COVID-19 Updates

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:23 am

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

San Diego Miramar College

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

 

The CARES Act application has now closed. The deadline to apply was May 25, 2020.

Through the support of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

 

SD Miramar College will be using a district-wide online application to develop a list of eligible students to receive funding from the allotted CARES Act funds. The application will be sent to students through their mySDCCD student portal the week of May 11th.  The application link will also be available on our campus website and through social media as well.

 

If you are a SD Miramar College student who meets FAFSA eligibility criteria and you have encountered economic hardships as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for an emergency grant of up to $350.  As funds are limited, submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance award.


 

Eligibility Requirements

 

You are eligible to receive funds if you meet the following requirements:

  • SD Miramar is your primary campus of attendance (i.e., campus of record) 
  • You are currently enrolled at SD Miramar for at least 6 units during Spring 2020
  • You have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, or,
  • You are eligible to complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020
    • You have a valid Social Security Number
    • You have registered with selective service (males only)
    • You have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
    • You are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You have met financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards
  • You are not in default on a Title IV federal student loan or owe a refund on a Title IV federal student grant or loan overpayment

You are not eligible to receive funds if you are a/an:

  • International Student
  • Undocumented Student
  • Non-matriculated student
  • Student enrolled in distance-only degree programs

 

 


 

Qualified COVID-19 expenses include economic hardships related to: 

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare

 

About the Fund 

  • SD Miramar will provide eligible full-time students (12 units or more) with an emergency grant of $350.  Eligible part-time students (6 - 11.9 units) will received an emergency grant of $300.  
  • Initial awards will be distributed for the Spring 2020 term.  If funds remain after the Spring disbursement, additional awards may be awarded for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms until all the CARES Act funds are exhausted.
  • This award is not a loan and does not have to be paid back
  • Funding from the CARES Act Grant will not impact a student’s financial aid package.
  • CARES Act grants cannot be used to cover and satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The student may use their emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including, hardships related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Deadline:

Students must apply for funds by Monday, May 25, 2020.  Submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance of an award.  To have the best opportunity to receive this funding, please apply soon.  

Receiving the Award

  • Applicants will be provided with a link to check the status of their application 
  • Funds will be awarded by check and mailed to the student’s current mailing address only.
  • Please check that your current MAILING address is correct in your mySDCCD student portal.
  • If needed, click here for instructions on updating your contact information.

For questions email miraaid@sdccd.edu

 

 


Friday, May 8, 2020 - 9:29 pm

Fall Semester to be Held Primarily Online

Fall semester classes across the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) will be offered primarily through online and distance education. The decision was announced this week by SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll in an email to the district’s 5,000 employees. The district’s 100,000 students also are being informed.

Chancellor Carroll offered that the district, which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges and San Diego Continuing Education, will make an effort to allow some exceptions for classes such as science, clinical and career-technical labs, classes for first responders, and others which are difficult to offer completely online. In those cases, however, social distancing and other health protocols would need to be closely followed.

Chancellor Carroll said it was important to make the decision about modality for the fall semester early enough to allow the faculty and the campuses to prepare. She also announced that the district and the campuses would be providing additional professional development to ensure the highest quality of instruction and student support during this online phase. 

The district has also begun discussions regarding a phased-in approach that would determine when employees might return to work.  However, as with classes, the work environment would need to be safe for employees.

“Never in my years in higher education have I seen a crisis of this magnitude, certainly never in my 28 years in the San Diego Community College District,” said Chancellor Carroll. “And the Board of Trustees and I have never been prouder of how faculty, staff, students, and alumni have responded. Their efforts have been extraordinary and have enabled the district to continue to meet the educational needs of students and the community.”

The SDCCD converted over 5,000 classes to all-online instruction on March 23. Since then, it has also announced that summer classes will be held online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and that commencement ceremonies will be conducted virtually in mid-July. Thousands of district students have been provided with laptops, wifi hubs, and other equipment to ensure they can continue their studies. In addition, hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and emergency grants have been secured to assist students — many of whom have lost jobs.

