IBMC College COVID19 Updates

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted each and every one of us.  Although challenging and difficult, I have been inspired by the resilience of our students and staff.  The commitment to education and to a better life has not wavered even in the most difficult of circumstances.  Our collective ability to be flexible and agile has allowed us all to continue to move towards our goals, despite the crisis.

Our facilities have reopened and our classes are now all back on campus.  Our commitment as a college is to pursue safe and healthy ways for our staff and students to remain in their life changing career training.  We will work hard to be innovative in the ways we conduct our operations, with safety as the foundation of our decisions.

Thank you to our students, faculty and staff for their unwavering dedication and determination.  The future is bright because of your partnership and perseverance.

Future Forward, Together,

Steve Steele

Steve Steele
Chief Executive Officer
IBMC College

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

IBMC College is monitoring information provided by the state and national agencies working to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The following contains information for our communities, visitors and potential students regarding regulations and protocols that IBMC College has adopted to reduce the spread of the disease and any changes to campus operations. While regular updates will appear on this page, it’s crucial to note that important announcements will also continue to be sent to IBMC College students, staff and faculty via email.

LATEST UPDATES

November 20, 2020

Update and Limited Remote Learning

As we continue to monitor the COVID situation in each of our communities, we want to communicate the current situation, what our plan is starting November 23, 2020 and a final calendar for planning the holiday season.

The Current Situation
As we all are aware the COVID situation in Colorado continues to have increases in both positive cases and the number of individuals being tested. All of our communities have been making changes in response to the increases. Our IBMC family has continued to be fortunate in that we have minimal positive cases across our 3 campuses. However, we do see an increase number of students and staff out of school getting tested from exposure type situations.

As our local school districts go back to remote learning, it is important to note that we are not governed by the same entity that our elementary, intermediate and high schools report to. We take our direction from the State of Colorado, Division of Private Occupational Schools. To date, we have received no guidance on additional restrictions. However, in light of the current climate we feel prudent to make some slight modifications to our operation.

Starting November 23, 2020
We will be moving highly lecture driven courses back to remote distance education delivery. High touch classes that are lecture based will remain on ground, along with all hands on classes. This will help us once again reduce the number of students that are in the building at any given time.

The following classes will be remote starting November 23, 2020:

FORT COLLINS

  • MTH120 College Mathematics — Evening

GREELEY

  • ENG121 English Communications 1p.m.
  • ENG125 Written Communications — 8 a.m.
  • ETH150 Ethics in the Workplace — 10 a.m.
  • KBD111 Beginning Keyboarding — 10 a.m.
  • MTH120 College Mathematics — Evening
  • WPP111 Word Processing — Evening

LONGMONT

  • ACC222 Managerial Accounting — 10 a.m.
  • BCS175 Principles of Insurance Reimbursement — Evening
  • BCS200 Medical Insurance Practical Application — Evening
  • CIS125 Spreadsheet Applications — Evening
  • ENG121 English Communications — Evening
  • ENG125 Written Communications — 8 a.m.

In addition to this change, we continue to take temperatures daily, require masking on our campuses, encourage proper hand washing and disinfect our buildings routinely to encourage our environments remain safe.

If you have any concerns that you need to walk through, please contact your Student Success Coach. If you are taking one or more classes remotely, remember that our campuses are still open during the remote learning for access to computers, internet, tutoring, etc.

Student Success Coaches Contact Info:

John Ainsworth (Fort Collins)
jainsworth@ibmc.edu
970-223-2669 ext. 1161

Erin Lujan (Greeley)
elujan@ibmc.edu
970-356-4733 ext. 1361

Corissa Venrick (Longmont)
cvenrick@ibmc.edu
303-651-6819 ext. 1433

Holiday Calendar for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021

  • November 23-25 – New Classes begin and progress in person and remote
  • November 26-27 – Campuses Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 30 – December 18-Classes resume in person and remote
  • December 21-22 – Campus Open from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • December 23-25 – Campus Closed
  • December 28-31 – Campus Open from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • January 1, 2021 – Campus Closed
  • January 4, 2021 – Classes resume in person and remote
  • January 11, 2021 – All classes resume in person

We continue to monitor the COVID situation and will let you know if anything changes. At this point, we do not foresee any additional modifications in our immediate future. It appears that major progress has been made in the vaccine and that should give us all hope that soon, we will have positive movement back to normality!

I wish you and your family and incredible Thanksgiving. Even in the most unique of times, we all have much to be thankful for. We are incredibly thankful for our students and the positive energy they bring to our buildings each and every day.

