General Information about COVID-19 and Ranger College

The college suspended all classes on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, 2020, and then reopened on March 18 with all classes having been moved online for the remainder of the spring semester. Most employees have also been transitioned to telecommuting status. Additionally, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols for physical facilities have been implemented to better ensure the safety of the small number of employees who are still reporting to work at one of the college’s physical locations and the small number of students who remain living in the dorms at the home campus in Ranger. While most students living on the Ranger campus chose to return home, the dorms and cafeteria are still open and still serving the students who remain. To help protect everyone’s health by maintaining social distancing protocols, the cafeteria now delivers three hot meals to the dorms each day.

For further details, read the March 14 public letter from Ranger College’s president to the entire college community.

The college has created a scholarship that enables workers displaced by COVID-19 to take one free class. For full details, call the number below or click on the image.

Face-to-face classes are canceled for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Employees who have been transitioned to a telecommuting/work-from-home status will remain that way for the rest of the semester as well. RC’s leadership team is paying careful attention to ongoing guidance issued by federal, state, county, and local leaders, and is remaining in close contact with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as it monitors the situation and makes plans for the upcoming May, summer, and fall semesters.

Maymester and all Summer semesters will be held entirely online. Presently the plan is to return to normal course delivery methods for the Fall semester. The college is monitoring the situation and will announce changes to these plans as needed.

For the latest national news and information, we recommend the COVID-19 page at the website for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For news and information at the Texas state level, see the news update webpage from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

See the detailed information on how to protect yourself provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

See the advice from both the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services for what to do if you are sick or suspect you are sick with COVID-19. Also see the more specific information for students and employees below.

For Current Students

Students will continue to use current textbooks and online resources. The college’s Follett bookstore has partnered with Redshelf to provide customers with free online access to textbooks, which may be especially helpful for students who left their books in their dorms before classes were transitioned to online. Questions about textbooks and course materials should be directed to course instructors, who will provide help and guidance.

The NJCAA has canceled all spring sports. Regarding eligibility, no spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation. See the NJCAA’s press release.

If you are sick, RC will work with you and your instructor to identify alternative options so that you can continue your coursework and finish the semester.

Regular students: Contact Derrick Worrels, Vice President of Student Services, at dworrels@rangercollege.edu.

Dual credit high school students: Contact the Dual Credit Program at dc@rangercollege.edu.

A common rule of thumb that has long worked for many successful college students is to study two hours each week for every hour you spend in class. For online classes that don’t have live meetings, you can calculate your study time from the total credit hours each class is worth. For a class that’s three credit hours, plan to study six hours per week. And so on.

Beyond this, here are two websites with good advice about maximizing your academic success:

All Ranger College students have access to Brainfuse, an online service that provides live tutoring from professional tutors, a virtual writing center, and much more. Access to Brainfuse can be found in Blackboard. Look for the link on the left side of your Blackboard home page.

Additionally, qualifying students at the home campus in Ranger have access to tutoring through Student Support Services (SSS) Monday through Thursday 8-5 and Friday 8-11. SSS Staff will also be on call for weekends and evenings as needed.

Contact Ranger College’s Learning Management System Specialist, Raime Preston, at rpreston@rangercollege.edu.

Also see LinkedIn Learning’s excellent training video “Blackboard 9 Essential Training for Students,” which they’ve unlocked and made free to everyone because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Students may contact RC’s counseling center for support at glewis@rangercollege.edu.

Additionally, Optum, a leading health services company, has opened its Emotional Support Help Line, staffed by mental health professionals, to anyone who may be experiencing fear or stress because of COVID-19. Call 866-342-6892.

Also see the US Center for Disease Control’s helpful webpage on mental health and coping during COVID-19.

There is an option online for students to print a shipping label and return books via postal mail. See the bookstore’s rental FAQ.

The Registrar’s Office (registrar@rangercollege.edu) can assist you with dropping a class. Please email them for additional guidance.

  • The last day to drop a single course with a W is March 31, 2020.
  • The last day to withdraw from all courses with a Q is May 4, 2020.
  • Dual credit high school students must contact their school counselor to drop a course.

Registration is open now for Maymester, Summer, and Fall.

