CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

Information for IBMC College students and faculty.

IBMC College is monitoring information provided by the state and national agencies working to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The safety of our IBMC Family of students, staff and faculty is our primary concern.
This page will contain information for our community on ways to prevent the spread of the disease and any changes to campus operations. Important announcements will continue to be sent to students and faculty via email.


May 28, 2020

IBMC Students,

We have been waiting for final approval from local, state and federal officials on the complete restoration of all of classes to on campus.  Unfortunately, we have only been given partial restoration of classes on campus and will have some classes that will remain online for a few more weeks.  Over 70% of our classes will be returning to on campus in the June session. 

The following is a list of classes that will be allowed to return to on campus on June 1 (all programs except Cosmetology) and June 2 (Cosmetology)

  • All COSMETOLOGY, BARBERING, HAIRSTYLING AND ESTHETICIAN classes will be on campus.

 

IF YOU DO NOT SEE YOUR CLASS LISTED—YOUR CLASS WILL BE ONLINE.  Log on to myhub for directions on how your class will be operating.

REMINDER OF OUR ON CAMPUS PROTOCOL

  • All students and staff must wear masks. Please bring your own mask to wear while on campus.
  • For the safety of everyone:  If you are not feeling well- please do not come in the building.
  • Common areas will be limited to 15 or less students and we will follow social distancing protocols.

BOOK PICK UP

You may pick up your books from the bookstore starting on Friday.  Please be patient as we do not want long lines and we will need to ensure we are all distanced from one another.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Although we still do not have all classes back on campus, we are very close.  We only have a handful of classes still having to operate online.  As we get more news around being able to get all classes on campus, we will share it quickly.  Please stay positive, have patience and we will eventually restore all classes to our campus delivery method.

Future Forward,

Steve Steele, CEO

 

See Previous Updates


Campus Operations (updated 4/7/20)

Campus Closures

Effective March 19th, all IBMC College Campuses will be closed until April 13th. Staff will be working remotely during this closure to continue aiding our students and community partners. If you have immediate questions please contact the following:

Massage, Cosmetology and Barbering Services Temporarily Suspended

  • Massage Services will resume May 4th
  • Cosmetology and Barbering Services will resume May 19th

Resources


Additional Links and Organizations

Health Information

Local School Districts


Previous Updates

May 14, 2020

IBMC Students,

We are excited to have some of our students return to our campuses this week.  It has been wonderful to see all of your faces (even through masks)!  Those of you whose classes have not returned on campus, thank you for your continued hard work and we look forward to soon being able to be together!  Please note that all students are welcome to come on campus for any support you may need.  The campuses are open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

REMINDER OF OUR ON CAMPUS PROTOCOL

  • All students and staff must wear masks. Please bring your own mask to wear while on campus.
  • For the safety of everyone:  If you are not feeling well- please do not come in the building.
  • Common areas will be limited to 10 or less students and we will follow social distancing protocols.

CALENDAR

  • Thursday, May 21, 2020
    • Online Virtual Assembly to honor our students. If you are on campus—you will watch this in your classroom, if you are online you will watch it via MyHub.  We look forward to honoring you, even if we can’t all be in the same room sharing a snack and fun.
  • Monday, May 25, 2020
    • IBMC Campuses closed for Memorial Day Holiday
  • Monday, June 1, 2020 and Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    • All classes resume to on campus format.

CARES ACT GRANT FUNDS

The funding for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant just arrived.  We have processed all applications and are ready to start funding the individual grants to eligible students.  We will be cutting checks this week and will plan to have those available to students starting next week.  Note:  only current active students are eligible to receive these funds.  No withdrawn student will qualify.  We will be contacting students via email to let you know when and with whom you can pick up your check.

PARTING NOTES

We continue to take small steps each week to get our education experience closer to normal.  Colleges all across the country are experiencing similar challenges and we are thankful that Colorado has allowed us to move forward a few small steps.  Keep encouraged, stay positive and in the coming weeks things will begin to feel a bit more like they did prior to the pandemic.

Future Forward,

Steve Steele, CEO

 

May 5, 2020

IBMC Students,

On Monday, May 11th, 2020 the following classes return to on campus delivery:

MEDICAL ASSISTING, DENTAL ASSISTING, AND THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

If your current class is not listed in this memo, your class will remain online throughout this session

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND ACCOUNTING, MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING AND PARALEGAL

All your classes will remain online throughout this session.

