COVID-19 Updates

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 1:24 pm

New Financial Assistance Available for Students - Summer

Important - NEW Financial Assistance Available for Students!

  • The CARES Act Grant Application is now open for Miramar College Students.  Deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 9th.  View Eligibility Requirements

 


Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 10:06 am

CARES Act Guidelines Update

Great News! The US District Court recently issued a preliminary injunction allowing us to extend Miramar College's Summer CARES Act Emergency Aid to a broader group of students. While we adjust our process to meet updated guidelines we have temporarily removed the CARES Act application link and will relaunch our application process on June 29th. Student who have already submitted a Summer CARES Act application will not need to reapply.  

In addition due to this recent change in guidelines and the overwhelming financial need of our students, we may be making adjustments to the amount of the Summer 2020 CARES Act award in order to ensure we provide financial support to as many students as possible.  More details will be provided in the coming days.

We thank you for your dedicate and endurance in continuing your studies with us during these challenging times.


Monday, June 22, 2020 - 4:30 pm

Important - NEW Financial Assistance Available for Students!

 


Friday, June 19, 2020 - 7:17 pm

COVID-19 Update #10 from Chancellor Carroll

I am writing to you on Juneteenth, the day that marks the final notice of emancipation of enslaved people in 1865. It is an ironic date, because of the callous decision in Texas to withhold this information from enslaved people who had actually been legally emancipated in 1863.  It is also a hopeful date, because it does celebrate liberation.  In the meantime, as Juneteenth celebrations and discussions are taking place across the nation, it is also a continuing time of turmoil regarding how the legacy of slavery continues to affect current events, including violence and brutality conducted by some who are charged with protecting the people, while thousands of people in every state have taken to the streets and to communication vehicles in protest. And, in the midst of all of this, the COVID-19 crisis is still with us and, in more than a dozen states, including California, is dramatically increasing.  This is a time for thoughtful action, and that is what I am writing about today.

Let me begin, as always, by thanking you for the extraordinary job you have all been doing in moving our District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward in meeting our two goals:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations.  The faculty’s great efforts to provide online instruction and the great efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

Let me bring you up-to-date about our current plans:

SUMMER SESSION

The summer session is successfully underway, with strong enrollment, although with not as many classes as the previous summer.  Everyone seems to have settled into the online format more comfortably.  Although this is by no means an ideal form of instruction, students are able to pursue their education in an uninterrupted manner.

CONVERSION OF SOME CLASS COMPONENTS TO ON-CAMPUS

As I have shared before and as many of you have discussed in your meetings, some classes just cannot be completed in the online format, and we have a number of students who ended the spring semester in an “in progress” mode.  Because of this situation, some laboratory, clinical, and career-technical class components are being moved to the campuses, effective June 22, so that the hands-on requirements can be met and students can complete their spring semester classes.  Strict health checks, equipment (PPE),  and protocols will be observed for these classes and everyone will be required to comply with them.  Here is a summary of these instructional changes:

·City College – Nursing (However, there are still problems in obtaining Hospital internships for clinical experience)

·Mesa College – Allied Health classes and Culinary Arts classes

·Miramar College – Fire Academy and Emergency Medical Technician Academy (Police Academy to be addressed later)

·Continuing Education – A pilot program in Welding

The Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, and Faculty are hoping to learn a lot from this initiative, which can be useful in converting other sections in a subsequent semester as well.

THE FALL SEMESTER

The fall semester will continue to be offered online. However, the Colleges and Continuing Education are planning to expand the on-campus components for selected classes.  The health requirements for these classes will be strict.

The Presidents and the campus leadership groups are having discussions with their athletics departments regarding how to approach fall sports.  No final decisions have been made as yet and no final guidance has been provided by the California Community Colleges Athletic Association, which regulates community college intercollegiate sports. Because of the importance of sports to many of our student-athletes as an avenue for their development, as well as for their future transfer opportunities, everyone hopes to see some form of continuation – but only if it is safe to do so.

COMMENCEMENT

As was reported before, this year’s commencements will all be virtual.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, Continuing Education, and the District  have been working with a company called Marching Order to develop these virtual commencements.  Although it is the company’s practice not to release the links until 3 days prior to the commencements, the date and times have been set, as follows:

All commencements will take place on Friday, July 17:

10:00 a.m.       Mesa College

1:00 p.m.         Miramar College

3:00 p.m.         Continuing Education

5:00 p.m.         City College

 

RETURNING TO CAMPUS OR DISTRICT DEPARTMENTS

As I have stated earlier, we will continue to work remotely for some time to come, probably through much if not all of the fall semester. Our return to onsite operations will depend entirely upon the status of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and the directions we receive from health officials and the governor.  However, we are already starting the planning process to govern a safe return, which, when it does occur, will probably be phased-in.  The Chancellor’s Cabinet formed a task force to review data and models for this eventuality, and the task force has already begun its work in shaping principles, protocols, and processes for returning.  Members of the task force (who are not representing institutions, but functions) are:

Will Surbrook, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Susan Topham, Dean, Mesa College

Brett Bell, Vice President of Administrative Services, Miramar College

Chris Manis, Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management

Laura Murphy, Academic Senate President, Miramar College

John Bromma, Academic Senate President, Continuing Education

Neil Kovrig, Classified Senate President, Continuing Education

Jim Mahler, President, AFT Guild

Danielle Short, Representative, AFT Guild, Classified

 

Thank you, again, for your patience and support.  Please know that the Board of Trustees and I are proud of you, and that your input and suggestions are welcome as we continue to move forward together.

