COCC e-News May 2020 Supplemental Edition

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MAY 2020 - Supplemental Edition Volume 17, Issue 5b

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Welcome to the May edition sequel issue. Keep scrollin' for some updates and essentials.

Oregon higher education is working under an executive order to provide remote instruction through the summer. Under the leadership of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, all colleges and universities are developing a reopening plan for the higher education sector collectively. That plan is not finalized yet, but it is nearing completion.

In the meantime, here’s what we know for Summer term. COCC will continue to offer courses remotely; faculty and staff will continue to telework. There is still a possibility that the College will be allowed to offer in-person career and technical education labs. We have scheduled a few of these labs for the summer in hopes that these critical courses will be allowed to proceed with appropriate health and safety protocols in place.

As for Fall term, there is still great uncertainty, but we are ready to offer a mix of in-person and remote courses, pending approval from the Governor. The College thanks you for your patience and perseverance as we get through this together. – President Laurie Chesley

Graduates, as you’ve no doubt heard from prior communications, the Commencement ceremony has unfortunately been canceled due to social distancing requirements. A number of other ways to honor you are underway, including the scrolling of all names across the COCC Commencement webpage (as we near the June 13 Commencement date), sharing video messages from President Chesley and others, and sending every graduate a packet that will include a Commencement program and a graduation tassel. There will be student awards announced via video and, of course, you’ll receive your diploma in the mail. Your achievement is outstanding!


Every other Thursday beginning May 28, join Tracy Dula, COCC’s Career Services Coordinator, at 3 p.m. 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 no later than noon on the day of the session to receive a Zoom link.

With a purpose of revising and improving academic program and discipline webpages, COCC wants to hear from current students. Your input will help COCC design webpages that are user-friendly and include all the information students want to know about. The survey will take less than five minutes to complete. Please respond by Friday, June 5.

A new security measure implemented by the College will alert students if an email has come from outside the College. This is in response to external phishing emails pretending to come from staff and faculty. At the top of the body of the email text the email will state: "External Email — Use caution with links and attachments." While many legitimate emails will also receive this notification, heightened awareness helps thwart cybercriminals. If you have an email which you suspect is a phishing email or other malware, please forward it to


Take a peek at COCC’s health care careers through a one-hour virtual info session. Nursing has three coming up: May 27, June 1 and June 3. Find out more about the dental assistant, massage therapist, medical assistant, vet tech and pharmacy tech programs at a June 15 info session.

The COCC Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year. The online application is easy to complete and this year more than 400 of your classmates were offered full scholarships ($4,350) — don’t miss out on getting your scholarship too! Criteria for applying includes: enrollment in a COCC degree or certificate program for Fall 2020; have a 2.0 GPA or higher; complete a 2020-21 FAFSA or ORSAA by July 1. Incoming students must submit recent high school or college transcripts.


The First Nations Student Union is converting its annual "Salmon Bake" celebration into a trio of free cultural events, May 28-30, all accessed remotely. Unable to offer the popular fish feast this year due to Covid-19 concerns, the student group and College’s Native American program are instead presenting a flute concert, traditional weaving tutorial and storytelling via live and prerecorded sessions.

The annual COCC "Storm the Stairs" fun run will take a remote path this year, moving the two-mile, 465-step Bend campus race into the homes and neighborhoods of participants on May 29 and 30. Choosing to run on either day, racers will self-report their miles and steps. Student runners can register, get a free T-shirt and learn more through the sports department webpage. Remember that COCC’s campuses are closed and to remember to practice social distancing and to respect any signs and rules that are displayed in the area in which they are running.

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