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COCC e-News April 2020

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APRIL 2020 Volume 17, Issue 4 

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HEY BOBCATS!

Hope you’re healthy and hunkering down. These are challenging times no doubt, but we’re here to help you stay on track with your educational goals and are equipped for this term with virtual learning methods and materials — and the support of the entire College — to make things go as smoothly as possible. Thanks for your adaptability throughout all this. We’re in it together.

Access to COCC's facilities will be restricted to faculty and staff only — with the exception of the computer labs (see below). There will be remote instruction only, with some exemptions related to health care programs (as outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order), through at least April 28. Keep on scrolling (and hunkering), 'cats.

President Chesley's Video Message
President Chesley's Video Message to Students.

Spring Term FAQ page. (In Spanish, too.)

Some eLearning info to help you get ready for classes.

General COVID-19 info and updates.

Also, the College offers free counseling sessions — on everything from anxiety to relationship difficulties — with professionals from St. Charles Behavioral Health. You can make an appointment here. If you’re having a mental health emergency, call the Deschutes County Mental Health crisis line at 541-322-7500, ext. 9.

COMPUTER LAB ACCESS
COCC will have four computer labs open for student use, one at each campus. Hours will be adjusted as needed and space will be limited to ensure social distancing. The computer lab webpage will be updated to include all the information students need. Hours beginning April 6:

Bend Campus (Pioneer 200): Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Redmond Technology Education Center: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Madras Campus: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prineville Campus:  Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 am. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Tuition is due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10. At this time, payments can be made online or by mail. Please email welcome@cocc.edu with any questions.

The deadline to drop a full-term class and receive a refund is also 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10. You may drop a class using through your Bobcat Web account, by calling the Enrollment Services office at 541-383-7500, or by emailing welcome@cocc.edu from your COCC email account. Instructor approval is not required to drop a full-term class by this deadline. See the schedule for short-term class drop deadlines.

FINANCIAL AID

FAFSA/ORSAA
The 2019-20 FAFSA and ORSAA are still available for students who are attending COCC now through June 30, 2020. And if you’re planning on attending COCC between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, be sure to complete your 2020-2021 FAFSA and ORSAA early; early submissions have the best chance to receive the maximum aid. Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA may apply for the ORSAA. A completed ORSAA is required for students who may be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant and Oregon Promise.

COCC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation offers nearly 400 awards totaling $1.5 million. The COCC Foundation Scholarship application is available through your Bobcat Web Account.

VETERANS BENEFITS
Utilizing Veterans education benefits? Please be sure to request certification for your classes for Spring term. If you have any questions, contact vetsed@cocc.edu or call 541-383-7264.

AROUND CAMPUS (VIRTUALLY)

BROADSIDE TACKLING COVID IMPACTS
While The Broadside is an online-only publication, this term students in the virtual publications lab and working for The Broadside will dive into stories that enlighten readers on the impacts of COVID-19, including what the pandemic means for residence life, how remote learning will work and what students think of all this. The Broadside is poised to have a staff of eight student journalists for Spring term, up from just two during Winter term. Check out the latest headlines at thebroadsideonline.com, visit The Broadside on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or send along your story ideas and feedback: thebroadside.cocc@gmail.com.


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