Please join our weekly partner call for updates on the COVID-19 response, including new resources for the private sector and the general public.
Date: Monday, October 19, 2020
Time: 3:00— 4:00 p.m. ET
Dr. Cliff McDonald, Acting Chief Medical Officer for the CDC COVID-19 Emergency Response
Dr. Greta Massetti, Lead, JCC Mitigations and Risk Working Group and Lead, CDC Community Interventions and Critical Populations Task Force
Dr. Lisa C. Barrios, Lead, School Fieldwork Unit, State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support Task Force
LCDR Samantha Morgan, Deputy for Partnerships and Risk Management, CDC COVID-19 Emergency Response (Moderator)
Dr. Cliff McDonald, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Greta Massetti, Lead, JCC Mitigations and Risk Working Group and Lead, CDC Community Interventions and Critical Populations Task Force, and Dr. Lisa C. Barrios, Lead, School Fieldwork Unit, State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support Task Force will present. LCDR Samantha Morgan, Deputy, Policy Unit Partnerships & Risk Management Team will moderate. Dr. McDonald will share updates on CDC’s COVID-19 response, including the latest scientific information and what everyone should know about protecting themselves and others. In addition, Dr. Massetti and Dr. Barrios will review CDC COVID-19 guidance for Institutions of Higher Education in the presentation Campus Guidebook – Slowing the Spread at US Colleges and Universities.
Please submit your questions by 10/14 so that we can group similar questions and answer as many as possible. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Partner Call 10/19" in the subject line.
Register in advance for this webinar: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_QU7luOvCTdeFwXYWfCDVqw
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
After much discussion on both the Porterville College Campus and at the Kern Community College District, Porterville College will continue to operate remotely with a Hybrid Education Model during the Spring 2021 Semester.
Much like our Fall 2020 course model, the Majority of Classes in the Spring Semester will be held online or in alternative remote formats. Only a limited number of instructional courses, support services, and essential functions will be provided in-person with strict social distancing protocols in place.
Although this decision is not a surprise, it is still disappointing. As I have stated many times over the course of the last six months, I miss you all very much. I miss having conversations every day with students and staff during walks around campus. I miss meeting and getting to know students as they take their breaks between classes or play Dungeons & Dragons in the Cafeteria. I miss attending student life events like Basketball and Volleyball Games, Student Club Celebrations, and Pizza with the President to share with you all as a PC Community.
I cannot wait until we are back on campus together, but my priority remains YOUR SAFETY. The risks associated with a return to campus are currently just too high. I am very proud of our students' spirit as they adapt to the virtual environment, and I am grateful for the continued efforts by faculty and staff of providing the best academic experience during this pandemic.
We will continue to consult with local, state, and federal agencies and monitor conditions for a return to campus in the future. I am optimistic that with the progress of potential vaccines and treatments, we will be able to return to in-person campus operations in Fall 2021. We will share information and planning details as they become available.
Don’t let your guard down. Use face coverings and maintain social distancing to keep you and your family safe and to help us get closer to our goal of returning to campus. Let's make this semester count!
Dr. Claudia Habib, President
Please use this link -- PC's resources for online success -- to stay informed about ongoing webinars and resources available to faculty.
Hey PC faculty, it’s time to get your
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Wednesday, July 8th, 12-12:30 p.m.
Quick Tips for Student-to-Student Interaction
Hosted by Melissa Long
And Featuring the Instructional Talents of:
Join Melissa, Dustin, Rebecca, and Joy as they share some ‘quick tips’ for effective forms of student-to-student interaction – including how they use techniques such as Discussion Boards, Q&As, Icebreakers, Role Playing, Peer Reviews, Small Groups, and Social Media. After each of our facilitators shares a few of their own ‘quick tips’, they will take questions from the webinar chat as well. Come watch and get inspired and excited for the upcoming school year with familiar faces – and fun!
To sign up, please RSVP with the link below:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting
To submit questions in advance for our team to address in the ‘chat’ portion of the event, email email@example.com
Future ‘Quick Tips’ Schedule:
Quick Tips for Creating Community - July 15
Quick Tips for Creating Engaging Videos - July 22
Quick Tips for Student Centered Learning - July 29
Quick Tips for Meaningful Interaction with Students - August 5
Quick Tips for Adding Fun! - August 12
Attend one, some, or all of them!