The district estimates it has incurred approximately $4 million in unanticipated costs thus far due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 3:15 pm

Chancellor's COVID-19 Update - May 5, 2020

On May 5, 2020, Chancellor Constance Carroll issued a COVID-19 Update in regards to course offerings for the Fall semester.  This update stated that the District course offerings will be primarily online and via distance education.  The District is  planning for and hopes to achieve several exceptions for Science Labs, Career Technical Labs, Nursing and Allied Health Clinical labs.  


Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 2:26 pm

Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity

The governor announced yesterday that two new initiatives to combat food insecurity. First, CalFresh recipients will receive the maximum benefits for the month of May and also can now use their EBT card to make purchases online at Amazon and Walmart. Find more information about the program, get instructions on how to apply for CalFresh and learn about other emergency food benefits at this website.   


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:06 am

CDC Update on COVID-19 Symptoms

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new symptoms to its official list of for COVID-19. Along with the known symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath, the new ones include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. As health experts continue to learn more about the disease, it is likely that other symptoms will be added to that list, said the head of a panel of epidemiologists that makes recommendations to the CDC about how to track and report diseases.


Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:04 pm

Academic Skills Workshops

The WELL (Writing and English Language Lab) at Miramar now offers online academic skills workshops. We currently offer recurring workshops on writing, listening/speaking skills, and academic formatting/academic integrity. Please share this information with students. 

All workshops are on a drop-in basis. Students may attend for the duration or come and go as needed. 


Friday, April 24, 2020 - 3:22 pm

Tutoring Support is Available for Students

The Academic Success Center, Math Lab, the Writing and English Language Lab (WELL)

The Academic Success Center (ASC), the Math Lab and the WELL are available online and provide asynchronous tutoring via Canvas or Synchronous tutoring via Zoom.    Tutoring is available Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 6 pm.  Please check the Canvas pages for specific subject area hours and services. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 11:21 am

Resources for Student Veterans

The Student Veterans of America is working with its partners to provide economic, employment, and professional development resources for Veterans who are students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Join them for a webinar on Thursday, April 23rd at 4pm ET.


Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 5:49 pm

Miramar College to Provide 300 Laptops to Students

Miramar College has purchased 300 laptops to be loaned out to students in need of such technology so that they may continue to pursue their academic goals with little interruption.

These laptops will be distributed to students on Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12pm in front of the college’s P3 parking structure just off of Westview Parkway.

To request a laptop loan, students should go to the following link and complete the request form. https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info/laptop.

Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, the college will create a wait list and make every effort to obtain additional laptops. Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at San Diego Miramar College for each term.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus.

The Miramar College Foundation provided $8,000.00 in initial funding for the purchase. The College is also using funding from its San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to complete the purchase.

Associated Student Government has pledged $3,000 toward the Emergency Fund.

If you’d like to contribute to the San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund please click on this provided: http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/foundation


Monday, April 13, 2020 - 4:34 pm

Laptop Loans

Please know that we are thinking of you and we are making every effort to provide you with the support and resources needed to help you transition into a remote learning environment. To this end, we have heard from several students that they are in need of access to a laptop.To address this need we are in the process of securing 300 laptops to be loaned to students.Based on the information provided, we will prioritize which students will be allocated a laptop. Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, we will create a wait list and make efforts to obtain additional laptops.Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at SD Miramar College for each term. If a student completely withdraws or transfers, the student must return the laptop with 30 days.Students who fail to return the laptop or return a damaged laptop may be billed up to $500.To request a laptop loan, please go to the following link and complete the request form. https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info/laptop.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus. Our goal is to distribute the laptops no later than April 22nd. We're in this together.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:23 am

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

San Diego Miramar College

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

 

The CARES Act application has now closed. The deadline to apply was May 25, 2020.

