COVID-19 College Update #6

Today as we “re-start” our in-person courses in the virtual space positively impacting thousands of PVCC students, I am grateful for all of the dedicated faculty and staff who made this happen. For the last three weeks, it has been a “head’s down, all-in” approach that resulted in all courses (except for several CTE skill-based courses) moving to the online environment.

Beginning next week, the President’s Leadership Team will begin to shift our attention away from operational/implementation issues to a more strategic position. We will begin with questions such as “What do students want from PVCC in a post COVID-19 environment?” “What are the varied scenarios we can expect when students, faculty, and staff return to campus and in-person delivery of teaching and learning.?” What should we expect in terms of enrollment for summer and fall in 2020, as well as spring 2021?” and “How do we make decisions going forward with the high level of environmental unknowns?”  During this time, I will be inviting additional faculty and staff to join in this conversation.

Operational Updates: a) it is likely that system-level decisions around summer school (i.e. online or in-person) will be made this week to allow for thoughtful preparation; b) distribution of laptops continue and will result in approximately 100 machines loaned to students in need; and c) significant efforts are being made across the college to proactively reach out to students to proactively offer assistance and support.

Student Emergency Fund:  Please join me in supporting our students by making a donation to the PVCC Student Emergency Fund, which will aid students who may be experiencing an immediate, unexpected and critical financial hardship, such as recent unemployment or a reduction in work hours, unanticipated childcare expenses, a new need for technology access at home to keep up with studies online, or basic necessities like food or shelter.

PVCC’s Diversity Award Winner: Join me in congratulating the Foster Champion Program led by Dr. Anne Suzuki, Lori Espinoza, Christine Berry, Viviana Jacques and Sam Garmen (District Office)

Next All-College Meeting – WednesdayApril 8, 20202:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Please join your colleagues online or over the phone. We’ll kick off the meeting hearing from several of our students.

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 Please take care.