Last updated: February 18. 2014 9:28AM - 516 Views
By - cwarner@civitasmedia.com

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UNION COUNTY — Nearly a week after being forced to close because of a winter storm system the higher educational institutions of Union County reopened their doors Monday morning.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, a winter storm system brought a total of as much as three inches of snow to Union County before finally tapering off that evening. This, however, was only the first round of precipitation, as the storm system regained strength Wednesday and began dropping not only snow but ice on the county and continuing to do so until late Thursday morning. By the time the precipitation stopped and the weather began to clear, the system had dropped as much as eight inches of snow and ice on the county.

The snow and ice blanketed the county’s roads, creating hazardous driving conditions that caused a number accidents and kept many Union County residents at home, especially on Wednesday and Thursday when conditions were at their worst. It was because of the threat the storm posed to motorists that many local institutions began closing their doors on Tuesday, among them USC Union and the Union County Advanced Technology Center.

USC Union canceled classes Tuesday morning and then sent its staff home at 10 a.m. while the Union County Advanced Technology Center closed its doors at 11 a.m. Both institutions remained closed for the rest of the week and did not reopen their doors to students until Monday morning.

Despite the campus being closed for nearly a week, USC Union Dean Dr. Alice Taylor-Colbert said Monday that she anticipated no problems with students resuming their studies.

“The storm didn’t impact us too severely,” Taylor-Colbert said. “Our faculty will make sure the students cover the material they missed. The faculty will just have to restrategize and reschedule some meetings.”

In addition to not severely impacting the educational process, Taylor-Colbert said the campus being closed during the storm helped ensure the safety of USC Union’s staff and student body.

“We’re delighted that nobody got hurt,” Taylor-Colbert said.

The Union County Advanced Technology also reopened Monday and Site Coordinator Kathy Jo Lancaster said that the center will be looking at how to help students get caught up.

“We had a flex start term that was supposed to start Thursday and we had online and classroom testing that was scheduled for last week,” Lancaster said. “We’re going to have work to reschedule those and so there’s going to be a lot of catching up and make up work to do.”

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 14.

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