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COCC e-News November 2020

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NOVEMBER 2020 Volume 17, Issue 11

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HEY BOBCATS!

Vote

The election is upon us! If you haven’t already voted, here are some links to ballot drop boxes in local counties: Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Wasco and Klamath. Ballots must be deposited in an official election drop box by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, to be counted. Keep on scrolling, 'cats!

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COVID-19: WINTER TERM
COCC recently made the decision to largely continue our Fall COVID-19 reopening plans into the upcoming Winter term. The College will slightly expand in-person course offerings, but about 80% of classes will be offered remotely. Wickiup Residence Hall will remain closed and COCC will continue to offer Student Services virtually. Campus facilities will remain closed to the public, and community access will be limited. Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep student, staff and community safety the top priority.

THRIVE LIVESTREAM: CONNECTING WITH ESSENTIAL RESOURCES
If you’re in need of support with things like housing or health care, please join the Thrive Facebook livestream at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9. This session will be led by Emily Beck, community outreach advocate for Thrive, who will share info about Central Oregon resources. Thrive’s mission is to connect people with community services, and there are no eligibility or documentation requirements. You can also schedule a virtual appointment with Beck at 541-527-6884 or thrive@cocc.edu.

EVENTS

CELEBRATING NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
Jefferson Greene, of the Columbia River Institute for Indigenous Development Foundation, will present "Keeping Customs Thriving," 6-7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 4. "Responding to a Pandemic: An Indigenous Perspective," is the focus of a talk from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. And join a Native fry bread cooking demonstration with Joie Simtustus-Chavez, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. See bit.ly/COCCNativeAmericanMonth for more info.

THE FUTURE OF FOOD
Current climate models predict that global crop production will drop sharply with rising temperatures, increased drought and the ensuing demand on water resources. Author Amanda Little explores these predictions in her recent book, "The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World," which she will discuss virtually as the concluding fall event of the COCC Foundation’s Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9. Free to students; register at cocc.edu/foundation/vsp.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Nov. 6, 5 p.m.: Last day to drop full-term classes with no grade on transcript. Last day to change to/from audit or add classes. Courses not spanning full term will have different deadlines. See listing for short-term class refund and drop deadlines.

Nov. 6, 5 p.m.: COCC payment plan due.

Nov. 9: Beginning date for required instructor approval to drop classes. Instructor approval may be given online or on the add/drop form (student must follow up with Enrollment Services to complete the drop). A grade of "W" will show on transcript.

Nov. 11: Veterans Day, COCC is closed.

Nov. 16: Winter term registration for Priority Students begins.

Nov. 26 and 27: Thanksgiving holiday, COCC is closed. The areas of campus that are normally open until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays will close at 5 p.m. Evening classes are still scheduled for the night (unless canceled by the instructor).

Dec. 2, 6 p.m. - Last day to withdraw from classes. Instructor's approval is required (either online or signature on the drop form) and a grade of "W" will show on transcript. Courses not spanning full term will have different deadlines. See listing for short-term class refund and drop deadlines.

WINTER TERM REGISTRATION
Meet with your academic advisor as soon as possible to prepare for Winter term. Priority student registration for Winter term begins Nov. 16. To check your registration date or to see if you have any pre-registration requirements or holds, log on to your Bobcat Web Account, click on "Student Services," then on "Registration" and finally on the "Can I Register for Credit Classes?" link. If you have any questions, call Admissions & Records at 541-383-7500 or CAP Services at 541-383-7200.

AROUND OUR (MOSTLY) VIRTUAL CAMPUS

VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: NOV. 12
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.

READ ALL ABOUT IT
What are car circles and Netflix "parties"? See how socializing has changed in the era of COVID-19 in The Broadside student newspaper, and sign up for The Broadside’s weekly newsletter.

HEALTH CAREERS CENTER FALL EXHIBIT
Nancy Wood is a classically trained artist who uses photography to explore the aesthetics of the natural landscape, enhancing these images with oil paints. Her exhibit, on the first floor of the Health Careers Center through Fall term, focuses on images taken of the Texas Hill Country.

SERVING UP SPORTING OPTIONS
For a range of sports activities, including pickleball (Nov. 3) and a golf tournament (Nov. 7), head over to Student Life listings.

CAREER CLOSE-UPS
Take a peek at COCC’s health care careers through a one-hour virtual info session. Nursing has three sessions this month: Nov. 4, 6 and 18. Find out more about the dental assistant, massage therapist, medical assistant, vet tech and pharmacy tech programs at a Nov. 18 info session.

FINANCIAL AID

FAFSA/ORSAA
The 2020-21 FAFSA and ORSAA are still available for students who are attending COCC now through June 30, 2021. And if you’re planning on attending COCC between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, be sure to complete your 2021-2022 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 Grant.

OSAC SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
More than 500 scholarships are available through the Office of Student Access and Completion. Search the OSAC Catalog or apply now! The application deadline is March 1.

WINTER TERM PRIORITY DEADLINE
If you’re attending Winter term, Financial Aid will give priority consideration to those students completing and submitting their requirements by Dec. 1.

VETERANS BENEFITS
The provisions for law S. 3503 have been extended until Dec. 21, 2021. This law allows students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill® to continue to receive the on-campus housing rate as long as at least one course is remote, hybrid or converted to online from an in-person course. Please remember to request certification for Winter term following registration. For questions, please 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.



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