Stay well!


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:23 am

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

San Diego Miramar College

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

 

The CARES Act application has now closed. The deadline to apply was May 25, 2020.

Through the support of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

 

SD Miramar College will be using a district-wide online application to develop a list of eligible students to receive funding from the allotted CARES Act funds. The application will be sent to students through their mySDCCD student portal the week of May 11th.  The application link will also be available on our campus website and through social media as well.

 

If you are a SD Miramar College student who meets FAFSA eligibility criteria and you have encountered economic hardships as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for an emergency grant of up to $350.  As funds are limited, submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance award.


 

Eligibility Requirements

 

You are eligible to receive funds if you meet the following requirements:

  • SD Miramar is your primary campus of attendance (i.e., campus of record) 
  • You are currently enrolled at SD Miramar for at least 6 units during Spring 2020
  • You have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, or,
  • You are eligible to complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020
    • You have a valid Social Security Number
    • You have registered with selective service (males only)
    • You have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
    • You are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You have met financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards
  • You are not in default on a Title IV federal student loan or owe a refund on a Title IV federal student grant or loan overpayment

You are not eligible to receive funds if you are a/an:

  • International Student
  • Undocumented Student
  • Non-matriculated student
  • Student enrolled in distance-only degree programs

 

 


 

Qualified COVID-19 expenses include economic hardships related to: 

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare

 

About the Fund 

  • SD Miramar will provide eligible full-time students (12 units or more) with an emergency grant of $350.  Eligible part-time students (6 - 11.9 units) will received an emergency grant of $300.  
  • Initial awards will be distributed for the Spring 2020 term.  If funds remain after the Spring disbursement, additional awards may be awarded for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms until all the CARES Act funds are exhausted.
  • This award is not a loan and does not have to be paid back
  • Funding from the CARES Act Grant will not impact a student’s financial aid package.
  • CARES Act grants cannot be used to cover and satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The student may use their emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including, hardships related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Deadline:

Students must apply for funds by Monday, May 25, 2020.  Submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance of an award.  To have the best opportunity to receive this funding, please apply soon.  

Receiving the Award

  • Applicants will be provided with a link to check the status of their application 
  • Funds will be awarded by check and mailed to the student’s current mailing address only.
  • Please check that your current MAILING address is correct in your mySDCCD student portal.
  • If needed, click here for instructions on updating your contact information.

For questions email miraaid@sdccd.edu

 

 


Friday, May 8, 2020 - 9:29 pm

Fall Semester to be Held Primarily Online

Fall semester classes across the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) will be offered primarily through online and distance education. The decision was announced this week by SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll in an email to the district’s 5,000 employees. The district’s 100,000 students also are being informed.

Chancellor Carroll offered that the district, which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges and San Diego Continuing Education, will make an effort to allow some exceptions for classes such as science, clinical and career-technical labs, classes for first responders, and others which are difficult to offer completely online. In those cases, however, social distancing and other health protocols would need to be closely followed.

Chancellor Carroll said it was important to make the decision about modality for the fall semester early enough to allow the faculty and the campuses to prepare. She also announced that the district and the campuses would be providing additional professional development to ensure the highest quality of instruction and student support during this online phase. 

The district has also begun discussions regarding a phased-in approach that would determine when employees might return to work.  However, as with classes, the work environment would need to be safe for employees.

“Never in my years in higher education have I seen a crisis of this magnitude, certainly never in my 28 years in the San Diego Community College District,” said Chancellor Carroll. “And the Board of Trustees and I have never been prouder of how faculty, staff, students, and alumni have responded. Their efforts have been extraordinary and have enabled the district to continue to meet the educational needs of students and the community.”

The SDCCD converted over 5,000 classes to all-online instruction on March 23. Since then, it has also announced that summer classes will be held online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and that commencement ceremonies will be conducted virtually in mid-July. Thousands of district students have been provided with laptops, wifi hubs, and other equipment to ensure they can continue their studies. In addition, hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and emergency grants have been secured to assist students — many of whom have lost jobs.

The district estimates it has incurred approximately $4 million in unanticipated costs thus far due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 3:15 pm

Chancellor's COVID-19 Update - May 5, 2020

On May 5, 2020, Chancellor Constance Carroll issued a COVID-19 Update in regards to course offerings for the Fall semester.  This update stated that the District course offerings will be primarily online and via distance education.  The District is  planning for and hopes to achieve several exceptions for Science Labs, Career Technical Labs, Nursing and Allied Health Clinical labs.  


Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 2:26 pm

Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity

The governor announced yesterday that two new initiatives to combat food insecurity. First, CalFresh recipients will receive the maximum benefits for the month of May and also can now use their EBT card to make purchases online at Amazon and Walmart. Find more information about the program, get instructions on how to apply for CalFresh and learn about other emergency food benefits at this website.   


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:06 am

CDC Update on COVID-19 Symptoms

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new symptoms to its official list of for COVID-19. Along with the known symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath, the new ones include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. As health experts continue to learn more about the disease, it is likely that other symptoms will be added to that list, said the head of a panel of epidemiologists that makes recommendations to the CDC about how to track and report diseases.


Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:04 pm

Academic Skills Workshops

The WELL (Writing and English Language Lab) at Miramar now offers online academic skills workshops. We currently offer recurring workshops on writing, listening/speaking skills, and academic formatting/academic integrity. Please share this information with students. 

