COVID-19 Communications

 

We know you're receiving a lot of emails right now about how the college is responding to COVID-19, and that it can be hard to keep track of every message. We will be posting copies of messages sent to students here, divided up by the department that sent them to make it easier for you to keep track of the most current information from each department and program at the college.

A collection of emails to Clark College employees is available on ClarkNet [employee login required].

Below find messages from:

This collection is being updated regularly so check back for updates.

Office of the President

 Update (includes info on summer and fall terms, as well as resources for student support) - sent April 24, 2020

Dear Students     

Well done, Penguins! You have completed your first week of spring quarter online. 

Below you will find a list of resources for you to keep handy as you get settled in. I want to thank you for your patience as we make this major shift to online services as a result of COVID-19.

I know one of the most difficult aspects of the current situation we all find ourselves in, is the uncertainty. When will things go back to “business as usual”? How do you plan for the future when the future has so many unpredictable variables? 

Keeping that in mind, we here at Clark College are working to create as much certainty for our students as possible—even if it means making some very tough decisions. Already we are planning for summer and fall quarter. Registration begins next month in May. Because of that timing, it is important for Clark to make the next decision regarding how we will deliver education in such an unpredictable environment.

Clark has decided to extend remote teaching modalities through the end of the Fall 2020 term.  

This was not an easy decision. We all want to be optimistic that we will be able to return to classes face-to-face. But we have listened closely to the CDC and Public Health’s caution that our “new normal” will depend on what the virus does. There may be recurrent restrictions on large gatherings by the Governor. We are a large institution with thousands of students and more than 1,000 employees. We must consider our whole community’s health and safety first and foremost. 

In making our decision, we have consulted with other colleges and universities, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, and our faculty. Rather than wait and have to scramble, there is value in having time for you and your professors to prepare for remote learning. It is important for you to know how your classes will function when you make your registration decisions.  You will see three types of classes.  

  • Online – Classes will be fully online and have no required synchronous instructional components. There will be no date or time information listed in the schedule. 
  • Remote – Classes will be taught face-to-face online with scheduled synchronous instruction components.  Date and time information will be included to indicate when synchronous components will occur. Remote teaching is different from a true online class because an online class would not have the activities scheduled at a particular time. 
  • Hybrid – Lecture components will be fully online and lab components will have scheduled face-to-face instruction. Date, time, and campus location information will be included on the schedule. This modality will be reserved for specific career technical programs and labs with hands-on requirements. 

Like you, we miss our face-to-face classes. This has been a hard decision because we know it impacts you the most. We want you on campus just as soon as it’s safe. We also want to recognize the realities of this COVID-19 environment. 

We believe it’s wise to plan ahead to provide to you and our faculty the training and the tools we need. I am so proud of the way you have all jumped into this new online modality spring quarter. It is realistic that we experience some growing pains. This is a major shift.  By making the decision for fall quarter, we will have ample time to improve our processes to best support you so we can learn online, remotely, successfully, and safely. Here are some of the support services available 

Technology

  • If you are in need of a loaner laptop, please fill out this form.  You only need to fill it out once.
  • If you need help navigating Canvas, logging into your student accounts, or other technology challenges, our TechHub website is a helpful resource. If you still need help, staff are available at techhub@clark.edu or 360-992-2010.

Academics

  • If you need help with your online coursework, our eTutoring service is here to support you.
  • If you need more information about how online learning works, visit our eLearning web area for a wide range of resources, including Canvas video tutorials, technical requirements, and a checklist for getting started.

Finances

Many of you are experiencing financial hardship due to job loss or other impacts of COVID-19. Visit our Financial Wellness page for financial resources, including emergency grant applications.

Health and Well-Being

Student Services

  • Need a phone number or email? Go to  Campus Status and Contacts.
  • Next week we will start our “virtual Gaiser Hall” where you can get one-on-one help via Zoom. In the meantime, if you find yourself stuck and need a person to contact, email studentsupport@clark.edu

In closing, I want to urge you to continue your educational journeys. Right now, you are working toward a better future for yourselves, your families, and your communities. That has not changed with COVID-19, and neither has our commitment here at the college to be with you at every point along that journey. This may not be the college experience any of us asked for, but we can do it, so long as we do it together.

Sandra A. Fowler-Hill, Ed.D.
Interim President
Clark College
she/her/hers
Office: 360-992-2101 | 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663

Executive Assistant to the President | Lisa Wolfson lwolfson@clark.edu

Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees | Stephanie Weldy  sweldy@clark.edu

 

Message from the President (includes info on how to begin spring term, support services available, and wifi) - sent April 19, 2020

Dear Students  

We are working today to get ready for all of you tomorrow as spring quarter begins Monday, April 20.  Here is our heartfelt welcome from us to you!https://youtu.be/MYL0YKN43RU  

As you know, we are all working remotely under the Governor’s stay home orders. Our classes will be online this quarter.  Your instructors have worked hard to develop course material that is both practical and relevant with your success in mind.  We recognize there will be challenges and frustrations for everyone and we promise to walk alongside you to help you successfully complete your spring quarter. 

So, what should you do on Monday?  

  1. Sign into Canvas to make sure your professors know you are “checking in” for your class. They will have instructions.  If you have ANY issues or problems, let your instructors know and they can help direct you to the right resource.  We all want to be your advocates. 
  2. If you cannot sign in for any reason, contact TechHub.
  3. Check Canvas to see what materials/books you still need. The bookstore is operating remotely. Go to www.clarkbookstore.com. 
  4. Do you have urgent financial needs as a result of COVID-19?  Emergency assistant grants will be accepted for spring term starting Monday, April 20 at 10 am. Please go to http://www.clark.edu/enroll/careers/financial-wellness/index.php. 
  5. Do you need a loaner laptop or Wi-Fi hotspot? Take this short survey  The college will contact you once it receives the survey with details about how and when you can pick up a device depending on availability. Do you need Wi-Fi for this week?  You can get free Wi-Fi in the Orange 2 parking lot until 7 p.m. each day.  The buildings are closed so no restrooms are available. You need your student ID, password, and the Wi-Fi code: bluesky.
  6. Questions about technology? Email techhub@clark.edu or call 360-992-2010. 
  7. Questions about tutoring?  Free online eTutoring.  Email tutoring@clark.edu 
  8. Questions about Disability support?  Email dss@clark.edu, call 360.992-2314 or go to http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/disability_support/index.php. 
  9. Questions about Financial aid? Email finaidmail@clark.edu . 
  10. Not sure where to call? Go to  http://www.clark.edu/about/emergencies/coronavirus/faq-student.php#services for a thorough list of resources. 

Our Commitment to You  

Working and learning remotely are new and different for all of us, but one thing remains unchanged and that is our commitment to you. We encourage you to stay connected with us by frequently communicating with your instructors about your virtual classroom experience—especially about how we can best support you and keep you engaged in online learning. We are all in this together.  

 

Dr. Sandra Fowler-Hill, Clark College Interim President  

 Message to Class of 2020 about Commencement - April 8, 2020

Dear Class of 2020,

Commencement is the culmination of years of hard work for the class of 2020 and the college’s most joyous celebration of the year. Clark College faculty and staff look forward to this annual tradition to celebrate with you at graduation. We have enjoyed being a part of your journey and are proud to see you achieving this goal.

Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has made so many of the things that are special about Commencement—the hugs, the high-fives, the gathering of friends and family—into potential dangers for our community. Given this fact, as well as the uncertainty as to when the state’s ban on large gatherings will be lifted, the college has made the extremely difficult decision to move to a virtual ceremony for the Class of 2020.

We want you to have your moment in celebrating your graduation. Plans are already underway to create a meaningful celebration in a virtual format. Expect a follow-up email in the next two weeks on how you and your loved ones can take part in this event.

