Howard Community College faculty, students prepare for fall semester with virtual learning and potentially higher enrollment

With a month before students start returning to college, Howard Community College faculty and staff are preparing for its mostly online learning model this fall.

However, distance learning isn’t a new concept to the Columbia-based community college.

“HCC has had distance learning for a really long time,” said Megan Myers, director of eLearning at the college. “HCC even used to ship VHS tapes to students back in the 1990s.”

Howard Community College students won’t be learning via VHS tapes when the semester starts Aug. 22 — and that’s probably for the best, as many of its students may not know what they are.

“No, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of [VHS tapes],” said Amani Pressley, who will be attending Howard Community College in the fall. “Maybe when I was really young my parents had them.”

Howard Community College, like many colleges and K-12 schools across the country, has

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