All workshops are on a drop-in basis. Students may attend for the duration or come and go as needed. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 1:24 pm

New Financial Assistance Available for Students - Summer

Important - NEW Financial Assistance Available for Students!

  • The CARES Act Grant Application is now open for Miramar College Students.  Deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 9th.  View Eligibility Requirements

 


Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 10:06 am

CARES Act Guidelines Update

Great News! The US District Court recently issued a preliminary injunction allowing us to extend Miramar College's Summer CARES Act Emergency Aid to a broader group of students. While we adjust our process to meet updated guidelines we have temporarily removed the CARES Act application link and will relaunch our application process on June 29th. Student who have already submitted a Summer CARES Act application will not need to reapply.  

In addition due to this recent change in guidelines and the overwhelming financial need of our students, we may be making adjustments to the amount of the Summer 2020 CARES Act award in order to ensure we provide financial support to as many students as possible.  More details will be provided in the coming days.

We thank you for your dedicate and endurance in continuing your studies with us during these challenging times.


Monday, June 22, 2020 - 4:30 pm

Important - NEW Financial Assistance Available for Students!

 


Friday, June 19, 2020 - 7:17 pm

COVID-19 Update #10 from Chancellor Carroll

I am writing to you on Juneteenth, the day that marks the final notice of emancipation of enslaved people in 1865. It is an ironic date, because of the callous decision in Texas to withhold this information from enslaved people who had actually been legally emancipated in 1863.  It is also a hopeful date, because it does celebrate liberation.  In the meantime, as Juneteenth celebrations and discussions are taking place across the nation, it is also a continuing time of turmoil regarding how the legacy of slavery continues to affect current events, including violence and brutality conducted by some who are charged with protecting the people, while thousands of people in every state have taken to the streets and to communication vehicles in protest. And, in the midst of all of this, the COVID-19 crisis is still with us and, in more than a dozen states, including California, is dramatically increasing.  This is a time for thoughtful action, and that is what I am writing about today.

Let me begin, as always, by thanking you for the extraordinary job you have all been doing in moving our District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward in meeting our two goals:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations.  The faculty’s great efforts to provide online instruction and the great efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

Let me bring you up-to-date about our current plans:

SUMMER SESSION

The summer session is successfully underway, with strong enrollment, although with not as many classes as the previous summer.  Everyone seems to have settled into the online format more comfortably.  Although this is by no means an ideal form of instruction, students are able to pursue their education in an uninterrupted manner.

CONVERSION OF SOME CLASS COMPONENTS TO ON-CAMPUS

As I have shared before and as many of you have discussed in your meetings, some classes just cannot be completed in the online format, and we have a number of students who ended the spring semester in an “in progress” mode.  Because of this situation, some laboratory, clinical, and career-technical class components are being moved to the campuses, effective June 22, so that the hands-on requirements can be met and students can complete their spring semester classes.  Strict health checks, equipment (PPE),  and protocols will be observed for these classes and everyone will be required to comply with them.  Here is a summary of these instructional changes:

·City College – Nursing (However, there are still problems in obtaining Hospital internships for clinical experience)

·Mesa College – Allied Health classes and Culinary Arts classes

·Miramar College – Fire Academy and Emergency Medical Technician Academy (Police Academy to be addressed later)

·Continuing Education – A pilot program in Welding

The Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, and Faculty are hoping to learn a lot from this initiative, which can be useful in converting other sections in a subsequent semester as well.

THE FALL SEMESTER

The fall semester will continue to be offered online. However, the Colleges and Continuing Education are planning to expand the on-campus components for selected classes.  The health requirements for these classes will be strict.

The Presidents and the campus leadership groups are having discussions with their athletics departments regarding how to approach fall sports.  No final decisions have been made as yet and no final guidance has been provided by the California Community Colleges Athletic Association, which regulates community college intercollegiate sports. Because of the importance of sports to many of our student-athletes as an avenue for their development, as well as for their future transfer opportunities, everyone hopes to see some form of continuation – but only if it is safe to do so.

COMMENCEMENT

As was reported before, this year’s commencements will all be virtual.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, Continuing Education, and the District  have been working with a company called Marching Order to develop these virtual commencements.  Although it is the company’s practice not to release the links until 3 days prior to the commencements, the date and times have been set, as follows:

All commencements will take place on Friday, July 17:

10:00 a.m.       Mesa College

1:00 p.m.         Miramar College

3:00 p.m.         Continuing Education

5:00 p.m.         City College

 

RETURNING TO CAMPUS OR DISTRICT DEPARTMENTS

As I have stated earlier, we will continue to work remotely for some time to come, probably through much if not all of the fall semester. Our return to onsite operations will depend entirely upon the status of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and the directions we receive from health officials and the governor.  However, we are already starting the planning process to govern a safe return, which, when it does occur, will probably be phased-in.  The Chancellor’s Cabinet formed a task force to review data and models for this eventuality, and the task force has already begun its work in shaping principles, protocols, and processes for returning.  Members of the task force (who are not representing institutions, but functions) are:

Will Surbrook, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Susan Topham, Dean, Mesa College

Brett Bell, Vice President of Administrative Services, Miramar College

Chris Manis, Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management

Laura Murphy, Academic Senate President, Miramar College

John Bromma, Academic Senate President, Continuing Education

Neil Kovrig, Classified Senate President, Continuing Education

Jim Mahler, President, AFT Guild

Danielle Short, Representative, AFT Guild, Classified

 

Thank you, again, for your patience and support.  Please know that the Board of Trustees and I are proud of you, and that your input and suggestions are welcome as we continue to move forward together.

