Restricted access continues at WSC, plans to reopen begin

Restricted access continues at WSC, plans to reopen begin

WSC COVID-19 update.

WILLISTON, N.D. – The following is an update from Williston State College president, Dr. John Miller, on WSC’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

Dear Campus Community:

In support of and following recommendations for North Dakota’s “smart restart” return to general operations, WSC will continue to restrict access to its buildings and facilities but will begin a phased return of support staff to campus over the next two to three weeks.

Existing guidelines allow WSC employees to continue their work remotely from home, while employees considered “operationally essential” and contractors will continue working on campus.

At this time, the college is discussing a strategy for a phased return. Additional details related to this process will be communicated in the coming days.
The return to general operations will not follow a fixed timeline; rather, it is dependent on the success of “smart restart” efforts across the state.

In addition, certain conditions will be crucial to this process including:

  • Modifications to general access areas on campus and within campus buildings to support social distancing guidelines
  • Availability of masks and hand sanitizer to faculty, staff, and visitors
  • Detailed campus signage outlining procedures

The safety of the Teton and Williston communities will be of the utmost importance throughout this process.

TrainND Northwest is delivering the bulk of its safety training to trainees via distance learning from TrainND Northwest facilities. Because there is an essential need for worker safety in business and industry, there will be occasions when face-to-face safety training will be held in the coming weeks, such as the return of the Commercial Driver’s License program on May 11th. TrainND Northwest will continue to work closely with business partners and employees to ensure the safety of trainers and trainees during these times.

As I have said many times, WSC is open for business and will continue to provide educational access and opportunities for our students and stakeholders.

WSC courses will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester and commencement activities will also be delivered in a virtual format.

Current and prospective students are encouraged to contact WSC by phone or email to set up a virtual appointment to register for classes, obtain financial aid, and plan for living on campus. We are here for you.

As always, I thank you for your continuing patience and cooperation. The Teton Community is strong and resilient, and I know we will all make it through this time together.

Be smart, be safe, and stay healthy!


John Miller, Ed.D.
Williston State College

WSC encourages the community to monitor the WSC Facebook page (@willistonstate) and dedicated website page for updates.

TrainND Northwest encourages the community to monitor the TrainND Northwest Facebook page (@trainndnorthwest) and website for updates.

For more information on this message, please contact:

Dr. John Miller, President | 701.774.4231 or
Kenley Nebeker, Regional Director of Technical Programs & Training | 701.713.3780 or

For more information, please visit, call 701.774.4200, or stop by 1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND.