Second week information: Handling a virtual medical crisis and more

Published Monday, August 31, 2020 at 5:35pm

Congratulations! The first week of Fall 2020 classes has been accomplished. Well done. Here are answers to some questions that have arisen, news of upcoming activities, and information shared from The Summit during Kickoff Week.

If a student has a medical or other emergency during a virtual session, what should the instructor do? If you know the person’s location, call 911. If you don’t, call the MCC College Police Dispatch Center (480-784-0911) for assistance in locating the address of the individual and notifying the appropriate response team.

Employees on the MCC campuses - Remember, most staff is still currently working remotely. Employees should only be on campus for instruction and college-related appointments after taking the Returning from Remote training. Notify your supervisor or department head prior to coming to campus. You no longer need to notify campus police. Remember to wear a face mask and follow safety protocols. You can request free masks from the Arizona Department of Health Services. Here are the Face Covering Policy, Administration and Guidelines.

Students in need of laptops - Because the quantity is extremely limited, we are asking faculty and staff to identify students in need and refer them to the library circulation desks: Southern & Dobson 480-461-7680 and Red Mountain Campus Library 480-654-7741. If they call between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., M-F, the student can either reserve a Chromebook and make an appointment for curbside pickup or be placed on a waiting list.

Students in need of Wi-Fi - Thanks to the support of our Thunderbird donors, resources are available for students to assist with the cost of home or mobile internet access. If a current student needs financial assistance for access, have them complete this application no later than October 23, 2020. Applications are being reviewed on 9/11, 9/25, 10/9 and 10/23, while funds remain.

One-Stop Centers – Only for students enrolled in fall classes, students make reservations for a space to work using MCC Wi-Fi with their own laptop or to use a college computer station. Open for 90-minute appointment sessions Monday through Friday in BA40 on the Southern and Dobson campus and on the first floor of the Desert Willow building at Red Mountain. Students click here to make a reservation and find details about using the sites. Information about the centers and the link are included in the President’s August 31 message to students.

Volunteers needed for One-Stop Centers - To serve our students using our One-Stop Centers, we need volunteers, especially for the afternoon sessions. Sign up here.

Real Talks - The Achievement Team is hosting Real Talks virtually on Tuesdays from 2 - 3 p.m. through December 8. They provide a safe and brave space for all employees to positively engage in conversation, build community, express their realities and learn from one another. Additional information available on the Intranet.

Congratulations for a great beginning to fall 2020,

Carmen Newland and Nora Reyes
Senior Associate Vice Presidents