Stay well!


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:23 am

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

San Diego Miramar College

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

 

The CARES Act application has now closed. The deadline to apply was May 25, 2020.

Through the support of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

 

SD Miramar College will be using a district-wide online application to develop a list of eligible students to receive funding from the allotted CARES Act funds. The application will be sent to students through their mySDCCD student portal the week of May 11th.  The application link will also be available on our campus website and through social media as well.

 

If you are a SD Miramar College student who meets FAFSA eligibility criteria and you have encountered economic hardships as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for an emergency grant of up to $350.  As funds are limited, submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance award.


 

Eligibility Requirements

 

You are eligible to receive funds if you meet the following requirements:

  • SD Miramar is your primary campus of attendance (i.e., campus of record) 
  • You are currently enrolled at SD Miramar for at least 6 units during Spring 2020
  • You have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, or,
  • You are eligible to complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020
    • You have a valid Social Security Number
    • You have registered with selective service (males only)
    • You have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
    • You are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You have met financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards
  • You are not in default on a Title IV federal student loan or owe a refund on a Title IV federal student grant or loan overpayment

You are not eligible to receive funds if you are a/an:

  • International Student
  • Undocumented Student
  • Non-matriculated student
  • Student enrolled in distance-only degree programs

 

 


 

Qualified COVID-19 expenses include economic hardships related to: 

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare

 

About the Fund 

  • SD Miramar will provide eligible full-time students (12 units or more) with an emergency grant of $350.  Eligible part-time students (6 - 11.9 units) will received an emergency grant of $300.  
  • Initial awards will be distributed for the Spring 2020 term.  If funds remain after the Spring disbursement, additional awards may be awarded for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms until all the CARES Act funds are exhausted.
  • This award is not a loan and does not have to be paid back
  • Funding from the CARES Act Grant will not impact a student’s financial aid package.
  • CARES Act grants cannot be used to cover and satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The student may use their emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including, hardships related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Deadline:

Students must apply for funds by Monday, May 25, 2020.  Submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance of an award.  To have the best opportunity to receive this funding, please apply soon.  

Receiving the Award

  • Applicants will be provided with a link to check the status of their application 
  • Funds will be awarded by check and mailed to the student’s current mailing address only.
  • Please check that your current MAILING address is correct in your mySDCCD student portal.
  • If needed, click here for instructions on updating your contact information.

For questions email miraaid@sdccd.edu

 

 


Friday, May 8, 2020 - 9:29 pm

Fall Semester to be Held Primarily Online

Fall semester classes across the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) will be offered primarily through online and distance education. The decision was announced this week by SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll in an email to the district’s 5,000 employees. The district’s 100,000 students also are being informed.

Chancellor Carroll offered that the district, which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges and San Diego Continuing Education, will make an effort to allow some exceptions for classes such as science, clinical and career-technical labs, classes for first responders, and others which are difficult to offer completely online. In those cases, however, social distancing and other health protocols would need to be closely followed.

Chancellor Carroll said it was important to make the decision about modality for the fall semester early enough to allow the faculty and the campuses to prepare. She also announced that the district and the campuses would be providing additional professional development to ensure the highest quality of instruction and student support during this online phase. 

The district has also begun discussions regarding a phased-in approach that would determine when employees might return to work.  However, as with classes, the work environment would need to be safe for employees.

“Never in my years in higher education have I seen a crisis of this magnitude, certainly never in my 28 years in the San Diego Community College District,” said Chancellor Carroll. “And the Board of Trustees and I have never been prouder of how faculty, staff, students, and alumni have responded. Their efforts have been extraordinary and have enabled the district to continue to meet the educational needs of students and the community.”

The SDCCD converted over 5,000 classes to all-online instruction on March 23. Since then, it has also announced that summer classes will be held online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and that commencement ceremonies will be conducted virtually in mid-July. Thousands of district students have been provided with laptops, wifi hubs, and other equipment to ensure they can continue their studies. In addition, hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and emergency grants have been secured to assist students — many of whom have lost jobs.

The district estimates it has incurred approximately $4 million in unanticipated costs thus far due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 3:15 pm

Chancellor's COVID-19 Update - May 5, 2020

On May 5, 2020, Chancellor Constance Carroll issued a COVID-19 Update in regards to course offerings for the Fall semester.  This update stated that the District course offerings will be primarily online and via distance education.  The District is  planning for and hopes to achieve several exceptions for Science Labs, Career Technical Labs, Nursing and Allied Health Clinical labs.  


Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 2:26 pm

Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity

The governor announced yesterday that two new initiatives to combat food insecurity. First, CalFresh recipients will receive the maximum benefits for the month of May and also can now use their EBT card to make purchases online at Amazon and Walmart. Find more information about the program, get instructions on how to apply for CalFresh and learn about other emergency food benefits at this website.   


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:06 am

CDC Update on COVID-19 Symptoms

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new symptoms to its official list of for COVID-19. Along with the known symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath, the new ones include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. As health experts continue to learn more about the disease, it is likely that other symptoms will be added to that list, said the head of a panel of epidemiologists that makes recommendations to the CDC about how to track and report diseases.


Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:04 pm

Academic Skills Workshops

The WELL (Writing and English Language Lab) at Miramar now offers online academic skills workshops. We currently offer recurring workshops on writing, listening/speaking skills, and academic formatting/academic integrity. Please share this information with students. 