More Zoom invitations with event details will be coming to your PC email each week
This series made possible by the CVC-OEI Improving CTE Online Pathways Grant
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
These past three months have been unlike anything anyone has ever experienced. Our traditional learning practices, campus activities and celebrations have been disrupted, and for many of us, the confusing uncertainty is making us feel that our lives are on hold.
It has been inspiring to watch everyone in our PC family come together to address the crisis caused by the pandemic with resiliency, and adapting to these unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances.
At Porterville College we strive to offer the best academic college experience, no matter the modality or location. With the Spring semester behind us, we now focus on the future, we assess the lessons learned and we study the best way to ensure academic continuity in the Fall semester. Many on campus have worked diligently to explore all available options and to monitor this evolving situation. A faculty and staff taskforce have spent a great deal of time studying the viability of returning to campus, and has outlined safety protocols needed to achieve this potential return.
This Fall Semester, we will be implementing a hybrid approach in which instruction and support services will be predominantly online, with a few exceptions. Our decision is based on our regional context as it relates to the pandemic, and respecting county, state and federal orders. Public officials’ updates of the evolving data surrounding the progression of COVID 19 suggests that we can expect further waves of the virus later this year.
The following three priorities were taken into consideration:
Health and Safety
Minimizing the risk of infection for our students, faculty and staff is paramount. The majority of classes will continue to be held online through the fall to reduce exposure, and to mitigate the spread of this disease.
Preserving educational opportunities and helping students advance towards their educational goals is our focus. These are the future professionals who will help us recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
Adaptability and Support
We will continue to be flexible and adaptable in response to the evolving situation while providing support through trainings, communication, access to technology and tools.
The following are some of the general guidelines that we have in place. Additional details will be provided by each department:
Student Support services will continue to operate virtually through the Summer and Fall. In general, students should check with the counseling and student support service offices using our website. We encourage students to take advantage of whatever options are offered during this difficult time. We remain committed to their mental health through our Counseling Center, and to address food insecurities through the Food Pantry. Students’ financial aid situations will vary. They should remain enrolled so they are eligible for financial aid. Access to financial aid assistance will be available online or by phone.
Both existing and new co-curricular events will be held online, including student clubs and ASPC meetings.
We will deliver a rigorous and innovative academic experience for all students regardless of the mode of delivery. Very few classes or labs will be taught in person on campus. This applies to those courses that are impossible to teach online in areas such as Allied Health, Industrial Maintenance, Fire Academy, EMT, to name a few. We will be converting those classes into a low-density model following strict safety and social distancing protocols that will be enforced to ensure your health and safety. Faculty will provide more information to their students.
Faculty will continue to teach their courses via Zoom, Canvas and other remote methods. Webinars, tools and digital resources and training sessions are available through the summer to support quality online instruction. Faculty are diligently creating high-impact learning experiences and they are now more prepared than during the original transition to online learning.
The conference will offer guidelines for competition as we transition from Stage 3 to Stage 4 according to evolving state and county health measures. While this guidance does not completely eliminate uncertainty, it should nonetheless provide opportunity for student-athletes to experience the many benefits of being part of intercollegiate athletics. We should continue to field teams for the Fall term regardless of our ability to ultimately compete.
Access to campus facilities will be restricted to limited hours and essential personnel. The bookstore will continue to meet the needs of students through our website. Access to the fitness center will be limited to student athletes and their coaches, but will be closed to the general student population and the public. There will be no food services or large events. We have doubled down on our cleaning and sanitation rotations for classrooms, public spaces and restrooms to ensure the cleanest possible environment.
In addition, we are extending WiFi access to the campus parking lots located by the Academic Center and technology tools such as laptops and MiFi hotspots will still be available through the library’s loaner program. We believe this plan is reasonable and is the best way to ensure the health and safety of our campus community while maintaining the high-quality education experience you have come to expect from PC. We are resilient, we have PC Spirit and together we will see this crisis through.
Dr. Claudia Habib
President, Porterville College
The event will remain every Thursday, although the time will be one hour earlier, from 10:00 – 11:00 to compensate for the heat that we will be experiencing over the summer months. Please share as we would like to make sure we communicate the change and eliminate any confusion. This message has been sent through Navigate to our students.