Through the support of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

 

SD Miramar College will be using a district-wide online application to develop a list of eligible students to receive funding from the allotted CARES Act funds. The application will be sent to students through their mySDCCD student portal the week of May 11th.  The application link will also be available on our campus website and through social media as well.

 

If you are a SD Miramar College student who meets FAFSA eligibility criteria and you have encountered economic hardships as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for an emergency grant of up to $350.  As funds are limited, submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance award.


 

Eligibility Requirements

 

You are eligible to receive funds if you meet the following requirements:

  • SD Miramar is your primary campus of attendance (i.e., campus of record) 
  • You are currently enrolled at SD Miramar for at least 6 units during Spring 2020
  • You have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, or,
  • You are eligible to complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020
    • You have a valid Social Security Number
    • You have registered with selective service (males only)
    • You have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
    • You are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You have met financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards
  • You are not in default on a Title IV federal student loan or owe a refund on a Title IV federal student grant or loan overpayment

You are not eligible to receive funds if you are a/an:

  • International Student
  • Undocumented Student
  • Non-matriculated student
  • Student enrolled in distance-only degree programs

 

 


 

Qualified COVID-19 expenses include economic hardships related to: 

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare

 

About the Fund 

  • SD Miramar will provide eligible full-time students (12 units or more) with an emergency grant of $350.  Eligible part-time students (6 - 11.9 units) will received an emergency grant of $300.  
  • Initial awards will be distributed for the Spring 2020 term.  If funds remain after the Spring disbursement, additional awards may be awarded for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms until all the CARES Act funds are exhausted.
  • This award is not a loan and does not have to be paid back
  • Funding from the CARES Act Grant will not impact a student’s financial aid package.
  • CARES Act grants cannot be used to cover and satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The student may use their emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including, hardships related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Deadline:

Students must apply for funds by Monday, May 25, 2020.  Submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance of an award.  To have the best opportunity to receive this funding, please apply soon.  

Receiving the Award

  • Applicants will be provided with a link to check the status of their application 
  • Funds will be awarded by check and mailed to the student’s current mailing address only.
  • Please check that your current MAILING address is correct in your mySDCCD student portal.
  • If needed, click here for instructions on updating your contact information.

For questions email miraaid@sdccd.edu

 

 


Friday, May 8, 2020 - 9:29 pm

Fall Semester to be Held Primarily Online

Fall semester classes across the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) will be offered primarily through online and distance education. The decision was announced this week by SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll in an email to the district’s 5,000 employees. The district’s 100,000 students also are being informed.

Chancellor Carroll offered that the district, which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges and San Diego Continuing Education, will make an effort to allow some exceptions for classes such as science, clinical and career-technical labs, classes for first responders, and others which are difficult to offer completely online. In those cases, however, social distancing and other health protocols would need to be closely followed.

Chancellor Carroll said it was important to make the decision about modality for the fall semester early enough to allow the faculty and the campuses to prepare. She also announced that the district and the campuses would be providing additional professional development to ensure the highest quality of instruction and student support during this online phase. 

The district has also begun discussions regarding a phased-in approach that would determine when employees might return to work.  However, as with classes, the work environment would need to be safe for employees.

“Never in my years in higher education have I seen a crisis of this magnitude, certainly never in my 28 years in the San Diego Community College District,” said Chancellor Carroll. “And the Board of Trustees and I have never been prouder of how faculty, staff, students, and alumni have responded. Their efforts have been extraordinary and have enabled the district to continue to meet the educational needs of students and the community.”

The SDCCD converted over 5,000 classes to all-online instruction on March 23. Since then, it has also announced that summer classes will be held online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and that commencement ceremonies will be conducted virtually in mid-July. Thousands of district students have been provided with laptops, wifi hubs, and other equipment to ensure they can continue their studies. In addition, hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and emergency grants have been secured to assist students — many of whom have lost jobs.