— Steve Steele, CEO

October 27, 2020

New Strict Mask Protocol Handout

As Covid19 cases see a spike across the country, IBMC College realizes that it must adhere to it’s safety policies and be even more stringent about our safeguards to make sure that students, staff, faculty and guests at our campuses stay safe. To meet these objectives IBMC College has an obligation to make sure that masks are worn by all individuals at all times while they are inside of our establishments.

As a private college and company we are required to comply with all state and government regulations. We will lawfully follow those regulations. Please understand that we can make no exceptions to this policy even in the event of medical or personal circumstances.

This handout explains these requirements in more detail and gives our “front line” personnel resources to help explain these necessary protocols to those who may not understand our need for strict mask policies. To view or download this handout you can click here.

Update: September 16, 2020

NEW COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

Creating a Safe Place to Change Lives!

As IBMC College continues to adapt and learns to cope with the current health crisis, here are a few of the newest strategies we’ve implemented to make our campuses a safe place for our students, staff, faculty, and visitors.

TEMPERATURE CHECKS

  • Staff/Faculty- All staff/faculty entering the building must be have their temperature taken by an appointed individual every day.
  • Students:  All students must have their temperature taken in their first class of the day. This protocol will be administered in the classroom. Thermometers are available for every classroom and are checked out at the front desk each day by our faculty.
  • Guests/Clients:  All guests and clients must have their temperature checked and wash or sanitize their hands before they are allowed to see a staff member or receive a service.  There are no exceptions.  This will take place at the front desk at each campus.

The following guideline is to be used:

  • 98.9 and Lower is all clear. No need to document.
  • 99-100.3 may stay in the building, but should be on alert.  This information is documented.
  • 100.4 and higher may not remain in the building.  This is documented and the situation is monitored.

CLEANING PROTOCOLS

The Victory Innovations Cordless Electrostatic Sprayer are being used in the morning and night to disinfect and sanitize all surfaces. The process is repeated after day classes are complete in order to ensure evening classrooms/breakrooms are sanitized.  This particular disinfectant/sanitizing machine that we are using at all campuses has made news headlines and has become the new standard in infection control.

Supplies including disinfectant spray and paper towels are accessible in all classrooms.  After each class period, the surfaces are cleaned that were utilized during the class.

STUDENT LOUNGES

One person is allowed to sit at each round (30-36 inch) table, with a maximum of 10 students in the student lounge at any time. Longer table areas may have two people at each table.

We are receiving plexiglas partitions to be installed on tables in common areas. Once these are installed, protocol will change to allow three students are allowed per round table and four students are allowed per long table with a maximum of 25 students in the lounge area.

No mask is required while eating. However, if you are not eating, a mask is required.

Outside patio areas should be monitored with proper social distancing.

CLASSROOM CAPACITY AND PROTOCOLS

All classrooms settings are set up to create maximize spacing between students.  However, with masks on during all classroom periods and increased disinfectant routines — students may be allowed to sit at tables together.  When possible, social distancing is observed.  Capacities vary based on sizes of the classroom.

Basic Classroom Capacity Calculator:
Small Classroom: 10 – person maximum
Medium Classroom: 16 – person maximum
Large Classroom: 20 – person maximum
Salon Area: 30-50 person maximum depending on square footage.

MASKS/FACE COVERINGS

Masks must be worn in classrooms and all public areas of the college campus at all times.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Social distancing is practiced in any areas of the college campus.

LOBBY DISTANCING AND PROTOCOLS

All employees are trained to be cognizant of guests and lobby congestion.  When necessary, guests will be distanced to ensure proper social distancing is practiced in the lobby area.  When appropriate, guests are asked to stay in their vehicle until instructed to enter the building by a receptionist to reduce guests overcrowding in the lobby area.

Members of our staff are constantly disinfecting the lobby area throughout the day.

HANDWASHING AND SANITIZER

All employees and students are instructed to observe frequent handwashing throughout the day.  Handwashing protocols are posted in all restrooms and public areas. Sanitizers are found in classrooms and public areas and are utilized when handwashing is not easily accessible.

OFFICE AREAS

Office areas are disinfected between student interactions. Wipes are available to all staff and students for daily use.  Masks are worn at all times when meeting with students.  Masks are optional when alone in offices or when appropriate social distancing is observed in employee meetings.

Everyone at IBMC appreciates your continued support of our college and keeping our students, staff and guests safe!

Update: August 6, 2020

New IBMC College Safety Video

Update: July 13, 2020
Graduation Commencement Ceremony Update

In the last several months our world has experienced unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Colleges and Universities, High Schools and Middle Schools, and even Elementary Schools across our country were faced with creating online content for students to continue their studies during stay at home orders.

