Return To Campus Task Force

HCCC plans to hold courses in three ways for Summer/Fall 2021: Online, On Ground and Remote.

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Dr. Chris Reber announced that most Summer/Fall 2021 for-credit and noncredit courses will be offered online or remotely, with the balance of lab, Culinary, Health Sciences and related courses offered on-ground subject to state approval and adherence to safety protocols recommended by the health care community.

Students are encouraged to figure out which mode is the right fit for them before registering. The different modes are described below. More information about the specific classes can be found here.

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Classroom Capacity Study

In collaboration with MAST construction and faculty, our facilities team has conducted a comprehensive classroom capacity study. This study indicates how many people can be accommodated in each classroom while adhering to social distancing measures. A study of office spaces is currently underway. Other large spaces on campus will also be available as “flex” spaces for classes or other events, such as the larger rooms in the Culinary Conference Center and various multi-purpose rooms. Questions about this study should be directed to Ilya Ashmyan.
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Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Vaccination

The health and safety group of the Return to Campus Task Force has been meeting with groups throughout the campus community to discuss the vaccine and common myths and questions. You can view a recording of their most recent session here: COVID-19 Vaccine - Fact and Fiction

If you have not yet received your 1st dose of the vaccine, please make your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment with your HCCC email address and with the password 72644.

North Hudson Campus (4800 Kennedy Boulevard) – We are permitted 10 appointments per day (50 per week) and vaccinations will continue until further notice. There are currently appointments available. Once you make your appointment, you will receive a confirmation from the NHCAC.


The NHCAC will schedule your appointment for the second dose of the vaccine at your appointment for the first dose.

A few helpful reminders:

  • Individuals coming to the North Hudson Campus to receive their vaccine should enter and exit through the loading dock door on 48th Street only.
  • Security officers are posted at these doors to monitor and limit the number of people in these spaces at any given time.
  • Masks are required.
  • Please bring photo identification.

If you have questions, please email return@hccc.edu.

If it has been at least two weeks after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and you have been exposed to a known COVID – 19 positive person, you DO NOT need to quarantine UNLESS you have signs or symptoms of the virus.  If you do not have any signs or symptoms (such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing), you may return to campus.  Continue to self-monitor for at least 10 days.  Practice social distancing and continue to wear a mask.

Covid-19 Positive Test, Exposure and Travel Protocol

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should fill out the COVID-19 Positive Cases Form, which will be routed to Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. David Clark (dclark@hccc.edu) and VP for Student Affairs/Co-Chair of the Return to Campus Task Force, Lisa Dougherty (ldougherty@hccc.edu). David and/or Lisa will contact the student, confer with the Health and Safety group, and contact other affected community members as needed.

Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should fill out the COVID-19 Positive Cases Form, which will be routed to VP for Human Resources, Anna Krupitskiy (akrupitskiy@hccc.edu) and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Co-Chair of the Return to Campus Task force, Heather DeVries (hdevries@hccc.edu). Anna and/or Heather will contact the faculty/staff member, confer with the Health and Safety group, and contact other affected community members as needed.

The CDC defines Close Contact as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.” 

Students who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should follow the CDC's Guidelines, which includes quarantining for 10 days from the day of last contact and monitoring for any symptoms. Students should notify their instructors that they will need to learn remotely during this time. Questions can be directed to Dr. David Clark (dclark@hccc.edu) or Lisa Dougherty (ldougherty@hccc.edu).

Faculty and staff who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should follow the CDC's Guidelines, which include quarantining for 10 days from the day of last contact, and monitoring for any symptoms. Faculty and staff should contact their supervisor to arrange to work remotely during this time. Questions can be directed to Anna Krupitskiy (akrupitskiy@hccc.edu) or Heather DeVries (hdevries@hccc.edu).

If you plan to travel outside of New Jersey, please visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub for the latest guidance on travel outside of New Jersey.  

Hudson Online Courses

Hudson Online courses and programs are created for fully online teaching and learning. This means most work is completed on students’ own time schedule as long as the work is submitted on time.

Hudson Online sections will have a location of “Online” and have an “ON” in their course code. For example: CSS 100-ONR01. To find online courses, on the course schedule, you will search by location and choose “online.”

Students who need flexibility in when they do course work and cannot attend class at specific times benefit from enrolling in Hudson Online courses. Students who are successful in Hudson Online courses have regular and reliable access to a computer and internet, are able to direct their own learning and are disciplined about completing readings and assignments by the due date.

In Hudson Online courses, instructors use Canvas and embedded tools extensively. They usually do not make extensive use of synchronous video conferencing. Details for each course section will be provided by the instructor.

Please note: Students’ attendance for Hudson Online courses is taken each week and requires that students post content or submit an assignment to the course. These assignments may include: graded discussion posts, submission of assignments, or quizzes. Merely logging in is not sufficient for successful attendance in a Hudson Online course. Attendance is required for Financial Aid purposes.

For online and hybrid courses, students are automatically enrolled in the Hudson Online Orientation for Students. Students who are enrolling in a Hudson Online class for the first time and/or students who are unfamiliar with online learning through Canvas are strongly encouraged to complete the Orientation module. The Orientation module is available on the Canvas Dashboard. Hudson Online also offers free online tutoring and 24/7 Canvas support.

Other types of support are available and can be accessed through the COL’s webpage.

On Ground Courses

On-ground courses are offered at one of HCCC’s campuses: Journal Square, North Hudson, or Secaucus. On-ground courses could be combined with other modalities. For example, a lab could occur on-ground with the lecture occurring either through remote or online instruction.

On-ground sections will have a campus location. To find on-ground courses, search by the campus location you wish to attend.

Students who prefer to take classes on campus, face-to-face with their instructor, benefit from on-ground courses. Students who prefer to conduct hands-on lab activities in person also benefit from on ground classes. On ground classes may be combined with an online or remote learning component.

Students in on ground courses this fall can expect smaller class sizes, with social distancing. Special care will be taken to clean and sanitize rooms and equipment. Instructors may offer online or remote learning options in addition to in-person classes through Canvas or other platforms.

For on ground classes with online or remote components, in addition supports provided on campus, Hudson Online provides supports which can be accessed at www.hccc.edu/programs-courses/col/.

Remote Courses

Remote courses are similar to the experience of being in a face-to-face on-ground class. This means that students will be attending class remotely, or virtually, at the time the class is scheduled.

To find remote courses, on the course schedule, you will search by location and choose “remote.” There may be additional information about the course section format in “section details.”

Students who are successful in a remote class enjoy the experience of learning alongside a group of their peers and interacting with their instructor on a weekly basis. These students are also able to set aside the block of time for which they were scheduled to be in class in order to be online participating via video conference (i.e., WebEx) and/or on Canvas.

In remote classes, instructors may use Canvas conferences for WebEx for holding live classes. All remote classes have a Canvas site; however, the extent to which Canvas is used depends on the instructor. Details for each course section will be provided by the instructor.

Students who are unfamiliar with Canvas, the College’s online learning system, should enroll in Classroom Students’ Guide to Canvas Online. Please use this free course to prepare for studying remotely. The courses provide tips, best practices for online success and introduces Canvas and related tools.

Additional Information and Resources

For more information about online, remote, and hybrid learning, students are encouraged to access the Return to Campus Web PageOnline Learning Web Page, the Student Orientation course, or the Center for Online Learning Portal Page

For remote student support services, including links to register, please visit our Remote Services page.

HCCC is proud that we have met or exceeded the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) Restart Standards for all New Jersey Institutions of Higher Education.

 

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