You will still receive a diploma and ceremony program in the mail. Additionally, I invite you to return to Clark College next year and walk in the traditional ceremony with the Class of 2021, where we will also recognize the Class of 2020. If you have already ordered your cap and gown, please don’t cancel your order at this time—more guidance will be coming in the follow-up email I referenced before. For other questions about the event, please contact our Events Manager, Michelle Golder, at mgolder@clark.edu or 360-992-2543.

No matter what the format, this year’s Commencement ceremony will still be special—because you are amazing. It’s hard to imagine a graduating class who will have shown more courage and resilience and determination than you will have this past year, when you cross that virtual stage. This gives us all the more reason to celebrate your triumphs—and our pride will be in no way dampened by the fact that it is expressed online.

Congratulations on your achievements! The Penguin Nation is proud of you!

Sandra

Sandra A. Fowler-Hill, Ed.D.
Interim President
Clark College
she/her/hers

 Important health update: COVID-29 case reported - March 30, 2020

Dear Clark College Students and Employees,

Your health and well-being are of the upmost importance to us at Clark College. We want each employee and student to feel safe at this unpredictable time during this global pandemic.

We are informing our Clark community that  a Clark student informed Clark College on March 27 that they tested positive for COVID-19. That same day, Clark County Public Health  confirmed the test results. The student is experiencing mild symptoms and is self-isolating at home for the prescribed 14-day period.

The student believes their date of exposure occurred March 20. However, it’s important to note that the student has not set foot on the Clark College campus since Thursday, March 12—eight days before being exposed to COVID-19. This information is important because it suggests that the Clark College community was not exposed to COVID-19 through this individual.

While this student has not been on campus since March 12, we feel it is important to share this information   that a member of our community has tested positive. Out of a high concern for transparency, here are campus locations this person visited when last on campus on March 12:

Campus Locations

  •          STEM Building 324 - March 10 and March 12
  •          STEM Building 306 - March 10 and March 12
  •          Coffee Stand in the Main PUB/ Gaiser Hall building - March 10 and March 12

If you were in one of these locations during that time, it’s important that you self-monitor your health. Please remember, the prescribed quarantine time for exposure is two weeks (14 days).

Because the virus incubation period is 14 days, there should be little concern of contracting the virus if you did not experience symptoms by March 26.

However, if you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your health care provider. If you do not have a provider, contact us at covid_19_info@clark.edu for a list of no- or low-cost options. We’re here to help.  Clark County Public Health informed us  that they will  interview the student to determine whether anyone in Clark’s community needs to be contacted. At this point, the Health Department is advising Clark that  beyond our current COVID-19 event protocols, there is nothing the College needs to do at this time because of this student’s diagnosis.

Finally, please know that prior to the last date this student was on campus, the College had already implemented heightened cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout  campus. As we receive more information, we will update you and our website at www.clark.edu.  We realize the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging, uncertain and stressful time for our entire Clark community and our families. My thoughts are with all of our students, our employees and their families.

Clark College is committed to being responsive to your concerns. We are here for you, our Clark community.

Dr. Sandra Fowler-Hill, Ed.D - Interim President, Clark College

Message from Clark College President Sandra Fowler-Hill - March 25, 2020

Dear Clark Students, 
 
It’s a spring break unlike any you’ve likely ever experienced. On behalf of everyone at Clark College, we send you our best thoughts right now. We are all adapting to many new changes and challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

As you know, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order for at least the next two weeks. Clark College buildings will be closed to students during this time.

However, your instructors and all Clark employees are  working remotely to get ready for spring quarter. Spring term begins April 20 with online and remote learning in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Fortunately, the college has a history of providing eLearning solutions, and we are leveraging that experience to help move classes online onto Canvas. In other cases, classes will be taught remotely, with the professor delivering lectures in real time through video conferencing, while students participate remotely. There are a few professional-technical classes that may have an in-person component. The Governor’s executive order specifically allows those classes to continue, using social distancing protocols to prevent interaction and keep students safe. I encourage you to check your emails and Canvas for messages from your instructors during spring break for further instructions.

 

If you have already registered for spring quarter, you don’t need to re-register. The courses you registered for are being converted to online/remote formats, and you will be updated about those changes as they are finalized.  

If you have not registered yet we encourage you to sign up for spring quarter classesClick here if you need help with registration.

We have adjusted our payment schedule.

Final due date for tuition has been extended through Monday, April 27.

Financial aid disbursements will begin April 10.

The physical Bookstore is closed to the public until the college resumes normal campus activity, but remains open online. Students can order spring textbooks and materials via clarkbookstore.com. Orders are processed daily and will be filled in the order received. Free shipping is available for all orders submitted by April 12, 2020.

The college will also be checking in with you prior to the start of the quarter to help determine your needs for technology to become an online learner.  I recognize this is a transition for students who are comfortable in face-to-face classes.

As a member of the Penguin Nation, I also recognize your capacity and determination in overcoming challenges and learning new skills. I encourage you to check out our eLearning information on our website in order to learn more about this learning format, and to reach out to any friends who have taken online classes to find out about their experiences. I assure you that no one has to be a “computer genius” to succeed in online learning, and our professors and staff will be with you as you continue your educational journey.

We want to be of support to you and your family recognizing the pressures on you right now.

Our Financial Wellness page has many resources for help with housing, utilities and other financial needs y.
The Penguin Pantry is scheduled to reopen on April 20. In the meantime, the Clark County Food Bank has a list of food pantries in the region.
Finally, we have compiled a list of student frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding COVID-19 and are updating it daily.

You will have questions and we want to answer them. This is new territory for all of us.

Here is a directory of the phone numbers and emails you can use to reach us.

http://www.clark.edu/about/emergencies/coronavirus/campus-status.php 

If you are still not sure who to contact, please email Cath Busha, our Dean of Student Engagement, at cbusha@clark.edu. Cath will answer your question or directly connect you to the person who can. 
 
Thank you for your patience, resilience and courage as we navigate these challenging times together. We are here for you.  

Take care and stay healthy,

Sandra

Sandra A. Fowler-Hill, Ed.D., Interim President

 

Message from Clark College President Sandra Fowler-Hill and ASCC President Evans Kaame - March 17, 2020

Dear Clark Students, 

Congratulations on a job well done! Most of you have completed your winter quarter and are beginning your four-week spring break. These are historic times as we deal with the Coronavirus global pandemic. We apologize for the disruptions it has caused for you here at Clark.  

The college has now moved to remote operations by executive order of Washington’s Governor to slow the spread of COVID-19. All state community colleges will implement remote operations from March 17 through April 24. The computer lab at Scarpelli 135 as well as the cashier’s office will be open to you during spring break.  

Spring quarter will begin April 20:  The change in our start date for spring quarter will result in a modified registration calendar, including payment dates. We will publish those new dates soon.  

Classes will be offered remotely and on-line per the Governor’s executive order. Your instructors are working on plans to help you successfully complete spring quarter. We will update you as we have more details.  

Register for spring quarter classes online: http://www.clark.edu/getstarted/register.php 

Your essential Clark College contact information during spring break Please call or email while the college is in remote operations.   

Department 

Phone 

Email or URL 

Registration 

 

http://www.clark.edu/getstarted/register.php 

Advising Services 

360-992-2345 

advising@clark.edu 

Athletics 

360-992-2691 

llemasters@clark.edu 

Career Services 

360-992-2902 

careerservices@clark.edu 

CFS Child Family Services 

360-992-2393 

cfs@clark.edu 

Disability Support Services 

360-992-2314 

dss@clark.edu 

ECD Economic & Community Development 

360-992-2939 

ECD@clark.edu 

 

Enrollment Services (Admissions, Credentials, Registration, Records) 

360-992-2193 

registration@clark.edu 

IT Services Student Computer Lab  

360-992-2425 

http://www.clark.edu/its/documentation-and-resources/students/techhub/index.php 

Financial Aid 

360-992-2153 

finaidmail@clark.edu 

International Programs 

360-992-2390 

international@clark.edu 

MESA 

360-992-2225 

dparedes@clark.edu 

Scholarships 

360-992-2582 

ldrennan@clark.edu 

Security 

360-992-2133 

Security.request@clark.edu 

Student Life 

360-992-2441 

studentlife@clark.edu 

Veteran Services 

360-992-2073 

ddaly@clark.edu 

Welcome Center 

360-992-2078 

start@clark.edu 

Workforce Education Services 

360-992-2729 

wes@clark.edu 

 

 

 

 

Still not sure who to contact? Our leadership team is available to you to help. 

