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Isothermal Community College

Novel Coronavirus [COVID-19]

Isothermal Community College, along with guidance from state and federal health agencies, is closely monitoring spread of COVID-19 in our area.

Fall Advising & Registration Information

Open Registration for fall semester will take place Monday through Thursday, June 29 through July 30, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. 

Students are encouraged to complete their admissions and financial aid applications in advance. 

For questions, or to schedule a video or face-to-face appointment for services, please use the contact information below.

Need to apply to the college?

(828) 395-4193 (leave message)

Need financial aid assistance?

Financial Aid
(828) 395-4198 (leave message)

Need to register for classes?

Advising and Success Center
(828) 395-1436 (leave message)

Need answers regarding transfer credit?

Records Office
828) 395-4201 (leave message)

At this time, appointments via phone and videoconference are encouraged. Limited face-to-face appointments will be scheduled. We ask that only the individual scheduled attend the seated appointment, if possible. 

We continue to receive documents via student email, fax, and mail. 

When coming to campus, students are encouraged to bring their own face coverings and preferred personal protective equipment (PPE). Face coverings may be required for meetings with staff.

New Student Orientation may be accessed through Patriot Port (Student Planning > Academics > Online Orientation).

Log in to your Moodle account to access your classes. If you have technical difficulties or problems with your password, contact the IT Help Desk at or 828-395-1437.

Moodle Help Desk

This is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. Updates will be provided when available.

  • Face coverings on campus

    In light of Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order of June 24, 2020, Isothermal Community College will require employees and students to wear face coverings on campus or in the classroom, unless a qualified exception exists or social distancing of at least 6 ft. from another individual can be maintained. This is intended to curb the spread of COVID-19.

    Face coverings will be provided, up to two for each student or employee, or you may use your own. Check with your instructor or supervisor if you need one. If you have an exception, please inform your instructor or supervisor.

    The college remains closed to the public until further notice.

    Exceptions, as defined by Cooper’s executive order, are:

    Note -- Some of these, locations, especially the restaurants, may have been effected by closure or suspension of regular operations.

    • Should not wear a Face Covering due to any medical or behavioral condition or disability (including, but not limited to, any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the face covering without assistance);
    • Is under eleven (11) years of age;
    • Is actively eating or drinking;
    • Is strenuously exercising;
    • Is seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible;
    • Is giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;
    • Is working at home or is in a personal vehicle;
    • Is temporarily removing his or her Face Covering to secure government or medical services or for identification purposes;
    • Would be at risk from wearing a Face Covering at work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulations or workplace safety guidelines;
    • Has found that his or her Face Covering is impeding visibility to operate equipment or a vehicle; or
    • Is a child whose parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place the Face Covering safely on the child's face.

    Anyone who declines to wear a Face Covering for these reasons should not be required to produce documentation or any other proof of a condition.

  • WiFi and Computer Access on Campus and Elsewhere

    We understand Internet access is a necessity for online instruction. We also understand that service is less than adequate or non-existent in many parts of Rutherford and Polk counties. With that in mind, below is a list of free WiFi sites on campus and throughout the area:

    On campus

    • Engineering Technologies and Workforce Development Center
    • Entire Front Parking Lot
    • Business Sciences Building
    • Front Parking (best signal strength closes to front door)
    • Health and Public Services Building
    • Parking Lot (across from the Business Sciences Building – facing Blue Room)
    • Side Parking lot (Parking Lot shared by WNCW – facing ICC Loop Road)


    Note -- Some of these, locations, especially the restaurants, may have been effected by closure or suspension of regular operations.

    • Rutherford County Libraries (all locations)
    • Rutherford County Health Department
    • Rutherford County Schools Cool Springs Administrative Offices
    • Lake Lure Classical Academy
    • Town of Forest City
    • Town of Spindale
    • Town of Rutherfordton
    • Ruth Town Hall
    • McDonalds (all locations)
    • Starbucks
    • Arby’s
    • Bojangles
    • Burger King
    • Wendy’s
    • Walmart

    The Isothermal Library on the Main Campus will also be open with a limited number of computers for students to use from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. These hours may change as the circumstances change.

  • Curriculum Class Status

    All classes will resume in an online format starting Monday, March 30, with the exception of certain health and public safety classes in which the state has allowed for face-to-face instruction. Some classes will be modified due to the prohibition of face-to-face instructional contact in all but a few areas including nursing and Basic Law Enforcement Training. Sign in to Moodle to check the status of your individual class or search for your class in the Course Change Information PDF. As always, if you have specific questions about your classes, contact your instructor.

    2020SP Course Change Information PDF Moodle

  • Continuing Education Class Status

    These Allied Health classes will either continue or begin as of Monday, March 30. Students will be contacted regarding specific start dates:
    Contact Betsy Cuthbertson with questions regarding these classes:

    • Nurse Aide (there are 5 groups that were in-progress; one new class will begin 3/30)
    • Pharmacy Tech On-line only: (was in-progress; will continue online)
    • Healthcare Billing and Coding On-line only: (was in-progress; will continue online)
    • Medical Assistant Online Only: (this will be a new online class; possible start date 4/6/20)

    The following Law Enforcement, Fire, and/or Emergency Medical and Rescue Training sessions conducted by Isothermal’s Continuing Education Department will be allowed to continue or begin as of Monday, March 30. Students will be contacted regarding specific start dates:
    Contact Jonathan Bland with questions regarding these classes:

    • EMT and Paramedic Classes
    • CPR Recertification (Law Officers)
    • TSOP – Medical (EMS)
    • Situational Awareness – Subject Control (Law Officers)
    • In-custody Transport Refresher Course (Law Officers)
    • Shoot-house (Law Officers)
    • Overcoming Negativity in Comm. (Law Officers)
    • Processing Calls Q&A (Law Officers)
    • Handling Suicide Callers (Law Officers)
    • DO Pumps Maintenance & Testing (Fire Fighters)
    • Fire Hose, Streams, & Appliances (Fire Fighters)
    • VCQB Instructor (Law Officers)
    • P)TSOP-Medical (EMS)
    • (P) CPR Recertification (CPR)
    • (P) Orientation & Safety (Fire Fighters)

    The following Polk Center classes have been postponed. Please contact Karen Marshall, with any questions.

    • Intro to Equine Management
    • Equine Management Level II
    • Small Engine Repair
    • Spanish I
    • Tole Painting
    • Painting-Open Studio
    • Massage Therapy (evening)
    • Spanish II
    • Sign Language
    • Coffee Shop Spanish
    • Poetry Craft
    • Open Studio
    • I Like Me
    • Great Decisions

    The following College and Career Readiness classes will be offered online beginning March 30. Faculty will be contacting students regarding these classes.
    Contact Amy Galla, with any questions.

    • Adult High School
    • Adult Basic Skills
    • High School Equivalency Prep
    • English as a Second Language

Self-Reporting Form

In an effort to aid public health agencies track the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to help the college plan internal responses, we are asking you to self-report any suspected contact with the virus. 

If you think you have contracted the virus or have come into contact with someone who has contracted it, you may report it using our self-reporting form.

Complete the self-reporting form

Precautions to take

The following precautions are a part of good health practices:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
  • Do not share food, drinks or toothbrushes with anyone
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick unless the severity of your illness requires medical attention
  • Cover your cough with a tissue, then discard and wash your hands
  • If you are sick, wear a face mask. Do not wear one if you are not sick
  • If handwashing is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact such as handshakes, hugs and kisses
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like phones and doorknobs

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever.  Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others.  Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period.  Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowed places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet).