College Excel facilities are open, and we are working with students in-person with strict safety measures in place. We continue to offer remote coaching to students studying at colleges and universities across the country.
State of Oregon Updates
In Oregon, masks and physical distancing remain required statewide for offices and indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible. Find out more about Oregon’s COVID-19 response.
Deschutes County Updates
Deschutes County, where Bend is located, has maintained the Phase 2 status that began in June. Read more about Phase 2 guidelines and protocols.
Central Oregon Community College Update
COCC continues to offer 75-80% of classes that will be delivered remotely. We see more in-person courses being offered each term. We are fully prepared to continue our services under these conditions. See details about COCC’s current plan.
Oregon State University-Cascades
OSU-Cascades is currently offering in-person classes on campus with some remote offerings. College Excel students can take classes at OSU-Cascades as non-degree seeking students. Please call our Admissions Department (541-388-3043) to discuss recommended courses, application deadlines, and credit transfer. See more details about OSU-Cascades current plan.
College Excel’s Response
The safety of our staff, students, and community is our highest priority. Please scroll down to read the update for information on what protocols we have instituted and continue to maintain. This update will cover new protocols we have added or amended.
Self-Quarantine (New Protocol)
Oregon has instituted a mandatory quarantine period for individuals coming into the state to take proactive steps to help our community to stay safe. We ask that all students enrolling or returning to College Excel wear masks inside of their residence while in any common area, in addition to maintaining physical distancing in their residences for their first two weeks.
Winter Term Program
We are excited to roll into Winter term with three successful terms under our belt. Together our students and staff have worked to overcome the challenges associated with the pandemic to create a learning and living environment where our community can come together in support of each other and have fun. This Winter we are continuing to innovate and adapt our program to better serve our students academically and personally.
Our students’ schedules are full with college courses, academic support services, individual coaching sessions, personal development seminars, proctored learning, tutoring, wellness activities, work experiences, and a variety of fun outings.
We have adapted and updated our facilities to follow required and recommended protocols in order to meet with students in person and offer our services. We have updated our HVAC filtration systems and added an advanced air purification system called iWave. Find out more about iWave technology.
Our Winter Term Plan
- Through proctored learning, first term students will take remote and online classes at our Center for Academic Excellence where they can seek the support of staff who will be onsite.
- Academic Coaching and Workshops are offered to support first term students in planning for the online academic environment.
- Coaching sessions will take place in person unless a student requests that we use a Zoom format.
- Personal development seminars and wellness activities will be offered in small group formats where masks and social distancing are required.
- Wellness activities will currently continue as planned and will be adapted if required to meet protocols or keep our community safe.
- Student activities will still be offered both online and outdoors. Our online cooking classes have been a hit, and students have requested we continue to deliver this activity virtually. In person activities will be offered outside, and we are fortunate to live in an area where there is an abundance of fun outdoor activities available year round.
- Student transportation will be limited in order to reduce the number of people in our vehicles to accommodate safety protocols.
All housing allows for students to maintain social distancing, and we proactively educate and reinforce residents on sanitization protocols. Residents are not allowed to have guests in their home due to COVID-19.
Spring Break (New Protocol)
Due to the nature of traveling during COVID-19 and the short break between Winter and Spring Term, we may ask that students refrain from traveling during this break. Regardless, College Excel will offer activities for students that decide to stay in Bend during this time. Depending upon the state guidelines, there may be a self-quarantine if an individual chooses to leave the state.
- We have a safety and risk management plan available in the case of a student or staff that has been in contact with or tests positive for COVID-19. We review and update these policies and procedures to keep pace with regular changes in best practices and guidelines. Feel free to request a copy.
- Our residential students live within blocks of a Shevlin Park Medical Center, which is home to an urgent care facility with COVID-19 testing, primary and speciality physicians, an orthopedic and neurosurgical center, and optometrists. For more information click here.
- Telemedicine appointments are available through the urgent care facility for students who would like a medical consultation to evaluate if they need a COVID-19 test.
- We are unable to transport students who have symptoms of COVID-19 and will do our best to help students find an alternative method of transportation to a medical facility.
- We have a policy which does not allow us to refer students to individual medical providers.