COSMETOLOGY, BARBERING, HAIRSTYLING AND ESTHETICIAN

All Cosmetology, Barbering, Hairstyling and Esthetician students will return to on campus classes on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  Students will be separated in classes of 9 or less throughout the building to ensure small safe environments are adhered to.

ON CAMPUS PROTOCOL

  • All students and staff must wear masks. Please bring your own mask to wear while on campus.
  • For the safety of everyone:  If you are not feeling well- please do not come in the building.
  • Common areas will be limited to 10 or less students and we will follow social distancing protocols.

CALENDAR

  • Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    • Hands on classes listed above return to campus.
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    • Cosmetology/Barbering related guest services resume. There will be a limited menu of services available at this time.
  • Monday, May 25, 2020
    • IBMC Campuses closed for Memorial Day Holiday
  • Monday, June 1, 2020 and Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    • All classes resume to on campus format.

A series of voluntary workshops will be available to students who need additional hands on skills from last session.  Upon your return, your Director of Education will communicate the schedule of available workshops to ensure you get plenty of practice in your skill building.

CARES ACT GRANT FUNDS

Thank you for being diligent to get in your application for the CARES Act Grant money.  We have closed out the application process and are waiting for the funds from the Department of Education. Once we receive the funding, we will send out information to each recipient to let them know their award and expected delivery of funds.  Please note, we are not in charge of when the funding arrives. The Department of Education is distributing the funds.  At current date, no Colorado schools have received the funding yet, so we will need to be patient.  Once we receive it, we will be able to expedite the funds to students who qualified.  Note:  only current active students are eligible to receive these funds.  No withdrawn student will qualify. 

PARTING NOTES

Each day we get a bit closer to being able to deliver our education experience fully in person.  This time has been very difficult for all of us.  We have to count our blessings.  Our students and staff have remained healthy; our future is still bright.  We attempt to stay positive, think good thoughts and prepare for the next time we can all be together.  To many of you—see you Monday or Tuesday, to our other students—we will see you soon.  Stay strong IBMC College!

Future Forward,

Steve Steele, CEO

 

April 30, 2020

Good Morning IBMC Students!

We finally have clearance from the Governor’s office and the Division of Private Occupational Schools to return in part to on campus classes.  The “safer at home” order gives permission for Private Occupational Schools to return to on campus classes for content that is hands-on.  Classes listed below will return on campus on Monday, May 11, 2020.

MEDICAL ASSISTING, DENTAL ASSISTING, AND THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

Fort Collins Campus

Greeley Campus

Longmont Campus

If your current class is not listed in this memo, your class will remain online throughout this session.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND ACCOUNTING, MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING AND PARALEGAL

All your classes will remain online throughout this session.

COSMETOLOGY, BARBERING, HAIRSTYLING AND ESTHETICIAN

All Cosmetology, Barbering, Hairstyling and Esthetician students will return to on campus classes on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  Students will be separated in classes of 9 or less throughout the building to ensure small safe environments are adhered to.

ON CAMPUS PROTOCOL

  • All students and staff must wear masks. Please bring your own mask to wear while on campus.
  • For the safety of everyone:  If you are not feeling well- please do not come in the building.
  • Common areas will be limited to 10 or less students and we will follow social distancing protocols.

CALENDAR

  • Monday, May 4, 2020
    • Graduate Massage guest services resume.
  • Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12, 2020
    • Hands on classes listed above return to campus.
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    • Cosmetology/Barbering related guest services resume. There will be a limited menu of services available at this time.
  • Monday, May 25, 2020
    • IBMC Campuses closed for Memorial Day Holiday
  • Monday, June 1, 2020 and Tuesday, June 2, 2020
    • All classes resume to on campus format.

A series of voluntary workshops will be available to students who need additional hands on skills from last session.  Upon your return, your Director of Education will communicate the schedule of available workshops to ensure you get plenty of practice in your skill building.

Students, I know this has been a very trying time—but thank you for your continued patience and flexibility.  It has been amazing the work you have been accomplishing.  I appreciate the hard work, the continued focus on the future and your passion to complete what you started.  Together, we will rebuild our hopes and dreams by doing something positive every day that leads us closer to a better tomorrow.