All workshops are on a drop-in basis. Students may attend for the duration or come and go as needed. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 1:24 pm

New Financial Assistance Available for Students - Summer

Important - NEW Financial Assistance Available for Students!

  • The CARES Act Grant Application is now open for Miramar College Students.  Deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 9th.  View Eligibility Requirements

 


Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 10:06 am

CARES Act Guidelines Update

Great News! The US District Court recently issued a preliminary injunction allowing us to extend Miramar College's Summer CARES Act Emergency Aid to a broader group of students. While we adjust our process to meet updated guidelines we have temporarily removed the CARES Act application link and will relaunch our application process on June 29th. Student who have already submitted a Summer CARES Act application will not need to reapply.  

In addition due to this recent change in guidelines and the overwhelming financial need of our students, we may be making adjustments to the amount of the Summer 2020 CARES Act award in order to ensure we provide financial support to as many students as possible.  More details will be provided in the coming days.

We thank you for your dedicate and endurance in continuing your studies with us during these challenging times.


Monday, June 22, 2020 - 4:30 pm

Important - NEW Financial Assistance Available for Students!

 


Friday, June 19, 2020 - 7:17 pm

COVID-19 Update #10 from Chancellor Carroll

I am writing to you on Juneteenth, the day that marks the final notice of emancipation of enslaved people in 1865. It is an ironic date, because of the callous decision in Texas to withhold this information from enslaved people who had actually been legally emancipated in 1863.  It is also a hopeful date, because it does celebrate liberation.  In the meantime, as Juneteenth celebrations and discussions are taking place across the nation, it is also a continuing time of turmoil regarding how the legacy of slavery continues to affect current events, including violence and brutality conducted by some who are charged with protecting the people, while thousands of people in every state have taken to the streets and to communication vehicles in protest. And, in the midst of all of this, the COVID-19 crisis is still with us and, in more than a dozen states, including California, is dramatically increasing.  This is a time for thoughtful action, and that is what I am writing about today.

Let me begin, as always, by thanking you for the extraordinary job you have all been doing in moving our District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward in meeting our two goals:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations.  The faculty’s great efforts to provide online instruction and the great efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

Let me bring you up-to-date about our current plans:

SUMMER SESSION

The summer session is successfully underway, with strong enrollment, although with not as many classes as the previous summer.  Everyone seems to have settled into the online format more comfortably.  Although this is by no means an ideal form of instruction, students are able to pursue their education in an uninterrupted manner.

CONVERSION OF SOME CLASS COMPONENTS TO ON-CAMPUS

As I have shared before and as many of you have discussed in your meetings, some classes just cannot be completed in the online format, and we have a number of students who ended the spring semester in an “in progress” mode.  Because of this situation, some laboratory, clinical, and career-technical class components are being moved to the campuses, effective June 22, so that the hands-on requirements can be met and students can complete their spring semester classes.  Strict health checks, equipment (PPE),  and protocols will be observed for these classes and everyone will be required to comply with them.  Here is a summary of these instructional changes:

·City College – Nursing (However, there are still problems in obtaining Hospital internships for clinical experience)

·Mesa College – Allied Health classes and Culinary Arts classes

·Miramar College – Fire Academy and Emergency Medical Technician Academy (Police Academy to be addressed later)

·Continuing Education – A pilot program in Welding

The Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, and Faculty are hoping to learn a lot from this initiative, which can be useful in converting other sections in a subsequent semester as well.

THE FALL SEMESTER

The fall semester will continue to be offered online. However, the Colleges and Continuing Education are planning to expand the on-campus components for selected classes.  The health requirements for these classes will be strict.

The Presidents and the campus leadership groups are having discussions with their athletics departments regarding how to approach fall sports.  No final decisions have been made as yet and no final guidance has been provided by the California Community Colleges Athletic Association, which regulates community college intercollegiate sports. Because of the importance of sports to many of our student-athletes as an avenue for their development, as well as for their future transfer opportunities, everyone hopes to see some form of continuation – but only if it is safe to do so.

COMMENCEMENT

As was reported before, this year’s commencements will all be virtual.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, Continuing Education, and the District  have been working with a company called Marching Order to develop these virtual commencements.  Although it is the company’s practice not to release the links until 3 days prior to the commencements, the date and times have been set, as follows:

All commencements will take place on Friday, July 17:

10:00 a.m.       Mesa College

1:00 p.m.         Miramar College

3:00 p.m.         Continuing Education

5:00 p.m.         City College

 

RETURNING TO CAMPUS OR DISTRICT DEPARTMENTS

As I have stated earlier, we will continue to work remotely for some time to come, probably through much if not all of the fall semester. Our return to onsite operations will depend entirely upon the status of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and the directions we receive from health officials and the governor.  However, we are already starting the planning process to govern a safe return, which, when it does occur, will probably be phased-in.  The Chancellor’s Cabinet formed a task force to review data and models for this eventuality, and the task force has already begun its work in shaping principles, protocols, and processes for returning.  Members of the task force (who are not representing institutions, but functions) are:

Will Surbrook, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Susan Topham, Dean, Mesa College

Brett Bell, Vice President of Administrative Services, Miramar College

Chris Manis, Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management

Laura Murphy, Academic Senate President, Miramar College

John Bromma, Academic Senate President, Continuing Education

Neil Kovrig, Classified Senate President, Continuing Education

Jim Mahler, President, AFT Guild

Danielle Short, Representative, AFT Guild, Classified

 

Thank you, again, for your patience and support.  Please know that the Board of Trustees and I are proud of you, and that your input and suggestions are welcome as we continue to move forward together.

