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April 9, 2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic is challenging us all in a manner we have never experienced. It has changed how we support our students and how we interact with each other at work and at home. Schools are closed and children are at home, procuring basic necessities now requires extensive planning and precautions, and some are very worried about the health of those dear to us. The enormity of the emotions we experience every day is sobering and unprecedented. Despite these serious circumstances, we are persevering and hopeful about the future. At Oregon Coast Community College, we are fortunate to safely continue our work and make a significant difference in the lives of our students and community. Our vision of Shaping the Future Through Learning is perhaps now more relevant than ever.
In the past few weeks, Oregon Coast Community College has made a number of changes to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus, and to help protect the health of our students, faculty, staff, and community. What has not changed is our north star of being a student-centered institution. We have always strived to meet students where they are. For now, that means meeting students in the virtual space, while looking forward to the time when we can again gather in the commons at our Lincoln City and Newport sites.
Among other steps, the College has:
Meanwhile, the College has moved forward in other areas, including increasing capacity to serve Lincoln County’s high school students with accessible remote Early College and Dual Credit courses for the spring term. Additionally, the College is taking even more steps to help protect the community, such as providing its North County Center’s community room to a group of volunteers who are using the space as a “printer farm” and are producing 3D-printed face shields for Lincoln County’s frontline healthcare workers. During the past two weeks, we have also carefully assessed the needs of our students and clients to understand what further changes can be made to contribute even more to the health of our community.
Beginning the week of April 13, OCCC will take additional steps in its ongoing effort to slow the spread.
Stay safe, be well, shaping the future together,
Oregon Coast Community College.