FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Tuesday that by March 31, all Hoosiers 16 and up are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. As the vaccine becomes available to larger portions of the population, local universities feel confident that operations can return to normal come fall 2021.
Diane Calinski teaches pharmacology to second and third-year students at Manchester University.
“I teach how drugs work and how drugs are broken down by the body,” Calinski said.
Labs, research, hands-on experience - the nature of her classes require in-person instruction.
“It’s been really difficult to keep our research projects going. I’ve been able to train a few students in my lab on a one-to-one basis but their progress in the research area has definitely slowed,” she said.
That’s changing come fall 2021.
“We are really hoping to be back full, in-person this coming fall,” Associate Dean Jennifer Campbell said.
Campbell says a step toward normalcy.
The university is encouraging students on both Fort Wayne and North Manchester campuses to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, to help lower the spread.
That is also the case at Indiana Tech.
“For next year, given the improvements that we’re seeing in numbers, the increase in ability to get vaccinated and looking ahead, and also seeing how we’re doing this spring, we’re able to go back to a normal schedule,” Indiana Tech Spokesman Brian Engelhart said.
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“Everybody will be back in classrooms,” Engelhart said.
This also means the return of the traditional academic year schedule - bringing back Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks.
Virtual learning, recording lectures and other means of online learning proved helpful for students who are unable to physically be in class. Indiana Tech will continue to offer these options for students who need them.