YTC, COVID-19, and You

Important information for the YTC College community

Winter 2022

As the Omicron variant continues to spread rapidly, YTC will be starting the Winter 2022 term online. Please check your email for instructions on logging on to your classes, and contact your program coordinator if you are unsure what to do. Stay safe (and warm)!

Fall 2021

In acknowledgement of the COVID-19 pandemic's fourth wave, YTC is offering blended delivery in the fall term, with a combination of face-to-face and distance learning across all programs. (As in the fall of 2020, what this looks like will vary from program to program.)  Questions? Call us at 780.484.0303, follow us on social media, or drop us a line here

Spring 2021

All spring 2021 courses will be taking place online. Please get in touch with your program head for information about enrollment, books, and gaining access to online resources.

The college campus is closed to students and the public; visits to the building require an appointment. 

Thank you for your patience and persistence as we weather the COVID-19 pandemic together. Stay safe!

Staying Safe at the College: Read Our Plan

Yellowhead Tribal College staff returned to on-site work on August 18, 2020, in time to welcome students back to campus on September 8. To do this safely, we consulted guidelines from public health officials, other post-secondary institutions, and many government sources, and built a plan.

You can read our plan here. It is updated in real time, as circumstances change. We welcome your feedback, questions, comments, and concerns. 

Best wishes for a safe and productive semester. 

Yellowhead Tribal College Announces Fall 2020 Delivery Options for Students

Yellowhead Tribal College is pleased to announce that we will be offering blended delivery for the fall 2020 term for new and returning students, with a variety of online and in-person learning opportunities across all programs. The four Chiefs of the Yellowhead Tribal Council have taken student communications and public safety guidelines into consideration when making this decision. Blended delivery will be put in place this September to help us meet all our learners’ needs, ensure their success, and keep them safe. 

Our programs vary widely in terms of size, course content, and existing delivery models. All students will retain the option to take all their courses online, as they may have no access to childcare, live with immunocompromised relatives, or have health concerns of their own. 

For students who are able to attend in person, we will offer several forms of blended delivery, including:

On-site instruction streamed for online learners. This option accommodates learners who favour the opportunity to learn in a safe environment, where all precautions are in effect (social distancing, surface disinfecting, hand-washing, signage, and safety shields), while allowing remote learners to follow and participate from their homes. Our programs with small class sizes may take advantage of this model, in which students have the opportunity to be involved in the peer-to peer learning and a personal connection to the course, instructors, and support staff that happens with onsite teaching. 

Online learning with some on-site teaching. This option has students meet for a short block of intensive instruction at the beginning or midway through the term, with the remainder of study online. This option will be favourable for our programs that feature more hands-on content. 

Semi-independent delivery. This model has students meet as a group every second week for on-line, real time (3 hour) classes with their instructors. In the intervening weeks, students have one-to-one access to their instructors through email, phone, or on-line “office hours” to access needed learning supports. For example, over the course of fifteen weeks, the “odd” weeks might be scheduled for group seminars, while the “even” weeks will be open for one-to-one help with the instructor.

Our students can be assured of the health and sanitation of all college spaces, with access to PPE to observe and practise safety requirements. We endorse and are guided by all post-secondary health guidelines to ensure that our students, instructors, and staff share in maintaining a safe learning environment.  

Further information can be provided by contacting your Department Head or Program Coordinator.  All staff are being equipped to address your concerns and inquiries. Our first and top priority has been to our communities’ best interests in both health and learning. We look forward to serving you in the fall term in the mode of delivery that best suits you as a learner.  Welcome back!

Information for Students Regarding COVID-19

As of Friday, March 13, 2020, the College is responding to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic by suspending all in-person courses. All courses will now be delivered online beginning the week of March 16, 2020.

Beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, our campus will be closed. Staff will be working remotely to support students. If you need to see anyone in person at the College, please make an appointment ahead of time. Call your program head at the following numbers:

UCEP and ESDW: 587-525-6142
GS, Admin, IGP, and IBAG: 587-525-6145
IEA and IHSW: 587-525-6152
ISWD and IBSW: 587-525-6160
IESR and REIA: 587-525-6150
ILP and Pre-Ed: 780-784-7836
Library: 780-784-7835

If you are feeling unwell please do not come to the College for any reason. Some common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, tiredness, and a dry cough. There have also been some reports of aches, pains, nasal congestion, sore throat and/or diarrhea.

We encourage students to do the following to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Regular hand-washing with soap

  • Covering coughs and sneezes

  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.

  • Practice social distancing and don’t shake hands with other people.

  • If you have symptoms, please call 811 - do not go to your doctor's office or hospital.

  • If it is an emergency, always call 911.

For further information, please visit Alberta Health Services online here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by phone at (780) 484-0303 or email us at Regular updates will be provided on Facebook and via your email address. 

We care about our Elders, students, and staff, and we are doing everything we can to keep our community safe. Children are more vulnerable; please do not bring them to the College if you are planning to use the Library or other essential services.