Future Forward,

Steve Steele, CEO

 

Update April 23, 2020

Our week 5 is just about over!  Great work everyone on your incredible efforts during our temporary distance education.

Governor Polis clarified to state official’s instructions concerning the return of students to private occupational colleges around our state.  Based on their recommendations, all classes will remain on temporary distance education for one more week.  We are progressing towards normalized education environments rapidly.  Let’s all stay flexible.

Please remember that when you hear things about K-12 or colleges and universities in the media, that does not necessarily apply to our college.  These statements are purely related to state colleges and universities that are large and difficult to create safe environments.  We operate under the guidance of the Division of Private Occupational Schools with the State of Colorado and only they have the ability to make decisions on our behalf with the Governor.  Always look for our weekly communication to understand what our college will be doing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCHEDULE

  • Monday, April 27th, 2020– Students may pick up text books or Cosmetology/Barbering related program kits from your campus from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.   If you are uncertain about whether you need a textbook, contact your local campus student support staff.
  • We ask that all students bring and wear masks while on campus.  Please come prepared.  Bandanas are acceptable.
  • For the safety of everyone:  If you are not feeling well- please do not come in the building.
  • All students should log on to MyHub to view your April 27th class schedule. Log in to access your new classes and listen to the message from your instructor to begin.    Please complete all assignments and connect with your instructor to ensure you are progressing appropriately in week 1 before your return in week 2 to on campus classes.  If you need help, please contact your student support at each of your campuses.
  • Monday, May 4, 2020
    • All classes are scheduled to return to on ground campus environment. (* based on any other delays by state and local officials)
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020-
    • Massage guest services resume.
  • Friday, May 8, 2020
    • Cosmetology/Barbering related guest services resume.

A series of voluntary workshops will be available to students who need additional hands on skills from last session.  Upon your return, your Director of Education will communicate the schedule of available workshops to ensure you get plenty of practice in your skill building.

GRANT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

If you have been negatively financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a limited amount of funds set aside to help you remain in school.   You must submit an application to receive funding.  An application will be sent to every student’s email, so ensure you are checking your email regularly.  The application is online and can be completed easily in survey format.  The deadline for the application will be Friday, May 1st.  Once the funding is received, we will process the approval process quickly to ensure any funds available are distributed quickly.

We are so looking forward to having you back in the buildings again.  Truly, we are almost back to normal class schedules.  Be patient and let’s get through another week.

Most of our staff will be returning to normalized work on Monday, so if you are looking for help in any area—our staff will be available to help you.  We are just a phone call or an email away.  If you need support, our campuses will be open from 9:00 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday of next week.    Blessings to each of you as we weather this season, better things are around the corner.

Future Forward,

Steve Steele, CEO

 

Update: April 15, 2020

Students, I hope your Easter was good and that you are doing well this Wednesday!  We have hit week 4 of the session (our 3rd week of temporary distance education).  Thank you again for all your hard work an effort over this unusual time.  As students across the country have all transitioned to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand it can be a challenge—but thank you for responding with flexibility and passion for your craft.

QUICK REMINDERS

  • Campuses are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. if you need to utilize a computer lab, printer or for any one-on-one assistance. Please recognize that we need to be safe and healthy while you are on campus by continuing our social distancing practice until the stay at home order is lifted.
  • Key Phone numbers and emails:

OUR RETURN TO NORMALIZED CLASSES:  April 27, 2020

Your student support team will be reaching out to you next week to confirm your new schedule and check-in one last time before we all come back to campus.  We look forward to this return to on ground classes.

GRANT AID AVAILABLE TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS

IBMC College applied and will soon receive access to some funding to help students that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This grant is to aid the families that have been impacted by loss of wages or additional needs directly related to the Coronavirus.  We are currently in the process of getting final details on how students might apply for the funding.  More info coming soon.

We are preparing our buildings for your return and cannot wait to have you back in our classrooms.  We will be practicing additional classroom management with social distancing to ensure your safety upon your return.  We will be encouraging both our students and staff to wear protective masks to make our environment safer.  As many of you know, it is nearly impossible to find disposable mask protection in bulk right now, so whatever you may have access to—we appreciate you bringing it with you to campus.  Looking forward to getting back to classes in person!  Stay safe, stay healthy and stay strong.  We are almost there.