Thankfully, rules around in-class training have lessened and we are back on campus for all of our classes.  It is certainly still important to be cautious and do what is individually and collectively necessary to make our campuses safe.  We continue to social distance, wear masks and remain vigilant on personal hygiene and staying home when we don’t feel well.  Together, we are creating a safe place to continue our life changing career training.

With all this in mind, new rules have surfaced from the State of Colorado, Division of Private Occupational Schools regarding graduation ceremonies.  In all reality, we have been told we cannot conduct graduation ceremonies with more than 50 people in attendance.  This is highly disappointing but we understand the current impact of large gatherings as it relates to outbreaks of the virus.

IBMC College has put together an alternative plan to celebrate your success and lift up your accomplishments in light of the new rules.

Graduation Fair Day- August 20th (12-1p.m. and 5-6 p.m.)

Eligible students are encouraged to come pick up their “graduate packet” on August 20th at their local campus.  We will have a grab and go light lunch/dinner available to our graduates, staff and faculty during the lunch hour and dinner hour.

Each graduate will receive a graduate packet which will include the following:

  • A commemorative cap and gown.
  • A diploma cover.
  • Any awards or honors they have achieved.
  • 10 Graduation Programs to share with family and friends.

Please plan to attend this event and cheer on our graduates.  More info will be coming—but please come honor them!

Virtual Graduation- September 26, 2020

We will be holding a virtual graduation ceremony for our student body, their families, and our staff and faculty to attend.  The site will go live at 10:00 a.m.  The agenda will be simple, fun and interactive.

  • Our Campus Presidents will welcome you.
  • We will honor our Alpha Beta Kappa honorees.
  • We will give out our special awards:
    • Perfect Attendance
    • Cumulative GPA Honors
    • Student Council Members
    • Circle of Hope and Peer Tutors
    • Honoring our Military and Veteran Students
  • We will hear from our Student Speakers (one from each campus).
  • Honoring the Graduating Class of Fall 2020.
  • Closing Remarks and the moving of tassels.
  • Final Video presentation of the class.

We want to celebrate and honor our student’s accomplishments.  All of our graduates are also welcome to join us in 2021 to walk across the stage at graduation.  We are hopeful that by June 12, 2021—our world will once again enable us to have large events and gatherings.  Until then, let’s celebrate at Grad Fair Day and enjoy the Virtual Graduation.  Thanks in advance for helping us make our graduates feel special and honored.

 


 

Update: July 13, 2020
Student Compliancy and Cooperation

We just wanted to recognize all the hard work and diligence that our students have exhibited during these challenging times. As an organization, we’re proud and fortunate to have students on-campus who are so willing to take the necessary measures to keep IBMC compliant with our regulatory agencies and to stop or slow the spread of Covid-19. Check out some of the examples of our amazing students going about their day despite having to wear masks/face coverings and adhere to The College’s protocol.

Click each image to see a larger version.

 

  

 

 


 

Update: July 13, 2020
Safety Protocols Reminder/Reinforcement

We are an approved college in the state of Colorado by the Department of Education – Division of Occupational Schools. The Division has played a critical role in what our delivery of education has looked like during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, the offering of all classes to an on-ground format was contingent based on the following:

  • Masks/face coverings are required by all individuals (staff, faculty, students, clients & guests) on campus- no exceptions
    • Masks must be worn covering nose and mouth at all times.
  • Temperature checks of all employees at the beginning of their shift (See Front Desk or Steve)
  • No more than 50 people in one space
  • Social distancing of 6ft – exception: performance of client/student services as long as masks are worn and gloves (when appropriate)
  • No one is to enter the building if sick or experiencing symptoms
  • Social distancing in all staff and student lounge/break rooms

IBMC College must also follow the individual city and county mandates in each of our communities and our accreditor – ACCSC. This is a very divisive time in our country – individuals hold opposing opinions about how our country, state, county or city has dealt with the response. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Remember, in our classrooms, your influence is great. Opinions should not play a role in the classroom.

Overall, IBMC College employees, we must all follow the mandated protocols from all entities described above. It is non-negotiable and most importantly places our college at risk of fines and closure if everyone does not comply at all times.

 


 

College Updates
New Covid-19 Campus Signage

In preparation for upcoming new student assemblies our Marketing team developed new signage for all campuses to be put in all high-visibility locations to support all efforts to cope with the current health crisis.

New Campus Signage (Click each image view larger size)

 

 


 

Update: July 6, 2020
All Employee Meeting Cancellation

Recently the COVID challenges have curtailed large gatherings around our community. Our annual All Employee Meeting will not meet current guidelines around appropriate gathering size. We will need to forgo our All Employee Meeting in its normal format this year.

However, we plan to celebrate our tenure awards in the October timeframe, but at each individual campus. Look for details later in the fall timeframe.

As we continue to normalize, we will keep you updated on other events that may be impacted. We are all feeling a bit more normal by simply having all of our students and classes in our buildings. Our goal is to build upon this victory and establish more normalized operations in the future. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

 


 

Update: July 5, 2020
Guest Expectations While On-Campus

Public access to our massage and esthetician clinics, and student beauty salons are an important part of our operations at IBMC College. For this reason, the following protocols have been adopted to maintain the health and safety of all persons on our campuses.

When visiting any IBMC Campus please be aware that:

  • Guest’s body temperature will be taken when receiving services in any of our salons or clinics. Guests who exhibit a higher-than-normal temperature will not be allowed to enter the campus and will be referred to the appropriate health and safety agencies
  • Guests must wear masks/face coverings at all times unless receiving services that require the mask to be removed. If a mask cannot be worn, body temperatures will be taken as further cautionary measure
  • Guests will be expected to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer to avoid the potential spread of illness
  • Guests must fill out a Client Health Questionnaire before receiving services
  • Guests will maintain social distancing at all times when possible
  • Guests will be expected to adhere to all health and safety protocols established by IBMC College. In the event that a guest does not comply with these regulations, they may be asked to leave the campus

While these practices have been put in place to protect IBMC College students, faculty and staff, they have also been adopted with the public’s safety in mind and to ensure that our college remains compliant with its regulatory bodies and all health and safety agencies.

 


 

College Updates July 3:
Protocol and Class Updates

Your health and safety are a priority to all of us at IBMC and while these protocols must be observed by everyone on our campuses, this doesn’t mean our student’s experiences and your ability aren’t equally important to us. Safety is obviously our main priority, but we want our students to enjoy their training and be comfortable while they’re enrolled at IBMC College and we’ll do everything we can to assure that their education is exciting, rewarding, and fun.

If you want further information about how IBMC College is navigating these challenging times, don’t hesitate to contact an admissions representative or schedule a visit to one of our campuses to see first-hand how hard we’re working to make sure you’ll love your experience as an IBMC student.

  • 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.

The list below identifies the measures that IBMC is taking to make sure our students can learn in a safe and healthy environment:

  • All common spaces, such as lounges and student break areas have been arranged to facilitate 6-feet of space between tables and chairs.
  • Physical/social distancing protocols are being observed for all programs and in all classrooms
  • Careful consideration has been made to decrease traffic by students, staff, and faculty.
  • Class times and student breaks have been staggered to decrease the volume of individuals within classrooms and common areas.
  • Careful protocols have been developed to see that all electronics and training equipment are cleaned, sterilized, and sanitized after use.
  • No more than 10 individuals — nine students, plus one instructor — are allowed in each classroom. Larger classes will be divided into multiple classrooms to allow for appropriate physical distancing.
  • Hallways and other gathering areas are monitored to make sure safe physical distancing is being maintained.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at stations throughout the campus buildings and signage instructs individuals on proper hand-washing procedures.
  • Temperatures of staff and faculty are taken when they enter the building.
  • Any person(s) exhibiting possible symptoms of Covid-19 will be required to leave the building and will be referred to appropriate health agencies for evaluation.
  • The implementation of facemasks is required for all individuals on campuses. Where a mask is not possible, 12 feet of distance is required between individuals.
  • Access by the public and visitors is restricted at each campus and access by any individual exhibiting signs of illness will not be permitted on-campus.
  • Students will not be allowed to share equipment or supplies while on-campus.
  • All students are instructed to follow campus signage instructions regarding Covid-19 protocols.
  • For a limited time, programs where students are not required to practice involved, hands-on techniques will be taught online.

 


 

June 25, 2020
Campuses Reopening, Protocols Update

Yesterday the Division of Private Occupational Schools, Department of Higher Education gave clearance that our campuses can return to on-campus classroom delivery for all courses.  Starting on July 6, 2020 all classes will return to on campus delivery.  

Although we have had many students back on our campuses over the last several months, it will be good to have all students and classes return to our campuses.  The following are a reminder of our required protocols as we continue to return to normalized operations.