Stay well!


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:23 am

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

San Diego Miramar College

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

 

The CARES Act application has now closed. The deadline to apply was May 25, 2020.

Through the support of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

 

SD Miramar College will be using a district-wide online application to develop a list of eligible students to receive funding from the allotted CARES Act funds. The application will be sent to students through their mySDCCD student portal the week of May 11th.  The application link will also be available on our campus website and through social media as well.

 

If you are a SD Miramar College student who meets FAFSA eligibility criteria and you have encountered economic hardships as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for an emergency grant of up to $350.  As funds are limited, submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance award.


 

Eligibility Requirements

 

You are eligible to receive funds if you meet the following requirements:

  • SD Miramar is your primary campus of attendance (i.e., campus of record) 
  • You are currently enrolled at SD Miramar for at least 6 units during Spring 2020
  • You have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, or,
  • You are eligible to complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020
    • You have a valid Social Security Number
    • You have registered with selective service (males only)
    • You have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
    • You are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You have met financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards
  • You are not in default on a Title IV federal student loan or owe a refund on a Title IV federal student grant or loan overpayment

You are not eligible to receive funds if you are a/an:

  • International Student
  • Undocumented Student
  • Non-matriculated student
  • Student enrolled in distance-only degree programs

 

 


 

Qualified COVID-19 expenses include economic hardships related to: 

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare

 

About the Fund 

  • SD Miramar will provide eligible full-time students (12 units or more) with an emergency grant of $350.  Eligible part-time students (6 - 11.9 units) will received an emergency grant of $300.  
  • Initial awards will be distributed for the Spring 2020 term.  If funds remain after the Spring disbursement, additional awards may be awarded for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms until all the CARES Act funds are exhausted.
  • This award is not a loan and does not have to be paid back
  • Funding from the CARES Act Grant will not impact a student’s financial aid package.
  • CARES Act grants cannot be used to cover and satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The student may use their emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including, hardships related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Deadline:

Students must apply for funds by Monday, May 25, 2020.  Submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance of an award.  To have the best opportunity to receive this funding, please apply soon.  

Receiving the Award

  • Applicants will be provided with a link to check the status of their application 
  • Funds will be awarded by check and mailed to the student’s current mailing address only.
  • Please check that your current MAILING address is correct in your mySDCCD student portal.
  • If needed, click here for instructions on updating your contact information.

For questions email miraaid@sdccd.edu

 

 


Friday, May 8, 2020 - 9:29 pm

Fall Semester to be Held Primarily Online

Fall semester classes across the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) will be offered primarily through online and distance education. The decision was announced this week by SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll in an email to the district’s 5,000 employees. The district’s 100,000 students also are being informed.

Chancellor Carroll offered that the district, which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges and San Diego Continuing Education, will make an effort to allow some exceptions for classes such as science, clinical and career-technical labs, classes for first responders, and others which are difficult to offer completely online. In those cases, however, social distancing and other health protocols would need to be closely followed.

Chancellor Carroll said it was important to make the decision about modality for the fall semester early enough to allow the faculty and the campuses to prepare. She also announced that the district and the campuses would be providing additional professional development to ensure the highest quality of instruction and student support during this online phase. 

The district has also begun discussions regarding a phased-in approach that would determine when employees might return to work.  However, as with classes, the work environment would need to be safe for employees.

“Never in my years in higher education have I seen a crisis of this magnitude, certainly never in my 28 years in the San Diego Community College District,” said Chancellor Carroll. “And the Board of Trustees and I have never been prouder of how faculty, staff, students, and alumni have responded. Their efforts have been extraordinary and have enabled the district to continue to meet the educational needs of students and the community.”

The SDCCD converted over 5,000 classes to all-online instruction on March 23. Since then, it has also announced that summer classes will be held online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and that commencement ceremonies will be conducted virtually in mid-July. Thousands of district students have been provided with laptops, wifi hubs, and other equipment to ensure they can continue their studies. In addition, hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and emergency grants have been secured to assist students — many of whom have lost jobs.

The district estimates it has incurred approximately $4 million in unanticipated costs thus far due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 3:15 pm

Chancellor's COVID-19 Update - May 5, 2020

On May 5, 2020, Chancellor Constance Carroll issued a COVID-19 Update in regards to course offerings for the Fall semester.  This update stated that the District course offerings will be primarily online and via distance education.  The District is  planning for and hopes to achieve several exceptions for Science Labs, Career Technical Labs, Nursing and Allied Health Clinical labs.  


Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 2:26 pm

Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity

The governor announced yesterday that two new initiatives to combat food insecurity. First, CalFresh recipients will receive the maximum benefits for the month of May and also can now use their EBT card to make purchases online at Amazon and Walmart. Find more information about the program, get instructions on how to apply for CalFresh and learn about other emergency food benefits at this website.   


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:06 am

CDC Update on COVID-19 Symptoms

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new symptoms to its official list of for COVID-19. Along with the known symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath, the new ones include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. As health experts continue to learn more about the disease, it is likely that other symptoms will be added to that list, said the head of a panel of epidemiologists that makes recommendations to the CDC about how to track and report diseases.


Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:04 pm

Academic Skills Workshops

The WELL (Writing and English Language Lab) at Miramar now offers online academic skills workshops. We currently offer recurring workshops on writing, listening/speaking skills, and academic formatting/academic integrity. Please share this information with students. 

