Celebrating Graduates and Returning to Campus

Published Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 9:25am

As we emerge from an unprecedented Spring Semester, we have shifted our focus to summer and fall semesters and preparing to return from remote working in phases.

  • A few students returned to campus June 15 to complete classes requiring lab and CTE coursework. Safety protocols were in place including car-to-classroom-to-car, masks, and social distancing requirements.

  • All summer 2020 classes are online or in a remote format.

  • Employees must complete the required Return to Workplace mandatory training by July 23, 2020 or before returning to the workplace, whichever is sooner. This training is available via the Employee Learn Center.

  • MCC Return from Remote Working web page is a comprehensive resource for students and employees. Information for employees includes explanations of the three Phases of Returning, available signage, fliers to print, cleaning and disinfecting practices, and more.

  • Fall 2020 Class Formats including a variety of online and on-campus have been announced, pending government guidelines. They are outlined on the MCC homepage, and a new page for providing further details to students on class formats and success with remote learning formats has been created.

  • Emergency funds for students - Summer 2020 semester students in need of financial assistance can find the online application HERE for the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund.

  • COVID-19 Pandemic Policies have been created to assist with managing issues related to COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 Course Schedule Guidelines are available for department chairs and faculty as a resource for preparing for next academic year. Faculty are also encouraged to visit the CTL webpage for ongoing instructional support.

  • Without our traditional May graduation ceremony, celebrations still emerged including a tribute posted on the MCC website with images of grads and well wishes from family and friends. Courtesy of Associated Students of MCC student government, more than 100 students stopped by for a drive-thru, hands-free pickup of yard signs proudly proclaiming they are 2020 MCC grads. Another sign distribution is scheduled June 24 on both campuses.

As we gradually transition from working remotely to joining our colleagues who have remained on campus to keep our college safe and physically sound, it is important to note that decisions regarding returning to campus will be determined based on individual situations, college needs, and health and safety protocols.

Always, we remain Thunderbird strong!

Carmen Prado Newland
Mesa Community College
Senior Associate Vice President | Title IX Coordinator

Nora Amavisca Reyes, Ed.D.
Mesa Community College
Senior Associate Vice President