TVCC classes zoom into virtual world

Sammy Castonguay, an earth sciences adjunct instructor at Treasure Valley Community College, conducting a general science course via Zoom at the beginning of spring term. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – A recent evening class in Sammy Castonguay’s general science course kicked off with the usual – a little introduction, attendance and some small talk about the earthquake that had rattled the region.

Less usual was the way Castonguay, an adjunct instructor in earth sciences, conducted his class, speaking into a screen in his empty classroom and staring across a sea of mini-faces on his own computer.

Like nearly every other college across America, Treasure Valley Community College is turning to virtual learning in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The college has spent weeks prepping for the move to virtual, said Abby Lee . . .