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COCC e-News September 2020

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SEPTEMBER 2020 Volume 17, Issue 9

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HEY BOBCATS!

Welcome, or welcome back, to COCC! Wildfire smoke is beginning to clear, the sun is fading faster and nighttime temperatures are scratching the low 50s. Yes, Fall term is upon us — and even the coronavirus can't diminish the autumn atmosphere that signals the start of a new school year. While it's certainly a new and different kind of year, the College is focused on making it an optimal learning environment, with supportive faculty and staff here to help you succeed. We're leaning into this together.

What to know about COCC's campuses for Fall term:
Roughly 75% of COCC's classes will be offered remotely or online in the Fall 2020 term. Specific Apprenticeship and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, internships, science labs, and Forestry field trips will be offering face-to-face-learning. You can learn all about the College's reopening plans on our COVID-19 Health and Safety Information webpages.

Here are a few important things you can do to help the COCC community stay healthy and safe this term:

  • Wear face coverings inside campus buildings at all times, and outdoors wherever you cannot maintain 6ft of physical distance from others. See our Face Coverings information for more details, including how to get a free face covering from the College if you need one.
  • If your course schedule includes face-to-face classes, please perform the COVID-19 Daily Self-Check prior to coming to campus. Whenever you are feeling ill, stay home and seek medical care.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Honor physical distancing requirements and follow all posted signage.
  • If you test positive and must isolate, or are identified as a close contact with someone who is infected and you must self-quarantine, please alert your instructor immediately.

A drop-in computer lab will continue to remain open on each campus. The Barber Library, meanwhile, will be physically closed, but you can access the collection and other resources online, as well as schedule curbside pickup. Likewise, the COCC Bookstore will be closed for in-person shopping, but will be open for online ordering and curbside pickup. Mazama Gym will be closed for Fall, except to those students actively enrolled in Fall term classes that use the facilities in their coursework. Food and dining services are unavailable for the time being, and student support services are being offered remotely. As you get ready for your first class on Sept. 21, keep scrollin' below for more essential info.

VIRTUAL BOBCAT ORIENTATION FOR NEW FALL TERM STUDENTS
Bobcat Orientation will prepare you for classes, lessen any anxiety and help you tackle the first three weeks of the term. You'll participate by using Zoom, the free videoconferencing tool. (You'll be sent information on how to download this.) Choose from the following dates and times:

  • Monday, Sept. 14, 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 18, 9-11:30 a.m.

After you register for classes, RSVP online for Bobcat Orientation or call a COCC campus. Reservations are required. Bend: 541-383-7500. Redmond: 541-504-2900. Madras: 541-550-4100. Prineville: 541-447-9233. Questions: BobcatOrientation@cocc.edu.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
Sept. 3: Summer term grades posted online.
Sept. 4-7: COCC closed for Labor Day.
Sept. 9: All campuses and remote services will be unavailable due to a staff training day.
Sept. 13: Admissions application deadline. Last day to submit an application for Fall term.
Sept. 21: Classes begin.
Oct. 2, 5 p.m.: Tuition due and end of refund period. Courses not spanning full term will have different deadlines.

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.

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

VETERANS BENEFITS
For Fall term, students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill will 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. See law S. 3503. Please be sure to request certification for your classes for Fall term. If you have any questions, contact vetsed@cocc.edu or 541-383-7264.

VETERAN EDUCATIONAL BRIDGE GRANT
The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs has released a new grant, 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.

AROUND THE VIRTUAL CAMPUS
WEBINAR: COCC & OSU-CASCADES' DEGREE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
This webinar, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, will provide an introduction to the Degree Partnership Program between COCC & OSU-Cascades. Learn how you can be dually enrolled, stay on track for a bachelor's degree and access the resources of both campuses. Live Q&A will also be available. Visit the DPP Presentation Sign-up Form.

GETTING OUT THE VOTE
If you're not already registered, don't forget to register to vote ahead of the November election. Visit the State of Oregon's website where you can register online, or download, print and mail a voter registration form. The deadline is Oct. 13.

COMING UP
THE GREAT TIDE OF HUMANITY: RACE & GENDER REFORM IN THE 19TH CENTURY
A lively panel discussion on social reform with Concord, Massachusetts-based historians and social rights activists, hosted virtually by the Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. Students invited free; register for the COCC Foundation event here.



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