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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Planning and Preparedness

Institute of Technology continues to follow the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and is comprehensively monitoring the situation. The college continues to update its pandemic emergency response plan to reflect current COVID-19 circumstances. As developments occur, the plan addresses many possible scenarios at all IOT campuses with the ultimate goal to best protect the community.

Please visit the links below for the most current campus availability information as well as resources available to you.

Dear Friends in the Communities IOT Serves,

Over the last several weeks we have all been challenged in ways we never imagined. As these circumstances have developed, we are witnessing incredible examples of the unselfish commitment and service of our healthcare professionals and others. Nurses, respiratory therapists, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, law enforcement professionals and educators, all joining together to serve, support, and protect those with the greatest needs among us.

As a career-focused college that has served communities in the western united states for more than 30 years, we understand the value of their contribution and dedication. May their unselfish commitment to our welfare serve as an example for all of us. Together we will overcome the challenges we face today. Tomorrow is coming, better days are ahead and we will be ready for them.

Rick Wood, President/CEO
Select Education Group
Institute of Technology
Fremont College

Our schools are actively enrolling new students. To learn more about your educational options during this time, please request information below and one of our dedicated advisers will contact you. We can help you make a difference like so many of our graduates are right now.

Campus Operations Overview:

In response to the on-going concerns relative to Coronavirus COVID-19, we have shifted daily operations to follow recommended guidelines and state and county orders. Please see below for campus-specific information.

Clovis, CA,
Modesto, CA,
Redding, CA:

Campus Access Available; On ground and Online Instruction: Students receive classroom instruction both on ground and occasionally online as needed, faculty and administrative staff are on campus to offer support to students. IOT schools are following guidelines as they are made available by the state and each county. Social distancing guidelines are being followed, routine cleaning is taking place, healthy hygiene practices are being promoted and followed, and all students, staff, faculty, and visitors are directed to stay home when sick.

Each campus asks that all guests first check-in at the front desk when visiting the campus. Students will receive instructions and guidelines from their campus representatives as updates are made to policies. Guests visiting IOT campuses will receive additional information or instructions when checking in at the front desk.

Salem, OR:

Institute of Technology Salem is committed to state, national and global efforts to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19, while appropriately continuing the essential activities
of providing students with high-quality, college-level career education.

Effective Tuesday, March 23, 2020, the Institute of Technology will move to a higher level of response that continues the essential operations of the college but seeks to reduce the frequency of interactions among students, faculty, staff, and visitors throughout all campuses, clinicals and externship sites. Our focus is on continued college operations and implementing necessary steps to assist in reducing the risk and spread of COVID-19.

In taking these steps, we remain mindful and informed by the public health guidance of our local county health departments, the Oregon Health Authority, and the CDC.

  • Campuses shall remain open during this time with essential staff.
  • The suspension for in-person instructional activities at Higher Education institutions is lifted effective June 13, 2020 (per Executive Order 20-17; extending Executive Order 20-09). Therefore, beginning June 22, 2020 all programs have been provided modified schedules; allowing for one day on campus (not to exceed 5 hours in length) to allow for social distancing.
  • All classes will also continue to be taught through distance education.
  • Applicable lab courses will utilize maximum social distancing and PPE measures in the classroom.
  • All outside clinical and/or externship experiences are offered on a case-by-case basis.

Campus Preparedness:

We have established protocols to ensure quick and decisive action as needed. We are working with state and federal health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to identify any impacted individuals and protect public health.

IOT has set up an emergency preparedness plan in the event of any impact or disruption to campus operations. As a proactive measure, we are also implementing daily cleaning and sanitizing procedures with the use of appropriate disinfectant products on high-touch surfaces, making hand sanitizers readily available, and educating campus teams on the best practices recommended by the CDC.

Public Health Resources:

At IOT the safety of all our students, faculty, and staff will always be a top priority. Below are some guidelines, resources, and tips to help keep our communities safe.

