Pierce College’s new online community

Pierce College has implemented an online- learning environment for Spring 2020 due to COVID-19.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pierce College officials have transformed campus operations and courses to an online environment.

These functions can now only be accessed remotely via the Internet. Faculty members are continuing to work to provide to students’ educational needs.

Pierce college chancellor and presidents have been regularly sending out emails since the beginning of the spring quarter. These emails are meant to inform students of the resources they now have access to from anywhere.

“All Pierce College buildings are locked and closed to the public at least until May 4, with the exception of business deliveries.” Read a message from Pierce College Chancellor, Michele Johnson. “The college and our staff are still available virtually, and instruction will be delivered remotely for the entire quarter.”

In short, the Pierce College community remains available online. Students can access the library, the Writing Center and tutoring. Students can download e-books, find research materials and contact librarians through email, phone or virtual meetings. The PASS Tutoring Centers offer a dedicated Canvas space where students can meet with tutors online.

Additionally, students can attend virtual campus club events and engage with each other. If a student needs help with food, housing or medicine, they can explore the Basic Needs resources page on the Pierce College website.

Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots are available for students to borrow throughout spring quarter. If interested, students can contact the library at library@pierce.ctc.edu. Wi-Fi can also be accessed in the school’s parking lots.

While the college’s bookstore is temporarily closed, it will continue to accept orders for online delivery.

Pierce College student support services have also moved online. Students can stay connected to the departments and services by phone, email or the new virtual help desk.

According to the chancellor and presidents, the first-ever virtual 2020 graduation ceremony will also be held on June 19.

For more information and public announcements regarding COVID-19, visit https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/coronavirus.

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Hannah Nelson

Pierce College’s new online community

by Hannah Nelson time to read: 1 min