The district estimates it has incurred approximately $4 million in unanticipated costs thus far due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 3:15 pm

Chancellor's COVID-19 Update - May 5, 2020

On May 5, 2020, Chancellor Constance Carroll issued a COVID-19 Update in regards to course offerings for the Fall semester.  This update stated that the District course offerings will be primarily online and via distance education.  The District is  planning for and hopes to achieve several exceptions for Science Labs, Career Technical Labs, Nursing and Allied Health Clinical labs.  


Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 2:26 pm

Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity

The governor announced yesterday that two new initiatives to combat food insecurity. First, CalFresh recipients will receive the maximum benefits for the month of May and also can now use their EBT card to make purchases online at Amazon and Walmart. Find more information about the program, get instructions on how to apply for CalFresh and learn about other emergency food benefits at this website.   


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:06 am

CDC Update on COVID-19 Symptoms

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new symptoms to its official list of for COVID-19. Along with the known symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath, the new ones include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. As health experts continue to learn more about the disease, it is likely that other symptoms will be added to that list, said the head of a panel of epidemiologists that makes recommendations to the CDC about how to track and report diseases.


Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:04 pm

Academic Skills Workshops

The WELL (Writing and English Language Lab) at Miramar now offers online academic skills workshops. We currently offer recurring workshops on writing, listening/speaking skills, and academic formatting/academic integrity. Please share this information with students. 

All workshops are on a drop-in basis. Students may attend for the duration or come and go as needed. 


Friday, April 24, 2020 - 3:22 pm

Tutoring Support is Available for Students

The Academic Success Center, Math Lab, the Writing and English Language Lab (WELL)

The Academic Success Center (ASC), the Math Lab and the WELL are available online and provide asynchronous tutoring via Canvas or Synchronous tutoring via Zoom.    Tutoring is available Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 6 pm.  Please check the Canvas pages for specific subject area hours and services. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 11:21 am

Resources for Student Veterans

The Student Veterans of America is working with its partners to provide economic, employment, and professional development resources for Veterans who are students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Join them for a webinar on Thursday, April 23rd at 4pm ET.


Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 5:49 pm

Miramar College to Provide 300 Laptops to Students

Miramar College has purchased 300 laptops to be loaned out to students in need of such technology so that they may continue to pursue their academic goals with little interruption.

These laptops will be distributed to students on Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12pm in front of the college’s P3 parking structure just off of Westview Parkway.

To request a laptop loan, students should go to the following link and complete the request form. https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info/laptop.

Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, the college will create a wait list and make every effort to obtain additional laptops. Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at San Diego Miramar College for each term.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus.

The Miramar College Foundation provided $8,000.00 in initial funding for the purchase. The College is also using funding from its San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to complete the purchase.

Associated Student Government has pledged $3,000 toward the Emergency Fund.

If you’d like to contribute to the San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund please click on this provided: http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/foundation


Monday, April 13, 2020 - 4:34 pm

Laptop Loans

Please know that we are thinking of you and we are making every effort to provide you with the support and resources needed to help you transition into a remote learning environment. To this end, we have heard from several students that they are in need of access to a laptop.To address this need we are in the process of securing 300 laptops to be loaned to students.Based on the information provided, we will prioritize which students will be allocated a laptop. Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, we will create a wait list and make efforts to obtain additional laptops.Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at SD Miramar College for each term. If a student completely withdraws or transfers, the student must return the laptop with 30 days.Students who fail to return the laptop or return a damaged laptop may be billed up to $500.To request a laptop loan, please go to the following link and complete the request form. https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info/laptop.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus. Our goal is to distribute the laptops no later than April 22nd. We're in this together.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:23 am

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

San Diego Miramar College

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

 

The CARES Act application has now closed. The deadline to apply was May 25, 2020.

Through the support of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

 

SD Miramar College will be using a district-wide online application to develop a list of eligible students to receive funding from the allotted CARES Act funds. The application will be sent to students through their mySDCCD student portal the week of May 11th.  The application link will also be available on our campus website and through social media as well.

