COVID-19 Updates

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 4:03 pm

The CARES Act Grant Application is Open for Miramar College Students

The CARES Act Grant Application is open for Miramar College Students! Deadline to apply is Monday, September 28th @ 5:00pm.

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

Please note that the information from the application will not be shared outside of the San Diego Community College District. It will not have a negative impact on your status. If you have any questions about the application, please reach out to us!

 To request a grant:

1.    Visit https://bit.ly/sdccdcaresapp to complete the Cares Act Fund Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

2.    You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  

3.    The deadline to submit the application is 09/28/2020 by 5:00pm.

 Applications will be reviewed starting September 30th.  You can check the status of your grant by logging into your mySDCCD Support Portal at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 


Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:35 pm

SDCCD Chanceloor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #13

It seems incredible that we are now in our sixth month of dealing with the coronavirus COVID-19.  I do not believe anyone could have predicted the longevity of this crisis. All of our faculty members, administrators, and classified professionals are continuing their excellent work teaching online, with a few on-campus demonstration components, and conducting operations remotely.  The Board of Trustees and I thank you all for your dedication above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. 

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION NATIONALLY

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. I am sure that by now you have read about the surges that have occurred as a number of universities and colleges reopened in the fall and saw surges in the rate of COVID infection within the student body.  The University of Alabama alone saw over 1,200 cases.  Even San Diego State University has reported cases in the hundreds. Clearly, more needs to be done in enforcing health protocols that prevent the spread of the virus, e.g., masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and thorough disinfecting efforts.

CALIFORNIA

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom stated his belief that California is making progress in combating the coronavirus pandemic but acknowledged that the State could see a spike in new cases from the Labor Day weekend.  California now has 760,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 14,451 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.5% from Sunday's total of 14,385. The state has performed 12.9 million tests; and the rate of positive tests has decreased to 3.6% over both the past seven and 14-days. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across California, and the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU, both dropped 22% in the last 14 days.

Three counties – Marin, Inyo and Tehama – were able to move out of the highest, most restrictive Purple monitoring tier and into the Red tier. California Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mark Ghaly said that more counties are expected to drop into lower tiers in the next few weeks, which could mean reopening indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and religious services.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

As you know, San Diego County was recently removed from the Purple monitoring tier, which enabled some businesses and public facilities to reopen.  However, this situation is being closely monitored, especially in view of the crowds that emerged at beaches and other venues during the Labor Day weekend.  Many people were not observing the health protocols, and the fear is that a new surge could be seen.

INTERSESSION

As you may recall, going into the 2020-21 year, over 900 classes were cut as part of the budget-reduction process.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education chose to spread the remaining class sections across the year so that students who needed to complete classes in the summer could do so and so that students who need to complete or prepare for transfer could do so in a small intersession.  The intersession will be 100% online and class sections have been allocated, as follows:

SPRING SEMESTER

Since my last COVID Update, we have made a final decision about the spring semester.

·         The vast majority of classes will be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will be increased in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services will be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

·Remote operations will continue during the spring semester, and we hope to phase-in a return to work sites later in the semester.

·Events will continue to be offered in a virtual format.

We are hopeful that by the end of the semester, there may be more flexibility.  We definitely are hoping to hold our commencements in-person.

FUNDING ISSUES

The District, the Colleges, and Continuing Education have been working on the distribution of both remaining federal COVID-19 emergency funding and State COVID-19 funding.  I have attached this information for your review and I encourage you to contact your campus if you want additional information regarding how to apply for funding.

The Board of Trustees and I, the Presidents, and the governance leaders are all working together on our COVID-19 responses. However, your work is the key to our success in serving students in this enduring crisis.  Thank you again for your dedication and optimism.  We can do this!

Thank you and stay well!


Monday, August 31, 2020 - 11:56 am

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Students needing to borrow a laptop for the semester can apply before Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the following link or visit the San Diego Miramar Library page at  http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

 

Laptops will be distributed on the following days:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.

 

For more information please email avmira@sdccd.edu.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 8:21 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - Fall 2020

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, San Diego Miramar College library will continue to shift and change in response to student and faculty need, and in response to the need for continued vigilance about safety concerns related to the spread of the corona-virus. 

San Diego Miramar College Library will be periodically hosting checkout services for Laptop and Library book/resources for Fall 2020 students.

Please continue to check our San Diego Miramar College Library website for updates.

To request a laptop or library book/resources, San Diego Miramar College students should go to the following link and follow the steps listed below:

  1. Navigate to the Miramar College Library website.
  2. Search for library materials in OneSearch.
    • To search for student laptops type "Laptop Acer" in the search box, then click on "Laptop, Acer Aspire 5" or follow this direct link.
    • Follow this link to search for textbooks on reserve.
    • To search for other print materials, type your search terms in the search box and refine your results by limiting to Library: San Diego Miramar College.
  3. Click the title of the laptop or library book/resource you wish to request.
  4. On the “Get It” section of the page, click on "mySDCCD Login."
  5. Log in with the following:
    • Username: your student 10-digit ID number.
    • Password: the password you use to log into your mySDCCD portal.
    • Only students who are enrolled in the current semester are able to place requests.
  6. Click "Request."
  7. Provide the following contact information in the comment field to assure that contact information is accurate within our library system:
    • Phone number
    • Email address

Please continue to check our Miramar College Library website for updates on when students are allowed to pick up their requested item.

Laptops and library books/resources are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar students may checkout laptops/resources. Please provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, Military ID) along with your college ID number during this event.

The health of our students, faculty, staff and the community are our top priority.  For information about COVID-19 (Corona-virus) specifically, please visit http://sdmiramar.edu/covid-info.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 10:45 am

Chancellor's Update for August 25, 2020

Now that the fall semester is underway, I thought I would bring you up-to-date regarding our activities and plans relative to the continuing coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. It seems inconceivable that we are about to enter our sixth month of online instruction and remote operations. I hope that you are all well and that you are continuing to adjust to the many new practices that have been adopted. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be deeply grateful for the extraordinary work and the optimistic spirit that you have all brought to this unprecedented moment in time.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. The faculty’s continuing efforts to provide online instruction and the efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. In San Diego County, as of August 23, the total number of cases increased by 187 for a total of 36,727.  2,989 (8.1%) of the cases have required hospitalization and 733 (2.0%) of the  cases have required admission to an intensive care unit.  No new deaths for the County have been reported and the total remains at 660.  The recent “progress” we have seen has allowed the State to remove our County from the watch-list and has resulted in some easing of restrictions.

COUNTY GUIDANCE REGARDING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Let me share with you the information we received on Friday from the San Diego County Public Health COVID-19 Education Sector Team:

Good afternoon to our College, University, Trade, and Vocational School Partners,

The Public Health order was updated!  The Public Health Order states that (IHEs) Institutions of Higher Education may open, which includes Vocational and Tech schools, in accordance with the States Reopening Guidance for IHEs. The COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education can be found here and the updated Public Health Order can be found here.

The Public Health Order amended section 4, which now states that “Institutions of higher education may hold classes or other school activities only under circumstances permitted by the State and in compliance with the COVID – 19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education and as may be updated or superseded”.  The Public Health Order also amended section 16b, which now states to “Require temperature screening of all employees and prohibit entry to the workplace of employees with a temperature of 100 degrees or more, employees exhibiting COVID19 symptoms as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or employees who have recently been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either directly or through a breach of Personal Protective Equipment in the case of healthcare workers/first responders).”

We hope this assists you in planning and helps you to better prepare.  Please remember, you still must create, post, and share with employees/students/visitors your safe reopening plan and follow the Big 4, which are requiring facial coverings, social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, and temp checks/screenings for volunteers/employees.

