursday at the Fredericksburg Campus in the Workforce & Technology Building (FAC 2). Students who haven’t taken an online course are being “strongly encouraged” to attend one of the sessions. Sessions will be held Wednesday, and Thursday, starting at 9 AM and running every hour, on the hour. The e last session of the day beginning at 8:00 PM and ending at 9:00 PM.

Nursing and dental hygiene students resume classes tomorrow. Other students are to resume the day after Labor Day. Classes had started last Monday, the day before the magnitude 5.8 earthquake that had its epicenter in Louisa County.

I expect to have another update later today.