Check your Clark email regularly: Keep in contact with your instructors regarding alternative/online instruction plans for spring quarter.  We will be sending you more information to help you gear up for the start of the quarter. 

Your well-being is important. We want to acknowledge the impact this pandemic has had on you, our students. It has turned our routines inside out, causing disruptions and uncertainty and changing the way we live in this moment. We encourage you to reach out to any of the resources below to find supports during this stress time.  

 

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) 

360-992-2292 

diversity@clark.edu 

 

Clark County Crisis Line 

1-800-626-8137 

 

Counseling & Health Services 

360-992-2614 

chc@clark.edu 

Penguin Pantry (food bank) 

360-992-2100 

penguinpantry@clark.edu 

Clark County Resource Guide 

360-699-5106 

https://www.councilforthehomeless.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Resource-Guide-1.23.20.pdf 

Clark County Food Bank  

360-693-0939 

https://www.clarkcountyfoodbank.org/coronavirus 

 

Getting accurate information 

As anxiety about COVID-19 grows, so does the chance for rumors or misinformation to begin to circulate. Please remember that while COVID-19 was first discovered in Wuhan, China, the disease is not specific to any ethnic group or national origin. The college does not tolerate bias and encourages those who experience or witness a bias-based incident to report it online. Misinformation makes any public health challenge worse. Reliable sources of information include: 

Connect with others via technology. During spring break, we hope you can find ways to maintain your social connections. Text your friends to make sure they’re OK. Call an older relative to check in on them. Rediscover a board game or video game from your youth. Take good care of yourselves, your loved ones and each other. We will get through this together. 

We miss you already—and can’t wait to welcome you back to Clark for spring quarter.  Be safe.  

Sandra and Evans 

Dr. Sandra Fowler-Hill, Interim President 

Evans Kaame, ASCC President 

 


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Advising

Limited Remote Advising Appointments Available - April 1, 2020

This message was sent as an auto-response to any student emailing Advising Services beginning April 1, 2020. 

Clark College Advising Services has temporarily halted face-to-face academic advising appointments.

 

Limited remote appointments are available through the end of April 2020.  Click here to schedule with an available Advisor.

Please direct your questions to advising@clark.edu.

Due to the increased volume of inquiries, please know we will do our best to respond within 48-business hours to your email.

The health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and community is our highest priority. We appreciate your understanding of this preventative measure to reduce the risk of potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), especially for vulnerable populations. We look forward to working with you and assisting with your plans! 

Please refer to the Clark College website  for COVID-19 updates. 

Stay Well, 

Clark College Advising Services

Halting face-to-face advising appointments, moving to Zoom - March 18, 2020

This message was sent as an auto-reply to any student emailing Advising beginning March 18, 2020

Clark College Advising Services has temporarily halted face-to-face academic advising appointments. In order to honor any pre-scheduled appointments, we are pleased to offer Zoom advising appointments to assist students with their academic planning needs at your already scheduled time.  If you are in need of further assistance from an Academic Advisor, please include your Student ID number when you direct your questions to advising@clark.edu. 

  • Due to the increased volume of inquiries as we move towards this alternate appointment format, please know we will do our best to respond within 24-48 business hours to your email. 

The health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and community is our highest priority. We appreciate your understanding of this preventative measure to reduce the risk of potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), especially for vulnerable populations. We look forward to working with you and assisting with your plans! 

If you have any additional questions please contact us at advising@clark.edu 

Please refer to the Clark College website for COVID-19 updates. 

Thank you, 

Clark College Advising Services 

 



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Career Services

 Career Fair, Success Workshops, and Wellness Groups - sent April 23, 2020

Welcome Students, 

We're here for you! We've put together some great resources to support you on your path and to help connect you with your campus community spring term. 

Student Success Workshops - moving to an online Zoom format. 

We have so many wonderful workshop topics to support you this term. We also have workshops to help prepare you for the Virtual Career Fair on May 7. Check out the schedule and simply click the link to join. 

Virtual Career Fair 2020 - happening on Thursday, May 7. 

Career Days 2020 is now online for the first-ever Clark College virtual career fair. Sponsored by CSL Plasma, we have nearly 20 employers already confirmed. Register at Penguin Jobs to see the vendor list and watch the Virtual Career Fair 2020 website for updates and chatroom conversation tips. 

The Counseling and Health Center is offering online wellness groups facilitated by counselors. 

Monday Morning Meditation is a weekly drop-in time for the campus community to gather for a brief relaxation exercise - Mondays @ 10:30 – 10:50 am 

Wellness Circle a weekly drop-in time for the campus community to connect, support one another, and share our experiences - Wednesdays @ 12:00 – 1:00 pm 

Mindful Parenting Circle is a bi-weekly drop-in time for parents in the Clark community to support each other - every other Monday @ 1:30 – 2:30 pm (beginning Monday, May 4) 

Autism Success Group (Asynchronous) for students who identify as being on the autism spectrum. May 4 – June 1 - for questions or to sign up, email Shayna at scollins@clark.edu 

ADHD Skills Group – for students with ADHD, or ADHD-like challenges (trouble with focusing, planning, organizing, or following through) Wednesdays @ 2:00-3:00 pm, May 6 – June 10 

Please feel free to call or email for more information - 
 

Your Career Services Team 
360-992-2902 - voicemail checked regularly 
careerservices@clark.edu 

COVID-19: Clark College Updates, Federal Stimulus Checks and Unemployment (email sent to student using Financial Wellness services) - March 27, 2020

Dear Students, 

Because you applied for an emergency grant through the Financial Wellness Program or engaged in a financial wellness coaching session, you have been added to the Financial Wellness mailing list created to disseminate financial resource information during COVID-19. Please email me if you prefer not to receive this information. And of course, let me know if you have any questions! 

Please click here to see the Clark College COVID-19 FAQ for updates about financial aid disbursement dates, school start dates, scholarships, and more. Check the financial wellness page for financial resource updates. 

Read on for FAQ on stimulus payments and unemployment copied below from a NY Times article dated Friday, March 27, 2020. 

Stimulus Payments 

How large would the payments be? 

Most adults would get $1,200, although some would get less. For every child age 16 or under, the payment would be an additional $500. 

How many payments would there be? 

Just one. Future bills could order up additional payments, though. 

How do I know if I will get the full amount? 

It depends on your income. Single adults with Social Security numbers who have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less would get the full amount. Married couples with no children earning $150,000 or less would receive a total of $2,400. And taxpayers filing as head of household would get the full payment if they earned $112,500 or less. 

Above those income figures, the payment decreases until it stops altogether for single people earning $99,000 or married people who have no children and earn $198,000. According to the Senate Finance Committee, a family with two children would no longer be eligible for any payments if its income surpassed $218,000. 

You can’t get a payment if someone claims you as a dependent, even if you’re an adult. In any given family and in most instances, everyone must have a valid Social Security number in order to be eligible. There is an exception for members of the military. 

You can find your adjusted gross income on Line 8b of the 2019 1040 federal tax return. 

What year’s income should I be looking at? 

  1. If you haven’t prepared a tax return yet, you can use your 2018 return. If you haven’t filed that yet, you can use a 2019 Social Security statement showing your income to see what an employer reported to the I.R.S.

What if my recent income made me ineligible, but I anticipate being eligible because of a loss of income in 2020? Do I get a payment? 

The bill does not help people in that circumstance now, but you may benefit once you file your 2020 taxes. That’s because the payment is technically an advance on a tax credit that is available for the entire year. So it will depend on how much you earn. 