 Please join us Tuesday August 25th, 2020 from 4:00pm-5:00pm for the College, University, Trade, and Vocational Schools Telebriefing using the following link https://zoom.us/j/748315012, where we will provide guidance on the amended Public Health Order and answer any questions you may have. You can submit your questions here 24 hours prior to the telebriefing.

COVID-19 Education Sector Team

As you can see, there are still important restrictions, although there is a bit more flexibility.

THE FALL SEMESTER

This fall 2020, classes are being offered primarily online, but some components are being offered on campus in areas where the conversion to the online format has been difficult and/or inappropriate, such as science labs, clinical labs, and hands-on career/technical sessions. 

While there are still challenges, especially regarding Nursing and a few other programs, the semester is off to a solid beginning.  Another 10% to 14% of fall classes will be offered in an 8-week format later in the semester, followed by the intersession.

SPRING SEMESTER PLANNING

The big decision that we have to make is the determination of the format for the spring semester. All educational institutions are struggling with this decision and most are still debating the issues.  While the San Diego Community College District is still reviewing options, the College and Continuing Education Presidents and I want to respond to all of the questions we are receiving about this.  Until we announce a final decision, this is the direction we are moving toward:

 

·         Most classes will probably continue to be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will probably increase in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services may be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

Unless something changes definitively regarding COVID-19, which looks doubtful at this point, this is how we will be planning for the spring semester.

FUNDING ISSUES

Since my previous message on COVID-19 financial adjustments, we have been continuing to pursue other sources of funding, which is critical because of the ongoing impact of the virus and because of the enormous State deficit of $54 billion. We have had success in providing funding for students.  In addition to the federal stimulus funding, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which included a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education foundations have provided funding for students, primarily for the purchase of laptop computers.  As I also noted, the San Diego Foundation and the United Way of San Diego together have provided almost $500,000 for our students.  Recently, the San Diego Foundation has provided another $70,000 for students residing in City District 4. 

Federal stimulus dollars and a State block grant have also assisted in supporting institutional needs, such as equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  We are hopeful that Congress and the President will approve another stimulus package, which is sorely needed as the impact of COVID-19 increases.  We have been in touch with our Congressional representatives to urge them to support new stimulus funding along the lines already put forth by the House of Representatives.  Representative Susan Davis has been especially supportive.

CHANCELLOR’S FORUMS – COVID-19 DISCUSSSION OPPORTUNITY

As I mentioned at the recent Convocations, which were virtual, I will be holding Chancellor’s Forums for each of the institutions of our District.  Information will be provided on a variety of topics, including the state of COVID-19 planning and related issues, and there will be an opportunity for input and suggestions.  Please attend one of these sessions, which have been scheduled as follows (links will be provided a few days before the sessions):

Chancellor’s Forums (via Zoom)

Miramar College

September 23        

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Let me close by again saying that the Board of Trustees and I continue to be impressed by and grateful for your work, and for the advice we receive from our community supporters as we move through the COVID-19 landscape.  This is a longer journey than we anticipated, but we are making progress.

Thank you and stay well!


Monday, August 24, 2020 - 11:55 am

WiFi Parking Lot for Students is now Open

Miramar College will provide drive up WiFi services to its students. Students can access WiFi in parking lot #2 off Black Mountain Parkway nearest the H Building. Students will be allowed to park in lot #2 Monday-Thursday from 8am-8pm and from 8am-3pm on Friday's. Parking is allowed in lot #2 only and students must remain inside their vehicles. In order to social distance, we ask that students park in every other space and leave one empty space between each car. Students may park in marked staff and student spaces. Only owners of a valid disabled placard may use disabled spots. 

For best reception, please park closest to the H Building. Please be aware that there will be no building or restroom access. Only members of the same household may be in each vehicle and campus police will monitor the parking lot. 


Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 5:15 pm

Lap Top Loan Program

Miramar College has purchased 300 laptops to be loaned out to students in need of such technology so that they may continue to pursue their academic goals with little interruption.

These laptops will be distributed to students on Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12pm in front of the college’s P3 parking structure just off of Westview Parkway.

To request a laptop loan, students should go to the following link and complete the request form. 

Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, the college will create a wait list and make every effort to obtain additional laptops. Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at San Diego Miramar College for each term.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus.

The Miramar College Foundation provided $8,000.00 in initial funding for the purchase. The College is also using funding from its San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to complete the purchase.

Associated Student Government has pledged $3,000 toward the Emergency Fund.

If you’d like to contribute to the San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund please click on this provided: http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/foundation


Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 3:13 pm

UChat Feature Connects Students to Campus Resources During Pandemic

One of the busiest services on a college campus takes place late summer into early fall when the Outreach Team needs to make certain students are enrolled and ready to begin their college careers. Eleven strong, the Miramar College Outreach Team is the gatekeeper for most new students who arrive on an unfamiliar campus. Navigating ones first year of college can be tough especially during a worldwide pandemic. However, a new feature at Miramar College is helping students connect to the campus even while most Miramar College classes and services remain remote. UChat, located on the school’s Outreach and School Relations webpage, gives students a chance to connect with an Outreach Team member or mentor Monday through Friday.

“Our Career Center had the tool first,” said Jennifer Peña, outreach coordinator at Miramar College. “And once COVID-19 hit and we were inundated by emails and we knew we had to move to remote operations, we decided as a staff that we had to have this feature on our page.”

Here’s how it works. Students can visit the Outreach & School Relations page here http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/outreach#. Once there, look at the right side of your computer. You’ll notice a tab pop out with 11 smiling faces ready to help. Click on the tab’s arrow and see which employee is online and ready to answer your questions. You can also access the chat via your mobile devices.

“We started this feature at the end of July,” said Peña. “In that time, we have seen several students reach out with all sorts of questions from how to enroll to how do I apply for financial aid?” Two other departments at Miramar College also use UChat-Financial Aid and the Career Center. “If a student has a question that we can’t answer, often times we are able to send them to another department’s UChat feature for better service,” said Peña.

The Outreach Team staffs its UChat feature Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm and 10am to 1pm on Friday’s. If Peña isn’t there to answer your question, one of Outreach’s ten other representatives will be there. “We assign outreach mentors to the chat for 4 hour blocks,” said Peña. “These mentors are either current or former students who are well trained to answer questions from current and prospective students”

As a fluent Spanish speaker, Peña can also help those speaking Spanish, a demographic that makes ups more than a quarter of Miramar College’s population. “If a Spanish speaking student or parent logs onto to UChat and I am not online, they can always send me an email and I will respond.”

A majority of the students who have used the UChat function since its debut in late July are high school students either about to start college as a San Diego Promise student or looking to take a dual enrollment class during the upcoming semester. The UChat features also appears on the college’s CCAP webpage, San Diego Promise page, and the College’s Assessment Office page.

The Financial Aid department has 4 representatives available to answer questions. You can find their UChat link at http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/financial-aid#. Due to staffing issues, the Financial Aid department does not post UChat hours. Check out our social media platforms for available times. Meantime, the Career Center has 8 representatives to work its UChat Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm and Friday’s 8am-3pm. http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/careerservices

 


Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 4:28 pm

The County of San Diego COVID Education announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

The County of San Diego COVID Education announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program in the City of San Diego:  https://covidapplication.sdhc.org/.

The City of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.  The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent.  The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) administers this program on behalf of the City of San Diego.

If students need help with this process please have them call Student Health Services at 619-388-7881.

Colleges and University Student COVID Education can be found at COVID-Education@sdcounty.ca.gov.  They also post about:

  • How to stay healthy during COVID
  • Mental Health during COVID
  • Why should you wear a mask?
  • COVID Testing site information
  • Much more

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 3:49 pm

City of San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The City of San Diego announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

The City of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.  The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent.  The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) administers this program on behalf of the City of San Diego. 