 

If you are a SD Miramar College student who meets FAFSA eligibility criteria and you have encountered economic hardships as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for an emergency grant of up to $350.  As funds are limited, submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance award.


 

Eligibility Requirements

 

You are eligible to receive funds if you meet the following requirements:

  • SD Miramar is your primary campus of attendance (i.e., campus of record) 
  • You are currently enrolled at SD Miramar for at least 6 units during Spring 2020
  • You have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, or,
  • You are eligible to complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020
    • You have a valid Social Security Number
    • You have registered with selective service (males only)
    • You have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
    • You are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You have met financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards
  • You are not in default on a Title IV federal student loan or owe a refund on a Title IV federal student grant or loan overpayment

You are not eligible to receive funds if you are a/an:

  • International Student
  • Undocumented Student
  • Non-matriculated student
  • Student enrolled in distance-only degree programs

 

 


 

Qualified COVID-19 expenses include economic hardships related to: 

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare

 

About the Fund 

  • SD Miramar will provide eligible full-time students (12 units or more) with an emergency grant of $350.  Eligible part-time students (6 - 11.9 units) will received an emergency grant of $300.  
  • Initial awards will be distributed for the Spring 2020 term.  If funds remain after the Spring disbursement, additional awards may be awarded for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms until all the CARES Act funds are exhausted.
  • This award is not a loan and does not have to be paid back
  • Funding from the CARES Act Grant will not impact a student’s financial aid package.
  • CARES Act grants cannot be used to cover and satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The student may use their emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including, hardships related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Deadline:

Students must apply for funds by Monday, May 25, 2020.  Submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance of an award.  To have the best opportunity to receive this funding, please apply soon.  

Receiving the Award

  • Applicants will be provided with a link to check the status of their application 
  • Funds will be awarded by check and mailed to the student’s current mailing address only.
  • Please check that your current MAILING address is correct in your mySDCCD student portal.
  • If needed, click here for instructions on updating your contact information.

For questions email miraaid@sdccd.edu

 

 


Friday, May 8, 2020 - 9:29 pm

Fall Semester to be Held Primarily Online

Fall semester classes across the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) will be offered primarily through online and distance education. The decision was announced this week by SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll in an email to the district’s 5,000 employees. The district’s 100,000 students also are being informed.

Chancellor Carroll offered that the district, which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges and San Diego Continuing Education, will make an effort to allow some exceptions for classes such as science, clinical and career-technical labs, classes for first responders, and others which are difficult to offer completely online. In those cases, however, social distancing and other health protocols would need to be closely followed.

Chancellor Carroll said it was important to make the decision about modality for the fall semester early enough to allow the faculty and the campuses to prepare. She also announced that the district and the campuses would be providing additional professional development to ensure the highest quality of instruction and student support during this online phase. 

The district has also begun discussions regarding a phased-in approach that would determine when employees might return to work.  However, as with classes, the work environment would need to be safe for employees.

“Never in my years in higher education have I seen a crisis of this magnitude, certainly never in my 28 years in the San Diego Community College District,” said Chancellor Carroll. “And the Board of Trustees and I have never been prouder of how faculty, staff, students, and alumni have responded. Their efforts have been extraordinary and have enabled the district to continue to meet the educational needs of students and the community.”

The SDCCD converted over 5,000 classes to all-online instruction on March 23. Since then, it has also announced that summer classes will be held online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and that commencement ceremonies will be conducted virtually in mid-July. Thousands of district students have been provided with laptops, wifi hubs, and other equipment to ensure they can continue their studies. In addition, hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and emergency grants have been secured to assist students — many of whom have lost jobs.

