Admissions at Hutchinson Community College

COVID-19

STUDENTS - ACADEMICS

Note: The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is an unprecedented, dynamic and rapidly changing situation. The information provided below is to serve as a resource for our students to better inform them and allow them to succeed academically as we work with them to manage this event.

Please understand things are subject to change as necessary in accordance with recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.

Throughout this event, we strongly encourage you to stay connected to the Blue Dragon community. Practicing social distancing can make it difficult for us to maintain those valued relationships you’ve built with your fellow students, faculty, advisors and others who are part of your Blue Dragon family.  Utilize the technology available, whether it be e-mail, phone, FaceTime, Skype or others to stay connected. Don’t let feelings of isolation, loneliness, anxiety or uncertainty get the best of you.

Update: August 11, 2020

John F. Kennedy Library Updates for the Fall 2020 Semester

How might the CARES Act impact me if I was a student in during the spring 2020 semester?

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Frequently Asked Questions

For the fall semester of 2020, how will my classes be delivered?

We are offering classes in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and hybrid. This provides our students the opportunity to take classes in the manner most comfortable and convenient for them.

What about enrolling for future classes?

Enrollment is currently open for fall, late-starting and spring classes.  Contact your advisor for more information.

What if I need special accommodations for my classes?

Our Coordinator of Accessibility Services has compiled this resource guide to assist you and is available to visit with any student who has concerns.  Students can reach out by phone at 620-665-3554 or by e-mail

What if I'm feeling stressed and need someone to talk to?

The COVID-19 pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about the disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These feelings are normal. And there are ways to lessen your stress. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

HutchCC offers professional counselors who provide a confidential and empathetic environment in which students may seek assistance with issues they face. Personal counseling services are designed to assist students with emotional and behavioral problems that may interfere with the successful attainment of college goals. Typical counseling needs among college students include stress and anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, loneliness, eating and sleeping disorders, and relationship problems. Students in need of long-term or clinical psychological treatment are referred to outside agencies and services. 

For more information or to schedule a counseling appointment, e-mail the Student Success Center or call 620-665-3377.

Is Rimmer Learning Resource Center/JFK Library open?

As things currently stand, Rimmer is open and available for tutoring, test proctoring, tech support, library services and the use of computers for completing coursework. 

Check Rimmer’s resource pagewebsite or e-mail them for more information.

What about textbooks?

Textbook Returns Information:  

As of May 7 you are no longer required to set an appointment to return your scholarship, rental, or buyback books to the Campus Store in Hutchinson. If you previously made an appointment we will still honor it and look forward to seeing you at your scheduled time. Unfortunately, the off-campus locations are not able to take back books so we have extended buyback for this semester.

If you are able to return your textbooks in person you have until 4:00 pm on May 15 to do so. All students will need to have your student ID card as buyback funds are being applied to student bills instead of receiving cash.

Students Who Purchased Their Textbooks and Wish to Sell Them Back:

You can participate in our textbook buyback through mail.

  1. Within DragonZone (by going to the Academics< Textbooks tab) you can find a link titled “Book Buyback Mail-In Request”. You will need to complete this form and submit it.
  2. Once your form is received we will respond with a value for each book, give you authorization to return your books, and provide more information regarding how to return your textbooks to us and what to include in your shipment. We will not accept any textbooks for buyback without the submission of this form.
  3. Please note that the quote you receive will only be valid for seven (7) business days so please do not submit the form until you are ready to return your books.

** Because buyback will be handled by mail we will be extending the date that we are able to accept textbooks to May 15. You will be responsible for the shipping fee to sell back your books and your buyback amount will be credited to your student bill.**

If you are a local student and do not want to ship your textbooks we can come to the Campus Store (in Hutchinson) now through May 15 during normal business hours to sell back your books. You will need to have your student ID card as buyback funds are being applied to student bills instead of receiving cash.

How does the Governor's stay-at-home order on March 28 impact me?

On Friday, March 27, the Reno County Commission issued a stay-at-home order that goes into effect at 12:01 am Monday, March 30, 2020. On Saturday, March 28 Governor Laura Kelly issued a similar statewide order.  This order has since been extended to Sunday, May 3, 2020.

You are likely wondering how this impacts the College and you specifically.   As an educational institution, HutchCC is exempt from this order in order to allow us to provide services needed to educate our students.

  • CTE classes scheduled to resume face-to-face on March 30 will resume adhering to social distancing requirements.
  • We will continue to offer proctoring at all locations on a by-appointment basis while adhering to social distancing requirements.
  • We will continue to offer adult basic education (GED) at all locations on a by-appointment basis while adhering to social distancing requirements.
  • We will be taking additional steps to safeguard our employees and those we serve.  Effective Monday we will restrict access to our buildings to the general public.
  • Should you be required to travel to a campus location, per the Governor’s order, “No individual leaving their home in order to perform an activity or function allowed under this order shall be required to carry or present any letter, identification card, or other paper proving that they are allowed to leave their home.”

It is important we continue to make our services available to benefit you. Students should remain in constant contact with their advisors and instructors so we can best serve you.

Book Scholarship or Book Rental Students:

If you are a book scholarship or book rental student you will need your rental agreement or scholarship contract when you come to return your books. If you are a book scholarship or book rental student who is in need of a pre-paid label you will need to email us with your name and student ID#. Be sure you note whether you are book rental or book scholarship and that you need a pre-paid label to make the process faster. Even if you are shipping books they must be postmarked with the pre-paid label no later than May 15 to avoid being charged for un-returned books.

If you have any additional questions regarding book buyback, returning scholarship/rental books, or anything else please let us know. The best way to reach us at this time is by e-mailing.  Please be sure to let us know who you are (student ID# and name) so that we can be sure to give you the correct answers based on your situation.

Campus Store Hours
Monday - Wednesday:  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Remember, don’t plan to return your textbook until you no longer need it for your classwork!