Meanwhile, there are many other provisions in the legislation. You may be able to file for unemployment or for one of the new loans for small-business owners or sole proprietors. 

Would I have to apply to receive a payment? 

No. If the Internal Revenue Service already has your bank account information, it would transfer the money to you via direct deposit based on the recent income-tax figures it already has. 

When would they arrive? 

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that he expected most people to get their payments within three weeks. 

If my payment doesn’t come soon, how can I be sure that it wasn’t misdirected? 

According to the bill, you would get a paper notice in the mail no later than a few weeks after your payment has been disbursed. That notice would contain information about where the payment ended up and in what form it was made. If you couldn’t locate the payment at that point, it would be time to contact the I.R.S. using the information on the notice. 

What if I haven’t filed tax returns recently, would that affect my ability to receive a payment? 

It could. File a return immediately, at least for 2018, according to the I.R.S. website. “Those without 2018 tax filings on record could potentially affect mailings of stimulus checks,” the site says. 

If you’re worried about money that you owe that you cannot pay, the I.R.S. recommends consulting a tax professional who can help you request an alternative payment plan or some other resolution. 

Would most people who are receiving Social Security retirement and disability payments each month also get a stimulus payment? 

Yes. 

Would eligible unemployed people get these stimulus payments? Veterans? 

Yes and yes. 

Do U.S. citizens living abroad get a payment? 

Yes, as long as they meet the income requirements and have a Social Security number. 

Do I have to pay income taxes on the amount of my payment? 

No. 

If my income tax refunds are currently being garnished because of a student loan default, would this payment be garnished as well? 

No. In fact, the bill temporarily suspends nearly all efforts to garnish tax refunds to repay debts, including those to the I.R.S. itself. But this waiver may not apply to people who are behind on child support. 

Unemployment Benefits 

Who would be covered by the expanded program? 

The new bill would wrap in far more workers than are usually eligible for unemployment benefits, including self-employed people and part-time workers. The bottom-line: Those who are unemployed, are partly unemployed or cannot work for a wide variety of coronavirus-related reasons would be more likely to receive benefits. 

How much would I receive? 

It depends on your state. 

Benefits would be expanded in a bid to replace the average worker’s paycheck, explained Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, a public policy research group. The average worker earns about $1,000 a week, and unemployment benefits often replace roughly 40 to 45 percent of that. The expansion would pay an extra amount to fill the gap. 

Under the plan, eligible workers would get an extra $600 per week on top of their state benefit. But some states are more generous than others. According to the Century Foundation, the maximum weekly benefit in Alabama is $275, but it’s $450 in California and $713 in New Jersey. 

So let’s say a worker was making $1,100 per week in New York; she’d be eligible for the maximum state unemployment benefit of $504 per week. Under the new program, she gets an additional $600 of federal pandemic unemployment compensation, for a total of $1,104, essentially replacing her original paycheck. 

States have the option of providing the entire amount in one payment, or sending the extra portion separately. But it must all be done on the same weekly basis. 

Are gig workers, freelancers and independent contractors covered in the bill? 

Yes, self-employed people would be newly eligible for unemployment benefits. 

Benefit amounts would be calculated based on previous income, using a formula from the Disaster Unemployment Assistanceprogram, according to a congressional aide. 

Self-employed workers would also be eligible for the additional $600 weekly benefit provided by the federal government. 

What if I’m a part-time worker who lost my job because of a coronavirus reason, but my state doesn’t cover part-time workers? Would I still be eligible? 

Yes. Part-time workers would be eligible for benefits, but the benefit amount and how long benefits would last depend on your state. They would also be eligible for the additional $600 weekly benefit. 

What if I have Covid-19 or need to care for a family member who has it? 

If you’ve received a diagnosis, are experiencing symptoms or are seeking a diagnosis — and you’re unemployed, are partly unemployed or cannot work as a result — you would be covered. The same goes if you must care for a member of your family or household who has received a diagnosis. 

What if my child’s school or day care shut down? 

If you rely on a school, a day care or another facility to care for a child, elderly parent or another household member so that you can work — and that facility has been shut down because of coronavirus — you would be eligible. 

What if I’ve been advised by a health care provider to quarantine myself because of exposure to coronavirus? And what about broader orders to stay home? 

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People who must self-quarantine would be covered. The legislation also says that individuals who are unable to get to work because of a quarantine imposed as a result of the outbreak would also be eligible. 

I was about to start a new job and now can’t get there because of an outbreak. 

You’d be eligible for benefits. You would also be covered if you were immediately laid off from a new job and did not have a sufficient work history to qualify for benefits under normal circumstances. 

I had to quit my job as a direct result of coronavirus. Would I be eligible to apply for benefits? 

It depends. Let’s say your employer didn’t lay you off but you had to quit because of a quarantine recommended by a health care provider, or because your child’s day care closed and you’re the primary caregiver. Situations like that are covered. 

But this provision wasn’t intended to cover people who quit (or want to quit) because they fear that continuing to work puts them at risk of contracting coronavirus, according to congressional aides. 

My employer shut down my workplace because of coronavirus. Would I be eligible? 

Yes. If you are unemployed, partly unemployed or unable to work because your employer closed down, you would be covered under the bill. 

The breadwinner of my household has died as a result of coronavirus. I relied on that person for income, and I’m not working. Would that be covered? 

Yes. 

Whom would the bill leave out? 

Workers who are able to work from home, and those receiving paid sick leave or paid family leave would not be covered. New entrants to the work force who cannot find jobs would also be ineligible. 

How long would the payments last? 

Many states already provide 26 weeks of benefits, though some states have trimmed that back while others provide a sliding scale tied to unemployment levels. 

The bill would provide all eligible workers with an additional 13 weeks. So participants in states with 26 weeks would be eligible for a total of 39 weeks. The total amount cannot exceed 39 weeks, but it may be shorter in certain states. 

The extra $600 payment would last for up to four months, covering weeks of unemployment ending July 31. 

How long would the broader program last? 

Expanded coverage would be available to workers who were newly eligible for unemployment benefits for weeks starting on Jan. 27, 2020, and through Dec. 31, 2020. 

I’m already receiving unemployment benefits. Would I receive any help? 

Yes. Even if you’re already receiving unemployment benefits for reasons unrelated to the coronavirus, your state-level benefits would still be extended by 13 weeks. You would also receive the extra $600 weekly benefit from the federal government. 

My unemployment recently ran out — could I sign up again? 

Yes. If you’ve exhausted your benefits, eligible workers could generally reapply. But how much you would get and for how long would depend on the state where you worked. Everyone would get at least another 13 weeks, along with the extra $600 payment. 

Would this income disqualify me from any other programs? 

Maybe. The additional $600 benefit would count as income when determining eligibility for means-tested programs, except for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP. 

How long would I need to wait for benefits? 

States have been incentivized to waive the one-week waiting period, but it’s unclear how long it would take to process claims — especially with state offices so strained by a flood of claims. 


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Disability Support Services

 DSS After Finals through Spring Start - March 18, 2020

UPDATE:  
Disability Support Services is working remotely now until Spring Term begins on 4/20/20. This is out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This email provides information for current DSS students or those who expressed interest in our services.  
 
DSS is working remotely now. We will be completely closed for two days on Monday, 3/23/20, and Tuesday, 3/24/20. After this, we will be responding remotely again.  
 
General DSS Contact:  
Email: dss@clark.edu  
Call: 360.992.2314 and leave a message that will be emailed to us.  
Video phone needs: email achilders@clark.edu  
We will try to return messages within 2 business days.  
 
Need to drop something off to us?:  

  • Turn in Documentation or a Release of Information in a new locked mailbox we have outside of our front door. The box is located on the wall to the left of our door. We will contact you within a few days to schedule a virtual meeting via Zoom. 
  • Drop off your recorder in our Documentation lockbox or email us you want to turn in at a later time and we can allow you to turn in at the start of Spring term the week of 4/20/20. 
  • Drop off Braille materials in a box in our lobby by this Thursday, or email us for an extension and we can get these from you later when Spring is in session. 