Dear Porterville College Student,
With schools and many businesses closed, many of you who have not needed the Pirate Pantry services will need assistance more than ever. Porterville College continues to work with Community Food Bank to create a network of support for our students in emergency. Porterville College will be providing no-contact, drive-thru Mobile Pirate Pantry for Porterville College Students. One bag of Groceries will be given to each student. Students must present a current Porterville College Student ID Card or canvas login showing courses with matching picture ID to receive a bag of groceries. Please have the verification items ready when you pull up to receive your bag of groceries. The Drive Thru will be available every Thursday at 10am to 11pm and will be first come first served, beginning April 2, 2020. The drive-thru will take place in the parking lot located in front of the AC building. There will be clear signage upon entry and we ask that all participants practice social distancing. There will be marked locations that you should adhere to, while you wait your turn. We are facing unknown and unpredictable needs in the coming months and your college is working to assist in meeting those needs.
Click to view the academic calendar for 2020-2021:
Each department has created a special video message for their recipient. Click the videos below to view.
The Fine Arts Department has found a way to keep a long held PC tradition alive with the 2020 “Virtual” Student Exhibition. Click the video below to begin exploring the latest works of art created by Porterville College.
Click the button below to visit the online store for Class of 2020 cap and gown keepsakes--available for the same price as you would pay if you were purchasing them in-person at the campus store:
Porterville College President, Dr. Claudia Habib, shares some important updates about COVID-19 (4/20/20). To select different sections of the video, click the topics below. Click the YouTube image to watch the full video:
Click the following video to watch the full-length update from Dr. Habib:
Click the video below to view a presentation about the current COVID-19 crisis:
Date: March 17, 2020
To: PC Faculty and Staff
Re: PC Response Update
Porterville College is NOT implementing a campus closure, however, we will transition our operation into a Virtual modality effective immediately, with limited on-campus presence to support essential functions only.
Faculty and staff will report on Monday March 23 for training and support in moving all face-to-face classes to online or other alternative format beginning Monday March 30. Spring break will be extended for one week and on-line classes will resume on, March 30.
These are general decisions that I would like you to know:
These are truly unprecedented times we are living in, and we will rise to the occasion. We will strive to continue our communications as they evolve and details emerge. Again, I appeal to your patience as we complete this transition. Let’s not panic, but let’s be prepare. My great appreciation to my cabinet and admin team along with our faculty and staff leaders who have spent countless hours ensuring that our actions support student success.
One last thing: We will all experience and react to this crisis and to this monumental change in different ways. Let’s remember that we are a family. As a family we will face this crisis with care and compassion towards each other. I encourage you to check on one and other’s well-being so we can minimize feelings of isolation.
Every day when I wake up in the morning, I am excited about the work ahead and eager to come to campus. My heart is full of excitement when I walk the grounds. I look forward to greeting the staff with a cheerful “Good morning, buenos dias!!!" My heart swells when I walk the quad and interact with students, or cross paths with faculty on their way to class. I am re-energized with every interaction, greeting and hug from my PC family. The thought of not having these interactions makes my heart sink and my eyes a bit misty. But I take a deep breath and regain my composure because I know that this shall pass, and hopefully soon we will be back to normal. Albeit a new normal, but one that will continue to foster the camaraderie, solidarity and love we are so proud to share with our PC family.
Dr. Claudia Habib
CVC-OEI "Keep Teaching" Video Playlist
CVC-OEI Emergency Preparedness Resources
CVC-OEI Events Calendar
Higher Ed Resources to Transitioning Online
Online Exams and Academic Integrity
YuJa Training (1 hour video)
Moving Science Labs Online
How to Quickly and Safely Move Lab Course Online
Simulations and Virtual Labs
Online Resources for Organic Chemistry
PHET Interactive Simulations
Geosciences Online Lab Resources
Potential Music OER
NinJam for Synchronous Online Music Sessions
DRC Q&A for Faculty
Self-Paced, Canvas Accessibility, offered by @ONE
Self-Paced, Word Accessibility, offered by @ONE
Self-Paced, PowerPoint Accessibility, offered by @ONE
How to Edit ConferZoom Captions
The following links will aid you in becoming familiar with Canvas:
Remote Ready Template: this is a Canvas template for face-to-face classes transitioning to online. (You do NOT have to use this template. It is offered as a courtesy.)
Other helpful videos:
The following links provide guidelines and information on dealing with operations during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, below these links you can view a graphic that explains what to do after you are tested for COVID: