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The teams at Arizona Western College are dedicated to providing a healthy and safe environment. We understand that you may be experiencing uncertainty given the rapidly evolving information on COVID-19 with the shift to online instruction, travel restrictions, and canceled or postponed events. 

This web page is a place for us to post updated information and make sure you have links to helpful community resources.

We will continue to monitor the situation here in the counties we serve and across the region and beyond, and we'll use this web site, as well as college email, social media and online videos to keep you up to date.

The health of the Matador community is our top priority. This situation has raised many questions; we have tried to answer many of them on our FAQ. If you have an issue that is not addressed there, please email an address below:
COVID.Answers@azwestern.edu Disbursement@azwestern.edu Mandy.Heil@azwestern.edu Lori.Stofft@azwestern.edu
or call (928) 317-6000.

Announcements & Updates

AWC Plan for Fall Instruction 2020

After much consideration, we are finalizing plans to resume classes this fall. Many of you have been awaiting this information in order to make your fall course selections. We hope you find appropriate options for you to feel safe while pursuing your academic goals.

AWC Plan for Fall Instruction 2020 Announcement | AWC Plan for Fall Instruction 2020 FAQ

The CARES Act /Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is now available to AWC students that are eligible due to the disruption of campus operation by the COVID pandemic. All eligible students who were enrolled in in-person or hybrid classes on March 13 will automatically receive a grant if they have completed a FAFSA. Please review the AWC CARES Act FAQ below for more information.
 
Eligible current students who have additional financial distress can complete the Emergency Relief Fund Request form below. Note that access to the form requires a valid AWC Student account.
 
The deadline for both completion of the FAFSA and applying for the Emergency Relief Fund is August 1, 2020. CARE Act grants are available immediately; Emergency Relief funds are available after August 1

CARES Act News PostingDownload AWC CARES FAQ's | AWC Emergency Relief Fund Application

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.

Download FFCRA Information Sheet | Download FFCRA Leave of Absence Request

Updated on Mon, 06/01/2020 - 4:05pm

AWC Plan for Fall Instruction 2020

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Updated on Tue, 05/26/2020 - 5:20pm

AWC confirms three staff cases of COVID-19

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Updated on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 5:01pm

WiFi Available at San Luis Learning Center

WiFi is now available at the San Luis Learning Center Parking Lot Read more


Updated on Wed, 04/15/2020 - 10:08am

Outdoor WiFi Access

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Video Updates - Facebook & The Corr Report

COVID-19 Campus Communication  

June 4, 2020

Hello Matadors, 

I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you all on getting across that spring semester finish line. Despite the unexpected changes due to COVID-19, you persevered and completed classes at record rates. You are resilient and dedicated to your educational goals, and I am proud of you. I’ve recorded a Corr Report: Student Edition, and I hope you’ll take a moment to hear my full message to you. 

We’ve made it to summer, and we have announced our plan for fall classes, so now what? Registration is open for fall classes, and our staff is ready and available to assist you in selecting the right courses and getting through the registration process. Please visit www.azwestern/support for information on how to reach our offices remotely.  

We are making plans for our safe return to campus, and will communicate those plans soon. Until then, there are several ways for you to stay updated:

  • Visit our COVID page
  • Follow us on our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Tune in to our Facebook livestreams – our next one is Wednesday, June 17th at 2:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us at covid.answers@azwestern.edu.

I look forward to seeing you again this fall. Have a fantastic summer!

Dr. Daniel Corr
President
Arizona Western College

June 1, 2020

Dear Matadors, 

After much consideration, we are finalizing plans to resume classes this fall. Many of you have been awaiting this information in order to make your fall course selections. We hope you find appropriate options for you to feel safe while pursuing your academic goals.

Our plan is informed by the CDC, our local health district, research and science, and was developed and will be implemented according to our two guiding principles of keeping people safe and helping you, our students, reach your educational goals.  

Our instructional plan allows students and faculty a wide range of choice in how they keep themselves safe.  

On-campus classes will be offered in one of three modalities

  • Blended Real-Time Classes - classes will offer in-person, face-to-face real-time instruction with Zoom connection to allow groups of 9 or fewer to meet on campus while the rest of the class participates via technology. This allows choice for both faculty and students to ensure the safest participation level while still providing faculty-student face time. Faculty will stagger when and how small groups attend face-to-face. Students can opt to attend the face-to-face remote using Zoom during their allotted in-person time for any reason, for any duration of the semester. *The vast majority of AWC Fall classes will fall in this category.  
  • Remote Real-Time Classes - classes will offer face-to-face real-time instruction at a distance leveraging technology. Students will not meet in-person with faculty or classmates. 
  • In-Person Real-Time Classes - Limited to specific Career-Tech, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, and Lab Science classes. These labs will allow groups of 9 or fewer to meet on campus with technology enhancements, as determined by faculty. 

Online/Web-based classes will not change

  • Online/Web-based – (no change to online, web-based courses) classes will offer online support for learning throughout the week and the semester with no scheduled face-to-face requirements beyond readings, homework and assignments. 

Later in June, our online schedule and Self-Service tool will reflect the new modalities, and classes will be designated by a special color and/or icon. This will help you build a schedule that is appropriate for you. For questions regarding registration, please contact Academic Advising at (928) 344-7624.  

Additionally, we have plans in place to make our campuses as healthy and safe as possible. Our facilities team has been working to thoroughly clean all spaces on our campuses, and will continue to do so. They will also be installing sneeze guards at public-serving desks during the summer.  

For students living on campus, we will be opening our residence halls at 50% capacity with one student in each room and two students sharing a bathroom. Common areas will not be in use. Students will only be charged the lower, double-occupancy rate.  

You can find FAQs on our COVID web page along with updates as our plans unfold, and you can send questions to covid.answers@azwestern.edu. Also, keep an eye out for our next Facebook Live where I will be sharing about our Fall 2020 plans and answering your questions.  

Thank you for your patience and perseverance. I’m looking forward to a fall semester full of engagement and innovation.  

Thank you, 

Dr. Daniel P. Corr 
President, Arizona Western College 

May 7, 2020

Hello Matadors, 

We have reached May, and you are almost to that finish line. I am so proud of all of you for staying the course during this time and remaining focused on your educational goals. I know it hasn’t been easy, but YOU CAN DO IT!