Future Forward,

Steve Steele, CEO

Update: April 7, 2020

Congratulations on continuing to do good work in our temporary distance education.  As we were posting attendance and grades yesterday, it was great to see almost every one of our students progressing so nicely.    I am so impressed by your hard work!

QUICK REMINDERS

  • If you are struggling with any assignment, reach out to your instructor immediately. Use your IBMC college email address, so that it does not go into their junk folder.
  • If you are having technology issues, email our help desk at: helpdesk@ibmc.edu.  Someone in our technology department will be with you quickly.
  • Remember that you have access to talk to someone on the phone between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at your local campus.  Fort Collins (970)223-2669, Greeley (970)356-4733, Longmont (303)651-6819.
  • Our campuses are open from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday if you need to drop off work or utilize our computer labs.
  • You can email your daily student support contact, if you are having challenges:
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed or have anxiety around the COVID-19 challenge, please remember that you have access to help through My Life Expert (counseling). You can reach them at:

https://mylifeexpert.com/login, contact your daily student support (above) for log in information.

RETURN TO ON GROUND CAMPUS

In light of recent Governor Polis information concerning the stay at home order, we will complete this session with the temporary distance education and then return to normalized operation on April 27, 2020.  We will practice social distancing principles and increase the frequency of sanitation around our buildings.  As always with this pandemic, we will monitor additional communication from local, state and federal resources to ensure our campuses, students and staff remain safe.

HANDS-ON CLASSES

Those of you in more of a hands-on class this session, please be assured that we will be doing additional things upon your return to ensure that skill sets necessary are achieved.  We will be sponsoring independent seminars in the weeks ahead to gain appropriate skills.  DO NOT BE CONCERNED, all schools with practical hands on training are dealing with the same things.   We will ensure you are prepared for your new career and not lacking any experience necessary to get you where you need to be.

Let’s all stay safe and stay strong as we work to keep our lives moving forward.  Your goals are still obtainable and your future is still bright.  Stay positive IBMC!

Future Forward,

Steve Steele, CEO

Updates for March 26, 2020

In light of the most recent announcements from our local and state officials concerning current “Stay at Home” orders, we want to give you additional information to help us all be prepared to navigate the next several weeks.  Please note essential businesses such as Educational Institutions are allowed to operate with specific guidelines while keeping the safety of our students and staff.

Please read this entire memo to ensure full clarity.

  1. STARTING MONDAY, MARCH 30th ALL CLASSES WILL RESUME REMOTELY. Instructions will be sent this Friday to your email to show you how to log on to your class(es).
  2. YOUR CAMPUS WILL BE OPEN ON FRIDAY, MARCH 27 FROM 9 A.M.- 3 P.M. This is ONLY for students needing to pick up items they might have left in the building (your Cosmetology, Barbering, or Esthetician kit items, massage table) that will be needed during the remote instruction.    Not every student needs to come to our campus. 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: 

YOU DO NOT NEED TO COME TO YOUR CAMPUS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY ITEMS YOU LEFT BEHIND. 

 If you do need to come to campus to pick up an item left behind, please be aware of the following:

  • For your protection, during the pickup times we will have strict limited access to the building, so be prepared to wait in your car until you are directed to come in to get your items.
  • We ask when you enter the building to use hand sanitizer provided immediately and refrain from any human touch along with keeping a safe distance from others.
  1. YOUR CLASSES WILL BE DELIVERED REMOTELY FROM MARCH 30- APRIL 17, 2020.
  2. OUR CAMPUSES WILL RESUME NORMALIZED ON CAMPUS INSTRUCTION ON APRIL 20, 2020. 

We are in this together and are committed to help and support you.

Looking forward to classes on Monday.

Steve Steele
Chief Executive Officer

 

Update 3/24/2020

Good Afternoon IBMC Students,

It has been great to hear from so many of you through email, text or through a phone call.  We have a team available to discuss and answer your questions as we prepare to move to remote training starting Monday, March 30, 2020.

To clarify some concerns, our number one priority is the safety and care of our students, our staff and our faculty.  There have been many behind the scenes meetings that have taken place as we work closely with our government and accreditation agencies to ensure we are taking the proper steps to meet these safety requirements without compromising your education.  Things are changing rapidly and we are committed to communicating with timely, well thought out plans.   Please be patient with us.  Like you, we have never gone through anything like this before but will work hard and smart to support your career training goals.  We care about you and miss seeing your faces.  You provide positive energy to all of us.  This will pass and we can get through this together.