 
Getting Started  
If you are currently not utilizing student accommodations here at Clark but are interested in doing so, you can fill out a Getting Started form at: https://teton.accessiblelearning.com/Clark/ApplicationStudent.aspx. For more information about the accommodations process, visit http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/disability_support/access_procedure.php.  
 
Intakes  
Be sure to include your contact info (both your phone number and email address) when you fill out a Getting Started form; a staff member will be in touch with you soon to schedule a remote Intake Appointment using Skype, Zoom, or phone. You can upload diagnostic documentation for your accommodations process through the getting started form, email it to dss@clark.edu, or drop it off in our lockbox outside of our door on main campus. If you have a question about documentation or an intake that is in process, please contact DSS at the info below so we can better assist you. If you have a question about documentation or an intake that is in process, please contact DSS at the info below.  
 
Alternative Format  
Our alt format editors are hard at work on alt format production for Spring quarter. Please consider emailing your proof of ownership to our office. If you have requested braille, plans to fulfill those requests are underway as well. Please contact Audrea at: ahagan@clark.edu or Zach at: zlattin@clark.edu if you have questions about your alternative format.  
 
Assistive Technology and Web Access  
If you have a question about web accessibility or wish to schedule a remote assistive technology training, please email zlattin@clark.edu.  
 
Alternative Testing  
We will continue to proctor previously scheduled Final Exams this week, Monday – Thursday. Please check your emails to see if your exam was moved to online format, or cancelled, by your instructor. If this is the case, please let us know as you may not be needing to come to DSS to complete this exam. If you require alternative format for testing, please reach out to Audrea Hagen at: ahagen@clark.edu.  
 
ASL Interpreters  
Interpreters remain available to provide remote interpreting services for meetings, classes, and more. We can work with you to provide remote interpretation of recorded text or synchronous lectures. For now, if you need an on-site interpreter, please e-mail Angela directly to determine need and availability. Continue requesting interpreting services via our online request form at: https://teton.accessiblelearning.com/Clark/CustomRequest.aspx.  
 
Please note, during this time, the DSS office will not be reachable by video phone. If you need further assistance and need to request a video chat via zoom or other web conferencing solution, please e-mail Angela Childers at: aslinterpreting@clark.edu.  
 
Captioning  
Captioning will be available. Remote CART is also available. Send recorded materials that need captioning to: aslinterpreting@clark.edu. Helpful hint: we will be able to return your project more quickly if you send it to us as a YouTube link. We can also provide remote captioning of synchronous lectures; please send those requests to: aslinterpreting@clark.edu as soon as you schedule them, or a minimum of two weeks in advance, as I anticipate captioners are going to be in greater and greater demand.  
 
Please take care during this time. Additionally, our full time staff names and emails are located on this website if you need specific support: http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/disability_support/contact-info.php  
Reach out as needed, email is best.  
 
Clark College  
Disability Support Services  
1933 Fort Vancouver Way  
Penguin Union Building (PUB) 013  
Vancouver, WA 98663-3598  
Phone: (360) 992-2314 (Voice)  
(360) 992-2879 (Fax)  
(360) 991-0901 (Video Phone)  
Email: dss@clark.edu 

 

DSS Finals Week & Practicing Social Distancing  - March 16, 2020

 

Hello Students,  
 
You have probably read the campus messages about adjustments effective this week of finals for our campus. Our services in DSS are shifting to remote services effective tomorrow, 3/17/20, as much as possible. Many instructors have changed their final to be online, optional, or cancelled, so please check your Clark email and Canvas for each of your classes. Final exam proctoring is an exception for DSS where we can still proctor scheduled in-person finals on campus; however, we will be implementing Social Distancing as much as possible.  
 
Our office is open today but we are implementing Social Distancing practices now, such as asking:  

  • Please try to keep 6 feet minimum between people including DSS staff. 
  • We ask only one person in the our DSS lobby at a time. You may have to wait in the outside lobby, relax on the couches for us to be with you. 
  • If the outside lobby seems busy with 3 or more people, please spread out along the ramped hallway between our lobby and Archer Gallery, which is south of our DSS. 

 
Only a few DSS staff will in the office starting tomorrow, Tuesday 3/17/20 and other staff will work remotely. Our lobby door will be shut and we will serve students with scheduled finals. We ask you to only come to DSS if absolutely necessary, such as for a scheduled final or to drop off something, and otherwise try to work with us by email, phone, etc.  
 
Need to drop something off to us?:  

  • Drop off your recorder or Livescribe Pen in the basket outside our front door, on the left hand side before the pole. 
  • Turn in Documentation or a Release of Information in a new locked mailbox we have outside of our front door. The box is located on the wall to the left of our door. We will contact you within a few days to schedule a virtual meeting via Zoom. 
  • Drop off Braille materials in a box in our lobby or email us for an appointment to drop off materials. 

 
If you do not need to come into our office, please work with us remotely:  

  • Email us at dss@clark.edu 
  • Call us at 360.992.2314, if you have to leave a message we will get back to you. 
  • Our video phone is temporarily down so please email achilders@clark.edu and she will contact you back. We hope to have a video relay option soon. 
  • We can meet with you for a virtual appointment, email us if you need to check-in. 

 
Students, we care about you and are here to support you in finishing your finals. Please take care during this time. Additionally, our full time staff names and emails are located on this website if you need specific support: http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/disability_support/contact-info.php  
 
Our plans may adjust as we are in a new situation. I will message all students again by Wednesday this week. Reach out as needed, email is best. 

 

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Financial Aid

Update from Financial Aid - sent April 22, 2020

Dear Student,  

This term has brought unprecedented financial challenges for many of you as the impacts of COVID-19 have sent ripples through the nation’s economy.  

We are happy to report that the vast majority of our students received their spring term financial aid awards on April 10, well in advance of the beginning of the term. The Office of Financial Aid was able to accomplish this despite some major challenges: We are currently switching to a new software system to handle all student records and business transactions, we are doing our work remotely (and having to work with federal and state agencies whose staff are also working remotely), and many students have filed for adjustments to their financial aid due to COVID-related income loss. It has been hard work, but it is worth it for us to know our students are taken care of. 

However, we are very aware that some students have still not received their financial aid award. For students in this situation, we want you to know that the college is working hard to finalize your financial aid awards, and that you will not be dropped from your classes because your financial aid has not been disbursed.  

The rest of this email covers the following: 

  • Where to find information about your award 
  • Why you might not have received your award 
  • What a “tuition hold” means 
  • How to contact Financial Aid 
  • What to do if you need immediate financial assistance  
  • Getting financial aid for summer term 

Finding information about your award 

You can check the status of your spring term award through our Financial Aid Portal. This is not the Finances tab in the new MyClark ctcLink interface, which will not include financial aid information until the 2020 summer term.  

Financial aid awards will be applied to tuition/fee balances first. Any remaining amount is then disbursed to students through the selected BankMobile refund preference (to check your refund preference, visit BankMobile’s website.  

Why you might not have received your award yet 

The Office of Financial Aid began disbursing financial aid awards to students on April 10. However, there are some specialized cases that require additional work to process. Common reasons include: 

  • You may have a hold on your aid due to being on Academic Probation 
  • Your application is missing documentation required to completely process it 
  • You have registered for courses or credit amounts not approved for your degree program 
  • You have applied to have your award amount adjusted 

To find out if one of these scenarios applies to your case, check your account through the Financial Aid Portal. If you do not see any indication there that your aid might be delayed, and you do not have an email in the account you listed as your preferred email address in MyClark, please reach out to the Office of Financial Aid at finaidmail@clark.edu. 

Spring term “financial aid holds” 

When you check your award status in the Financial Aid Portal, you may see something that says “Financial Aid Hold” on your account. That may sound concerning, but actually it is a good thing: It means that the deadline for paying your spring term tuition has essentially been placed “on hold” until the Office of Financial Aid has been able to finish processing your financial aid award. In other words, it means you will not be dropped from your classes for non-payment while the Office of Financial Aid works through the details of your case. 