All workshops are on a drop-in basis. Students may attend for the duration or come and go as needed. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 1:24 pm

New Financial Assistance Available for Students - Summer

Important - NEW Financial Assistance Available for Students!

  • The CARES Act Grant Application is now open for Miramar College Students.  Deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 9th.  View Eligibility Requirements

 


Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 10:06 am

CARES Act Guidelines Update

Great News! The US District Court recently issued a preliminary injunction allowing us to extend Miramar College's Summer CARES Act Emergency Aid to a broader group of students. While we adjust our process to meet updated guidelines we have temporarily removed the CARES Act application link and will relaunch our application process on June 29th. Student who have already submitted a Summer CARES Act application will not need to reapply.  

In addition due to this recent change in guidelines and the overwhelming financial need of our students, we may be making adjustments to the amount of the Summer 2020 CARES Act award in order to ensure we provide financial support to as many students as possible.  More details will be provided in the coming days.

We thank you for your dedicate and endurance in continuing your studies with us during these challenging times.


Monday, June 22, 2020 - 4:30 pm

Important - NEW Financial Assistance Available for Students!

 


Friday, June 19, 2020 - 7:17 pm

COVID-19 Update #10 from Chancellor Carroll

I am writing to you on Juneteenth, the day that marks the final notice of emancipation of enslaved people in 1865. It is an ironic date, because of the callous decision in Texas to withhold this information from enslaved people who had actually been legally emancipated in 1863.  It is also a hopeful date, because it does celebrate liberation.  In the meantime, as Juneteenth celebrations and discussions are taking place across the nation, it is also a continuing time of turmoil regarding how the legacy of slavery continues to affect current events, including violence and brutality conducted by some who are charged with protecting the people, while thousands of people in every state have taken to the streets and to communication vehicles in protest. And, in the midst of all of this, the COVID-19 crisis is still with us and, in more than a dozen states, including California, is dramatically increasing.  This is a time for thoughtful action, and that is what I am writing about today.

Let me begin, as always, by thanking you for the extraordinary job you have all been doing in moving our District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward in meeting our two goals:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations.  The faculty’s great efforts to provide online instruction and the great efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

Let me bring you up-to-date about our current plans:

SUMMER SESSION

The summer session is successfully underway, with strong enrollment, although with not as many classes as the previous summer.  Everyone seems to have settled into the online format more comfortably.  Although this is by no means an ideal form of instruction, students are able to pursue their education in an uninterrupted manner.

CONVERSION OF SOME CLASS COMPONENTS TO ON-CAMPUS

As I have shared before and as many of you have discussed in your meetings, some classes just cannot be completed in the online format, and we have a number of students who ended the spring semester in an “in progress” mode.  Because of this situation, some laboratory, clinical, and career-technical class components are being moved to the campuses, effective June 22, so that the hands-on requirements can be met and students can complete their spring semester classes.  Strict health checks, equipment (PPE),  and protocols will be observed for these classes and everyone will be required to comply with them.  Here is a summary of these instructional changes:

·City College – Nursing (However, there are still problems in obtaining Hospital internships for clinical experience)

·Mesa College – Allied Health classes and Culinary Arts classes

·Miramar College – Fire Academy and Emergency Medical Technician Academy (Police Academy to be addressed later)

·Continuing Education – A pilot program in Welding

The Presidents, Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, and Faculty are hoping to learn a lot from this initiative, which can be useful in converting other sections in a subsequent semester as well.

THE FALL SEMESTER

The fall semester will continue to be offered online. However, the Colleges and Continuing Education are planning to expand the on-campus components for selected classes.  The health requirements for these classes will be strict.

The Presidents and the campus leadership groups are having discussions with their athletics departments regarding how to approach fall sports.  No final decisions have been made as yet and no final guidance has been provided by the California Community Colleges Athletic Association, which regulates community college intercollegiate sports. Because of the importance of sports to many of our student-athletes as an avenue for their development, as well as for their future transfer opportunities, everyone hopes to see some form of continuation – but only if it is safe to do so.

COMMENCEMENT

As was reported before, this year’s commencements will all be virtual.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, Continuing Education, and the District  have been working with a company called Marching Order to develop these virtual commencements.  Although it is the company’s practice not to release the links until 3 days prior to the commencements, the date and times have been set, as follows:

All commencements will take place on Friday, July 17:

10:00 a.m.       Mesa College

1:00 p.m.         Miramar College

3:00 p.m.         Continuing Education

5:00 p.m.         City College

 

RETURNING TO CAMPUS OR DISTRICT DEPARTMENTS

As I have stated earlier, we will continue to work remotely for some time to come, probably through much if not all of the fall semester. Our return to onsite operations will depend entirely upon the status of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and the directions we receive from health officials and the governor.  However, we are already starting the planning process to govern a safe return, which, when it does occur, will probably be phased-in.  The Chancellor’s Cabinet formed a task force to review data and models for this eventuality, and the task force has already begun its work in shaping principles, protocols, and processes for returning.  Members of the task force (who are not representing institutions, but functions) are:

Will Surbrook, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Susan Topham, Dean, Mesa College

Brett Bell, Vice President of Administrative Services, Miramar College

Chris Manis, Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management

Laura Murphy, Academic Senate President, Miramar College

John Bromma, Academic Senate President, Continuing Education

Neil Kovrig, Classified Senate President, Continuing Education

Jim Mahler, President, AFT Guild

Danielle Short, Representative, AFT Guild, Classified

 

Thank you, again, for your patience and support.  Please know that the Board of Trustees and I are proud of you, and that your input and suggestions are welcome as we continue to move forward together.

