TVCC IS OPEN
In accordance with Governor Brown’s Executive Order, TVCC is prohibited from conducting in-person classroom, laboratory, and other in-person instruction through June 13, 2020. However, the college is open with limited on-campus operations and services. Take a look at the latest information on college operations during the COVID19 situation:
June 3, 2020
TVCC ENCOURAGES INCLUSION, EQUITY AND EDUCATION
Over the past two weeks, Treasure Valley Community College celebrated and encouraged inclusiveness through our Equity Week forums and workshops. So many of us felt encouraged as we sought awareness and discussed ways we could continue progress towards efforts that encourage understanding, awareness and inclusivity. Our discussions were abruptly overshadowed as we were confronted by the unspeakable racial divide which continues and has existed in our country for over 400 years. Like many of you, I am at a loss to find words of comfort to soothe the outrage and disbelief we feel that racial injustice continues to occur in 2020.
As a white person and a member of the current majority, I am aware that it is not necessarily my voice you need to hear today, but as the president of Treasure Valley Community College, I feel a responsibility to speak out against racism and efforts that seek to demean, discriminate and dehumanize any person.
The tragic and inhumane experiences of this past week leave us stunned, shocked and shamed as we grapple with what we can – and should do – at this time. I recognize that each of you may be experiencing similar feelings and stand in solidarity with all of you. I know this is much more difficult for our students and employees of color and I offer my support.
We know that the violence that is happening across this nation is a response to the outrage and frustration so many are feeling, but I want to urge our community and our College to find peaceful ways to show our support.
TVCC respects and values the differences and uniqueness of the different cultures of our students. We are unwavering in our effort to work together across our College to create a welcoming and safe environment. We will stand against the racism that harms our students of color and remain committed to understanding the lived experiences of discrimination as we work to educate ourselves on how to end this behavior.
As our equity statement declares, “At TVCC, we strive to be an equitable, inclusive community that provides a safe environment and embraces the dignity and worth of every person.”
I encourage each of us to continue asking the questions: How can I help? How can I learn more? How can I be part of the change that needs to happen? To that end, I encourage you to find resources and research that can illuminate this issue and provide more understanding. For our part, TVCC will continue this important work and our collective efforts to seek more awareness and ways to infuse this value in our curriculum, our College and our community.
As a follow up to our Equity Week efforts, and in the spirit of increased understanding, please consider some of these resources as a start to beginning even more discussions :
Critical Racial and Social Justice Education links. Robin DiAngeleo offers a good place to start learning
The 1619 Project Magazine
Undoing Racism Resources from Mary Pender Greene
A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters a book list by decade compiled by Ibram X. Kendi
Baratunde’s World Saving Books from Baratunde Thurston
Countdown to Main Street, a blog by Mindy Fullilove
The Politics of Empathy and Race from Psychology Today
Let's talk about race by Shelly Tochluk
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable by Luvvie Ajay
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper by Trevor Noah
We need to talk about an injustice by Bryan Stevenson
How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time by Baratunde Thurston
If you have additional resources you've found that add to understanding, please feel free to send me a link. Email me at email@example.com
As Gandhi encouraged, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
Please continue to support each other with compassion, empathy and kindness as we move toward change and being our better selves.
President Dana M. Young
COLLEGE VIRTUAL TOWN HALL UPDATE SET FOR JUNE 10
President Young will host a College town hall meeting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10. A Zoom invitation will be sent to employees on Monday. Updates on the budget, summer plans and reopening progress for fall will be covered. If you have specific questions or topics you'd like to hear more about, please send those to Gina Roper at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Tuesday, June 9.
TVCC AWARDS federal CARES Act funds to students
TVCC received $498,832 for students through the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as part of the CARES Act. Per federal requirements, only students who are Title IV eligible based on their 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – meaning those who are eligible for federal student financial aid – received these grants.
The CARES Act gave broad discretion to colleges in how they were allowed to disburse the CARES Act funds. TVCC chose to disburse this funding to the neediest of its students; those who were both currently Title IV-eligible and also Pell-eligible. Like the Pell grant, the CARES award has been pro-rated based on enrollment status, with full-time students receiving the full award of $783, and those who were enrolled less than full-time receiving a pro-rated amount based on the number of credits they were enrolled in this quarter.
These funds can be used at the student's discretion for any necessary expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. None of these funds have been applied to any outstanding student balances. Students will still need to pay any outstanding balances in order to register for Summer or Fall terms.
Unfortunately, because of federal guidelines, these funds cannot be awarded to students who were only enrolled in online-only programs prior to the suspension of in-person teaching due to COVID-19.
Students should their student email for more information. If students did not receive an award, and think they were eligible, please encourage them to send an email to email@example.com
TVCC EMPLOYEES AT SRCI, WCCF RETURNED TO WORK JUNE 1
The College was notified on May 20 that most employees who work and teach at Snake
River Correctional Institution and Warner Creek Correction Facility will be allowed
to return to work beginning June 1. The first day will be spent familiarizing staff
with new entry protocols and education classes are scheduled to resume June 2. Work-based
education such as our Building Construction Trades programs are still prohibited and
we have not received a return to work date for these employees.
PHASE 1 OPENING DOES NOT CHANGE WORK-AT-HOME STATUS
Although Malheur County has moved into the Phase 1 Reopening, TVCC is still required to follow current guidance on restrictions of onsite work and prohibitions on in-class instruction. Please do not come to campus or invite students to meet you on campus without prior approval from your supervisor.
Some programs have received exceptions and TVCC is monitoring these offerings to ensure we adhere to social distancing requirements as outline by the Oregon Health Authority. As we shared last month, aviation labs were approved to begin at the Ontario Airport. This week, nursing students returned to campus for some in-class instruction. Nursing students attended classes in the large lecture room in the Science Center to allow for social distancing in the in-person classroom setting.
More information about the guidance we are following from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission can be found here
STRUGGLING? FIND SOME ONGOING SUPPORT
OEBB and OHA each has many tools and resources to help you take on these uncertain and changing times. Even if you are waiving or opting-out of OEBB insurance plans, many of these resources don’t require you to be enrolled. They have emotional and physical health resources, apps and much more. You can find it all here COVID-19 Resources
We are OPEN but are limiting public access to campus buildings. Closed building will be posted as closed. Please do not enter these buildings (even if you have keys - and don't ask anyone else to open these buildings for you) without permission since we are trying to limit access to enable us to prioritize cleaning during this time.