Welcome back for the Fall 2020 semester!
It goes without saying that the upcoming semester will be unlike any other we have experienced at Orange Coast College. Prior to the global pandemic, OCC’s online/hybrid course offerings constituted approximately 7% of the instructional program; this fall, more than 90% of our teaching will take place online/remotely, with a very few students returning on campus for in-person lab instruction. This experience is shared across the country, with colleges and universities transitioning to online teaching and online student support as we prioritize the health and safety of our students and employees, as well as the continuity of education for our students.
We have had the summer to prepare for what, for many of you, is a new model of learning. Our faculty have prepared for Fall these past few months in ways that will allow you to connect, learn, and maintain a sense of optimism in the future while you continue to navigate this challenging environment.
Supporting you, our students, is at the heart of what we do at OCC. Our classified professionals have demonstrated commitment every day in so many ways–connecting with you to ensure you are receiving the support you need by making more than 3,400 wellness phone calls since April, tutoring, supporting online instruction, caring for our physical campus, distributing more than $3 million in CARES Act emergency funding, and much more. The administrative team has continued to provide the compassionate and steadfast leadership necessary to facilitate the uncertain and ever-changing navigation necessary to support you.
As you embark on this fall semester, please know that we have many resources available for you – counseling, tutoring, technology (devices), Pirate’s Cove, emergency grants, health services and much more. You can find additional information about resources for students on our website for Student Resources.
Finally, I want to remind you that OCC’s campus is closed in an effort to keep you safe. To that end, only students enrolled in lab classes that have an onsite component will be allowed on campus as shared by your instructor, as well as students residing at The Harbour. Please know that we are here to support you and ensure that your semester is a success.
Angelica L. Suarez, Ph.D.