The district estimates it has incurred approximately $4 million in unanticipated costs thus far due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 3:15 pm

Chancellor's COVID-19 Update - May 5, 2020

On May 5, 2020, Chancellor Constance Carroll issued a COVID-19 Update in regards to course offerings for the Fall semester.  This update stated that the District course offerings will be primarily online and via distance education.  The District is  planning for and hopes to achieve several exceptions for Science Labs, Career Technical Labs, Nursing and Allied Health Clinical labs.  


Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 2:26 pm

Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity

The governor announced yesterday that two new initiatives to combat food insecurity. First, CalFresh recipients will receive the maximum benefits for the month of May and also can now use their EBT card to make purchases online at Amazon and Walmart. Find more information about the program, get instructions on how to apply for CalFresh and learn about other emergency food benefits at this website.   


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:06 am

CDC Update on COVID-19 Symptoms

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new symptoms to its official list of for COVID-19. Along with the known symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath, the new ones include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. As health experts continue to learn more about the disease, it is likely that other symptoms will be added to that list, said the head of a panel of epidemiologists that makes recommendations to the CDC about how to track and report diseases.


Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:04 pm

Academic Skills Workshops

The WELL (Writing and English Language Lab) at Miramar now offers online academic skills workshops. We currently offer recurring workshops on writing, listening/speaking skills, and academic formatting/academic integrity. Please share this information with students. 

All workshops are on a drop-in basis. Students may attend for the duration or come and go as needed. 


Friday, April 24, 2020 - 3:22 pm

Tutoring Support is Available for Students

The Academic Success Center, Math Lab, the Writing and English Language Lab (WELL)

The Academic Success Center (ASC), the Math Lab and the WELL are available online and provide asynchronous tutoring via Canvas or Synchronous tutoring via Zoom.    Tutoring is available Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 6 pm.  Please check the Canvas pages for specific subject area hours and services. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 11:21 am

Resources for Student Veterans

The Student Veterans of America is working with its partners to provide economic, employment, and professional development resources for Veterans who are students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Join them for a webinar on Thursday, April 23rd at 4pm ET.


Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 5:49 pm

Miramar College to Provide 300 Laptops to Students

Miramar College has purchased 300 laptops to be loaned out to students in need of such technology so that they may continue to pursue their academic goals with little interruption.

These laptops will be distributed to students on Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12pm in front of the college’s P3 parking structure just off of Westview Parkway.

To request a laptop loan, students should go to the following link and complete the request form. https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info/laptop.

Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, the college will create a wait list and make every effort to obtain additional laptops. Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at San Diego Miramar College for each term.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus.

The Miramar College Foundation provided $8,000.00 in initial funding for the purchase. The College is also using funding from its San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to complete the purchase.

Associated Student Government has pledged $3,000 toward the Emergency Fund.

If you’d like to contribute to the San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund please click on this provided: http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/foundation


Monday, April 13, 2020 - 4:34 pm

Laptop Loans

Please know that we are thinking of you and we are making every effort to provide you with the support and resources needed to help you transition into a remote learning environment. To this end, we have heard from several students that they are in need of access to a laptop.To address this need we are in the process of securing 300 laptops to be loaned to students.Based on the information provided, we will prioritize which students will be allocated a laptop. Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, we will create a wait list and make efforts to obtain additional laptops.Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at SD Miramar College for each term. If a student completely withdraws or transfers, the student must return the laptop with 30 days.Students who fail to return the laptop or return a damaged laptop may be billed up to $500.To request a laptop loan, please go to the following link and complete the request form. https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info/laptop.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus. Our goal is to distribute the laptops no later than April 22nd. We're in this together.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 11:23 am

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

San Diego Miramar College

CARES Act Emergency Grant Application for Students

 

The CARES Act application has now closed. The deadline to apply was May 25, 2020.

Through the support of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

 

SD Miramar College will be using a district-wide online application to develop a list of eligible students to receive funding from the allotted CARES Act funds. The application will be sent to students through their mySDCCD student portal the week of May 11th.  The application link will also be available on our campus website and through social media as well.

