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June 18, 2020

OCC President Dr. Jon H. Larson’s Message on Fall 2020 Instruction

TOMS RIVER, NJ — While Ocean County College is eager to reopen its Toms River and Manahawkin campuses for instruction, a measured and gradual approach must be taken to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. President Jon Larson has announced that the College will offer most Fall 2020 semester for-credit and noncredit courses online or remotely.

Should State regulations permit on-campus instruction in the fall, the College is prepared to offer some face-to-face classes in areas such as Nursing and Health Sciences. In addition, OCC may consider offering other courses that require hands-on labs, including Criminal Justice and the Arts.

With a limited number of classes on campus, additional space will be available for students and faculty to maintain social distancing recommendations. The College will fully adhere to all health and safety protocols as recommended by the State and the CDC, including enhanced cleaning and monitoring the wearing of personal protective equipment. Should the College resume some limited in-person instruction in the fall, alternatives will be offered to students who prefer to learn remotely for the semester. Further, OCC is committed to developing technology-enhanced courses in Science that provide an immersive experience by streaming live experiments.

Dr. Larson said two guiding principles inform OCC’s plans: 1) ensuring the health and safety of all students, faculty, and staff; and 2) maintaining an unyielding commitment to students’ success both inside and outside of the classroom.

“First and foremost, the College will make its decisions based on what is most likely to keep our students, faculty, and staff as safe as possible while delivering the highest quality instruction possible,” Larson remarked.

OCC’s well-prepared faculty, staff, and administrators will deliver an even more comprehensive virtual education experience for students in Fall 2020, including robust academic and student support. The College will provide computers to students who need them, as well as a host of remote student services, including tutoring, counseling, online student club activities, career services, advising, and even an opportunity for student gamers to try out to be a part of OCC’s national champion eSports team.

The College has continued to serve the needs of its students in various ways since the end of the spring semester. Most notably, “crisis boxes” are and will continue to be distributed by the OCC Foundation and Fulfill Food Bank to students and their families experiencing food insecurity. These boxes of food will feed a family of four for four days.

Additional information on OCC Fall 2020 courses and programming is available at

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