Stay well!


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:23 am

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

San Diego Miramar College

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

 

The CARES Act application has now closed. The deadline to apply was May 25, 2020.

Through the support of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

 

SD Miramar College will be using a district-wide online application to develop a list of eligible students to receive funding from the allotted CARES Act funds. The application will be sent to students through their mySDCCD student portal the week of May 11th.  The application link will also be available on our campus website and through social media as well.

 

If you are a SD Miramar College student who meets FAFSA eligibility criteria and you have encountered economic hardships as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for an emergency grant of up to $350.  As funds are limited, submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance award.


 

Eligibility Requirements

 

You are eligible to receive funds if you meet the following requirements:

  • SD Miramar is your primary campus of attendance (i.e., campus of record) 
  • You are currently enrolled at SD Miramar for at least 6 units during Spring 2020
  • You have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, or,
  • You are eligible to complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020
    • You have a valid Social Security Number
    • You have registered with selective service (males only)
    • You have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
    • You are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You have met financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards
  • You are not in default on a Title IV federal student loan or owe a refund on a Title IV federal student grant or loan overpayment

You are not eligible to receive funds if you are a/an:

  • International Student
  • Undocumented Student
  • Non-matriculated student
  • Student enrolled in distance-only degree programs

 

 


 

Qualified COVID-19 expenses include economic hardships related to: 

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare

 

About the Fund 

  • SD Miramar will provide eligible full-time students (12 units or more) with an emergency grant of $350.  Eligible part-time students (6 - 11.9 units) will received an emergency grant of $300.  
  • Initial awards will be distributed for the Spring 2020 term.  If funds remain after the Spring disbursement, additional awards may be awarded for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms until all the CARES Act funds are exhausted.
  • This award is not a loan and does not have to be paid back
  • Funding from the CARES Act Grant will not impact a student’s financial aid package.
  • CARES Act grants cannot be used to cover and satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The student may use their emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including, hardships related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Deadline:

Students must apply for funds by Monday, May 25, 2020.  Submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance of an award.  To have the best opportunity to receive this funding, please apply soon.  

Receiving the Award

  • Applicants will be provided with a link to check the status of their application 
  • Funds will be awarded by check and mailed to the student’s current mailing address only.
  • Please check that your current MAILING address is correct in your mySDCCD student portal.
  • If needed, click here for instructions on updating your contact information.

For questions email miraaid@sdccd.edu

 

 


Friday, May 8, 2020 - 9:29 pm

Fall Semester to be Held Primarily Online

Fall semester classes across the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) will be offered primarily through online and distance education. The decision was announced this week by SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll in an email to the district’s 5,000 employees. The district’s 100,000 students also are being informed.

Chancellor Carroll offered that the district, which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges and San Diego Continuing Education, will make an effort to allow some exceptions for classes such as science, clinical and career-technical labs, classes for first responders, and others which are difficult to offer completely online. In those cases, however, social distancing and other health protocols would need to be closely followed.

Chancellor Carroll said it was important to make the decision about modality for the fall semester early enough to allow the faculty and the campuses to prepare. She also announced that the district and the campuses would be providing additional professional development to ensure the highest quality of instruction and student support during this online phase. 

The district has also begun discussions regarding a phased-in approach that would determine when employees might return to work.  However, as with classes, the work environment would need to be safe for employees.

“Never in my years in higher education have I seen a crisis of this magnitude, certainly never in my 28 years in the San Diego Community College District,” said Chancellor Carroll. “And the Board of Trustees and I have never been prouder of how faculty, staff, students, and alumni have responded. Their efforts have been extraordinary and have enabled the district to continue to meet the educational needs of students and the community.”

The SDCCD converted over 5,000 classes to all-online instruction on March 23. Since then, it has also announced that summer classes will be held online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and that commencement ceremonies will be conducted virtually in mid-July. Thousands of district students have been provided with laptops, wifi hubs, and other equipment to ensure they can continue their studies. In addition, hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and emergency grants have been secured to assist students — many of whom have lost jobs.

The district estimates it has incurred approximately $4 million in unanticipated costs thus far due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 3:15 pm

Chancellor's COVID-19 Update - May 5, 2020

On May 5, 2020, Chancellor Constance Carroll issued a COVID-19 Update in regards to course offerings for the Fall semester.  This update stated that the District course offerings will be primarily online and via distance education.  The District is  planning for and hopes to achieve several exceptions for Science Labs, Career Technical Labs, Nursing and Allied Health Clinical labs.  


Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 2:26 pm

Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity

The governor announced yesterday that two new initiatives to combat food insecurity. First, CalFresh recipients will receive the maximum benefits for the month of May and also can now use their EBT card to make purchases online at Amazon and Walmart. Find more information about the program, get instructions on how to apply for CalFresh and learn about other emergency food benefits at this website.   


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:06 am

CDC Update on COVID-19 Symptoms

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new symptoms to its official list of for COVID-19. Along with the known symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath, the new ones include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. As health experts continue to learn more about the disease, it is likely that other symptoms will be added to that list, said the head of a panel of epidemiologists that makes recommendations to the CDC about how to track and report diseases.


Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:04 pm

Academic Skills Workshops

The WELL (Writing and English Language Lab) at Miramar now offers online academic skills workshops. We currently offer recurring workshops on writing, listening/speaking skills, and academic formatting/academic integrity. Please share this information with students. 

All workshops are on a drop-in basis. Students may attend for the duration or come and go as needed. 


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