  • All students and staff must wear masks while on campuses.  Please come prepared, with mask on when you arrive at the campus.
  • If you do not feel well, please do not come in the building.  Let’s continue to do the things that keep us all safe.  If a student is not feeling well and is in your class—send them to the Campus President for a temperature check.
  • Continue to social distance, by not congregating in large numbers. Where feasible keep a 6-foot distance.
  • Wash your hands frequently.  This is one of the most powerful ways to continue to create a safe environment for everyone.  Hand sanitizers can be found around campus for use.

Other campus protocols in place:

  • We continue to sanitize our buildings more frequently.
  • Clients receiving services where masks are removed, must be temperature checked before they are allowed to have a service.
  • All faculty and staff are required to have their temperature checked before starting their work day/night.

We look forward to getting all of our students back on our campuses.  Thank you for your patience in this unprecedented time.  I know that walking through the temporary distance education was quite a challenge.  However—we are seeing great interest in our programs and we have cause for encouragement as we move ahead.

 


 

May 28, 2020
Campus & Program News, Safety Protocol

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.

Update: May 21, 2020

Addition to IBMC Student Catalog – COVID19 Grade Policy

The following article was added to the IBMC College Student Catalog as was mandated by the College’s regulatory agencies:

COVID-19 Grade Policy

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this policy is to establish a procedure to assign a COVID19 grade to students that failed or withdrew from courses throughout the online delivery of curriculum during the COVID19 health emergency.

POLICY:

Students that failed or withdrew from courses throughout the online delivery of curriculum during the COVID19 health emergency will receive a “COVID19” grade in lieu of a grade of “F” or “W” for the course. The COVID19 grade will not factor into the satisfactory rate of progress or the cumulative grade point average for the student. The COVID19 grade will not be considered as a failed or withdrawn course for the purposes of the Three Strike Policy, the student will not be suspended as a result of the COVID19 grade. In all circumstances in which a COVID19 grade was issued the student will be required to re-take the course. This policy will expire when the COVID-19 health emergency has been mitigated.

 


 

May 14, 2020
Cares Act/Financial Aid Update, Campus Protocol, Calendar

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.

 


 

May 5, 2020
Class and Campus Information, Protocol and Updated Calendar

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!

 


 

April 30, 2020
Class Schedules, New Protocol and Calendar

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, 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.  We 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.

 

May 5, 2020
Class and Campus Information, Protocol and Updated Calendar

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!

 


 

Update April 23, 2020
News Update, Schedules, Grant Application Information

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.

Fort Collins: Austin Toque, atoque@ibmc.edu

Greeley: John Ainsworth, jainsworth@ibmc.edu

Longmont: Billy Minder, bminder@ibmc.edu

  • 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.

 


 

Update: April 15, 2020 
Financial Aid/Grant Information, Key Contacts, Projected Campus Return

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:

Student Support
Fort Collins: Austin Toque, atoque@ibmc.edu – 970-223-2669

Greeley: John Ainsworth, jainsworth@ibmc.edu – 970-356-4733

Longmont: Billy Minder, bminder@ibmc.edu – 303-651-6819

IBMC College Help Desk Support: helpdesk@ibmc.edu

Payment Support: studentpayments@ibmc.edu

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.

 


 

Update: April 7, 2020
Returns to Campus, Building Access & Temporary Distance Learning

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:

Fort Collins: Austin Toque, atoque@ibmc.edu

Greeley: John Ainsworth, jainsworth@ibmc.edu

Longmont: Billy Minder, bminder@ibmc.edu

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:

My LIfe Expert
You may contact your daily student support 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!

 


 

Update: April 4. 2020
Campus Closures, Class Suspensions and Key Contacts

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:

Admissions

Student Services and Records: Colleen Laub, claub@ibmc.edu

Graduate Career Services and Externships: Mary Matsutani, mmatsutani@ibmc.edu

Key Phone numbers and emails:

Fort Collins: Austin Toque, atoque@ibmc.edu – 970-223-2669

Greeley: John Ainsworth, jainsworth@ibmc.edu – 970-356-4733

Longmont: Billy Minder, bminder@ibmc.edu – 303-651-6819

IBMC College Help Desk Support: helpdesk@ibmc.edu

Payment Support: studentpayments@ibmc.edu

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

 


 

Update: March 26, 2020
Class Information and Closures

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.

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).

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.
  • YOUR CLASSES WILL BE DELIVERED REMOTELY FROM MARCH 30- APRIL 17, 2020.
  • 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.

 


 

Update: March 24, 2020
Cancellations, Closures and Protocol

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.

 


 

Update: March 23, 2020
COVID19 Response, Protocols and Campus Information

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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