Spokane Community College: Q & A with Jenni Martin, Vice President of Instruction

April 15, 2020—

Q:  During this Health Crisis in our community, what resources can the college provide for students to be successful in their classes?  What virtual resources will be available to students?

A: On ground tutors will now be accessible online through Zoom. Students can access tutors at either SCC or SFCC which will expand the times tutors are available. On the college home page students can easily locate how to access a variety of student services. Students can connect with services, like counseling by email, phone or Zoom.   https://scc.spokane.edu/News-Events/Coronavirus

 

Q:  For some, there is the myth that online courses are easier. Many of our students have struggled with the reality. What options will be available for students…. online learning or a hybrid modality?  And then, how will your staff be able to support students in this transition?

 A: Our Student Success Coach has connected with students to listen to their concerns in regards to online classes and to make a plan for a successful spring quarter. For some students this has meant dropping the science class they were in with a lab and enrolling in another class they need without a lab. For others their plan meant taking fewer credits this spring. All have been sent the link to our tutor schedule for added support.

 

Q: In our current healthcare situation, our members as healthcare workers are often on-call and called into work for essential duties. What can students expect from the college this upcoming quarter in support of them balancing these difficult realities?

A: Some allied health programs have re-arranged programs to meet the “Stay Home Stay Healthy” directive and most have flexible delivery for the lecture components. The labs and clinical simulations will continue as scheduled. Students should work directly with their instructors. All pre-req classes are offered online so they should provide the flexibility for an unusual work schedule. It is important for students to check in with their instructors because there could be some synchronous sessions scheduled.

 

Q: Given the recent college closures during the winter quarter, what can students expect if they didn’t perform well, had difficulty passing a course or their GPA was greatly impacted because of the COVID-19 crisis?

A: Students should check in with our Student Success Coach and with their instructors directly. Instructors have been very responsive to student concerns during the challenging times.

 

Q: What can members expect in the upcoming spring (and summer) quarters and what strategy, tools or resources would you recommend for them to be successful?

A: Our Student Success Coach will continue to work with students to plan their schedules for summer and /or fall. Since summer quarter is a shortened quarter we often use the strategy of taking fewer credits that quarter and avoiding taking a class with a lab unless the student only plans to take that one class.

Pierce College: Q & A with Jo Ann Baria, Vice President Workforce, Economic and Professional Development

April 15, 2020–

 

Q: During this Health Crisis in our community, what resources can the college provide for students to be successful in their classes?  What virtual resources will be available to students?

A: I think some of the information about resources and online learning is on the college’s website in our Covid-19 FAQ sections.  Here are links for spring quarter:  https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/student-support  and  https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/student-support-faq

 

Q: In our current healthcare situation, our members as healthcare workers are often on-call and called into work for essential duties. What can students expect from the college this upcoming quarter in support of them balancing these difficult realities?

A: The nice thing about online and virtual courses is the flexibility in scheduling as the courses are asynchronous.  Faculty have been encouraged to provide as much flexibility as possible due to the challenges students are facing not just with work schedules but with home schooling and a myriad of other new obstacles.

 

Q: Given the recent college closures during the winter quarter, what can students expect if they didn’t perform well,  had difficulty passing a course or their GPA was greatly impacted because of the COVID-19 crisis?

A: We have been talking about a variety of things from I grades to repeats to waiving student academic progress requirements for funding, etc.  The grade appeal process is underway now. **More information here may be coming soon.

 

Q: What can members expect in the upcoming spring (and summer) quarters and what strategy, tools or resources would you recommend for them to be successful?

A: Spring quarter is virtual with some thoughts around grounded labs toward the end of the quarter if we are allowed back on campus.  Social distancing will be planned in, or labs will be put online.  Some F2F components will be adjusted for summer as well including biology, chemistry and nursing labs.  All the resources that are in place for spring will continue into summer.  Online tutoring and counseling and a myriad of services are in the links provided above.  The navigator will continue.  SEIU Training Fund students will be in the LPN to ADN part time program in PUY, and we can provide more specific information about that if needed. Please reach out to your instructors or connect with us online for more information as things develop and change.

 

Edmonds Community College: Q & A with Kyra McCoy, Director of Nursing

April 8, 2020–

Q:  During this Health Crisis in our community, what resources can the college provide for students to be successful in their classes?  What virtual resources will be available to students?

A: Edmonds Community College has made many decisions and changes to accommodate students during this time. They include:

-We pushed spring quarter start back one week and provided extensive faculty support and resources to prepare them to teach online.

-Offering an online “prep course” to help students get oriented to online learning and how to use Canvas.

-Providing tech check-out in the form of Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots for students without access to computers or broadband internet.

-We’re making lab kits available for STEM courses (purchased directly from a vendor and/or made with equipment from different STEM Departments).

-Some nursing courses are providing hands-on lab kits for students to practice at home.

-All student services are available virtually–advising, library, financial aid, support for workforce programs.

-Faculty office hours will also be virtual in all departments of the college.

-Virtual STEM study room; Virtual MESA study room; continuation of student pilot mentoring program (online/virtual).

-Some courses are taught synchronously via Zoom or Google Hangouts, Recorded lab demos by lab techs and/or faculty.

-Offering online Supplemental Instruction for specific classes, Online tutor/SI training for students working as Sis.