How to contact the Office of Financial Aid 

While the college is in remote operations, the Office of Financial Aid is not able to take phone calls. Right now email is the best way to reach our staff. Here is the contact information for the Financial Aid Office: 

Please be aware that because of the dramatic increase in calls and emails from students, the office’s response times have slowed. While originally staff were able to reply to emails within 2 business days, the estimated response time is now 5-7 business days. We deeply regret the stress and concern this is creating for students. Please know that staff are still reading and responding to all emails and are committed to serving our students during this challenging time. 

If you need immediate financial assistance 

Clark College understands that current circumstances have created intense financial pressures on our students. Here are some steps the college has taken to help students at this time: 

  • The college has received support to expand its Emergency Grant program to provide just-in-time funding to cover living expenses, books and supplies, fees, and childcare. The emergency grant application review team will make every effort to make decisions quickly, within 3-7 business days.  
  • There have been challenges to finding a system for safely distributing food from the Penguin Pantry, but college staff are working hard to find a solution and hope to re-start that program next week.  
  • And always, if you are concerned you will not be able to afford to continue studying at Clark College, please reach out to a Financial Wellness team member at sterjeson@clark.edu 

Getting financial aid for summer term 

We know it’s hard to think about summer when spring term has barely begun, but it’s important to remember that summer term is part of the next financial aid cycle, so you’ll need to complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA to receive aid for summer. If you have already done so, the Financial Aid Office will start notifying you of the next steps starting next week. Please continue to check your preferred email for notification from the Financial Aid Office.   

Finally, please know that all of us in the Office of Financial Aid are working hard to help all our students continue their educational journeys. We understand that all the work in world won’t prevent some of you from experiencing frustration and stress, and we truly regret that. We are learning how to operate during a quarantine, just as you are. But no matter what, we remain committed to supporting you during this challenging time. 

Sincerely, 

Chippi Bello 

Associate Dean 

Financial Aid 

 

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Libraries

 Library Resources and Services During the COVID-19 Closure - posted on Libraries website April 13, 2020

The Clark College Libraries’ physical locations are closed until Clark College resumes face-to-face campus activities. Although our physical libraries are closed, our online library remains open.

All items currently checked out will have their due dates extended to May 20 and no late fines will accrue during the closure. However, you may still return books, CDs, and DVDs to any of the Libraries’ bookdrops. Please do not attempt to return laptops or calculators to the bookdrops. Keep them until they can be returned in-person once the Libraries reopen. Any patrons who do not return their items by their new due date will be required to pay a replacement fee.

If you need a laptop, Internet hotspot, or a calculator for Spring 2020, please fill out a request form. 

Clark students and employees may still access a variety of library resources off-campus. Using your Clark computer/lab account username and password, you can log into your library account through the library website to discover variety of eBooks and online articles, save your research, and submit requests through interlibrary loan.  With the same username and password, you can also access article databasesstreaming videos, and other online resources.

Additionally, you still have several options for research help. Contact us to learn about all the online resources from the library available to you through library.clark.edu. Please reach out through one of the following options, listed in order of preference:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email ccl@clark.edu or at leave a message at 360-992-2504.

Clark College Libraries closing (includes information on returning items, accessing online services, scheduled re-opening) - sent March 16, 2020

Clark College Libraries will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, April 26. As of this writing, the Libraries are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 27. 

All items currently checked out will have their due dates extended to May 1 and no late fines will accrue during the closure. However, you may still return books, CDs, and DVDs to any of the Libraries’ bookdrops. Please do not attempt to return laptops or calculators to the bookdrops. Keep them until they can be returned in-person once the Libraries reopen. Any patrons who do not return their items by their new due date will be required to pay a replacement fee. We will send out a follow-up email when we are preparing to check out quarter-loan laptops and calculators for Spring 2020. 

You may still access a variety of library resources off-campus. Using your Clark computer/lab account username and password, you can log into your library account through the library website for access to eBooks, article databases, streaming videos, copy requests through interlibrary loan, and other online resources. 

Additionally, you still have several options for research help. Contact us to learn about all the online resources from the library available to you through library.clark.edu. Please reach out through one of the following options, listed in order of preference: 

  •          Ask a Librarian chat
  •          Ask a Librarian email
  •          Our Clark Librarians group email: library_referencelibrarians@clark.edu
  •          You can reach out to a librarian individually using our staff directory
  •          Call our Ask a Librarian phone (360) 992-2375 to leave a voicemail. We will not be available to pick up the phone but can remotely check voicemail periodically.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email ccl@clark.edu or at leave a message 360-992-2504. 

 
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Running Start

Clark College Guidance for Running Start Enrollment in Spring 2020 - March 24, 2020

Dear prospective and current Running Start students, 

Clark College has moved our spring quarter instruction to online and remote learning in response to the COVID 19 outbreak. We are partnering with your school district to ensure each of you have access to educational opportunities to support your continued learning and graduation. 

Spring quarter classes will begin on Monday, April 20, which is two weeks later than our original schedule, and end as originally scheduled on Thursday, June 18. This later start is necessary to allow us time to move our classes from in-person to remote and online learning utilizing Canvas and other remote learning tools. The college provides an Online Learning Resource Page with information and resources to answer questions related to our eLearning program. If you have already registered for spring quarter, you don’t need to re-register. The courses you registered for are being converted to online. 

While some classes may have an in-person component (i.e. lab classes), the college will be taking every precaution to ensure a safe learning environment by limiting interactions and enforcing social distancing protocols.  

 Students planning to start in spring 2020 should apply now by visiting www.clark.edu/getstarted to apply and pay the $25 application fee. When filling out the application, in the “Academic Data Section” select “Academic Program: Running Start.” If paying the $25 application fee is a financial hardship, please email start@clark.edu to request an application fee waiver – you will be provided a code to use when submitting your application. 

Important resources for Running Start students 

Where do I turn in placement materials/EVF/Fee Waiver during remote services? 

  • Upload documents in ctcLink- Instructions available at http://www.clark.edu/faculty-staff/ctclink/students.php 
  • Email - Scan/email your placement materials and Enrollment Verification Forms to runningstart@clark.edu.  If you send via email, please make sure your name is clear on your documentation and you have included your Clark College student ID number (SID). 
  • Drop Box – Drop-off materials at the drop-box outside of Gaiser Hall (Green Parking Lot) on main campus only if you are unable to upload or email the documents, as noted in the two options above. Please make sure your name is clear on your documentation and you have included your Clark College student ID number (SID). 

Any questions about the enrollment process, please contact start@clark.edu.  

We know it will be difficult to complete an Enrollment Verification Form with your high school counselor during school closures. We will work with you and your district to ensure you are not charged for any costs covered by the Running Start Program for your enrollment during spring quarter. 

We are ready to help you be successful learning in an online environment, and will be providing information, tools and resources to support you.  

Please apply today or email us with any questions you may have, 

 

William Belden 
Vice President of Student Affairs 

 

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Student Affairs

Student Financial Communication - sent April 17, 2020

 Dear Student,

 

I want to take this opportunity to let you know how glad we are that you are attending Clark College. It has been a whirlwind of activity and change for all of us. I don’t think any of us could not have imagined this current set of circumstances requiring us to move all our classes online for spring term.

Whether you are a returning or first-time student at Clark, know that our faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to prepare for your “virtual” return. Likely you have a lot of questions which I hope we have been able to answer, through phone calls, emails, and our website at www.clark.edu.

I offer a quick, at-a-glance Q&A on the most asked questions for spring term. I hope this helps as you get ready for our first day of the quarter, Monday April 20. Please take some time to review the attachment and let us know how we can help you.

We look forward to supporting your spring quarter success, 

William Belden
Vice President of Student Affairs

Student Q&A  

I’ve never taken an online course before. I am NOT tech savvy. Who can I talk to if I get stuck?  

