I know these are stressful times for all of us. On top of the regular anxiety and stress we feel related to the health crisis, each one of us is dealing with different levels and types of challenges that we have never faced before.
Please know that we are here for you!
Moments like these remind me of how inexhaustible and remarkable the human spirit can be. All of a sudden:
- neighbors are reaching out to check on neighbors,
- young folks are helping older folks, and
- staff and students are checking in with one another remotely just to make sure everything is alright.
Individually and collectively, our hearts are big, our resolve is strong, and our capacity for hope and kindness is limitless in times like these.
I want to take a brief moment to reach out and provide you with some examples of the amazing work that is happening in front of and behind the scenes.
- From our district, college, and the ASIVC leadership, a special shout out to the entire IVC faculty who have done and will continue to do all that they can to serve you. By now you should know that a small number of faculty are still hard at work transitioning their classes. So, please be patient, stay in contact with your instructors, and know that in a few cases it may take a little longer before all faculty are up and running with their online instruction.
- In our student support services area, kudos to our counselors, librarians, learning disability specialists, and staff members for using their collective talent and resources to quickly and successfully get critical counseling, library, and DSP&S services to you remotely. Please take advantage of these remote services. The counselors have also been amazingly generous in giving students extra time and attention during this difficult period because they know there are many more questions than usual that you need answered. Thank you, counselors for being there for our students.
- The Financial Aid Department and staff may win this week’s award for "WE CAN DO HARD THINGS." These folks successfully initiated their very first disbursement remotely. All students with completed applications were paid on time and we greatly appreciate these efforts. If you need help with your financial aid, please contact them or visit financialaid.ivc.edu.
- Most of all, thank you, IVC students, for your dedication and resiliency in doing the hard things necessary to support your family and friends, maintain employment when possible, and continue your academic studies and goals, all the while taking steps to keep yourself and others safe. For all you’re doing, thank you!
We know that the majority of you did not sign up for online instruction, and yet here you are. We also know that transitioning to an online learning environment is difficult and takes some getting used to. But I promise you that you will look back on this one day and think, "That actually wasn’t so hard." You might even find yourself thinking, "Wow! I did it!
Some students have asked us why the college cannot simply implement a pass/no pass grading system for all Spring 2020 classes. We know that many of you plan to transfer to a four-year institution. Unfortunately, at this moment in time, transfer institutions do not accept pass/no pass grades. Please know that important conversations about this are currently taking place at the UC, CSU, and community college levels, and we’ll let you know ASAP if anything changes. Until we hear otherwise, for now, pass/no-pass is not currently a viable option, because we want you all to have as many options for your future as possible
What I really want you all to know right now is that these current hardships will not last forever.
We will get through this.
We will recover from this.
We will support you in your efforts to keep on track with your academic and professional goals. Your future is important to us.
So please carry on, keep doing your best, and know that your efforts are truly appreciated by the faculty, staff, and administration at IVC
We are IVC and we are relentless in our efforts to help you succeed!
Cindy Vyskocil, Ed.D.
Irvine Valley College