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Latest COVID-19 News Updates:

(September 16, 2020) The current air quality is 169 (Unhealthy). Please take the following precautions:

 

People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens – take any of these steps to reduce your exposure:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Keep outdoor activities short.
  • Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling them.

Everyone else – take any of these steps to reduce your exposure:

  • Choose less strenuous activities (like walking instead of running) so you don’t breathe as hard.
  • Shorten the amount of time you are active outdoors.
  • Be active outdoors when air quality is better.

Contact your supervisor if you have any questions and consider wearing a mask when outdoors. To monitor the air quality, go to: https://www.airnow.gov/?city=Porterville&state=CA&country=USA

An Important Message From President Habib About the Fall 2020 Semester

The PC Update for July 2020 is Now Available

To view the PC Update, click on the following image:

PC Update July 2020

Alert to Faculty: Resources for Online Success Now Available

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

QUICK TIPS

for Online Success

A Webinar-style Presentation & Chat series guaranteed* to prepare you for future success in YOUR virtual classroom

(*results not guaranteed)

NEXT EVENT:

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:

Dustin Acres

Rebecca Baird

Joy Lawrence

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:

https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvcO2pqTkrEtyPfbYVVOwDve3rAPR-aNJh

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 reagen.dozier@portervillecollege.edu

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

A Message from the Porterville College President Regarding the Fall Semester (6-15-20)

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.

Academic Continuity

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 Services:

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.

Instruction:

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 Training:

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.

Athletics

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.

Campus Operations:

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

Update to PC Food Pantry Drive Thru for Students

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.

ESL Express Enrollment Coming Soon - June 4th, 2020

2020-2021 Academic Calendar Now Available

Click to view the academic calendar for 2020-2021:

2020-2021 Academic Year Calendar

Congratulations to the 2020 Porterville College Medal of Distinction Recipients

Each department has created a special video message for their recipient. Click the videos below to view.

Ivan Villanueva: Medal Recipient in Teacher Education

Jacob Roper, Kayla Drake, and Mae Vercnocke: Medal Recipients in Natural Science

Aiden Willet: Medal Recipient in Fine Arts

Joshua Reagan: Medal Recipient in Mathematics

Heathy Ochoa: Medal Recipient in Communication Studies

Alan Mata: Medal Recipient in Engineering

Porterville College Virtual Art Exhibition 2020 Now Available 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.

Students Asking How to Purchase a Cap and Gown as a Keepsake? Online Ordering is Now Available

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:

Order Your Cap and Gown Keepsake

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:

Message from the President to PC Faculty and Staff

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: 

  1. We are extending Spring Break for students by one week, resuming classes on Monday, March 30.  The extra week from Monday March 23 to the 26th will be used by faculty, staff and administrators to prepare for virtual delivery of courses, counseling and services. We will do our best to stagger the number of people coming to campus so that we can mitigate exposure.
  2. While we cannot completely move to online delivery, we believe we can reduce the number of people on campus significantly and support CDC recommendations to provide social distance.
  3. All full-time faculty are to report in person to the college at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23.  Specifics will follow from your Vice Presidents and Deans. 
  4. All faculty will be provided with a schedule of trainings. Part-time faculty are encouraged to join the trainings via zoom, or in person, if possible.  We will also provide evening seminars for part-time faculty who cannot attend during the day. 
  5. Student services faculty and staff will transition in to virtual modality.  Specifics will come from the VP of Student Services.
  6. Students will receive guidance from the college on how their classes will proceed through their email accounts.  It is more critical than ever to ensure that students are using their college email and Canvas account to stay informed of updates. 
  7. Student workers will be contacted by their supervisors for accommodations during the ongoing crisis. There will be no loss of pay or financial aid.
  8. Child Development Center will be closed through March 30. We’re reviewing the viability of keeping it open throughout the rest of the semester.
  9. Athletic programs are currently suspended.  All games and practices are canceled until further notice from the CCCAA.  All athletic facilities (locker rooms, training room, weight room, sports fields, gym) will be closed for any non-instructional activity through the end of the semester.
  10. M&O Continues to sanitize all exposed surfaces and rooms after each use. We will be increasingly limiting access to buildings after the transition.
  11. Staff will continue to report to their Supervisors while accommodations for virtual work arrangements are finalized. Flexible work arrangements will be in place for essential and critical functions that require District support or infrastructure to complete.
  12. Leave will be provided in accordance with the contract for staff members who are ill, have kin care needs (e.g., children and seniors) or are part of the identified at-risk population. 
  13. We encourage you to follow all guidelines set forth by the CDC minimize risk to yourself and others.  Students, faculty, and staff that fall into one of the risk categories (over 65 or with underlying health issues) should individually determine if they should come to the college in person.  Faculty and staff should contact their supervisor for guidance on how to proceed.  Students should contact their faculty members for alternative assignments and opportunities.
  14. Administrators will always be available to support you. The district and the college have established virtual telecommuting options and will work with supervisors to implement the plan.  All flexible work schedules to support essential functions require coordination and approval of the appropriate vice president.

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Claudia Habib
President

 

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:

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