TechHub is available to offer technical assistance to students for logging in to their accounts. They can help students log in and navigate Canvas and other online resources including MyClark@ctcLink and MyClark@Clark 

TechHub will not be able to help with questions within an assignment or most third-party resources (SaplingInqizitive, etc.) beyond basic troubleshooting.  

We are offering drop in Virtual Student Labs Monday-Friday, April 20-25, from 2pm-3:30pm. 

We encourage you to visit the eLearning Support Page where you will find many resources to help you succeed online.  

Will Clark offer practice sessions so I can practice Zoom and make sure my computer system is set up properly and that I know how to use it? 

Yes, we have a Zoom information page  and TechHub.  

Also , Zoom provides some tutorials that students may find educational to get themselves acquainted with Zoom. Zoom Video Tutorials 

Whenever you have unanswered questions, please email techhub@clark.edu 

What will tutoring look like for spring quarter?  

We will continue to provide online tutoring via the eTutoring platform.   

  1. Live Tutoring sessions – a synchronous tutoring session via Zoom. Students meet with the tutor on a first-come-first-served basis. After logging in, students can view tutor schedules by subject area. 
  2. eQuestions – an asynchronous option where students can post a question and a tutor will respond, generally within 24-48 hours. This works best for quick questions that don’t require an extended conversation. 
  3. Online Writing Lab – an asynchronous option where students can upload a draft of their paper, along with specific questions and concerns. A tutor will provide written feedback (a summary letter and comments embedded in the draft), usually within a day or two. Links to relevant resources are also provided. 

All Canvas shells have a link to the eTutoring web page. Students who have trouble logging in can email kmarquez@clark.edu. 

I don’t have a computer at home. What do I do?  

Clark purchased 300 laptops to loan to students. Please fill out the Technology Loan Program Request Form to access more information. Once you have applied, a staff person will follow up with next steps.  

Beginning April 20 at 10 a.m., the college will also begin accepting applications for student emergency grant funds to assist qualified students with technology and other basic needs issues.   

I don’t have internet at home. What do I do? 

 To apply for a WiFi hotspot for in-home use, please fill out the Student Laptop Request Form. Clark currently offers 100 hotspots are currently available through this program.  

Comcast's Internet Essentials program provides new customers with two free months of Internet service if they apply by April 30, 2020. After promotion, regular rates apply. Households with outstanding debt owed to Comcast may be eligible for Internet Essentials if they apply and are approved by 5/13/20. After 5/13/20, standard eligibility rules apply.  

How do I print things out if I don’t have a printer at home? Will Clark also purchase some inkjet printers for students? 

As of now, there are no plans to allow students to borrow printers. If any labs are open during the quarter, printers will be made available to students there. Due to the nature of online classes, it is unlikely that a student will need a printer for their schoolwork. 

Clark is offering student emergency grants to qualified students to assist with unexpected, essential technology expenses. Emergency assistance grant applications will be accepted starting Monday, April 20 at 10 a.m. 

How will internships/externships work? Are those all canceled? If so, how does that affect my financial aid and my ability to graduate on time? 

Please contact your instructor, department chair, or dean for guidance pertaining to your program of study. Each program is working within accreditation requirements, state requirements, and workforce needs. Students are encouraged to visit the Internship/Co-op webpage for additional guidance. And if you need any additional assistance please email Meleani Bates, for support in developing a plan and identifying opportunities. 

 Financial aid students will only be paid for the program eligible classes they are registered for. If students must wait another quarter to finish classes, they should make sure they have completed their 2020/2021 financial aid application so that they will be reviewed for financial aid eligibility for this upcoming Summer-Spring. 

Will there be fees added to classes that are forced to be offered remotely?  

The building fee is required by the Legislature as part of tuition. It is not funding we hold here locally but must remit to the State Treasurer. The other fees are student voted fees that support all college activities, and while a student may not be on campus, the fees still cover the costs associated with matriculating the student, tech fee covers all of the technology being utilized for the online instruction, and facilities fee covers the college’s physical structure, which is necessary to maintain for continued operations. Thank you for your understanding. 

I have a part-time job on campus (ASCC, Student Ambassador or other job). So far, there is no way for me to do my job remotely. Who can help me determine whether my job can be done remotely? 

Your direct supervisor decides if you can work remotely. If you are unable to work remotely at this time, you are encouraged to inquire about working in the phone bank. If you are a Work Study student, you may need to look for a new position that will have work for you to do. If this is the case, please reach out to WSjobs@clark.edu. 

Now is a great time for students and supervisors to be innovative out-of-the box thinkers. Students can leverage their transferrable skillset and experience that aligns with their career interests or passions to help supervisor's identity project-based work that will support their department/office. Pitch your ideas to your supervisor to verify if that work can be done remotely.  

Students are encouraged to visit the Student Employment Program webpage for additional guidance. As well as review the Job Search Support Amid COVID-19 presentation that identifies some off-campus job search action items and rapidly hiring opportunities. Email Meleani Bates, for support in developing a plan and identifying opportunities. 

 Due to layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic, I lost my off-campus job or someone in my immediate family lost their job. These are jobs in retail, restaurant or some other job that do not translate to doing it remotely. I relied on that paycheck for my expenses. Now I’m unsure whether I can afford to continue my classes at Clark until people in my family can get back to work again. Who at Clark can help me? 

 Financial aid students who have experienced a change of circumstance should let the financial aid office know. These students may be eligible to have their financial aid file reevaluated based on their current financial circumstances. Contact finaidmail@clark.edu for more information or to request a re-evaluation. 

 On the Career Services website, you will find the Job Search Support Amid COVID-19 presentation that identifies some off-campus job search action items and rapidly hiring opportunities. For support in developing job search strategies amid COVID-19, make an appointment with an Employment Specialist in by calling 360.992.2902 or emailing careerservices@clark.edu.  

If you were laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please apply for unemployment benefits at www.esd.wa.gov and contact Rebecca Kleiva, Worker Retraining, in the Workforce Education Services Office at rkleiva@clark.edu. You may be eligible for additional funding assistance for tuition, books, and required supplies.  

If your family income has changed recently, please apply for public benefits (such as food and cash assistance) at www.washingtonconnection.org and contact the Workforce Education Services (WES) Department at wes@clark.edu 

If you need assistance with tuition and books for spring term, please email wes@clark.edu and request a screening appointment. You may qualify for assistance, even if you do not meet traditional FAFSA/Financial Aid eligibility. Learn more at Workforce Education Services 

If you have recently become eligible or are receiving TANF, SNAP/EBT/Food Benefits, or Unemployment Benefits, please contact the WES Office as soon as possible for assistance in staying eligible for these programs while you attend school.  

For assistance creating budgets, forecasting income and expenses, reviewing and applying for emergency grant opportunities and accessing resources to assist during difficult times, please review the Financial Wellness site or call 360.992.2902 to set an appointment with a financial coach. Emergency assistance grant applications will be accepted for spring term as of Monday, April 20 at 10 a.m. 

Who will help with emergency grants? 

 If you need assistance with tuition and books for spring term, please email wes@clark.edu and request a screening appointment. You may qualify for assistance, even if you do not meet traditional FAFSA/Financial Aid eligibility. 

For assistance creating budgets, forecasting income and expenses, discussing emergency grant opportunities and accessing resources to assist during difficult times, please review the Financial Wellness site or call 360.992.2902 to set an appointment with a financial coach. Emergency assistance grant applications will be accepted for spring term as of Monday, April 20 at 10 a.m. 

Due to family circumstances, I am now a key caregiver for children or an elderly relative. Because of my increased responsibilities, I will not be able to return to my classes at Clark right now. I think I will have to drop my spring quarter classes. Who can help me figure out what to do?  

Talking to a counselor can be helpful in planning to manage multiple obligations, reducing class load and strategizing program requirements, and just have someone to talk to about how stressful this period in history is on students. Phone and Zoom consultations can be scheduled by emailing Bevyn Rowland (Faculty Counselor) at browland@clark.edu. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.  