We have received $2.26M in CARES Act grant funding that will be sent directly to you, our students, based on the amount of in-person or hybrid credit hours you were enrolled in on March 13. You will get the money in your checking account if it’s link to Bank Mobile, in your Bank Mobile account, or mailed within three weeks to the home address we have on file. More information is available here, but you should know a current FAFSA is required, and international, undocumented, and high school/dual credit students are among those not eligible to receive funds. Students who are enrolled in 12 credit hours or more will receive $800; 9-11.5 credits, $500; 6-8.5 credits, $250; less than 6 credit hours, $100.

As you probably know by now, registration for fall and summer classes is open. I hope you choose to continue your journey with us. Please keep in mind that placement testing has been suspended for summer and fall classes. This may be a great opportunity for you to enroll in your required courses without a placement test. Of course, we want you to be successful in your classes, so please work with an advisor to choose the classes that are best for you. 

If you're continuing classes with us, I'm sure you have questions about our fall semester. We will be here for you this fall with a full schedule of classes, which will likely include a mixture of face-to-face, hybrid, online, and short-term sessions, and we'll continue to improve the way we leverage technology. We are developing a plan that will adhere to CDC guidelines and keep you and our faculty and staff safe. We'll be in touch when we have more details.

This time of year is always full of excitement, and although this year looks a bit different, there is still much to be excited about. Our Student Showcase is taking place virtually this year and is always a wonderful demonstration of the brilliant work of our students. I hope you’ll take some time between now and May 12th to view the student submissions on the student showcase web page, and cast your votes for scholarship recipients. 

Perhaps the most exciting time of each year is Commencement. Our commencement committee and TV Services crew are working hard to provide a great virtual experience for our graduates and the community who celebrates them. If you are graduating this month, I congratulate you, I am proud of you, and I hope you participate in our virtual commencement festivities. A commencement video celebrating this year’s graduates will be streamed on AWC’s Facebook page at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Students and their families can also watch via AWC TV on cable channel 74 in Yuma or at azwestern.edu/live. It is sure to be a time to remember.

As you approach the season of final exams, papers, and projects, know that we are here for you, and we are cheering you on. Resources are available to you to help you finish your semester strong. Please visit azwestern.edu/support to locate our staff and services.

Thank you for your commitment to your education. I am proud to be your president.

Dr. Daniel Corr
AWC President

April 21, 2020

AWC Students,

We are now in the midst of summer and fall registration, and we have an important update regarding placement testing. Given the current situation with closed campuses, online learning and remote services, we have made the decision to stop placement testing for most summer and fall courses.

What this means for students is that, for summer and fall only, you will not take a placement test before enrolling in most college-level courses such as Math, English, and other general education courses. Before enrolling in these courses, we highly recommend that you thoroughly read the course descriptions and consult with an academic advisor to select the most appropriate course. If you have taken the ACT or SAT exams, this chart may help you decide your placement. If you have already taken the placement test and would like to discuss your options, please reach out to an academic advisor.

This change does not override prerequisite classes. If a course has a prerequisite (such as a lower-level course) other than a placement test, you must still meet that prerequisite. Further, if you took a lower-level prerequisite course and did not pass, you will not be able to enroll in the next level. For example, if you did not pass BIO 201, you will not be able to enroll in BIO 202.

Of course, we want you to be successful in whatever courses you choose, so we are making plans to increase academic support to include things such as embedded tutoring. We are also extending the add/drop period for fall classes to two weeks instead of one to allow for changes to be made once classes start.

Once again, please reach out to an academic advisor at advisement.services@azwestern.edu, or schedule an appointment using our online booking form, if you would like assistance with your course selection, and please take advantage of the resources available to you.    

Thank you, 

Dr. Linda Elliott-Nelson
Vice President for Learning Services
Arizona Western College

April 13, 2020

Dear AWC Students,

We know that across our district, some of you may struggle with reliable access to the internet at home to study and complete your assignments. 

Although we ask that no students enter our campus, our technology team has extended outdoor Wi-Fi connectivity to the P1 parking lot (covered solar structure) outside the College Community Center (3C) on the Yuma Campus (see map below). Parking lots or external WiFi access is being planned for Parker and San Luis campuses in the next week.

 

This is an exception to President Corr's request for students to stay off campus, and we're asking that you follow the guidelines below to keep our communities safe. 

  1. Access is being promoted for AWC student access only (to include UA Yuma, NAU-Yuma and ASU@Yuma students)
  2. Arrive and stay in your car while using connection
  3. Park at least one parking spot away from other cars
  4. Use connection ONLY for classwork or important family business. **DO NOT use the connection for gaming or entertainment purposes as that may degrade the signal for other students
  5. Bathroom access for those using the outdoor WiFi will be available through the south doors to the College Community Center (first floor bathroom), provided you utilize 6 foot physical distancing, Monday - Thursday, 7am - 5pm.

We hope this provides many of you with much needed access during this time of remote learning.

Sincerely, 

Bob Walker
Vice President for Technology
bob.walker@azwestern.edu

April 2, 2020

Hello Matadors –

It’s Thursday, the end of Spring Break, and classes are set to resume on Monday. I hope most of you were able to get some rest this break, and are gearing up to finish strong. We’re here to help.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s Facebook Live broadcast, we’ve arrived at the decision to take all Summer classes 100% online. This follows many of our Arizona higher education partners, and impacts all of our Summer sessions. I realize that some of you have already registered into existing Summer courses, and that there may be some adjustments to the schedule. Thank you for your patience as we adapt to this fluid situation.If the class you’re registered for changes, you will hear directly from either your faculty, or Enrollment Services, so please pay extra attention to your Student Email.

We’re doing this to help both students and faculty plan in an uncertain time. We cannot predict with certainty what guidance from the State of Arizona will be for regarding COVID-19 at this point in time, so we’re taking the cautious route to keep you and our faculty safe.

Our teams are already working hard to deliver our wrap-around services via digital application. We’ve created an Answer Center online to help you get the assistance you need, whether that’s academic advising, tutoring, transfer support, or help from the library.