A few updates:

  • Our campuses will be open on Friday, March 27th from 9 am to 3 pm to allow our Cosmetology, Barbering, and Massage students in MTP109 to pick up tables, along with any other students who need to stop in to pick up items to begin their remote training.
    • During the pickup times we will have strict limited access to the building, so be prepared to wait in your car until you are directed to come into get your items.
    • We ask when you enter the building to please use hand sanitizer immediately and refrain from any human touch along with keeping a safe distance from others.
  • Please understand that all IBMC students are still technically on an extended spring break.  We are in the process of transitioning to remote classes. Therefore, you will NOT have any content to access at this time. All students will receive additional information and instructions as we draw closer to resuming classes remotely on March 30th. Please patient as we make the transition.
  • Your graduation ceremony has been postponed from June to September. We are waiting for the Budweiser Center to confirm the actual ceremony date.  More to come.
  • We have eliminated our summer break week which will get those of you who are finishing after July completed on your original graduation/completion date.

It is our goal as your college to keep you on track with your completion date.   We know that many of you are so close to finishing your training and we will partner with you to achieve your goals as quickly as possible.  We appreciate your flexibility to work with this new delivery system, we have had many students tell us that they are excited to have the opportunity to learn from home.  (This is an exciting adventure for all of us!)

As we all remain flexible for the next several weeks, we will get through these challenges and all end up moving forward in a safe and secure manner.

Sincerely,

Steve Steele, CEO

 

Update: 3/23/2020

Dear IBMC College Students,

Our leadership team met this morning to discuss our options for the next few weeks.   As you are aware, things continue to change daily on the COVID-19 challenges.  We continue to work with our leaders in the higher education industry, state and local officials and federal guidelines to help us make quality decisions.

Our classes will return on March 30, 2020, but will do so remotely.   During the Spring Break, we have had a team of instructors and staff members continuing to work diligently to prepare to deploy this option.  We feel as prepared as possible to deliver remote training for the next two weeks.

Our goal at this point is to return to normalized campus operation on April 13, 2020.

A group of trained instructors will be covering all classes during the remote instruction period.  In addition, a student support team will be working during the remote instruction period to ensure that each of you have access to help navigate the remote instruction.

A few points of clarity to help understand current State requirements:

  • The mandate on schools not returning until April 17, 2020 is for K-12 schools and does not apply to colleges and universities in Colorado.
  • The DORA mandate around both Cosmetology and Massage business services being suspended until April 30, 2020 does not apply to institutions of higher learning, however, we will not have services to the public until April 30, 2020.
  • The Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) with the State of Colorado has given us approval to return to school on March 30th remotely and on April 13th with normalized operations.

Obviously, things are changing continually throughout this pandemic.  If things change, we will adjust our plans to ensure we comply.

Later this week, our Vice President of Education will be sending out detailed instructions for how to receive your education during the two-week remote period.  However, I wanted to give you a few details on how this might look.

  • You will access your class(es) through MyHub.
  • When you log on, there will be lecture, videos, PowerPoints, assignments and instructions on how to upload your homework or assessments.
  • If you are in a Cosmetology or Barbering related program—you will need your entire kit.  You will be utilizing items in your kit (mannequins, etc.) to complete work and prove assignment completion.  Friday our campuses will be open from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. for you to come get any item you might have left behind.
  • For all programs (except Cosmetology and Barbering), your attendance will be posted from your completion of assignments and your logging into the system (MyHub).
  • For Cosmetology and Barbering Programs, you will earn clock hours for participating in your remote classes. (More details to come).
  • Technology support will be available by phone and email throughout the day to ensure you get the support necessary.
  • Student Support will be reaching out daily to ensure you are having no issues.
  • You might not have the same instructor that you started the session with.  When you watch your welcome video next Monday, it might be a new face.  Don’t worry.  This is a professional IBMC instructor that will be there to guide you through the next 2 weeks.  Our plan is that you will have your original instructor back in class on campus on April 13th.

I know this all is a bit unique, but if we all stay patient and work together—we can ensure that we all keep moving forward to meet our graduation goals. 

More information to come students, but let’s all stay healthy and get back to our work.

Sincerely,

Steve Steele, CEO

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