Guidelines for Staying Healthy:

CDC guideline for handwashing
Guidance on the use of hand sanitizers from the California Department of Education
World Health Organization (WHO) video on social distancing
Apple’s Updated iPhone Cleaning Guidelines
Guide to Social Distancing

Public health agencies:

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
CA Department of Public Health
Oregon Health Authority

How do I prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Public health officials recommend the following steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cough into your elbow or a tissue and not your hands. Dispose of the tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Practice healthy habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Additional information: If you are sick or caring for someone

College Resources:

Clovis, CA Campus:
559-297-4500
Campus President – Ron Gardner, rgardner@iot.edu
Director of Admissions – Marissa Marzan, mmarzan@iot.edu

Modesto, CA Campus:
209-545-3100
Campus President – Ezra Salas, esalas@iot.edu
Director of Admissions – Christine Muhammad, cmuhammad@iot.edu

Redding, CA Campus:
530-224-1000
Campus President – Jim Herberger, jherberger@iot.edu
Director of Admissions – Brandi Vanderpool, bvanderpool@iot.edu

Salem, OR Campus:
503-363-9001
Campus President – Kaylee Vickers, kvickers@iot.edu

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Institute of Technology, Inc. (OPE-ID 030675-00 and OPE-ID 036423-00) received education stabilization funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), Public Law No: 116-136. This Fund Report applies to the student portion received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund that is designated exclusively for emergency financial aid grants to students.

The institution appreciates that Congress and the President have made these critical funds available for eligible students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. We take receipt of these federal funds seriously and are distributing them in accordance with the CARES Act and implementing guidance.

The institution is making the below information available for transparency purposes and in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s (“Department”) Electronic Announcement of May 6, 2020. For questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report, please contact Rick Wood, Chief Executive Officer at rwood@selecteducationgroup.com.

  1. The institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The institution has used, or intends to use, no less than the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The institution has used or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is
    • Clovis, Modesto, Redding campuses (OPE-ID 030675-00): $1,582,129.00
    • Salem Campus (OPE-ID 036423-00): $399,555.00
  3. The total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this Fund Report is:
    • Clovis, Modesto, Redding campuses (OPE-ID 030675-00): $1,238,400.00
    • Salem Campus (OPE-ID 036423-00): $356,800.00
  4. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and thus eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, as of the date of this Fund Report is
    • Clovis, Modesto, Redding campuses (OPE-ID 03067500): 995
    • Salem Campus (OPE-ID): 239
  5. The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of this Fund Report is
    • Clovis, Modesto, Redding campuses (OPE-ID 030675-00): 774
    • Salem Campus (OPE-ID 036423-00): 223
  6. The methods used by the institution to determine which students receive emergency financial aid grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act are
    • Determining Eligible Students
      1. All Title IV eligible students (based on completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) were notified of the availability of the Institute of Technology’s Emergency Financial Aid grant application via text and email. The application requires students to actively confirm that they have or will incur expenses relating to the interruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. At the end of the application period, all yes students are to be awarded an Emergency Financial Aid Grant. Students who answered no on the application were contacted to confirm “No” response. Students who did not respond by the end of the application period are to be contacted by the Financial Aid office to confirm if they did (or expect to) incur expenses relating to the interruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. After the close of the application period, the accounting office will be provided a list of eligible recipients, and checks will be processed/sent to students. The Financial Aid team at each campus will continue to monitor and reach out to those students who did not enter a response on the application by the deadline. These students may be awarded in a subsequent eligibility pool if funds are still available.
    • Determining Grant Amount
      1. Award amounts were determined based on student population and student need.
  7. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants are:
    • Students were made aware that the Emergency Financial Aid Grants were authorized by the US Department of Education, under the authority of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Furthermore, students were made aware that funds were allocated IOT to provide emergency grant money to students who are eligible for Financial Aid. The notification explained that the purpose of these grant funds is to help offset costs relating to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Examples of costs include food, housing, child care, course materials, and/or technology expenses.