MCC working remotely through May 8 (Community)

Published Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 2:20pm

Dear Community Friends and Colleagues,

As we work together through these difficult times for our community, I am sharing, as promised in my March message, Mesa Community College’s ongoing responses to the coronavirus threat. You’ll find our COVID-19 website is an up-to-date collection of college, community and health information related to the virus.

In step with expert health guidelines as well as state and local stay-at-home orders, MCC staff and faculty are continuing to work remotely through May 8. MCC’s campuses are closed to all but essential employees such as police. Regretfully, this means our renowned Rose Garden and athletic fields are closed, also.

Students in online classes are proceeding on schedule. Those registered for on-campus or hybrid have resumed classes in remote learning formats. Students will not be returning to campus facilities this semester, which ends in May. No campus events are taking place through the end of the spring semester and our May 8 in-person graduation ceremony has been cancelled. We are currently exploring alternative ways to celebrate our students’ accomplishments.

During this unprecedented time, we are taking unparalleled actions to ensure our students have the tools and skills to succeed. Student services such as tutoring, academic advising, counseling and financial aid are now available via phone, email, website, video and chat. Staff and faculty are working to help direct those in need to resources for food, housing, employment and financial assistance.

In our traditional, long-standing role as a community partner, MCC has donated medical protective equipment to Banner Baywood and Phoenix Children’s Hospital from our nursing and life science programs.

Know that we at MCC stand as a resource for you and others in our community as we meet this challenge. Our online certificates and classes are ideal ways to enhance business skills and earn college credits from home. If we can assist in any way, please call me at 480-461-7300.

Together we will rise above the uncertainties of these days and emerge Thunderbird strong!

Lori M. Berquam, Ph.D.
Interim President
Mesa Community College