MCCA This Week: May 1

 
 
 

This Week
May 1, 2020

Happy May Day! The traditional celebration of spring may be just what communities across Missouri need after months of physical distancing measures and home quarantining due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Dating back to the Roman Republic (509 BC–27 BC), countries throughout the world still celebrate the change of seasons with events and festivities. The most iconic expression of May Day celebrations is the maypole.
  • During the 19th and 20th centuries, baskets were filled with flowers and candies and hung on the doors of friends and family—a perfect way to let those close to you know you're thinking about them (from a safe distance no less).
  • In 1958, President Eisenhower tried to reinvent May Day by declaring May 1 to be “Law Day,” celebrating the place of law in the creation of the United States.

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U.S. Education News

  • House Democrats introduced the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act (RAWA) to authorize $15 billion in additional funding for workforce programs critical to helping workers affected by the CIVOD-19 crisis and the recovery of the U.S. economy.
  • Community colleges are offering discounts and deals for the summer. Some experts doubt it's what students need, but others see it as a win-win for institutions and students if done right. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • While the transition from in-person to remote learning has been difficult for all institutions, it has been particularly difficult for community colleges, which are used to accomplishing more with less and keeping costs as low as possible for their students. (Education Dive)
  • ACE released the first of 12 monthly Pulse Point surveys that gather presidents' insights on how COVID-19 affects their institutions and the larger higher education landscape. 100+ presidents responded, expressing their most pressing issues were "fall or summer enrollment numbers" and "long-term financial viability." (ACE)
  • It's expected that campus life will be significantly altered by social distancing and other considerations related to the pandemic. Institutions across the country are considering a range of scenarios, including various combinations of online and in-person classes, and some expect that fall sports and other events will be canceled. (Slate)

Missouri News

  • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 273 new confirmed coronavirus cases Friday, taking the state total to 7,835. In addition, eight new deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the state, taking the death total to 337 people. (KMBC-TV)
  • The Missouri State Capitol dome will be lit blue through Sunday night in honor of Missouri's law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. (Jefferson City News Tribune)
  • Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity on Monday, May 4, 2020, the first phase of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan. Please check with your local government regarding social distancing, quarantine, and isolation directives as they have the authority to put further rules, regulations, or ordinances in place.

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College Headlines

  • State Fair Community College’s The LearningForce is offering 10 free online, self-paced courses during this time when learners are restricted to only online classes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Rolla Daily News)
  • In the past two years, East Central College’s graduation rate has climbed by 14 percent. (ECC Blog)
  • State Fair Community College is now offering a timely, new program of study – Digital Media Communications, the first of its kind in the state of Missouri. (SFCC News)
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, North Central Missouri College will host a virtual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020, the largest graduating class in the college’s 93-year history. (KTTN-FM 92.3)
  • Metropolitan Community College is looking to expand online courses this fall. (FOX4 News)
  • Three Rivers College is launching “Explore TRC, Virtually,” a series of online information sessions hosted by TRC faculty and staff. (TRC News)
  • The East Central College Nursing program was ranked in the Top 10 in Missouri for Associates Degree in Nursing programs in 2020. (Emissourian)
  • Richelle Herron, 38, will graduate with an associate degree in nursing from St. Louis Community College in May. Her life was turned upside down in mid-March when COVID-19 attacked her family. (St. Louis American)
  • North Central Missouri College President, Dr. Lenny Klaver, was recently selected by University of Missouri President Dr. Mun Choi, to serve as Chair for the Missouri Campus Compact Executive Committee. (Jamesport Tri-County Weekly)
  • East Central College will roll out a new Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program beginning in the fall. Students completing the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in medical laboratory technician. (Emissourian)
  • As Missouri lifts its stay-at-home order, Three Rivers College will reopen its facilities to faculty and staff members on May 4 but will be closed to the public until June 1. (TRC News)

Alumni Spotlight

  • Ozarks Technical Community College alumnus Sean Barnhill found his calling in a time of crisis. As the COVID-19 pandemic began its spread across the globe, Sean landed an important position with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. (OTC Blog: Around The College)
  • Tonya Tsiaklides a paramedic and EMT, has been working 12-hour shifts every day for more than three weeks in New York City. The 2013 East Central College alum, who lives in Washington, is scheduled to come home at the end of April. (ECC Blog)
  • Ryan Montgomery wanted to become an educator and knew St. Charles Community College was a great place to begin his career. He is finishing up his first year at Fort Zumwalt East High School and just recently accepted a job at Fort Zumwalt Middle School. (SCC News)

A Look Ahead

  • The deadline for MCCA's Annual Recognition and Excellence Awards is extended to Monday, May 11. This is a challenging time, but individuals and institutions are playing a vital role to help Missourians withstand the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to make sure you have time to share your story. (Looking for the Senior Service and Governor's Excellence in Teaching submission form? Go here.)

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Stuff We're Clicking On

  • Humor helps us take back control and connect—two things we have lost in our fight against the pandemic. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
  • Many of us right now are sheltering in place, or in quarantine, dreaming of that day when we can once again travel the world. But until then, here's your chance to go on walking tours around the world, with only the sounds of the environment in your headphones.
  • Give your seniors this bit of good news: Oprah Winfrey will be their commencement speaker. On May 14, Facebook will host a virtual commencement for the college seniors who won’t have an in-person graduation ceremony this year.

That’s it for this week — we’ll be back next Friday. Try to have a pleasant weekend. If you need us, we're available at [email protected]. We're #BetterTogether.

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