NAIA Finals Canceled, WIT Offering Online Courses

Mar 12, 2020

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The NAIA Division II women's national basketball tournament in Sioux City was abruptly canceled in the middle of the second day of games due to concerns over the potential spread of coronavirus.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics canceled all remaining winter championship events, including those currently underway. That includes the NAIA Division II men's basketball tournament in Sioux Falls, where Morningside College was competing for a championship. 

Western Iowa Tech Community College will extend Spring Break for students through Sunday, March 22 in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  The school will transition many of its face-to-face classes to online classes beginning March 23.  Select lab-based, hands-on courses that will meet as scheduled starting on March 23 in a face-to-face format.  WITCC employees will continue to work as scheduled and campuses will remain open. There are no identified cases of COVID-19 at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

Kirkwood College in eastern Iowa is also putting many of its classes online.  Kirkwood College said that all classes with a lecture format will not meet in person beginning March 23 through at least April 10. The college is based in Cedar Rapids but has a secondary campus in Iowa City and several centers throughout the region. The announcement comes one day after Iowa's three public universities said they would suspend in-person instruction through at least April 3.