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COCC e-News August 2020

Student News
AUGUST 2020 Volume 17, Issue 8

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To help keep you informed of coming deadlines and events, COCC will send you this newsletter every month.


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HEY BOBCATS!

Launched last week, COCC's Fall Reopening Info Pages are here to help you prepare for the term. The comprehensive webpages look at how the partial reopening will operate, answering your specific questions and concerns. Learn more about how to get a mask, conduct a health self-check, meet with an advisor and many other topics. If you don't find what you're looking for, you can always send questions regarding COVID-19 and the College's reopening planning to COVID19info@cocc.edu. Keep on scrolling, and stay safe, 'cats.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Summer Fridays: All COCC departments and offices are closed at 1 p.m. on Fridays. This schedule will continue through the end of August.

Aug. 7, 1 p.m.: Last day to drop full-term classes with no grade on your transcript without instructor's approval. Last day to change to/from audit or add classes. (For short-term classes, see specific deadlines or check with Enrollment Services at 541-383-7500.)

Aug. 7, 1 p.m.: COCC payment plan due.

Aug. 19, 6 p.m.: Last day to withdraw from classes. Instructor's online approval is required and a grade of "W" will show on transcript. Courses not spanning full term will have different deadlines.

Sept. 3: Summer term grades posted online.

Sept. 4-7: COCC closed for Labor Day.

FALL TERM REGISTRATION

Students continuing from Spring term
We encourage you to register right away! Check to see if you have an advising or other requirement in your Bobcat Web Account (go to Student Services, Registration and "Can I Register?"). If you have an advising requirement, you should e-mail your advisor with information about your degree goal and class selection. Faculty advisors, however, are not on contract during the summer and many are inaccessible. In that case, contact the CAP Services at 541-383-7200 for advising.

New students who are enrolled Summer term
Registration for Fall term is now open for students who are first-time students during Summer term and wish to register for Fall term. Log in to your Bobcat Web Account to see if you have an advising or other requirement. If you have an advising requirement, contact the CAP Services at 541-383-7200 for an appointment.

FINANCIAL AID

FAFSA/ORSAA
If you're planning on attending COCC between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, be sure to complete your 2020-21 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.

FALL TERM PRIORITY DEADLINE
If you are attending Fall term, Financial Aid will give priority consideration to those students completing and submitting their requirements by August 15.

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

VETERAN EDUCATIONAL BRIDGE GRANT
The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs has released a new grant titled the Veteran Educational Bridge Grant. Under this program, eligible student veterans who are unable to complete their degree program within the expected completion period, due to the timing of course offerings, may be eligible for additional funding. See Educational Bridge Grant for more information.

ACADEMIC RESOURCES

HEALTH CAREERS CLOSE-UP: AUGUST 13
Take a peek at COCC's health care careers through a one-hour virtual info session. Find out more about the dental assistant, massage therapist, medical assistant, vet tech and pharmacy tech programs at an August 13 info session.

AROUND THE VIRTUAL CAMPUS

VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: AUGUST 20
Every other Thursday at 3 p.m., join Tracy Dula, COCC's Career Services Coordinator, to get a jobs report via videoconference. Dula will share current information from local employers and answer your job search questions in these live 30-minute sessions. Contact tdula@cocc.edu no later than noon on the day of the session to receive a Zoom link.

STUDENT CONCERNS
Students are encouraged to resolve the issue with the appropriate faculty or staff member. For academic concerns, this should begin with the instructor. If the student is not comfortable discussing directly with the instructor, the student may initiate the concern with the appropriate department chair. If the instructor is the current department chair, the student may initiate the concern with the appropriate instructional dean. For non-academic concerns, the student should bring the issue to the director of Student Life for assistance in identifying the appropriate contact. For assistance in identifying the appropriate faculty or staff member, contact the Office of Student Life, 541-383-7590.

PREFERRED FIRST NAMES
COCC recognizes that many individuals prefer to use first names other than their legal first name to identify themselves. In support of our commitment to creating and sustaining a welcoming, safe and supportive environment, COCC provides students the option to use a preferred name where possible. Please see our preferred name FAQ webpage for additional information.

LACTATION ROOMS
COCC provides locations for students and employees to have access to a private space for lactation purposes. Private, secure spaces are available in Boyle, the Barber Library, Room 226, and in Grandview Hall, 2nd floor bathroom/shower. View lactation room hours and key information.


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