-Offering online lab support hours by lab managers and lab TAs for key classes.

 

Q: For some, there is the myth that online courses are easier. Many of our students have struggled with the reality. What options will be available for students…. online learning or a hybrid modality?  And then, how will your staff be able to support students in this transition?

A: Online “prep course” to help students get oriented to online learning and how to use Canvas.

All courses have moved to online delivery for the entire spring quarter.  Again, faculty were given extra time and lots of support for this transition, but it will not be perfect.

Courses that offer labs in healthcare professions, ex. nursing assistant, nursing, clinical lab, and pharm tech are on schedule to provide hands on learning from mid may through mid june.  Plan for smaller groups and social distancing.

Many AHE and nursing courses are already delivered in hybrid format so students are familiar with this.  Many math and science courses are traditionally grounded but those departments are working to offer as much online support to students as possible.

Virtual STEM study room; Virtual MESA study room; continuation of student pilot mentoring program (online/virtual),

Online Supplemental Instruction for specific classes; Recorded lab demos by lab techs and/or faculty,

 

Q: In our current healthcare situation, our members as healthcare workers are often on-call and called into work for essential duties. What can students expect from the college this upcoming quarter in support of them balancing these difficult realities?

A: In our nursing program, all of our students are incumbent healthcare workers currently on the front lines.  Since our program is designed for working adults, we make every effort to be flexible with any student scheduling circumstances in normal times.  The Covid-19 situation is no different.

Flexibility, asynchronous learning opportunities, alternative assignments (e.g. projects, case studies), problem-based learning assignments, online office hours, responsive instructors, etc.

Online lab support hours by lab managers and lab TAs for key classes.

As a college we have had many discussions about the importance of flexibility and meeting our students where they are.  We have also talked about the needs of parents who unexpectedly are at home with kids now, what their changing needs and stresses might be, and how we can serve them best.

 

Q: Given the recent college closures during the winter quarter, what can students expect if they didn’t perform well, had difficulty passing a course or their GPA was greatly impacted because of the COVID-19 crisis?

A: Financial aid is monitoring this and working with students as appeals come in.

In our nursing program, we were able to give the students who were not able to finish the quarter provisional grades rather than incomplete grades.  This way, their FA was not impacted.  They can finish with work spring quarter and grades will be updated after they complete their coursework.  Other departments in the college were urged to do similar things.

Instructors will be more flexible with deadlines and accommodations to better support student achievement of the respective course outcomes.

 

Q: What can members expect in the upcoming spring (and summer) quarters and what strategy, tools or resources would you recommend for them to be successful?

A: The Financial Aid Office can give students guidance and lift some requirements, however anything that is statutory cannot be changed without legislation.

Students must be enrolled by the 5th day of the quarter, which is April 17.  Registration is trying to streamline the online signature process to help students enroll.

The Cares Act does provide flexibility for students receiving financial aid, refer them to the financial aid office for guidance.

Federal and state emergency funding is available but we are not sure when or how it will be dispersed.  50% to college and 50% directly to students.  Looking into child care for nursing and AHE students as they are essential workers.

Federal and state work study money is being looked at, not definite answers yet

In closing, what I want to tell our students: The best strategy is self-care, flexibility, and patience. I quote Fauci: “Don’t let perfect get in the way of good.”  Keeping in touch with friends or classmates with whatever means possible is good social support.  Remember that faculty are stressed to the breaking point as well.  COMMUNICATE with faculty- we can’t help if we don’t know.  Be ready for this to continue into summer- clinical sites may not be available for a long time and there may be a new normal.

 

Bellevue College April 2020 Update for Students

April 2020–

Current Bellevue College students,

Hear from your college administrators as they address the rapidly unfolding changes we are all facing in this coronavirus landscape, and what that means for students. What to expect, what resources are available, and how can I navigate and balance the new challenges in my family, my school, and my work during this time…are all questions Dr. Leslie Heizer Newquist and Dr. Suzanne Beltz answer for you.

Watch the interview now! 

For more information, please check the college website.

 

COVID-19 delays, and what that means for our students

April 8, 2020

Due to COVID-19 Training Fund closures, we are experiencing temporary delays.

We value your requests, and are committed to your education and career success. To that end, we are working diligently to process all applications and requests as efficiently as possible.

For Tuition Assistance members, we are working directly with our colleges to find options and ways to support our students. For concerns with winter or spring quarter Tuition Assistance reimbursements or vouchers, please connect with your Navigator so they can support you in any way needed, and work directly with your school to resolve any issues. If you’re not sure who your Navigator is, please contact us at 425.255.0315 or .

We thank you for your patience during this time of challenges and transition for so many.

Your SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Training Fund

 

 

Training Fund closed March 16-31

Update: The closure has been extended to March 31. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will add updates as changes happen.

Thank you to all of our members and partners for the vital work you do on the front lines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. We appreciate your important work.

The Training Fund will be closed from March 16-31 as a precautionary measure. During this time, we will be making improvements to our systems that will allow us to better serve our members using remote technology.

These changes will allow us to serve our members better every day, and especially during times like this when everyone is taking every measure possible to protect people and to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

We will continue to accept applications for our services, however, they will not begin to be processed until April 1, 2020.

Please stay safe and we look forward to hearing from you upon our return.