Financial aid students who have experienced a change of circumstance should let the financial aid office know. These students may be eligible to have their financial aid file reevaluated based on their current financial circumstances. Contact finaidmail@clark.edu for more information or to request a reevaluation. 

When will summer/fall schedule be up?  

 It is already out, and you can view it in the class schedule on the website. It is still being updated still though.  

How do I buy my books this term? 

Students should visit www.clarkbookstore.com to find required course materials. View both, Textbooks and Class Supply lists for complete information to date. Make sure to have your course name and number to make finding the books easier.  

Virtual Resources for Students  - April, 1 2020  

Dear Clark College Students

We look forward to your participation in spring quarter classes. We know there are many questions related to how our courses and services will look different and want to assure you that we are here for you. Our Student Support departments are offering services through email, phone, and virtual appointments. To connect to a staff member in a particular department choose from the options below. Most of our departments have access to Zoom and Skype for individual face-to-face meetings through your computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

As you prepare for spring quarter classes, we want to provide these tips for success. We are here to support you with any questions or concerns that you may have about online learning.

Visit MyClark to understand the format for each of your spring courses. The college is updating information in the course notes for each course. Also, take time to review the course syllabi and start planning now for the courses that require specific meeting times, labs, or other hands-on learning.

Visit our online learning resources, which provide helpful information and a guide the help you assess your readiness for online learning. Once spring quarter begins, online tutors will be available in the Online Writing Lab, Live Tutoring sessions (synchronous), and eQuestions (asynchronous) on eTutoringOnline.org. For more information, visit our eTutoring web page.

Zoom is our new tool for face-to-face interactions. Most students will have at least one class that utilizes Zoom for learning. Please take time to become familiar with this tool before the quarter begins. Try these links for getting started and training resources provided by Zoom.

Be kind to yourself. We are all learning as we navigate this transition to online learning and services. Be sure to balance your classes, work, and family by taking breaks for exercise, fresh air, and nourishment.

Stay informed of changes at Clark College. We are doing our best to keep you informed of changes in our classes and technology. Clark College is committed to your success! Please watch our college website and your email – these are our primary means of communicating changes. Please contact us with any question – through the phone and email addresses provided above. If you are not sure which department to email, please contact our dean of student engagement, Cath Busha, at cbusha@clark.edu. Cath will answer your question or connect you with the correct person.

Always ask for assistance when you need it. Clark College offers many student supports to meet a variety of important student needs – advising, counseling, financial resources – these are just a sampling of what the college provides. If you are looking for a specific employee or department, please use our campus directory.

Be safe, but not alone. It is important to maintain your personal connections to friends, family, and classmates remotely. Your social connections are even more important as we navigate social distancing. Our Counseling and Health Center has resources available on their webpage for your benefit.

Remember – our commitment is to your success. Be kind and patient with yourself, your family, your classmates, and the faculty and staff at Clark College. This is a new experience for all of us and we will be successful together.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions and COVID 19 pages for more information and resources.

Go Penguins!

Bill

William Belden

Vice President of Student Affairs

Clark College

 


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Veterans Resource Center

VRC Update (includes technology survey request and financial aid info) - April 6, 2020

Hello Veterans and Associated Students of Clark College  

Please fill out the attached survey even if your technology is sufficient to support you during this upcoming quarter. Clark is trying to get a realistic look at what our student needs are. 

Please complete by 9 April. 

Clark College Student Laptop Request Form 

Additional reminder please fill out your FAFSA application.  

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  

Food Assistance: 

FISH of Vancouver has asked us to remind students that resources are available to you through their service. Fishvancouver.org  

Additional resources: 

As a reminder The Veterans Resource Works closely with the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center and reminds you that they have resources available to you during this time. You can find them at CCVAC.net or call 360-693-7030.  

Leadership tip of the day:  

“Good leaders know who they are—their strengths, weaknesses, passions, talents, and values. And, developing leaders always starts with self-awareness.”  
 Lee Ellis,  Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton 

Flash Message to Veterans and Associated Students: Fill out your FAFSA - April 3, 2020

Veterans and Associated Students 

FLASH MESSAGE 

With the current emergency, new funding sources are coming forward to support students during the COVID-19 epidemic, and it is imperative that if you fill out and file for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you have not already done so. 

It is undetermined what aid is coming down the line, but it has already been determined that this will be a requirement for requesting aid.  

When filling out the form you will want to apply for both the 19-20 year and 20-21 year.  

You may find dollars available to you for schooling you have already completed.  

Fill out today so that in the days to come as additional aid becomes available we can get support to you faster.  

END FLASH MESSAGE   

David J. Daly 
Veteran USMC 
Veterans Resource Center Manager   
Clark College, PUB 015 
1933 Ft Vancouver Way 
(360) 992-2320 
DDaly@clark.edu 

Clark VRC Update (includes info on GI Bill housing benefits, how to submit documents, book library, and tutoring) - sent to student veterans March 26, 2020

The Veterans Resource Center is pleased to announce that POTUS authorized the Secretary of the Veterans Affairs to give GI Bill users that same housing rate as normally granted for in person attendance.

The housing stipend will begin 20 April and certified through the end of the quarter, 18 June.

Please ensure that you have registered and informed Mike or Cary at veterans@clark.edu so that they can process your enrollment.

Additionally Proof of attendance forms will soon be available digitally through the Veterans Resource Center webpage under forms, with this, you will be able to download the form fill it out, sign it, and take a picture with your smart phone and send it in. If you are not able to do this with your smart phone, a secure document box is located outside of the VRC.

If you still have books to return the VRC will be open to receive books (tentatively) April 8 after Governor Inslee’s stay at home order is lifted. 

The Veteran’s library is still collecting book requests, this will continue through April 10. Shortly after this date, you should start receiving emails from Libib notifying you about your requests.

If you do not currently have technology sufficient to take online classes, please notify me directly as we are investigating resources for loaner computers.

If you have excess technology that you would like to donate to the VRC please contact me directly. All donated tech will be restored by IT prior to loaning out to your fellow students.

Randy (the Math tutor) and I have been working to develop live online tutoring via Zoom. During the stay at home order, Randy is deep in the rabbit hole with Zoom, I expect that the VRC will be highly innovative in live tutoring. Randy cannot wait to get back to his students.

As we the navigate a new era in the history of the world, I remind you as student-leader-scholar that many of the people around you are looking to you for leadership, as fear and uncertainty are real in today’s fluid environment.  Every one of you is a leader and fully able persevere, be the leader.

In closing, I will share what George C Marshall wrote, “The truly great leader overcomes all difficulties, campaigns and battles are nothing but a long series of difficulties to be overcome. The lack of equipment, the lack of food, the lack of this or that are only excuses; the real leader displays his quality in his triumphs over adversity, however great it may be.” 

David J. Daly
Veteran USMC
Veterans Resource Center Manager 
Clark College, PUB 015
1933 Ft Vancouver Way
(360) 992-2320
DDaly@clark.edu

Students should communicate with our offices via e-mail or phone:

  • Email us your questions at veterans@clark.edu.
  • Call us at 360.992.2073 during our hours of operation. M-TH, 8am-5pm; Friday-closed.
  • By appointment only if it is necessary for you to come on campus.

Submitting Document:

  • Drop-off at the drop-box in Front of  Veterans Resource Center, Penguin Union Building
  • Mail: 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663 (Attn: Veterans Resource Center)
  • Fax: 360-992-2896

Due to the increased volume of inquiries as we move towards alternative methods of service, please know that we will do our best to respond within 2-3 business days to your email.

The health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and community is our highest priority. We appreciate your understanding of this preventative measure to reduce the risk of potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), especially for vulnerable populations. We look forward to working with you and assisting with your plans!

If you have any additional questions please contact us at veterans@clark.edu.

If you are in danger of hurting yourself or others, please call 1-800-273-8255 #1 or text 838255