 

If you are a SD Miramar College student who meets FAFSA eligibility criteria and you have encountered economic hardships as a result of the disruption to campus operations due to COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for an emergency grant of up to $350.  As funds are limited, submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance award.


 

Eligibility Requirements

 

You are eligible to receive funds if you meet the following requirements:

  • SD Miramar is your primary campus of attendance (i.e., campus of record) 
  • You are currently enrolled at SD Miramar for at least 6 units during Spring 2020
  • You have completed a FAFSA for 2019-2020, or,
  • You are eligible to complete a FAFSA for 2019-2020
    • You have a valid Social Security Number
    • You have registered with selective service (males only)
    • You have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent
    • You are a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You have met financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards
  • You are not in default on a Title IV federal student loan or owe a refund on a Title IV federal student grant or loan overpayment

You are not eligible to receive funds if you are a/an:

  • International Student
  • Undocumented Student
  • Non-matriculated student
  • Student enrolled in distance-only degree programs

 

 


 

Qualified COVID-19 expenses include economic hardships related to: 

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Health Care
  • Childcare

 

About the Fund 

  • SD Miramar will provide eligible full-time students (12 units or more) with an emergency grant of $350.  Eligible part-time students (6 - 11.9 units) will received an emergency grant of $300.  
  • Initial awards will be distributed for the Spring 2020 term.  If funds remain after the Spring disbursement, additional awards may be awarded for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms until all the CARES Act funds are exhausted.
  • This award is not a loan and does not have to be paid back
  • Funding from the CARES Act Grant will not impact a student’s financial aid package.
  • CARES Act grants cannot be used to cover and satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The student may use their emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including, hardships related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

Deadline:

Students must apply for funds by Monday, May 25, 2020.  Submission of an application does not guarantee the issuance of an award.  To have the best opportunity to receive this funding, please apply soon.  

Receiving the Award

  • Applicants will be provided with a link to check the status of their application 
  • Funds will be awarded by check and mailed to the student’s current mailing address only.
  • Please check that your current MAILING address is correct in your mySDCCD student portal.
  • If needed, click here for instructions on updating your contact information.

For questions email miraaid@sdccd.edu

 

 


Friday, May 8, 2020 - 9:29 pm

Fall Semester to be Held Primarily Online

Fall semester classes across the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) will be offered primarily through online and distance education. The decision was announced this week by SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll in an email to the district’s 5,000 employees. The district’s 100,000 students also are being informed.

Chancellor Carroll offered that the district, which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges and San Diego Continuing Education, will make an effort to allow some exceptions for classes such as science, clinical and career-technical labs, classes for first responders, and others which are difficult to offer completely online. In those cases, however, social distancing and other health protocols would need to be closely followed.

Chancellor Carroll said it was important to make the decision about modality for the fall semester early enough to allow the faculty and the campuses to prepare. She also announced that the district and the campuses would be providing additional professional development to ensure the highest quality of instruction and student support during this online phase. 

The district has also begun discussions regarding a phased-in approach that would determine when employees might return to work.  However, as with classes, the work environment would need to be safe for employees.

“Never in my years in higher education have I seen a crisis of this magnitude, certainly never in my 28 years in the San Diego Community College District,” said Chancellor Carroll. “And the Board of Trustees and I have never been prouder of how faculty, staff, students, and alumni have responded. Their efforts have been extraordinary and have enabled the district to continue to meet the educational needs of students and the community.”

The SDCCD converted over 5,000 classes to all-online instruction on March 23. Since then, it has also announced that summer classes will be held online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and that commencement ceremonies will be conducted virtually in mid-July. Thousands of district students have been provided with laptops, wifi hubs, and other equipment to ensure they can continue their studies. In addition, hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and emergency grants have been secured to assist students — many of whom have lost jobs.

The district estimates it has incurred approximately $4 million in unanticipated costs thus far due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.


Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 3:15 pm

Chancellor's COVID-19 Update - May 5, 2020

On May 5, 2020, Chancellor Constance Carroll issued a COVID-19 Update in regards to course offerings for the Fall semester.  This update stated that the District course offerings will be primarily online and via distance education.  The District is  planning for and hopes to achieve several exceptions for Science Labs, Career Technical Labs, Nursing and Allied Health Clinical labs.  


Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 2:26 pm

Initiatives to Combat Food Insecurity

The governor announced yesterday that two new initiatives to combat food insecurity. First, CalFresh recipients will receive the maximum benefits for the month of May and also can now use their EBT card to make purchases online at Amazon and Walmart. Find more information about the program, get instructions on how to apply for CalFresh and learn about other emergency food benefits at this website.   


Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 11:06 am

CDC Update on COVID-19 Symptoms

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new symptoms to its official list of for COVID-19. Along with the known symptoms of fever, coughing and shortness of breath, the new ones include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. As health experts continue to learn more about the disease, it is likely that other symptoms will be added to that list, said the head of a panel of epidemiologists that makes recommendations to the CDC about how to track and report diseases.


Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:04 pm

Academic Skills Workshops

The WELL (Writing and English Language Lab) at Miramar now offers online academic skills workshops. We currently offer recurring workshops on writing, listening/speaking skills, and academic formatting/academic integrity. Please share this information with students. 

All workshops are on a drop-in basis. Students may attend for the duration or come and go as needed. 


Friday, April 24, 2020 - 3:22 pm

Tutoring Support is Available for Students

The Academic Success Center, Math Lab, the Writing and English Language Lab (WELL)

The Academic Success Center (ASC), the Math Lab and the WELL are available online and provide asynchronous tutoring via Canvas or Synchronous tutoring via Zoom.    Tutoring is available Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 6 pm.  Please check the Canvas pages for specific subject area hours and services. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 11:21 am

Resources for Student Veterans

The Student Veterans of America is working with its partners to provide economic, employment, and professional development resources for Veterans who are students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Join them for a webinar on Thursday, April 23rd at 4pm ET.


Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 5:49 pm

Miramar College to Provide 300 Laptops to Students

Miramar College has purchased 300 laptops to be loaned out to students in need of such technology so that they may continue to pursue their academic goals with little interruption.

These laptops will be distributed to students on Saturday, April 18 from 10am-12pm in front of the college’s P3 parking structure just off of Westview Parkway.

To request a laptop loan, students should go to the following link and complete the request form. https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info/laptop.

Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, the college will create a wait list and make every effort to obtain additional laptops. Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at San Diego Miramar College for each term.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus.

The Miramar College Foundation provided $8,000.00 in initial funding for the purchase. The College is also using funding from its San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to complete the purchase.

Associated Student Government has pledged $3,000 toward the Emergency Fund.

If you’d like to contribute to the San Diego Miramar College Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund please click on this provided: http://sdmiramar.edu/campus/foundation


Monday, April 13, 2020 - 4:34 pm

Laptop Loans

Please know that we are thinking of you and we are making every effort to provide you with the support and resources needed to help you transition into a remote learning environment. To this end, we have heard from several students that they are in need of access to a laptop.To address this need we are in the process of securing 300 laptops to be loaned to students.Based on the information provided, we will prioritize which students will be allocated a laptop. Should the number of requests exceed the number of available laptops, we will create a wait list and make efforts to obtain additional laptops.Students selected to receive a laptop will be able to borrow the laptop for Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 academic terms, provided that they are enrolled at SD Miramar College for each term. If a student completely withdraws or transfers, the student must return the laptop with 30 days.Students who fail to return the laptop or return a damaged laptop may be billed up to $500.To request a laptop loan, please go to the following link and complete the request form. https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info/laptop.

Those who are selected to receive a laptop will be sent more detailed information via email about how to pick-up the laptop from campus. Our goal is to distribute the laptops no later than April 22nd. We're in this together.


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