Greetings, Cerro Coso Students
This week, California hit its highest daily count of confirmed cases of coronavirus. Numbers are on the rise in Kern, Mono, and Inyo counties. Because the safety of every student, staff, and faculty member is Cerro Coso Community College's highest priority, the college has made the difficult decision to suspend in-person instruction at all campus locations for the fall 2020 semester.
All currently scheduled in-person classes will be transitioned into remote delivery with the exception of a small number of classes supporting essential workforce activities.
If you enrolled in an in-person class for fall 2020, please visit the COVID-19 Course Status page to see the status of your class:
In any of these cases, if you feel that you would now like to move to a different section or add or remove a class, please contact the counseling department to explore your options. Our greatest desire is that you keep making progress toward your educational goal. Talking to a counselor or an educational advisor will help you avoid being derailed by the coronavirus and find class offerings that are a good fit so you can be successful in achieving your outcome.
This decision to transition to mostly remote instruction is meant to provide clear direction for fall class offerings. But we recognize this is a stressful time across the board. Please remember that student resource guides are available (Ridgecrest/Indian Wells Valley Area, Eastern Sierra: Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, East Kern) and have been integrated into Navigate. The guides include resources ranging from mental health to unemployment and financial help. Also, resources such as technology help, including emergency laptop loans, and grocery/toiletry assistance are available. If you have a need and would like to request assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since Bishop and Mammoth and Kern River Valley are closed for the month of July, please call the counseling department at the Ridgecrest (Main) Campus (760) 384-6219 if you attend one of those campuses and need counseling assistance. All students can also reach counseling by email at email@example.com.
We also recognize that you may have many questions—questions about classes, about the delivery methods, about student services like financial aid and ACCESS programs, and about learning support services like library, tutoring, and proctoring. To that end, we are planning two student Q and A sessions via Zoom during the week of July 20. Please be on the lookout for announcements of these sessions.
It is truly unfortunate that Cerro Coso cannot serve all of its in-person students in the way it had planned for the fall 2020 semester. But our dedicated faculty and staff look forward to introducing you to some remarkable learning experiences through remote delivery while keeping you, our staff, our faculty, and our communities as safe and healthy as possible in these uncertain times.