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:
May 21, 2020
TVCC employees at srci, wccf return 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. We expect to receive additional guidance early next week on resuming instruction.Many employees are anxious to get back to their offices and resume their normal work schedule. We don't expect any changes to be approved before June 13 so maintaining the status-quo in services and work locations is advised. A more detailed email will be sent next week providing guidance for supervisors to approve any on-site work arrangements for their employees.
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 week, 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
Oregon Budget forecast released on Wednesday
Oregon state economists forecast the largest drop in an Oregon revenue forecast ever
recorded in their presentation before joint revenue committees of the Legislature
on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
Current biennial revenues will be down $2.7b (-$1.6b in personal income taxes, -$414m in corporate activities tax, and -$364m in lottery are the largest components) and next biennial revenue (2021-23) will be down an estimated $4.4b. Rainy day and education stability funds balances are a combined $1.6b as of April.
At the beginning of the forecast presentation, state economist Mark McMullen noted that this forecast is their effort to “tear the bandaid off all at once.”
TVCC is preparing for a reduction of 8.5% over the FY20-21 biennium, which has an impact of 17-23% during the final year of a two-year budget cycle. In dollars, this means we are still expecting to deal with more than $1.34 million in budget reductions for next year. We are working to identify those reductions and expect to be able to share more next week.
For more information and background on the Oregon budget see these links:
Survey responses still needed (did we mention prizes?)
There are just a few days left for students to share their experiences with us...and we're offering a chance to win prizes just for sharing your input.
Please lend your voice to this important conversation by participating!
End of Year Student Survey 2019-2020 here
COVID-19 Student Impact survey so we can learn about how you are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic here
In addition to express our gratitude for you completing the End of Year Student Survey you will be automatically entered in a random drawing for a chance to win one of the following prizes:
- One of Two $100 Visa Gift Cards
- One of Four $50 Visa Gift Cards
- One of Six $25 TVCC Bookstore Gift Certificates
But you must complete the survey! Surveys are open through May 19, 2020.
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.