Students should contact the following individuals and offices for advising and registration:

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Athletic TeamsContact your coach
Brown County StudentsDayna Prochaskadprochaska@rangercollege.edu
Erath County StudentsConnie Gonzalezcgonzalez@rangercollege.edu
Cortney Kolbckolb@rangercollege.edu
Stephanie Worrelssworrels@rangercollege.edu
Ranger Campus StudentsGabe Lewisglewis@rangercollege.edu
Dual CreditLuis Ramirezdc@rangercollege.edu

WORKFORCE PROGRAMS

ADN Nursing StudentsArja Warrenawarren@rangercollege.edu
LVN Nursing StudentsKathy Daviskdavis@rangercollege.edu
EMT StudentsShannan Burchsburch@rangercollege.edu
Machining StudentsJeff Snowjsnow@rangercollege.edu
Welding StudentsScott Schneidersschneider@rangercollege.edu

Due to safety concerns with COVID-19, the May commencement ceremony will be held online. We are excited to celebrate this tremendous accomplishment with our students and their families. More information on this will be sent to students through their RC email addresses.

Students who graduate this spring will be invited to walk at the next in-person commencement ceremony should they wish to do so.

All students who graduate this May, having been certified by the Registrar’s office as meeting all the requirements for their degree or certificate, will be exempt from final exams.

Yes, the NJCAA has canceled all spring sports and associated events.

Labs and clinicals have been moved to an online format wherever possible. Students in these programs should contact their instructors for more information.

For Future Students

For academic transfer programs: Applications to the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching programs are being handled in the usual manner. Follow the links for more information.

For career and technical education programs: Applications to the welding, machining, and cosmetology programs are also being handled in the usual manner. Follow the links for more information.

For health sciences programs:

Applications to the Vocational Nursing and EMT programs are being handled in the usual manner. Note that applicants to the EMT program now need to provide current vaccination records

Applicants to ADN (RN) program or LVN-to-RN Bridge program should study the official RN program requirements and curriculum and submit completed copies of the following three forms to:

Ranger College Brown County
Nursing Program
300 Early Blvd, Suite 105
Early, TX  76802

The ADN and Bridge application deadline for fall admission is June 15. The application deadline for spring enrollment is October 1.

For Faculty and Staff

Your Division Chair will be able to provide general guidance and advice for online instruction:

The college’s IT department can provide help and training with Zoom video conferencing. Contact RC’s Director of IT, Glenn Paul (gpaul@rangercollege.edu) or IT Systems Administrator, Jon Madore (jmadore@rangercollege.edu).

For technical assistance and training with Blackboard, contact RC’s Learning Management System Specialist, Raime Preston (preston@rangercollege.edu).

Additionally, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, LinkedIn Learning has made a number of its excellent training videos freely available. The following videos may prove helpful to faculty who are needing to enhance their online teaching skills:

RC’s Follett bookstore has partnered with Redshelf to provide customers with free online access to textbooks. Please ensure that your students are aware of this. Additionally, faculty members should feel free to work out individual solutions with their students. If in doubt, ask your Division Chair.

See the following two documents for telecommuting employees:

Also see this great suite of videos from LinkedIn Learning that they’ve made free to help everybody who has suddenly rtansitioned to telecommuting for the first time: “Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success.” It has lessons on time management, productivity tips, stress management, leading virtual meetings, learning Zoom, and much more.

At this time, all Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) medical plans offer physician-ordered COVID-19 testing at in-network labs at no cost to participants, for those who meet federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Your health plan also has trained staff who can answer questions about the virus.

To begin with, see the advice from both the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services for what to do if you are sick or suspect you are sick with COVID-19.

Also be advised that ERS is working with health plan administrators to assist State of Texas employees and retirees and their families who may be affected by the coronavirus. All Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) health plans are equipped to help participants understand and prevent the virus and, if needed, treat anyone who becomes ill.

To help limit exposure to the coronavirus and other possible infections, you should consider a virtual doctor visit or telemedicine. Virtual visits allow you to see a licensed doctor through your smartphone or computer. For more information about virtual visits and RC employee health plans, click here.

To learn more about your coverage and how to appropriately access covered health services, please see the information about COVID-19 on the ERS website or contact your plan directly.

Employees may contact RC’s counseling center for support at glewis@rangercollege.edu.

Additionally, all Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) medical plans cover comprehensive mental health services.

Optum, the health services platform of UnitedHealth Group, has opened its Emotional Support Help Line, staffed by mental health professionals, to anyone who may be experiencing fear or stress because of COVID-19. You do not have to be a health insurance plan member to use this service. Call 866-342-6892.

For participants in the HealthSelect plans administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Magellan has opened its crisis help line at 800-442-4093.

Also see the US Center for Disease Control’s helpful webpage on mental health and coping during COVID-19.