MCCA This Week: May 22, 2020

This Week
May 22, 2020

Happy Friday! We've got the top down and the windows up as we cruise into the weekend for the unofficial start of summer. Speaking of which, for the first time in 20 years, AAA did not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast, but the Missouri State Highway Patrol is expecting an increase in traffic.

Whether you're gathering with friends and family six feet apart or traveling from the couch to the kitchen, let's use this weekend to remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Share who you're honoring with us on Twitter 

FYI: Flags across nation will fly at half-staff over the weekend as a national expression of grief to honor those who have died from the novel coronavirus, as well on Monday to honor veterans.

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Conversations about COVID-19

  • This week we saw national guidance on how higher ed can safely resume classroom teaching. The Centers for Disease Control shared guiding principles for healthy environments and operations and the American College Health Association issued its guidelines for medical, mental health and health promotion/well-being.
  • Before the pandemic, a small but growing number of university students looking for a cheap way to knock off general education requirements took them at their local community colleges in the summer (aka "summer swirl"). Now, far more are signing up at or considering community colleges for not only the summer, but also potentially the fall. (The Hechinger Report)
  • Diagnostic testing is part of every college's plan for reopening campus. But whether college administrations can get their hands on enough tests, or afford them, is still being worked out. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • As most four-year colleges continue to announce intentions to reopen campuses in the fall, many community colleges will remain virtual. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • Higher education has a pretty predictable communications schedule: same milestone events, same recruitment cycle, same annual fundraising deadline. But content calendars of old were wiped clean when the immediate need became emergency management communications during COVID-19. (Contently)
  • For the last two weeks, “community college” has been a top trending topic in higher ed-focused conversations. (Campus Sonar Coronavirus Higher Education Industry Briefing)
  • California has seen 3 million new unemployment claims filed in recent months, and the state proposed a $740 million budget cut to its community college system. But California's two-year colleges are drawing from lessons learned during the last recession to cope with mounting challenges amid the pandemic. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • Many first-generation students are dropping plans to attend a four-year college entirely or opting for a two-year degree because of the pandemic. (The Hill)

U.S. Education News

  • Nine lawsuits filed this spring against major textbook companies and campus bookstores argue that their “inclusive access” textbook programs violate antitrust laws. (EdSurge)
  • Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will plead guilty in what may be the biggest bribery scandal in college history. (The New York Times)
  • The U.S. Education Department won't enforce its own guidance that says CARES Act grants can only be used for Title IV students because "the guidance documents lack the force and effect of the law," according to a statement Thursday night from the department. Existing statutes still exclude DACA and undocumented students. (U.S. Department of Education)

Missouri News

  • In Missouri, total spending by consumers decreased by 16.7% compared to early January 2020. Click here to view the most recent Missouri economic impact data from Opportunity Insights for Missouri for employment, consumer spending, businesses, education and public health.
  • The Missouri Chamber is teaming up with BKD CPAs & Advisors to discuss the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and other related legislation enacted over the past several weeks. The June 3 webinar will highlight and explain some of the provisions and relief measures within this legislation that apply to employers.
  • Missouri lifted at least some of its quarantine restrictions 19 days ago. This chart shows that the state's case numbers have decreased since the changes. 

College Headlines

  • Tanya Huff recently became the first 2020 recipient of Central Methodist University’s Gulstad Achievement Scholarship for Ozark Technical Community College students. (CMU News)
  • The State Fair Community College Daum Museum of Contemporary Art will offer guided tours that take you through the museum’s 1,500 artworks in the permanent collection and through the temporary exhibitions. (The Columbia Missourian)
  • East Central College is now implementing a Back to Campus plan beginning this week to slowly return to a new normal for the fall semester. (Emissourian)
  • State Fair Community College has announced the new Bridge Scholarship for the fall semester for students who graduated from high school in 2020 and who have taken dual credit courses at SFCC or any other college within the past two years. (Sedalia Democrat)
  • North Central Missouri College will offer a one-year Agriculture Operations Technology Certificate beginning this fall for students interested in pursuing an agribusiness career. (KTTN-FM 92.3)
  • State Fair Community College Nursing instructor Sara Dunn was awarded the Missouri Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Educator of the Year. (KSIS Radio 1050 AM)
  • North Central Missouri College will be offering both online and on-campus courses for fall 2020, with added measures to prioritize a safe campus environment. (KTTN-FM 92.3)
  • East Central College once again has been named the fourth best nursing school in Missouri, according to (
  • Columbia College and Moberly Area Community College have partnered to launch a new program to help students transition to Columbia College. (ABC 17 News)
  • Metropolitan Community College’s St. Joseph location will begin offering courses and degree programs in practical nursing, radiologic technology and surgical technology starting this fall. (St. Joseph News-Press)

MCCA Workforce Innovations

  • Through SkillUP Missouri, Bridget Teaters was eligible for the East Central College Fast Track welding program. (KLPW)
  • The $20 million MOHealthWINs program reflects the potential of the TAACCCT program to drive impact for people and economies. MOHealthWINs was a four-year effort to expand healthcare education across a 13-member consortium of Missouri community colleges. (The Philadelphia Citizen)
  • SkillsCommons provides a massive but navigable repository for the workforce development pipeline — supporting programs with affordable, openly licensed training and education materials. The repository is now considered the biggest collection of its type in the world, created with nearly $2 billion in grants from the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Community Colleges and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, an initiative out of the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education that funded 700 education institutions in all 50 states to create or redesign workforce development. The Missouri Workforce Innovation Network (MoWINs) was part of this. (Campus Technology)

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • iPhone user? Then you've experienced the trial and tribulation of attempting to unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a face covering and having to wait for the feature to fail before entering your passcode. There's a solution: iOS 13.5.
  • This father-daughter duo go to the garbage together — wearing different costumes.
  • Curious about how your family weathered previous international crises? Head over to, where you can search a digitized collection of World War II records for free.

Enjoy your weekend. We're closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. In the meantime, we're here if you need us: [email protected]

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