Just a word about language. The college is notclosed – AWC is open, but in a virtual and online way. AWC Campuses are NOT OPEN to students, or to visitors. Commencement isn’t cancelled – we’re planning a virtual Commencement ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of all our grads in May in a new online format. Stay tuned!

I’m proud of the way our students are rising to the occasion. We know each of you are here for a specific purpose – What’s Your Why – and we’re dedicated to helping you find success in your Spring 2020 classes, and beyond. Don’t hesitate to reach out if our office or our teams can assist you in any way.

All my best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

March 24, 2020

AWC Students, 

Today I’m sharing with you the sobering news that a recently confirmed presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Yuma County is an AWC student.

We are in touch with the student and their faculty. The student is in good spirits and currently recovering at home. 

Based on the best information we have, the student was exposed to the virus after we transitioned to primarily online instruction. The student’s faculty and our campus technology log-in data all indicate that the student has not been on campus since March 12; the student’s presumed exposure date is March 14. The student is currently enrolled in classes that transitioned fully to online instruction and did not meet in person since March 12. The student did not live on campus.

Based on federal student privacy laws, we are not in a position to identify the student. I assure you that in any case of a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 where classmates and faculty or staff had a risk of exposure, we will work to notify all parties with potential contact.

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority, and we are committed to responding to the COVID-19 situation with transparency and timeliness. You can learn more about AWC’s response at www.azwestern.edu/covid.

Please join me in wishing our student a speedy and full recovery.

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

March 21, 2020

Hello Matadors!

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing, and we are responding to the changes according to CDC recommendations and with the best interest of our students and staff in mind. We are doing our part to “flatten the curve” and limit exposure to as many students, faculty, and staff as possible.

The week of March 23-26 will be a transition week for our campus, faculty, and staff as we work to move all services and instruction to an online format. During this week, offices will remain open, but will be working to move to remote services starting the following week. Please visit www.azwestern.edu/covid for updated information.

The few faculty members who have been meeting in small groups (10 or fewer) may still meet this week as they prepare to transition to fully online instruction. Remember, the week of March 30-April 2 is still Spring Break. While there is a break in instruction, our student services will still be available.    

Some services are already available remotely:

  • The Academic Library is limiting access to the library facilities, but are still available to provide services. All online resources (databases, ebooks, online magazines) are available at www.azwestern.edu/library. Chat reference services are also available through the library website, and text reference services are available at 928-237-3650. You can reach the Library by phone at 928-344-7777 or by email at library@azwestern.edu.
  • Career and Advisement Services staff is available by email or Zoom chat at advisement.services@azwestern.edu. Staff is also preparing for virtual advising services through Self-Service. More information to come.

Faculty and staff are working hard to provide you the support you need to get across the finish line this semester. Your professors are finding creative ways to deliver course content and keep the learning going during this time. Please stay engaged in your education and do not hesitate to reach out (remotely, of course) to your professors and our staff members who are ready to support your success.

You can visit www.azwestern.edu/covid for updates. We will continue to update this page with helpful tips and resources for you as you work toward that finish line.

Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and persistence. You make us proud.

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

March 17, 2020

Hello, Matadors!

The priorities and interests of our faculty and staff are to keep you safe while limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to help you complete your spring classes and make it across the finish line.  We continue to monitor directives from the CDC and the state of Arizona, and have a few updates to share.  

  • Classes will continue in an online format, through the remainder of Spring 2020 semester, to the greatest extent possible. 
  • We will adhere to CDC guidelines to limit groups to 10 or fewer people for the next 8 weeks
  • Starting Monday, March 23, the Yuma Campus will move to summer hours7 am - 5 pm. Services located in the 3C as well as the Academic Library, Student Success Center, and Fitness Center will still be available for students. Campus is still open.

You can find the latest updates regarding our response to COVID-19 at www.azwestern.edu/covid. We will be communicating changes as quickly and clearly as possible. Also, tune in to our Facebook Livestream Wednesday, March 18th at 12:15 pm to hear directly from my leadership team and me. Visit https://www.facebook.com/ArizonaWesternCollege/ to post your questions for us.

Once again, your safety and academic success are our top priorities. Our teams are working diligently to make sure you continue to receive the high-quality education you deserve.

All my best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

March 12, 2020

Dear AWC Students,  

Out of an abundance of precaution in regards to rapidly evolving news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), AWC WILL BE CANCELLING CLASSES MONDAY, MARCH 16th, and TUESDAY, MARCH 17th and will transition from IN-PERSON CLASSES TO ONLINE DELIVERY WHEREVER POSSIBLE STARTING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020. 

Your health and wellness is always our top priority. We have been closely monitoring information and recommendations surrounding the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus. Although there have been NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our campuses, we have been working with our internal teams to prepare for a transition to online course delivery where feasible to avoid a potential spread of COVID-19. 

  •  All in-person classes, where feasible, will transition to online instruction through March 27, 2020, during which time we will assess the situation and determine our next course of action. Note: Spring Break is March 30th – April 3rd
  • All campus locations will remain open and continue normal operations. All services for students including campus housing, food services, library services, tutoring services, and computer labs will remain available.  
  • Faculty will communicate with students directly regarding the delivery of course material. Distance Education staff will be available at 928-317-6137 for Blackboard technical support. 
  • All events at AWC during the semester will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Watch our social media and online calendar for updated information. 
  • Student field trips to and from campus have been canceled. 

Thank you for your patience. We realize this is a fluid situation, and we are in constant contact with partners here in our communities and around the state as we monitor the rapidly evolving situation. Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and based on precautions taken by our peer institutions, we feel this is the appropriate course of action.  

More information will follow from your professors with specific details on accessing your courses online.  

As always, we are committed to providing a high-quality education for you and your classmates. We will be closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates as promptly and broadly as possible. Please visit azwestern.edu/news for the most up-to-date information.  

We encourage you to follow recommended preventative measures to keep yourself and others healthy as you remain dedicated to your education. Please reach out to staff and faculty if you find yourself in need of support. We care about your wellness and your academic success.  

Sincerely,  

Dr. Daniel P. Corr 

President, Arizona Western College 

June 4, 2020

Hello Matadors -

We're coming to the end of our second week of Summer classes.

First off, I need to update you on our essential team that was hit hard with COVID-19. We now have 8 confirmed employees test positive from this team (we notified campus about four of them in last week's emails.) So this week we had 4 more cases confirmed. We also had 18 people that tested negative. All 8 of our employees are resting and recuperating at home, and we're sending them our best wishes for good health. My thanks to Steve Eckert and Sharon Register for their continued leadership with this team, and for Karen Johnson for meeting last week with the team and encouraging the members to get tested. This team really cares about each other, and about not spreading this illness to co-workers or the community.

As you know, because of this situation, last Friday we shuttered our campuses in Yuma County for one week, even to our essential teams. That lifts this Monday, June 8, but if you are coming out to campus, I strongly urge you to limit contact with others, maintain distance, and consider using a face covering if you are going to be in the proximity of other people. We need to take care of each other. Thank you for your consideration for others.

On Monday, we announced our Fall Instruction plan, designed to keep people safe AND help students reach their goals, and the details are here. We are watching our local health data as we contemplate our tiered Back-to-Campus plan, which has been pushed into July. We're planning a Facebook live on Wednesday, June 17 at 2pm for more information on both plans, and of course we'll send the detailed information out in an email, as well as posting all updates and emails on the azwestern.edu/covid webpage.

I'll close with some great news - I've received word from our Institutional Effectiveness and Research department that our student success rates this Spring very closely align with last Spring (A, B, C, credit, pass), and in fact, once our students who took an Incomplete have a chance to finish their coursework, it is very possible we will match or exceed the highest success rate we've ever had. This is due to the creativity and tenacity of our faculty, the passion of our support teams, and the resiliency of our students.

What we did was incredibly hard; this success speaks volumes for our ability to adapt, pull together and serve our students. I could not be more proud of you.

Stay healthy and take care of each other.

Best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr
President, Arizona Western College

June 1, 2020

Dear AWC Matadors –

Today is June 1, and we are finalizing plans to resume classes this fall

The plan relies on science, what we are learning from the CDC, information from the Yuma County Health District, and research by our own Facilities leadership team. 

We will lead with two guiding principles: keeping people safe, and helping our students reach their educational goals.  

We have developed plans with our Academic leadership team, leveraging technology, that allows, with coordination, students and faculty a wide range of choice in how they keep themselves safe. That includes: 

On-campus classes will be offered in one of three modalities

  • Blended Real-Time Classes - classes will offer in-person, face-to-face real-time instruction with Zoom connection to allow groups of 9 or fewer to meet on campus while the rest of the class participates via technology. This allows choice for both faculty and students to ensure the safest participation level while still providing faculty-student face time. Faculty will stagger when and how small groups attend face-to-face. Students can opt to attend the face-to-face remote using Zoom during their allotted in-person time for any reason, for any duration of the semester. *The vast majority of AWC Fall classes will fall in this category.  
  • Remote Real-Time Classes - classes will offer face-to-face real-time instruction at a distance leveraging technology. Students will not meet in-person with faculty or classmates. 
  • In-Person Real-Time Classes - Limited to specific Career-Tech, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, and Lab Science classes. These labs will allow groups of 9 or fewer to meet on campus with technology enhancements, as determined by faculty. 

Online / Web-based classes will not change

  • Online / Web-based – (no change to online, web-based courses) classes will offer online support for learning throughout the week and the semester with no scheduled face-to-face requirements beyond readings, homework and assignments. 

There is more information available at the AzWestern.edu/COVID page under Plan for Fall Instruction, and an FAQ here as well. https://www.azwestern.edu/COVID

Faculty can coordinate with Division Chairs, the Associate Dean of Scheduling and Vice President for Learning Services to ensure a safe, robust instructional mix that serves our student needs. If faculty have an on-campus class that would default to a Blended Real-Time class but feel the need to change that to a Remote Real-Time class, please coordinate that with your Division Chair to make that happen.   

Our technology team is working this summer to outfit all campus classrooms across the district with the cameras and microphones needed to handle the Blended Real-Time class described above. Thanks to that team for their service to the district. 

There are a few other points to make: 

  • Residence Life will return in 50% capacity, with one student in each room and two students sharing a bathroom. Common areas will not be in use. Students will be charged the lower double-occupancy rate.  
  • Facilities is sourcing local sneeze guards and installing them around the district at public-facing desks and work spaces this summer. Once all essential teams are back on campus on June 8, Facilities will resume their thorough cleaning of all spaces, and work on their plan to cover high-touch areas once we welcome students and employees back to our campus locations. 
  • International and Athletics are both still working on their Fall 2020 plan. We’ll release those as soon as we have them. 

As we work through this week of no staff on campus, we hold our co-workers who have become ill in our thoughts, and we prepare ourselves to return better and smarter that we were before this pandemic. Thanks for your compassion for each other and your service to our students. 

Best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr 
President, Arizona Western College 

Glossary of Terms  

Asynchronous class – class activities not taking place at a specific time  
Drop/Add – the period of time a student can change their classes without penalty (being charged or being responsible for a grade that will appear on their transcript)  
Face-to-Face class – students and faculty will be able to see each other in real-time, either in the same physical location or using technology, like Zoom.   
In-Person class or meetings – students and faculty will meet in the same physical location  
Online Class – class taking place entirely in a digital space without a specific designated lecture / learning time; most Online class do require course materials and homework to be submitted periodically (even weekly) so there is a specific-time aspect to Online Classes.  (Also known as Web-based)  
Real-Time Class – Class activity, like lecture and demonstration taking place at the same time (synchronous)  
Synchronous Class – See Real-Time class  
Web-based Class – See Online Class 

May 28, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I'm writing today to share more sad news - our essential teams had a fourth employee test positive for COVID-19 this week. This fourth person, a teammate of the three employees mentioned in Tuesday's email, is hospitalized, here in Yuma, in stable condition. The first three team members continue to show mild to moderate symptoms and are recuperating at home. Thank you for keeping them in your thoughts and for supporting all of our essential teams, and each other. 

In light of these events, today I'm announcing a complete Yuma County campus closure until June 8 (with continuation of remote work). I've worked with Steve Eckert, Director of Facilities Management, and Karen Johnson, our Chief Human Resources Officer, to develop this plan. This will give our teams the chance to isolate, recover, and hopefully limit the spread. This includes Facilities and Trades - no restroom cleaning, no garbage service, no classroom summer work. It also includes Purchasing, which will stay active remotely. It also includes Print Shop, and the Mailroom, which will not be open for sending or receiving mail (we'll work with USPS, FedEx and others to hold packages). The only exception is Campus Police and KAWC. Those team will modify as they see fit to keep our campuses safe, and to keep the 24-7 news operation going.

Please stay home next week. Please don't pop into your office, or onto campus next week. This article on 4/10 work cycle includes interesting information on why isolating for 10 days after working for 4 can keep teams safe. 

This temporary district closure is about people, not our buildings, or offices. Our campus locations have been on a rigid schedule of meticulous sanitizing and cleaning. When we do return to campus, our facilities will be ready for us.

This Monday, June 1, we'll announce our Fall Instruction plan. I appreciate the help of our Academic Division Chairs, Dean of Career and Technology Education Reetika Dhawan, and Vice Presidents Bob Walker (Technology) and Dr.  Linda Elliott-Nelson (Learning Services) for your leadership in this area.

Have a safe and healthy weekend. 

Best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr
President, Arizona Western College

May 26, 2020

Dear AWC Faculty and Staff,

Today, I'm sending you the sobering news that in the past 24 hours, three (3) members of our essential teams who have been working at the Yuma Campus, have tested positive for COVID-19.

All three are resting at home, recuperating, and we send our best wishes to them and their families. We're grateful for their rapid response to taking their symptoms seriously and self-isolating as soon they felt symptoms, going in for testing, and sharing the results with Human Resources.

As you know, we have made remote work for the vast majority of employees a priority since about mid-March, which greatly limits the chance for spread. Two of these employees have been off campus since May 14, the third employee since May 18. The Human Resources team has been working to determine which co-workers these employees had contact with immediately prior to becoming symptomatic so those co-workers can be notified and seek testing.

Any employee who thinks they've been exposed can find testing information at the Yuma County Health Department daily update here. All employees who need time off due to COVID-19 illness (themselves or their family) are entitled to time off with pay per Families First (FFCRA) Act.

All questions and concerns about requesting these benefits can be directed to Human.Resources@azwestern.edu or Patty Jimenez, Benefits Manager, Patricia.Jimenez@azwestern.edu.  

Thank you for keeping these colleagues in your thoughts, thank you for your support of all of our essential teams, and thanks for keeping yourself safe and healthy.

Best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr
President, Arizona Western College

May 21, 2020

Hi there, Matadors!

We are coming to the end of the week, and I just wanted to reach out and update you on a few items.

We will spend next week finalizing our plans for instruction for the Fall Semester, with the goal of communicating the plan on June 1, to faculty and staff, to students, and to the public. I really appreciate all of the feedback I've received, your survey responses and the meeting with Faculty Senate. All of it helped us and I know you are also concerned about the health of our students, our colleagues and our community.

We will handle a Return-to-Campus communication separately; expect to see that released via email in the next few weeks. I know many of you have been popping into our campus locations intermittently to work; thank you for maintaining social distancing while you're there, and thanks to our essential crews who have been keeping themselves safe while continuing to serve the district. If you'd like to review that Return-to-Campus survey, which garnered a whopping (nearly) 80% response rate from 367 people, here are those results linked in Workplace.

The AWC Emergency Response Team has been meeting weekly since we initiated our response to COVID-19. This group includes leaders from across the district, and our university partners, with an emphasis on Facilities, Public Safety, and Instruction. I appreciate this group staying engaged and supporting each other through the response; returning to campus and launching Fall instruction is the next big task. 

I know there are questions about many aspects of the fall semester. Here's what I know about two of them. 

  • Our Residence Life team has prepared contingency plans for housing this fall. I appreciate the leadership of Dr. Nikki Hage and LaToya Howell in this regard. You might already know that we will not be repairing the DeAnza residence hall. It is structurally compromised and the cost to repair it are too high. This puts us in a deficit even without potential distancing for COVID-19. You'll see some activity as we prepare to demolish this building and as we develop plans to take care of the many populations that normally call campus home, like CAMP, International, Athletics and others. Thank you for supporting this team as they work through this issue.
  • Regarding Fall athletics, we are awaiting word from the NJCAA, who has said they're delaying a response until June. This group is also working on multiple contingencies, and it isn't prudent for us to make plans regarding our teams until we know what the NJCAA is planning. Thank you for your patience. 

This week, our Technology team hosted two trainings on Zoom for faculty and staff that were well-attended. I'm told these resources were recorded and will be available on Workplace (Trainings for Zoom 101,102 are here). My thanks to Robert Schroeder, Marybel Garcia and Javier Penaloza for your dedication to this project. 

Finally, about 20 employees delivered approximately 800 congratulatory yard signs to high school seniors all around our district early this week. My thanks to the cross-departmental team that made this unique celebration happen for our potential future students. 

I hope you have a nice long weekend. Summer classes start Tuesday! 

Be well.

Dr. Daniel P. Corr
President, Arizona Western College

May 18, 2020

Dear Matadors,

You did it! As I reflect this morning on the semester, I'm struck by how monumental the task was to keep our students, faculty, staff, and community safe, and to get our students across the finish line. We got this work completed because of your focus and dedication to our mission. I'm so grateful.

After celebrating a unique and beautiful virtual Commencement Friday (amazing work to the entire committee, and to TV Services!) and faculty working to get final grades in this weekend and today, we really have arrived at a successful conclusion to the semester. 

I know it was difficult and stressful. I know you probably learned new things about yourself, and our students. I bet you created an innovative collaboration with a colleague or two. And you probably stopped a few functions or tasks that were less important to achieving the most important goals of safety and success. 

As we rethink the work we do and how to create seismic change to serve students, I'd like to call your attention to the materials from our May 7 Stop to Reinvent Convening held over Zoom and hosted by Liz Murphy of CampusWorks. The video, transcript, and PowerPoint is available here, housed on our new district collaboration tool, Workplace, which is part of the Microsoft Office suite. Let me know if you have thoughts or suggestions on how we can accelerate this work. 

We have a one-week reprieve before Summer starts on May 26, but faculty are still working diligently moving their summer classes from Blackboard to Canvas. My thanks to you for your agility in making this happen. Thanks also to Jana Moore, Dean for Academic Resources and Campus Locations, the faculty committee that worked to identify Canvas as our new solution, and the technology teams that have been working to make the switch to Canvas possible to better serve our students. 

We have gathered all the Corr Reports from this semester in a playlist on the AWCTV YouTube channel, including the most recent installment, our Year in Review. You also have access to all 9 of our Facebook Live videos regarding response to COVID-19. Thanks to all the guests who helped me get the word out, and thanks to the many folks who watched, sent in or posted questions, or just sent along supportive comments.

I'm looking forward to a strong and productive summer here at AWC. If you're off for the break, please enjoy, stay healthy and safe, and we'll see you in the fall.

All my best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

May 14, 2020

Hi Matadors!

I'm so happy - We have just about made it to the end of this memorable Spring 2020 semester, one filled with challenges, stress, opportunities, and success!

Today, our elected District Governing Board passed the 2020-21 AWC Budget, so the plans we've discussed can be implemented. We are grateful for their leadership.

Of course, please don your favorite hat, grab a cool beverage, and join me for a most unique Commencement tomorrow night, May 15, at 7 pm! You can find it live on Facebook (even without a FB account you can view it there), you can watch it live online at azwestern.edu/live, or you can watch on local cable at AWC TV Channel 74. We know from Travis Mitchell that not only do we have several hundred AWC participants, but we also have many from NAU, UA, and ASU, so the multi-school party continues! My great thanks to the TV Services and Communications departments, along with the Commencement Committee, who have worked to produce this one-of-a-kind virtual Commencement.

In this season, we're celebrating not just our own grads, but the grads of our high school partners. Our Admissions, Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, Biri Martinez, is working with Marketing for a special mailer to all of our high school seniors in the district to let them know we're thinking about them. We also have a team distributing nearly 700-yard signs to High School seniors across the districts welcoming them to the "Arena" as they hopefully consider AWC as their next step. 

As we prepare for Summer, which starts Monday, May 26, enrollment is down a little. Our Fall semester is trending at about 24% down as of yesterday. Please be patient as we develop plans, based on CDC guidelines, to bring faculty and staff back to campuses and as we roll out classes for fall. I appreciated the chance to meet with faculty senate last week, to read over 360 responses to the Return-to-Campus survey this week, and to talk to students and employees via Facebook, chat, phone, and email over the past few weeks. I am most eager to return, and we will do it safely, and leverage technology while doing so.

We've released the latest Corr Report - A Year in Review. We also have a gorgeous new President's Report up online, thanks to Creative Director Leah McKeogh, that captures the past 18 months or so. Thanks to Travis Mitchell, Sherry Needham and Troy Baughtman for constant good-humor producing not only a slew of Corr Reports, but 9 weekly Facebook Live events, and our huge virtual Commencement celebration.

Another point of pride: the college has already distributed $1.3M of the $2.25M we need to disburse directly to Spring 2020 students to help with the disruption to income, work, and school this year as part of the CARES Act grant federal stimulus dollars. The work to make these funds available has been huge and I appreciate Ana English and her team in Financial Aid, and Shahrooz Roohparvar and his team in the Business Office, working to make this possible.

I also continue to be impressed with the AWC Cares Call team, under the leadership of Biri Martinez, Desiree Gunderman, and Shara Skinner, with 21 members, who report they've completed their first set of calls to graduating students, new Fall 2019 students, and new Spring 2020 students. They're now working on reaching out to students who have started the FAFSA but not completed, and they're helping enrollment services by calling students who are enrolled but not registered for classes, to see if they can offer help or suggestions on services.

Finally, you know that one of our Strategic Objectives is Technology Audit Remediation. Today, our VP for Technology, Bob Walker, shared this brief summary video during the District Governing Board meeting, and it's a great summary of their work to remediate all audit findings. I'm grateful for his leadership and the great work of the entire team.

Hope you have a great weekend, and if you're heading off for some R & R, have a great summer, as well.

It's an honor to be your president.

 

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

May 11, 2020

Dear Matadors - 

Happy Finals Week to you! I'm delighted to say that our two major aims for the Spring 2020 semester in the midst of COVID-19 were to keep our folks safe, and to get our students across the finish line, and with your focused, diligent efforts, we are almost there!

I hope you can join us this Friday for our first-of-its kind (for us) Virtual Commencement ceremony. Tune in to AWC’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Students and their families can also watch via AWC TV on cable channel 74 in Yuma or at azwestern.edu/live. My deep appreciation goes to the Commencement Committee and Television Services for their many, many hours of planning and production time to make this possible.

There is still time to vote for scholarship prizes for our amazing Student Showcase entries - nearly 20 projects, representing the work of nearly 30 students - are available for your viewing. I'm so impressed with this new digital format, and the report is engagement from our employees and the public is off the charts, so great work to everyone, and much appreciation to the Gowan Corporation for their sponsorship of the scholarship funds.

I also want to send my appreciation to Laura Campbell and Gladys Anaya from the AWC Foundation who are supporting employees and community members in the final days to evaluate hundreds of applications for student scholarships. The Foundation, through leadership from their Board of Directors, and partnerships with many generous donors, makes a real and measurable impact on the lives of our students, their families and our communities. Thank you for what you do!

Remember, that Summer classes, all online, will begin Monday, May 26. We're still registering students for Summer, and for the upcoming Fall semester. It is our desire to return to some form of face-to-face classes in the fall, leveraging technology and strictly following CDC guidelines. I've had great feedback from across the district on a return-to-campus plan. Stay tuned as those plans develop.

Finally, please join me for the last in our Spring semester series of Facebook Live broadcasts, this Wednesday, 2pm. 

I appreciate you, and all that you do to support our students.

Be well!

Dr. Daniel P. Corr
President, Arizona Western College

May 7, 2020

Hello, Faculty and Staff!

I am grateful to come to the end of another productive week working with all of you to secure the futures of our students and create thriving communities.

Today we taped portions of next week’s Commencement ceremony. Tune in to AWC’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Students and their families can also watch via AWC TV on cable channel 74 in Yuma or at azwestern.edu/live.

Today, I also met with 40+ members of the faculty senate to discuss how we’ll prepare for the fall semester. That, along with the 125+ employees who filled out the AWC Return to Work Following Covid-19 survey (still available for you to respond) is deeply appreciated as our teams develop plans to keep students, faculty, staff, and the community safe while offering classes to our students.

Also, today, we hosted a virtual convening with Liz Murphy of CampusWorks to help us tap into the rare conditions that have forced us to strip back some of the work we were engaged in to focus on the heart of what we do: serving students. Today’s Reinvention Stop-Doing Convening included participation by 120+ colleagues and was a beautiful start as most of us try to wrap our heads around the unique opportunity we have for significant transformation to serve the Strategic Plan. You can access the recording of the Session and the PowerPoint Presentation within Workplace > Strategic Planning Folder.

We have received $2.26M in CARES Act grant funding that will be sent directly to our students, based on the amount of in-person or hybrid credit hours enrolled in on March 13. The money will be disbursed to linked checking or Bank Mobile accounts or mailed within three weeks to home addresses. More detailed information is available here, and it’s important that students have a current FAFSA completed. The US Department of Education excludes some students, such as international, undocumented, and high school / dual-credit students. Students who are enrolled in 12 credit hours or more will receive $800; students enrolled in 9-11.5, $500; 6-8.5 credits, $250; less than 6 credits, $100.

It might delight you to know (it does me) that our Child Development Learning Lab (CDLL) will host their very own virtual promotion on May 14 for the 20 children moving on to Kindergarten. It probably won’t surprise you to know that even our CDLL teachers are leveraging technology to connected to their students, through Zoom and Class Dojo! All-day, every day, I run into stories like this about the amazing work of our colleagues on behalf of our students, even our youngest students.

I hope you have a restful and healthy weekend.

All my best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

 

May 4, 2020

Happy Monday, Matadors! 

As I write this, I am most happy to report that in regard to the possible case of COVID-19 from a mailroom employee, the test came back negative. I know you join me in wishing this employee a swift return to good health; we are grateful to the entire team that has remained working on campus in essential capacities, and those of you monitoring the mail periodically for your department. 

Please know that we are working on what a return-to-campus looks like for our students, our faculty, and our teams. Thank you for your patience and thank you for staying curious and engaged with us through the summer as we finalize plans for Fall 2020 classes and beyond. I mentioned in an earlier email that we'd like to make a definitive announcement by June 1. If we arrive at a plan before that, you'll hear it here first! If you have your own thoughts and suggestions on what a return-to-campus should or could look like, I recommend you take a few minutes and complete this simple AWC Return to Work Following Covid-19 survey.

Speaking of a return-to-campus, I want you to know that one of the things I've been focused on during this remote work is our momentum with the Strategic Plan, and how to streamline that work for the benefit of the 11,000 students we serve every year. I don't think we can or will return to the same work habits and patterns of a pre-COVID-19 world, and I invite you to join me and Liz Murphy from CampusWorks this Thursday, May 7 for the first in a series of virtual town halls on AWC Reinvention. This one is on Stop-Doing / Start-Doing lists: how we create them, advocate for them, and how we imagine a work-life more closely aligned with the plan we created together back in 2018. If you currently have examples of the way the COVID-19 disruption has reshaped your or your team's work, please fill out this survey here. And join us on Thursday, May 7, at 3 pm for a moderated discussion on AWC Reinvention.  

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I want to send a big shout out to all of our amazing faculty who are nearing the end of this Spring semester. I know the care and attention you're giving your students - which probably seems like 10x the effort of a normal semester - is a huge factor in keeping them engaged and connected.  

My deep appreciation also continues to go to the men and women of our facilities department who are sourcing the materials we need to keep campus safe moving forward, and who have been accelerating their summer cleaning and maintenance schedule. Thank you for what you do.

 Please join me for our 8th week of Facebook live, this Wednesday, at 2pm co-hosted with Steve Eckert, Director of Facilities and Christine Rouff, Student Health and Wellness Coordinator PLUS our Student Commencement speaker will be Introduced! 

 Have a great week - 

Best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

 

April 30, 2020

Dear Matadors - 

We are at the end of April, and we are reaching the finish line for the Spring semester. I feel grateful for the work each of you have engaged in to keep our students safe and focused. 

First of all, for the few of you working in essential roles on the Yuma campus or the few who have still been coming to campus periodically, I need to report that an employee in the Mailroom has been asked by their doctor to self-quarantine and test today due to COVID-like symptoms. We send our best to that employee and their family as they focus on recovery. If you have visited the Mailroom in the past two weeks, we recommend you monitor your symptoms and limit contact with others. We will share the results of the test as soon as they are available. 

In about 6 days we'll be able to check out the work of our students in the new virtual edition of the much-beloved Student Showcase. We'll share the web site when it's live.  

This week we announced the great news that Yuma has been selected as the host city for the NJCAA Softball Championshipfor 2021 and 2022. My thanks to Tim Slack and Jerry Smith for their hard work to make this possible, and my great enthusiasm and good energy to Coach Nikki Bethurum for your team's continued success - Matadors All the Way!

We are just two weeks away from my favorite time of the year, Commencement! TV Services and the Commencement Committee are putting together all of the elements for a historic, if different and virtual, ceremony. You can keep up with the group through their special Facebook group, and you can tune in at 7 pm on Friday, May 15, through azwestern.edu/live, Facebook, or AWC TV channel 74. 

Today I'm extending the priority for remote work from May 15 to June 1. We are closely watching the plans of the Governor of Arizona, as well as the CDC and other public health officials, to determine a time when it is prudent to return to work on our campuses. Thank you for your agility and your patience as we work through these changes together. Your team should start discussions on how you would stage a return-to-campus. We will make sure the college plan is clear in advance so you have two weeks to plan for a return to campus. 

In case you want to reference my most recent Corr Report videos on topics such as Common Hour, the plans to onboard our new VPLS, or other topics, check here.  

Best,

Please continue to take care of yourself and your family during this difficult time. Good health to all of you, and enjoy your weekend.