For more information visit COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program in the City of San Diego

 

https://covidapplication.sdhc.org/

 


Monday, September 21, 2020 - 4:03 pm

The CARES Act Grant Application is Open for Miramar College Students

The CARES Act Grant Application is open for Miramar College Students! Deadline to apply is Monday, September 28th @ 5:00pm.

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

Please note that the information from the application will not be shared outside of the San Diego Community College District. It will not have a negative impact on your status. If you have any questions about the application, please reach out to us!

 To request a grant:

1.    Visit https://bit.ly/sdccdcaresapp to complete the Cares Act Fund Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

2.    You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  

3.    The deadline to submit the application is 09/28/2020 by 5:00pm.

 Applications will be reviewed starting September 30th.  You can check the status of your grant by logging into your mySDCCD Support Portal at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 


Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:35 pm

SDCCD Chanceloor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #13

It seems incredible that we are now in our sixth month of dealing with the coronavirus COVID-19.  I do not believe anyone could have predicted the longevity of this crisis. All of our faculty members, administrators, and classified professionals are continuing their excellent work teaching online, with a few on-campus demonstration components, and conducting operations remotely.  The Board of Trustees and I thank you all for your dedication above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. 

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION NATIONALLY

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. I am sure that by now you have read about the surges that have occurred as a number of universities and colleges reopened in the fall and saw surges in the rate of COVID infection within the student body.  The University of Alabama alone saw over 1,200 cases.  Even San Diego State University has reported cases in the hundreds. Clearly, more needs to be done in enforcing health protocols that prevent the spread of the virus, e.g., masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and thorough disinfecting efforts.

CALIFORNIA

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom stated his belief that California is making progress in combating the coronavirus pandemic but acknowledged that the State could see a spike in new cases from the Labor Day weekend.  California now has 760,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 14,451 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.5% from Sunday's total of 14,385. The state has performed 12.9 million tests; and the rate of positive tests has decreased to 3.6% over both the past seven and 14-days. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across California, and the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU, both dropped 22% in the last 14 days.

Three counties – Marin, Inyo and Tehama – were able to move out of the highest, most restrictive Purple monitoring tier and into the Red tier. California Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mark Ghaly said that more counties are expected to drop into lower tiers in the next few weeks, which could mean reopening indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and religious services.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

As you know, San Diego County was recently removed from the Purple monitoring tier, which enabled some businesses and public facilities to reopen.  However, this situation is being closely monitored, especially in view of the crowds that emerged at beaches and other venues during the Labor Day weekend.  Many people were not observing the health protocols, and the fear is that a new surge could be seen.

INTERSESSION

As you may recall, going into the 2020-21 year, over 900 classes were cut as part of the budget-reduction process.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education chose to spread the remaining class sections across the year so that students who needed to complete classes in the summer could do so and so that students who need to complete or prepare for transfer could do so in a small intersession.  The intersession will be 100% online and class sections have been allocated, as follows:

SPRING SEMESTER

Since my last COVID Update, we have made a final decision about the spring semester.

·         The vast majority of classes will be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will be increased in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services will be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

·Remote operations will continue during the spring semester, and we hope to phase-in a return to work sites later in the semester.

·Events will continue to be offered in a virtual format.

We are hopeful that by the end of the semester, there may be more flexibility.  We definitely are hoping to hold our commencements in-person.

FUNDING ISSUES

The District, the Colleges, and Continuing Education have been working on the distribution of both remaining federal COVID-19 emergency funding and State COVID-19 funding.  I have attached this information for your review and I encourage you to contact your campus if you want additional information regarding how to apply for funding.

The Board of Trustees and I, the Presidents, and the governance leaders are all working together on our COVID-19 responses. However, your work is the key to our success in serving students in this enduring crisis.  Thank you again for your dedication and optimism.  We can do this!

Thank you and stay well!


Monday, August 31, 2020 - 11:56 am

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Students needing to borrow a laptop for the semester can apply before Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the following link or visit the San Diego Miramar Library page at  http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

 

Laptops will be distributed on the following days:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.

 

For more information please email avmira@sdccd.edu.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 8:21 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - Fall 2020

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, San Diego Miramar College library will continue to shift and change in response to student and faculty need, and in response to the need for continued vigilance about safety concerns related to the spread of the corona-virus. 

San Diego Miramar College Library will be periodically hosting checkout services for Laptop and Library book/resources for Fall 2020 students.

Please continue to check our San Diego Miramar College Library website for updates.

To request a laptop or library book/resources, San Diego Miramar College students should go to the following link and follow the steps listed below:

  1. Navigate to the Miramar College Library website.
  2. Search for library materials in OneSearch.
    • To search for student laptops type "Laptop Acer" in the search box, then click on "Laptop, Acer Aspire 5" or follow this direct link.
    • Follow this link to search for textbooks on reserve.
    • To search for other print materials, type your search terms in the search box and refine your results by limiting to Library: San Diego Miramar College.
  3. Click the title of the laptop or library book/resource you wish to request.
  4. On the “Get It” section of the page, click on "mySDCCD Login."
  5. Log in with the following:
    • Username: your student 10-digit ID number.
    • Password: the password you use to log into your mySDCCD portal.
    • Only students who are enrolled in the current semester are able to place requests.
  6. Click "Request."
  7. Provide the following contact information in the comment field to assure that contact information is accurate within our library system:
    • Phone number
    • Email address

Please continue to check our Miramar College Library website for updates on when students are allowed to pick up their requested item.

Laptops and library books/resources are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar students may checkout laptops/resources. Please provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, Military ID) along with your college ID number during this event.

The health of our students, faculty, staff and the community are our top priority.  For information about COVID-19 (Corona-virus) specifically, please visit http://sdmiramar.edu/covid-info.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 10:45 am

Chancellor's Update for August 25, 2020

Now that the fall semester is underway, I thought I would bring you up-to-date regarding our activities and plans relative to the continuing coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. It seems inconceivable that we are about to enter our sixth month of online instruction and remote operations. I hope that you are all well and that you are continuing to adjust to the many new practices that have been adopted. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be deeply grateful for the extraordinary work and the optimistic spirit that you have all brought to this unprecedented moment in time.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. The faculty’s continuing efforts to provide online instruction and the efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. In San Diego County, as of August 23, the total number of cases increased by 187 for a total of 36,727.  2,989 (8.1%) of the cases have required hospitalization and 733 (2.0%) of the  cases have required admission to an intensive care unit.  No new deaths for the County have been reported and the total remains at 660.  The recent “progress” we have seen has allowed the State to remove our County from the watch-list and has resulted in some easing of restrictions.

COUNTY GUIDANCE REGARDING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Let me share with you the information we received on Friday from the San Diego County Public Health COVID-19 Education Sector Team:

Good afternoon to our College, University, Trade, and Vocational School Partners,

The Public Health order was updated!  The Public Health Order states that (IHEs) Institutions of Higher Education may open, which includes Vocational and Tech schools, in accordance with the States Reopening Guidance for IHEs. The COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education can be found here and the updated Public Health Order can be found here.

The Public Health Order amended section 4, which now states that “Institutions of higher education may hold classes or other school activities only under circumstances permitted by the State and in compliance with the COVID – 19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education and as may be updated or superseded”.  The Public Health Order also amended section 16b, which now states to “Require temperature screening of all employees and prohibit entry to the workplace of employees with a temperature of 100 degrees or more, employees exhibiting COVID19 symptoms as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or employees who have recently been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either directly or through a breach of Personal Protective Equipment in the case of healthcare workers/first responders).”

We hope this assists you in planning and helps you to better prepare.  Please remember, you still must create, post, and share with employees/students/visitors your safe reopening plan and follow the Big 4, which are requiring facial coverings, social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, and temp checks/screenings for volunteers/employees.

 Please join us Tuesday August 25th, 2020 from 4:00pm-5:00pm for the College, University, Trade, and Vocational Schools Telebriefing using the following link https://zoom.us/j/748315012, where we will provide guidance on the amended Public Health Order and answer any questions you may have. You can submit your questions here 24 hours prior to the telebriefing.

COVID-19 Education Sector Team

As you can see, there are still important restrictions, although there is a bit more flexibility.

THE FALL SEMESTER

This fall 2020, classes are being offered primarily online, but some components are being offered on campus in areas where the conversion to the online format has been difficult and/or inappropriate, such as science labs, clinical labs, and hands-on career/technical sessions. 

While there are still challenges, especially regarding Nursing and a few other programs, the semester is off to a solid beginning.  Another 10% to 14% of fall classes will be offered in an 8-week format later in the semester, followed by the intersession.

SPRING SEMESTER PLANNING

The big decision that we have to make is the determination of the format for the spring semester. All educational institutions are struggling with this decision and most are still debating the issues.  While the San Diego Community College District is still reviewing options, the College and Continuing Education Presidents and I want to respond to all of the questions we are receiving about this.  Until we announce a final decision, this is the direction we are moving toward:

 

·         Most classes will probably continue to be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will probably increase in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services may be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

Unless something changes definitively regarding COVID-19, which looks doubtful at this point, this is how we will be planning for the spring semester.

FUNDING ISSUES

Since my previous message on COVID-19 financial adjustments, we have been continuing to pursue other sources of funding, which is critical because of the ongoing impact of the virus and because of the enormous State deficit of $54 billion. We have had success in providing funding for students.  In addition to the federal stimulus funding, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which included a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education foundations have provided funding for students, primarily for the purchase of laptop computers.  As I also noted, the San Diego Foundation and the United Way of San Diego together have provided almost $500,000 for our students.  Recently, the San Diego Foundation has provided another $70,000 for students residing in City District 4. 

Federal stimulus dollars and a State block grant have also assisted in supporting institutional needs, such as equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  We are hopeful that Congress and the President will approve another stimulus package, which is sorely needed as the impact of COVID-19 increases.  We have been in touch with our Congressional representatives to urge them to support new stimulus funding along the lines already put forth by the House of Representatives.  Representative Susan Davis has been especially supportive.

CHANCELLOR’S FORUMS – COVID-19 DISCUSSSION OPPORTUNITY

As I mentioned at the recent Convocations, which were virtual, I will be holding Chancellor’s Forums for each of the institutions of our District.  Information will be provided on a variety of topics, including the state of COVID-19 planning and related issues, and there will be an opportunity for input and suggestions.  Please attend one of these sessions, which have been scheduled as follows (links will be provided a few days before the sessions):

Chancellor’s Forums (via Zoom)

Miramar College

September 23        

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Let me close by again saying that the Board of Trustees and I continue to be impressed by and grateful for your work, and for the advice we receive from our community supporters as we move through the COVID-19 landscape.  This is a longer journey than we anticipated, but we are making progress.

Thank you and stay well!


Monday, August 24, 2020 - 11:55 am

WiFi Parking Lot for Students is now Open

Miramar College will provide drive up WiFi services to its students. Students can access WiFi in parking lot #2 off Black Mountain Parkway nearest the H Building. Students will be allowed to park in lot #2 Monday-Thursday from 8am-8pm and from 8am-3pm on Friday's. Parking is allowed in lot #2 only and students must remain inside their vehicles. In order to social distance, we ask that students park in every other space and leave one empty space between each car. Students may park in marked staff and student spaces. Only owners of a valid disabled placard may use disabled spots. 

For best reception, please park closest to the H Building. Please be aware that there will be no building or restroom access. Only members of the same household may be in each vehicle and campus police will monitor the parking lot. 


Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 5:15 pm

Lap Top Loan Program

Miramar College has purchased 300 laptops to be loaned out to students in need of such technology so that they may continue to pursue their academic goals with little interruption.

These laptops will be distributed to students on Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12pm in front of the college’s P3 parking structure just off of Westview Parkway.

To request a laptop loan, students should go to the following link and complete the request form. 

Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, the college will create a wait list and make every effort to obtain additional laptops. Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at San Diego Miramar College for each term.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus.

The Miramar College Foundation provided $8,000.00 in initial funding for the purchase. The College is also using funding from its San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to complete the purchase.

Associated Student Government has pledged $3,000 toward the Emergency Fund.

If you’d like to contribute to the San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund please click on this provided: http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/foundation


Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 3:13 pm

UChat Feature Connects Students to Campus Resources During Pandemic

One of the busiest services on a college campus takes place late summer into early fall when the Outreach Team needs to make certain students are enrolled and ready to begin their college careers. Eleven strong, the Miramar College Outreach Team is the gatekeeper for most new students who arrive on an unfamiliar campus. Navigating ones first year of college can be tough especially during a worldwide pandemic. However, a new feature at Miramar College is helping students connect to the campus even while most Miramar College classes and services remain remote. UChat, located on the school’s Outreach and School Relations webpage, gives students a chance to connect with an Outreach Team member or mentor Monday through Friday.

“Our Career Center had the tool first,” said Jennifer Peña, outreach coordinator at Miramar College. “And once COVID-19 hit and we were inundated by emails and we knew we had to move to remote operations, we decided as a staff that we had to have this feature on our page.”

Here’s how it works. Students can visit the Outreach & School Relations page here http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/outreach#. Once there, look at the right side of your computer. You’ll notice a tab pop out with 11 smiling faces ready to help. Click on the tab’s arrow and see which employee is online and ready to answer your questions. You can also access the chat via your mobile devices.

“We started this feature at the end of July,” said Peña. “In that time, we have seen several students reach out with all sorts of questions from how to enroll to how do I apply for financial aid?” Two other departments at Miramar College also use UChat-Financial Aid and the Career Center. “If a student has a question that we can’t answer, often times we are able to send them to another department’s UChat feature for better service,” said Peña.

The Outreach Team staffs its UChat feature Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm and 10am to 1pm on Friday’s. If Peña isn’t there to answer your question, one of Outreach’s ten other representatives will be there. “We assign outreach mentors to the chat for 4 hour blocks,” said Peña. “These mentors are either current or former students who are well trained to answer questions from current and prospective students”

As a fluent Spanish speaker, Peña can also help those speaking Spanish, a demographic that makes ups more than a quarter of Miramar College’s population. “If a Spanish speaking student or parent logs onto to UChat and I am not online, they can always send me an email and I will respond.”

A majority of the students who have used the UChat function since its debut in late July are high school students either about to start college as a San Diego Promise student or looking to take a dual enrollment class during the upcoming semester. The UChat features also appears on the college’s CCAP webpage, San Diego Promise page, and the College’s Assessment Office page.

The Financial Aid department has 4 representatives available to answer questions. You can find their UChat link at http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/financial-aid#. Due to staffing issues, the Financial Aid department does not post UChat hours. Check out our social media platforms for available times. Meantime, the Career Center has 8 representatives to work its UChat Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm and Friday’s 8am-3pm. http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/careerservices

 


Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 4:28 pm

The County of San Diego COVID Education announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

The County of San Diego COVID Education announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program in the City of San Diego:  https://covidapplication.sdhc.org/.

The City of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.  The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent.  The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) administers this program on behalf of the City of San Diego.

If students need help with this process please have them call Student Health Services at 619-388-7881.

Colleges and University Student COVID Education can be found at COVID-Education@sdcounty.ca.gov.  They also post about:

  • How to stay healthy during COVID
  • Mental Health during COVID
  • Why should you wear a mask?
  • COVID Testing site information
  • Much more

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 3:49 pm

City of San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The City of San Diego announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

The City of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.  The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent.  The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) administers this program on behalf of the City of San Diego. 

For more information visit COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program in the City of San Diego

 

https://covidapplication.sdhc.org/

 


Monday, September 21, 2020 - 4:03 pm

The CARES Act Grant Application is Open for Miramar College Students

The CARES Act Grant Application is open for Miramar College Students! Deadline to apply is Monday, September 28th @ 5:00pm.

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

Please note that the information from the application will not be shared outside of the San Diego Community College District. It will not have a negative impact on your status. If you have any questions about the application, please reach out to us!

 To request a grant:

1.    Visit https://bit.ly/sdccdcaresapp to complete the Cares Act Fund Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

2.    You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  

3.    The deadline to submit the application is 09/28/2020 by 5:00pm.

 Applications will be reviewed starting September 30th.  You can check the status of your grant by logging into your mySDCCD Support Portal at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 


Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:35 pm

SDCCD Chanceloor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #13

It seems incredible that we are now in our sixth month of dealing with the coronavirus COVID-19.  I do not believe anyone could have predicted the longevity of this crisis. All of our faculty members, administrators, and classified professionals are continuing their excellent work teaching online, with a few on-campus demonstration components, and conducting operations remotely.  The Board of Trustees and I thank you all for your dedication above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. 

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION NATIONALLY

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. I am sure that by now you have read about the surges that have occurred as a number of universities and colleges reopened in the fall and saw surges in the rate of COVID infection within the student body.  The University of Alabama alone saw over 1,200 cases.  Even San Diego State University has reported cases in the hundreds. Clearly, more needs to be done in enforcing health protocols that prevent the spread of the virus, e.g., masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and thorough disinfecting efforts.

CALIFORNIA

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom stated his belief that California is making progress in combating the coronavirus pandemic but acknowledged that the State could see a spike in new cases from the Labor Day weekend.  California now has 760,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 14,451 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.5% from Sunday's total of 14,385. The state has performed 12.9 million tests; and the rate of positive tests has decreased to 3.6% over both the past seven and 14-days. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across California, and the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU, both dropped 22% in the last 14 days.

Three counties – Marin, Inyo and Tehama – were able to move out of the highest, most restrictive Purple monitoring tier and into the Red tier. California Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mark Ghaly said that more counties are expected to drop into lower tiers in the next few weeks, which could mean reopening indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and religious services.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

As you know, San Diego County was recently removed from the Purple monitoring tier, which enabled some businesses and public facilities to reopen.  However, this situation is being closely monitored, especially in view of the crowds that emerged at beaches and other venues during the Labor Day weekend.  Many people were not observing the health protocols, and the fear is that a new surge could be seen.

INTERSESSION

As you may recall, going into the 2020-21 year, over 900 classes were cut as part of the budget-reduction process.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education chose to spread the remaining class sections across the year so that students who needed to complete classes in the summer could do so and so that students who need to complete or prepare for transfer could do so in a small intersession.  The intersession will be 100% online and class sections have been allocated, as follows:

SPRING SEMESTER

Since my last COVID Update, we have made a final decision about the spring semester.

·         The vast majority of classes will be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will be increased in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services will be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

·Remote operations will continue during the spring semester, and we hope to phase-in a return to work sites later in the semester.

·Events will continue to be offered in a virtual format.

We are hopeful that by the end of the semester, there may be more flexibility.  We definitely are hoping to hold our commencements in-person.

FUNDING ISSUES

The District, the Colleges, and Continuing Education have been working on the distribution of both remaining federal COVID-19 emergency funding and State COVID-19 funding.  I have attached this information for your review and I encourage you to contact your campus if you want additional information regarding how to apply for funding.

The Board of Trustees and I, the Presidents, and the governance leaders are all working together on our COVID-19 responses. However, your work is the key to our success in serving students in this enduring crisis.  Thank you again for your dedication and optimism.  We can do this!

Thank you and stay well!


Monday, August 31, 2020 - 11:56 am

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Students needing to borrow a laptop for the semester can apply before Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the following link or visit the San Diego Miramar Library page at  http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

 

Laptops will be distributed on the following days:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.

 

For more information please email avmira@sdccd.edu.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 8:21 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - Fall 2020

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, San Diego Miramar College library will continue to shift and change in response to student and faculty need, and in response to the need for continued vigilance about safety concerns related to the spread of the corona-virus. 

San Diego Miramar College Library will be periodically hosting checkout services for Laptop and Library book/resources for Fall 2020 students.

Please continue to check our San Diego Miramar College Library website for updates.

To request a laptop or library book/resources, San Diego Miramar College students should go to the following link and follow the steps listed below:

  1. Navigate to the Miramar College Library website.
  2. Search for library materials in OneSearch.
    • To search for student laptops type "Laptop Acer" in the search box, then click on "Laptop, Acer Aspire 5" or follow this direct link.
    • Follow this link to search for textbooks on reserve.
    • To search for other print materials, type your search terms in the search box and refine your results by limiting to Library: San Diego Miramar College.
  3. Click the title of the laptop or library book/resource you wish to request.
  4. On the “Get It” section of the page, click on "mySDCCD Login."
  5. Log in with the following:
    • Username: your student 10-digit ID number.
    • Password: the password you use to log into your mySDCCD portal.
    • Only students who are enrolled in the current semester are able to place requests.
  6. Click "Request."
  7. Provide the following contact information in the comment field to assure that contact information is accurate within our library system:
    • Phone number
    • Email address

Please continue to check our Miramar College Library website for updates on when students are allowed to pick up their requested item.

Laptops and library books/resources are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar students may checkout laptops/resources. Please provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, Military ID) along with your college ID number during this event.

The health of our students, faculty, staff and the community are our top priority.  For information about COVID-19 (Corona-virus) specifically, please visit http://sdmiramar.edu/covid-info.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 10:45 am

Chancellor's Update for August 25, 2020

Now that the fall semester is underway, I thought I would bring you up-to-date regarding our activities and plans relative to the continuing coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. It seems inconceivable that we are about to enter our sixth month of online instruction and remote operations. I hope that you are all well and that you are continuing to adjust to the many new practices that have been adopted. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be deeply grateful for the extraordinary work and the optimistic spirit that you have all brought to this unprecedented moment in time.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. The faculty’s continuing efforts to provide online instruction and the efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. In San Diego County, as of August 23, the total number of cases increased by 187 for a total of 36,727.  2,989 (8.1%) of the cases have required hospitalization and 733 (2.0%) of the  cases have required admission to an intensive care unit.  No new deaths for the County have been reported and the total remains at 660.  The recent “progress” we have seen has allowed the State to remove our County from the watch-list and has resulted in some easing of restrictions.

COUNTY GUIDANCE REGARDING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Let me share with you the information we received on Friday from the San Diego County Public Health COVID-19 Education Sector Team:

Good afternoon to our College, University, Trade, and Vocational School Partners,

The Public Health order was updated!  The Public Health Order states that (IHEs) Institutions of Higher Education may open, which includes Vocational and Tech schools, in accordance with the States Reopening Guidance for IHEs. The COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education can be found here and the updated Public Health Order can be found here.

The Public Health Order amended section 4, which now states that “Institutions of higher education may hold classes or other school activities only under circumstances permitted by the State and in compliance with the COVID – 19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education and as may be updated or superseded”.  The Public Health Order also amended section 16b, which now states to “Require temperature screening of all employees and prohibit entry to the workplace of employees with a temperature of 100 degrees or more, employees exhibiting COVID19 symptoms as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or employees who have recently been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either directly or through a breach of Personal Protective Equipment in the case of healthcare workers/first responders).”

We hope this assists you in planning and helps you to better prepare.  Please remember, you still must create, post, and share with employees/students/visitors your safe reopening plan and follow the Big 4, which are requiring facial coverings, social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, and temp checks/screenings for volunteers/employees.

 Please join us Tuesday August 25th, 2020 from 4:00pm-5:00pm for the College, University, Trade, and Vocational Schools Telebriefing using the following link https://zoom.us/j/748315012, where we will provide guidance on the amended Public Health Order and answer any questions you may have. You can submit your questions here 24 hours prior to the telebriefing.

COVID-19 Education Sector Team

As you can see, there are still important restrictions, although there is a bit more flexibility.

THE FALL SEMESTER

This fall 2020, classes are being offered primarily online, but some components are being offered on campus in areas where the conversion to the online format has been difficult and/or inappropriate, such as science labs, clinical labs, and hands-on career/technical sessions. 

While there are still challenges, especially regarding Nursing and a few other programs, the semester is off to a solid beginning.  Another 10% to 14% of fall classes will be offered in an 8-week format later in the semester, followed by the intersession.

SPRING SEMESTER PLANNING

The big decision that we have to make is the determination of the format for the spring semester. All educational institutions are struggling with this decision and most are still debating the issues.  While the San Diego Community College District is still reviewing options, the College and Continuing Education Presidents and I want to respond to all of the questions we are receiving about this.  Until we announce a final decision, this is the direction we are moving toward:

 

·         Most classes will probably continue to be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will probably increase in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services may be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

Unless something changes definitively regarding COVID-19, which looks doubtful at this point, this is how we will be planning for the spring semester.

FUNDING ISSUES

Since my previous message on COVID-19 financial adjustments, we have been continuing to pursue other sources of funding, which is critical because of the ongoing impact of the virus and because of the enormous State deficit of $54 billion. We have had success in providing funding for students.  In addition to the federal stimulus funding, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which included a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education foundations have provided funding for students, primarily for the purchase of laptop computers.  As I also noted, the San Diego Foundation and the United Way of San Diego together have provided almost $500,000 for our students.  Recently, the San Diego Foundation has provided another $70,000 for students residing in City District 4. 

Federal stimulus dollars and a State block grant have also assisted in supporting institutional needs, such as equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  We are hopeful that Congress and the President will approve another stimulus package, which is sorely needed as the impact of COVID-19 increases.  We have been in touch with our Congressional representatives to urge them to support new stimulus funding along the lines already put forth by the House of Representatives.  Representative Susan Davis has been especially supportive.

CHANCELLOR’S FORUMS – COVID-19 DISCUSSSION OPPORTUNITY

As I mentioned at the recent Convocations, which were virtual, I will be holding Chancellor’s Forums for each of the institutions of our District.  Information will be provided on a variety of topics, including the state of COVID-19 planning and related issues, and there will be an opportunity for input and suggestions.  Please attend one of these sessions, which have been scheduled as follows (links will be provided a few days before the sessions):

Chancellor’s Forums (via Zoom)

Miramar College

September 23        

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Let me close by again saying that the Board of Trustees and I continue to be impressed by and grateful for your work, and for the advice we receive from our community supporters as we move through the COVID-19 landscape.  This is a longer journey than we anticipated, but we are making progress.

Thank you and stay well!


Monday, August 24, 2020 - 11:55 am

WiFi Parking Lot for Students is now Open

Miramar College will provide drive up WiFi services to its students. Students can access WiFi in parking lot #2 off Black Mountain Parkway nearest the H Building. Students will be allowed to park in lot #2 Monday-Thursday from 8am-8pm and from 8am-3pm on Friday's. Parking is allowed in lot #2 only and students must remain inside their vehicles. In order to social distance, we ask that students park in every other space and leave one empty space between each car. Students may park in marked staff and student spaces. Only owners of a valid disabled placard may use disabled spots. 

For best reception, please park closest to the H Building. Please be aware that there will be no building or restroom access. Only members of the same household may be in each vehicle and campus police will monitor the parking lot. 


Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 5:15 pm

Lap Top Loan Program

Miramar College has purchased 300 laptops to be loaned out to students in need of such technology so that they may continue to pursue their academic goals with little interruption.

These laptops will be distributed to students on Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12pm in front of the college’s P3 parking structure just off of Westview Parkway.

To request a laptop loan, students should go to the following link and complete the request form. 

Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, the college will create a wait list and make every effort to obtain additional laptops. Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at San Diego Miramar College for each term.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus.

The Miramar College Foundation provided $8,000.00 in initial funding for the purchase. The College is also using funding from its San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to complete the purchase.

Associated Student Government has pledged $3,000 toward the Emergency Fund.

If you’d like to contribute to the San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund please click on this provided: http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/foundation


Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 3:13 pm

UChat Feature Connects Students to Campus Resources During Pandemic

One of the busiest services on a college campus takes place late summer into early fall when the Outreach Team needs to make certain students are enrolled and ready to begin their college careers. Eleven strong, the Miramar College Outreach Team is the gatekeeper for most new students who arrive on an unfamiliar campus. Navigating ones first year of college can be tough especially during a worldwide pandemic. However, a new feature at Miramar College is helping students connect to the campus even while most Miramar College classes and services remain remote. UChat, located on the school’s Outreach and School Relations webpage, gives students a chance to connect with an Outreach Team member or mentor Monday through Friday.

“Our Career Center had the tool first,” said Jennifer Peña, outreach coordinator at Miramar College. “And once COVID-19 hit and we were inundated by emails and we knew we had to move to remote operations, we decided as a staff that we had to have this feature on our page.”

Here’s how it works. Students can visit the Outreach & School Relations page here http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/outreach#. Once there, look at the right side of your computer. You’ll notice a tab pop out with 11 smiling faces ready to help. Click on the tab’s arrow and see which employee is online and ready to answer your questions. You can also access the chat via your mobile devices.

“We started this feature at the end of July,” said Peña. “In that time, we have seen several students reach out with all sorts of questions from how to enroll to how do I apply for financial aid?” Two other departments at Miramar College also use UChat-Financial Aid and the Career Center. “If a student has a question that we can’t answer, often times we are able to send them to another department’s UChat feature for better service,” said Peña.

The Outreach Team staffs its UChat feature Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm and 10am to 1pm on Friday’s. If Peña isn’t there to answer your question, one of Outreach’s ten other representatives will be there. “We assign outreach mentors to the chat for 4 hour blocks,” said Peña. “These mentors are either current or former students who are well trained to answer questions from current and prospective students”

As a fluent Spanish speaker, Peña can also help those speaking Spanish, a demographic that makes ups more than a quarter of Miramar College’s population. “If a Spanish speaking student or parent logs onto to UChat and I am not online, they can always send me an email and I will respond.”

A majority of the students who have used the UChat function since its debut in late July are high school students either about to start college as a San Diego Promise student or looking to take a dual enrollment class during the upcoming semester. The UChat features also appears on the college’s CCAP webpage, San Diego Promise page, and the College’s Assessment Office page.

The Financial Aid department has 4 representatives available to answer questions. You can find their UChat link at http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/financial-aid#. Due to staffing issues, the Financial Aid department does not post UChat hours. Check out our social media platforms for available times. Meantime, the Career Center has 8 representatives to work its UChat Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm and Friday’s 8am-3pm. http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/careerservices

 


Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 4:28 pm

The County of San Diego COVID Education announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

The County of San Diego COVID Education announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program in the City of San Diego:  https://covidapplication.sdhc.org/.

The City of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.  The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent.  The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) administers this program on behalf of the City of San Diego.

If students need help with this process please have them call Student Health Services at 619-388-7881.

Colleges and University Student COVID Education can be found at COVID-Education@sdcounty.ca.gov.  They also post about:

  • How to stay healthy during COVID
  • Mental Health during COVID
  • Why should you wear a mask?
  • COVID Testing site information
  • Much more

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 3:49 pm

City of San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The City of San Diego announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

The City of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.  The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent.  The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) administers this program on behalf of the City of San Diego. 

For more information visit COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program in the City of San Diego

 

https://covidapplication.sdhc.org/

 


Monday, September 21, 2020 - 4:03 pm

The CARES Act Grant Application is Open for Miramar College Students

The CARES Act Grant Application is open for Miramar College Students! Deadline to apply is Monday, September 28th @ 5:00pm.

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

Please note that the information from the application will not be shared outside of the San Diego Community College District. It will not have a negative impact on your status. If you have any questions about the application, please reach out to us!

 To request a grant:

1.    Visit https://bit.ly/sdccdcaresapp to complete the Cares Act Fund Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

2.    You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  

3.    The deadline to submit the application is 09/28/2020 by 5:00pm.

 Applications will be reviewed starting September 30th.  You can check the status of your grant by logging into your mySDCCD Support Portal at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 


Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:35 pm

SDCCD Chanceloor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #13

It seems incredible that we are now in our sixth month of dealing with the coronavirus COVID-19.  I do not believe anyone could have predicted the longevity of this crisis. All of our faculty members, administrators, and classified professionals are continuing their excellent work teaching online, with a few on-campus demonstration components, and conducting operations remotely.  The Board of Trustees and I thank you all for your dedication above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. 

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION NATIONALLY

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. I am sure that by now you have read about the surges that have occurred as a number of universities and colleges reopened in the fall and saw surges in the rate of COVID infection within the student body.  The University of Alabama alone saw over 1,200 cases.  Even San Diego State University has reported cases in the hundreds. Clearly, more needs to be done in enforcing health protocols that prevent the spread of the virus, e.g., masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and thorough disinfecting efforts.

CALIFORNIA

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom stated his belief that California is making progress in combating the coronavirus pandemic but acknowledged that the State could see a spike in new cases from the Labor Day weekend.  California now has 760,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 14,451 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.5% from Sunday's total of 14,385. The state has performed 12.9 million tests; and the rate of positive tests has decreased to 3.6% over both the past seven and 14-days. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across California, and the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU, both dropped 22% in the last 14 days.

Three counties – Marin, Inyo and Tehama – were able to move out of the highest, most restrictive Purple monitoring tier and into the Red tier. California Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mark Ghaly said that more counties are expected to drop into lower tiers in the next few weeks, which could mean reopening indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and religious services.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

As you know, San Diego County was recently removed from the Purple monitoring tier, which enabled some businesses and public facilities to reopen.  However, this situation is being closely monitored, especially in view of the crowds that emerged at beaches and other venues during the Labor Day weekend.  Many people were not observing the health protocols, and the fear is that a new surge could be seen.

INTERSESSION

As you may recall, going into the 2020-21 year, over 900 classes were cut as part of the budget-reduction process.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education chose to spread the remaining class sections across the year so that students who needed to complete classes in the summer could do so and so that students who need to complete or prepare for transfer could do so in a small intersession.  The intersession will be 100% online and class sections have been allocated, as follows:

SPRING SEMESTER

Since my last COVID Update, we have made a final decision about the spring semester.

·         The vast majority of classes will be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will be increased in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services will be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

·Remote operations will continue during the spring semester, and we hope to phase-in a return to work sites later in the semester.

·Events will continue to be offered in a virtual format.

We are hopeful that by the end of the semester, there may be more flexibility.  We definitely are hoping to hold our commencements in-person.

FUNDING ISSUES

The District, the Colleges, and Continuing Education have been working on the distribution of both remaining federal COVID-19 emergency funding and State COVID-19 funding.  I have attached this information for your review and I encourage you to contact your campus if you want additional information regarding how to apply for funding.

The Board of Trustees and I, the Presidents, and the governance leaders are all working together on our COVID-19 responses. However, your work is the key to our success in serving students in this enduring crisis.  Thank you again for your dedication and optimism.  We can do this!

Thank you and stay well!


Monday, August 31, 2020 - 11:56 am

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Students needing to borrow a laptop for the semester can apply before Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the following link or visit the San Diego Miramar Library page at  http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

 

Laptops will be distributed on the following days:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.

 

For more information please email avmira@sdccd.edu.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 8:21 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - Fall 2020

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, San Diego Miramar College library will continue to shift and change in response to student and faculty need, and in response to the need for continued vigilance about safety concerns related to the spread of the corona-virus. 

San Diego Miramar College Library will be periodically hosting checkout services for Laptop and Library book/resources for Fall 2020 students.

Please continue to check our San Diego Miramar College Library website for updates.

To request a laptop or library book/resources, San Diego Miramar College students should go to the following link and follow the steps listed below:

  1. Navigate to the Miramar College Library website.
  2. Search for library materials in OneSearch.
    • To search for student laptops type "Laptop Acer" in the search box, then click on "Laptop, Acer Aspire 5" or follow this direct link.
    • Follow this link to search for textbooks on reserve.
    • To search for other print materials, type your search terms in the search box and refine your results by limiting to Library: San Diego Miramar College.
  3. Click the title of the laptop or library book/resource you wish to request.
  4. On the “Get It” section of the page, click on "mySDCCD Login."
  5. Log in with the following:
    • Username: your student 10-digit ID number.
    • Password: the password you use to log into your mySDCCD portal.
    • Only students who are enrolled in the current semester are able to place requests.
  6. Click "Request."
  7. Provide the following contact information in the comment field to assure that contact information is accurate within our library system:
    • Phone number
    • Email address

Please continue to check our Miramar College Library website for updates on when students are allowed to pick up their requested item.

Laptops and library books/resources are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar students may checkout laptops/resources. Please provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, Military ID) along with your college ID number during this event.

The health of our students, faculty, staff and the community are our top priority.  For information about COVID-19 (Corona-virus) specifically, please visit http://sdmiramar.edu/covid-info.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 10:45 am

Chancellor's Update for August 25, 2020

Now that the fall semester is underway, I thought I would bring you up-to-date regarding our activities and plans relative to the continuing coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. It seems inconceivable that we are about to enter our sixth month of online instruction and remote operations. I hope that you are all well and that you are continuing to adjust to the many new practices that have been adopted. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be deeply grateful for the extraordinary work and the optimistic spirit that you have all brought to this unprecedented moment in time.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. The faculty’s continuing efforts to provide online instruction and the efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. In San Diego County, as of August 23, the total number of cases increased by 187 for a total of 36,727.  2,989 (8.1%) of the cases have required hospitalization and 733 (2.0%) of the  cases have required admission to an intensive care unit.  No new deaths for the County have been reported and the total remains at 660.  The recent “progress” we have seen has allowed the State to remove our County from the watch-list and has resulted in some easing of restrictions.

COUNTY GUIDANCE REGARDING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Let me share with you the information we received on Friday from the San Diego County Public Health COVID-19 Education Sector Team:

Good afternoon to our College, University, Trade, and Vocational School Partners,

The Public Health order was updated!  The Public Health Order states that (IHEs) Institutions of Higher Education may open, which includes Vocational and Tech schools, in accordance with the States Reopening Guidance for IHEs. The COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education can be found here and the updated Public Health Order can be found here.

The Public Health Order amended section 4, which now states that “Institutions of higher education may hold classes or other school activities only under circumstances permitted by the State and in compliance with the COVID – 19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education and as may be updated or superseded”.  The Public Health Order also amended section 16b, which now states to “Require temperature screening of all employees and prohibit entry to the workplace of employees with a temperature of 100 degrees or more, employees exhibiting COVID19 symptoms as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or employees who have recently been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either directly or through a breach of Personal Protective Equipment in the case of healthcare workers/first responders).”

We hope this assists you in planning and helps you to better prepare.  Please remember, you still must create, post, and share with employees/students/visitors your safe reopening plan and follow the Big 4, which are requiring facial coverings, social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, and temp checks/screenings for volunteers/employees.

 Please join us Tuesday August 25th, 2020 from 4:00pm-5:00pm for the College, University, Trade, and Vocational Schools Telebriefing using the following link https://zoom.us/j/748315012, where we will provide guidance on the amended Public Health Order and answer any questions you may have. You can submit your questions here 24 hours prior to the telebriefing.

COVID-19 Education Sector Team

As you can see, there are still important restrictions, although there is a bit more flexibility.

THE FALL SEMESTER

This fall 2020, classes are being offered primarily online, but some components are being offered on campus in areas where the conversion to the online format has been difficult and/or inappropriate, such as science labs, clinical labs, and hands-on career/technical sessions. 

While there are still challenges, especially regarding Nursing and a few other programs, the semester is off to a solid beginning.  Another 10% to 14% of fall classes will be offered in an 8-week format later in the semester, followed by the intersession.

SPRING SEMESTER PLANNING

The big decision that we have to make is the determination of the format for the spring semester. All educational institutions are struggling with this decision and most are still debating the issues.  While the San Diego Community College District is still reviewing options, the College and Continuing Education Presidents and I want to respond to all of the questions we are receiving about this.  Until we announce a final decision, this is the direction we are moving toward:

 

·         Most classes will probably continue to be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will probably increase in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services may be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

Unless something changes definitively regarding COVID-19, which looks doubtful at this point, this is how we will be planning for the spring semester.

FUNDING ISSUES

Since my previous message on COVID-19 financial adjustments, we have been continuing to pursue other sources of funding, which is critical because of the ongoing impact of the virus and because of the enormous State deficit of $54 billion. We have had success in providing funding for students.  In addition to the federal stimulus funding, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which included a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education foundations have provided funding for students, primarily for the purchase of laptop computers.  As I also noted, the San Diego Foundation and the United Way of San Diego together have provided almost $500,000 for our students.  Recently, the San Diego Foundation has provided another $70,000 for students residing in City District 4. 

Federal stimulus dollars and a State block grant have also assisted in supporting institutional needs, such as equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  We are hopeful that Congress and the President will approve another stimulus package, which is sorely needed as the impact of COVID-19 increases.  We have been in touch with our Congressional representatives to urge them to support new stimulus funding along the lines already put forth by the House of Representatives.  Representative Susan Davis has been especially supportive.

CHANCELLOR’S FORUMS – COVID-19 DISCUSSSION OPPORTUNITY

As I mentioned at the recent Convocations, which were virtual, I will be holding Chancellor’s Forums for each of the institutions of our District.  Information will be provided on a variety of topics, including the state of COVID-19 planning and related issues, and there will be an opportunity for input and suggestions.  Please attend one of these sessions, which have been scheduled as follows (links will be provided a few days before the sessions):

Chancellor’s Forums (via Zoom)

Miramar College

September 23        

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Let me close by again saying that the Board of Trustees and I continue to be impressed by and grateful for your work, and for the advice we receive from our community supporters as we move through the COVID-19 landscape.  This is a longer journey than we anticipated, but we are making progress.

Thank you and stay well!


Monday, August 24, 2020 - 11:55 am

WiFi Parking Lot for Students is now Open

Miramar College will provide drive up WiFi services to its students. Students can access WiFi in parking lot #2 off Black Mountain Parkway nearest the H Building. Students will be allowed to park in lot #2 Monday-Thursday from 8am-8pm and from 8am-3pm on Friday's. Parking is allowed in lot #2 only and students must remain inside their vehicles. In order to social distance, we ask that students park in every other space and leave one empty space between each car. Students may park in marked staff and student spaces. Only owners of a valid disabled placard may use disabled spots. 

For best reception, please park closest to the H Building. Please be aware that there will be no building or restroom access. Only members of the same household may be in each vehicle and campus police will monitor the parking lot. 


Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 5:15 pm

Lap Top Loan Program

Miramar College has purchased 300 laptops to be loaned out to students in need of such technology so that they may continue to pursue their academic goals with little interruption.

These laptops will be distributed to students on Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12pm in front of the college’s P3 parking structure just off of Westview Parkway.

To request a laptop loan, students should go to the following link and complete the request form. 

Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, the college will create a wait list and make every effort to obtain additional laptops. Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at San Diego Miramar College for each term.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus.

The Miramar College Foundation provided $8,000.00 in initial funding for the purchase. The College is also using funding from its San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to complete the purchase.

Associated Student Government has pledged $3,000 toward the Emergency Fund.

If you’d like to contribute to the San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund please click on this provided: http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/foundation


Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 3:13 pm

UChat Feature Connects Students to Campus Resources During Pandemic

One of the busiest services on a college campus takes place late summer into early fall when the Outreach Team needs to make certain students are enrolled and ready to begin their college careers. Eleven strong, the Miramar College Outreach Team is the gatekeeper for most new students who arrive on an unfamiliar campus. Navigating ones first year of college can be tough especially during a worldwide pandemic. However, a new feature at Miramar College is helping students connect to the campus even while most Miramar College classes and services remain remote. UChat, located on the school’s Outreach and School Relations webpage, gives students a chance to connect with an Outreach Team member or mentor Monday through Friday.

“Our Career Center had the tool first,” said Jennifer Peña, outreach coordinator at Miramar College. “And once COVID-19 hit and we were inundated by emails and we knew we had to move to remote operations, we decided as a staff that we had to have this feature on our page.”

Here’s how it works. Students can visit the Outreach & School Relations page here http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/outreach#. Once there, look at the right side of your computer. You’ll notice a tab pop out with 11 smiling faces ready to help. Click on the tab’s arrow and see which employee is online and ready to answer your questions. You can also access the chat via your mobile devices.

“We started this feature at the end of July,” said Peña. “In that time, we have seen several students reach out with all sorts of questions from how to enroll to how do I apply for financial aid?” Two other departments at Miramar College also use UChat-Financial Aid and the Career Center. “If a student has a question that we can’t answer, often times we are able to send them to another department’s UChat feature for better service,” said Peña.

The Outreach Team staffs its UChat feature Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm and 10am to 1pm on Friday’s. If Peña isn’t there to answer your question, one of Outreach’s ten other representatives will be there. “We assign outreach mentors to the chat for 4 hour blocks,” said Peña. “These mentors are either current or former students who are well trained to answer questions from current and prospective students”

As a fluent Spanish speaker, Peña can also help those speaking Spanish, a demographic that makes ups more than a quarter of Miramar College’s population. “If a Spanish speaking student or parent logs onto to UChat and I am not online, they can always send me an email and I will respond.”

A majority of the students who have used the UChat function since its debut in late July are high school students either about to start college as a San Diego Promise student or looking to take a dual enrollment class during the upcoming semester. The UChat features also appears on the college’s CCAP webpage, San Diego Promise page, and the College’s Assessment Office page.

The Financial Aid department has 4 representatives available to answer questions. You can find their UChat link at http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/financial-aid#. Due to staffing issues, the Financial Aid department does not post UChat hours. Check out our social media platforms for available times. Meantime, the Career Center has 8 representatives to work its UChat Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm and Friday’s 8am-3pm. http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/careerservices

 


Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 4:28 pm

The County of San Diego COVID Education announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

The County of San Diego COVID Education announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program in the City of San Diego:  https://covidapplication.sdhc.org/.

The City of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.  The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent.  The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) administers this program on behalf of the City of San Diego.

If students need help with this process please have them call Student Health Services at 619-388-7881.

Colleges and University Student COVID Education can be found at COVID-Education@sdcounty.ca.gov.  They also post about:

  • How to stay healthy during COVID
  • Mental Health during COVID
  • Why should you wear a mask?
  • COVID Testing site information
  • Much more

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 3:49 pm

City of San Diego COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The City of San Diego announces rental assistance for low income persons and families

The City of San Diego’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program helps individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19.  The program will provide one-time payments of up to $4,000 per qualifying household to help pay past-due and/or upcoming rent.  The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) administers this program on behalf of the City of San Diego. 

For more information visit COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program in the City of San Diego

 

https://covidapplication.sdhc.org/

 


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