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HCC Reopens Offices

DATE: Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Mieko Dennis staffs the HCC Admissions office welcome desk.

HCC has reopened its Admissions and Advising offices for on-campus, in-person services.

Effective Tuesday, July 6, HCC's Admissions and Advising offices, located on the first floor of the HCC Campus Center, will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Those offices, and most others, had been operating remotely since March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Besides Admissions and Advising, other departments will also now open for in-person services at varied hours based on staff availability: 

Student Engagement is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in CC 227. The Thrive Center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services (OSDDS) is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to - 2 p.m.

Check here for the most up-to-date listing of offices open for in-person services.

All offices will continue to provide remote services via email, phone, Zoom, and the "ChatNow" feature on the HCC website: HCC will welcome students back to campus for in-person instruction beginning with the start of the fall 2021 semester on Sept. 7.

The HCC Bookstore, located on the second floor of the Campus Center, has been open for in-person business since mid-May. 

Due to renovations underway on the second floor of the Frost building, the Financial Aid, Student Accounts and Student Records offices will continue to operate remotely for now via email, phone, zoom, and ChatNow. 

Masks must be worn in all HCC buildings.

Also, the fitness room in the Bartley Center for Athletics & Recreation is scheduled to reopen on Friday, July 16, with some restrictions for the remainder of the summer. 

A maximum of 15 guests will be permitted in the fitness room at any given time. Workout time slots will run for 60 minutes with 30-minute intervals in between for cleaning and sanitizing along the following schedule: Monday - Friday: 6-7 a.m.; 7:30-8:30 a.m., 9-10 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m., 3-4 p.m., 4:30 -5:30 p.m., 6-7 p.m., 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 8-9 a.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. - noon. 

Guests can pre-register for preferred workout times by calling the Bartley Center desk attendant at (413) 552-2160 during normal business hours, although pre-registration is not required. Fitness room users may remove their masks while engaged in cardio exercises only.

For the time being, the lobby, basketball courts, locker rooms and second floor areas will remain closed. Water fountains can only be used to fill beverage containers and not for direct drinking. 

Indoor traffic will flow in one direction with guests entering through the main entrance and exiting through the back after they complete their workouts. 

More information Bartley Center hours and regulations can be found on the HCC website:

PHOTOS: (Above) Admissions office staff member Mieko Dennis is ready to offer her assistance for in-person services.