Cerro Coso begins fall term

Cerro Coso begins fall termThe back-to-school protocol looked a little different for students at Cerro Coso Community College, who returned to school this week with the start of the fall semester.

The following changes for this year were highlighted by Dr. Corey Marvin, acting president and vice president of instruction.

“While our top priority remains providing a safe environment for our students and employees, our goal is to continue to give students the best learning experiences we can, both inside and outside the classroom.”

Students can choose among classes offered in online and Zoom formats, as well as from a handful offered on campus.

Online courses do not meet at specific days or times, but are taught through Canvas, CCCC’s learning management system. Coursework is posted to a portal that allows access to lectures, exercises, assignments and assessments. Some instructors may still use Zoom as a way to conduct virtual meetings.

Scheduled Zoom courses deliver virtual instruction at specific times and days listed in the college schedule.

On-campus courses allow in-person, hands-on trailing in courses such as nursing, welding and intercollegiate athletics.

“Limiting the number of classes taught in person can ensure that our students have the space necessary to practice physical distancing while they are on campus,” Marvin said.

He said that priorities this fall include creating a healthy and safe learning environment and continuing to offer the classes students need to make progress on their majors. “We have largely succeeded in not cancelling any classes for the fall semester—including some hard to convert biology and science classes—to fulfill our vision of transforming lives and building strong communities. Our faculty have been very resourceful and innovative.”

Although the college remains largely closed to the public, the full range of student support and engagement services will be available virtually during the fall term, including counseling, advising, and financial aid. A very small amount of in-person support services are planned to be offered on campus, including tutoring.

“Whether courses meet online or in person, we are committed to providing an educational experience that is engaging, focused, connected, and that offers timely and meaningful feedback,” said Marvin.

For information visit www.cerrocoso.edu or call 760-384-6100.

Pictured: New and returning students at Cerro Coso. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-08-28