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

April 23, 2020

Hi Matadors -  

I wanted to send a quick update as we close the week out together.

We are just a few weeks away from both our public budget hearing with the District Governing Board (May 14), and our Commencement (May 15). Many folks are working long hours to create something truly special for our Virtual Commencement 2020. I appreciate all of the creativity and care that has gone into this work and I can't wait to don my cap and gown, record some comments on video, and then sit on my couch and watch the faces of the graduates that have sent in their own photos or videos on my TV at home. I hope you join us!

Summer Registration is open, and we have a comparable number of sections this year to last year, and students continue to enroll. Fall Registration is also open, and we continue to monitor those numbers as well. It's early days yet but anecdotally we see good traffic in fall classes thus far. 

The AWC Cares team has been calling groups of students just to check in and see how they've made the switch to all-online learning, and if they can help with connections to virtual support services. The feedback they're getting is nothing short of remarkable, including lots of appreciation for the personal touch and confirmation that their faculty, tutors, and advisors are going to great lengths to help them out.

Shara Skinner, Biri Martinez, and Desiree Gunderman are leading this cross-functional team and I send my appreciation out to all of you. Here are two comments they shared with us from team members:

“Thank you so much for developing this project! I am grateful to be able to participate. The students I was able to speak with seemed pleasant and grateful for the call. Almost all are doing fairly well.”
“My first year students answered their phones at a much higher percentage and had more questions. These calls are so much more than making institutional and student connections. Students are sharing personal details about family adjustments, life challenges and having a deep appreciation knowing that have someone voice them too, it’s clear these CARE Calls are not just student connections, but human to human connection. Thanks for including me in the team”

I hope you saw the latest Corr Report about the completion of our search for a new Vice President for Learning Services. More information is here. We're excited to welcome Dr. Diane Carrasco-Jaquez to campus sometime around June 15. Thanks to all who participated in the screening committee or in a college forum to meet the candidates. We had an excellent pool of applicants.

 We are close to the finish line, you guys, and our students have benefited from your focus, your passion and your dedication to them.

Please stay safe. I really hope to see you all soon.

Best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

April 20, 2020

Hello Matadors  - 

Checking in to see how you're doing this Monday afternoon.

You may have seen recent news that the University of Arizona is furloughing 15,000 employees across the state, amounting to temporary pay cuts of between 5-20% based on position. I've had nearly a dozen direct or indirect questions about this. Please refer to my budget presentation: At this point, AWC has no plans to furlough full-time faculty or staff. It is true that there are dark skies on the economic forecast horizon as a state, and in higher education. We feel we've prepared a budget that is nimble enough to handle what we are seeing for the next fiscal year. (You can view the Budget Town Hall HERE)

Having said that, I have a growing sense of urgency about our budget, changes to funding, and our need to serve the communities in our district. Watch for a call soon for an opportunity to come together in a series of virtual meetings to talk about Stop Doing Lists, Organizational Shifts, and AWC in 2020. Details to come. 

I also mentioned a team has recommended suspending ACCUPLACER testing for all 2020 Summer and Fall classes. This does not replace the need for prerequisite work or program-specific testing needs. What this accomplishes is it removes the huge burden to find a way to proctor nearly 20,000 1:1 placement tests online to get people into classes. My thanks to Holly Banes, Dr. Eric Lee and Miguel Sanchez for collaborating on this solution. 

If you have any questions or concerns for me, please send them my way. 

Stay healthy, Matadors!

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

April 16, 2020

Hi AWC Colleagues,

Just a brief note to check in with you and see how you're doing. I hope you're hanging in there, and finding your rhythm in the new conditions we find ourselves in.

This week we presented our budget to the District Governing Board, and then today we hosted a Budget Town Hall and took questions. That content and the recorded session is available here on Workplace.  If you have comments on the budget for me, send them my way. If you have comments on the budget for the Governing Board, please send those to the inbox for public comment. E-mail here. You may also join the Board Budget Hearing on Thursday, May 14 on Zoom and participate during that time. The Public Notice will be posted next week.

Commencement plans are forming around a virtual celebration that Vanessa Weaver, Nicole Harral and their committee are busy planning. Expect some surprises and extra care for our special AWC Class of 2020. And thank you for helping these students complete this extraordinary semester. 

We've had a few questions about student access for the Wi-Fi at the Yuma campus in P1, and let me clear up a few things regarding that: bathrooms are available in the south wing of the 3C, but we're asking students to not sit inside the 3C to use Wi-Fi. We need people distancing within their own cars in the covered parking lot.  Outdoor Wifi at the San Luis Learning Center and Parker Learning Center is LIVE today.

We'll have more communication to share next week around the status of the suspension of placement tests, and about federal stimulus funds.

If there is something my office or the team could be doing to support you through this time, please don't hesitate to reach out and ask. 

Be well.

Dr. Daniel P. Corr
President, Arizona Western College

April 13, 2020

Dear AWC Colleagues,

We know that across our district, some of our students struggle with reliable access to the internet at home to study and complete assignments.

Our technology team has been analyzing the Wi-Fi footprint on our campuses and has adjusted some hardware to add outdoor connectivity in the P1 parking lot (covered solar structure) outside the College Community Center (3C) on the Yuma Campus.

Parking lot or external WiFi access is being planned for Parker and San Luis campuses in the next week.

 

This is an exception to Dr. Daniel Corr's request for students to stay off campus, and we're asking students to follow the guidelines below to keep our communities safe.

  1. Access is being promoted for AWC student access only (to include UA Yuma, NAU-Yuma and ASU@Yuma students)
  2. Students are asked to arrive and stay in their car while using connection
  3. Students are asked to park at least one parking spot away from other cars
  4. Bathroom access for students using the outdoor WiFi will be available through the south doors to the College Community Center (first floor bathroom), provided students utilize 6 foot physical distancing from each other, Monday - Thursday, 7am - 5pm.
  5. Students are asked to use connection ONLY for their classwork or important family business
    1. Please don't use the connection for gaming or entertainment purposes as that may degrade the signal for other students

Please share this with our students as needed .

We will also send this message out to the Student Email list.

Sincerely, 

Bob Walker
Vice President for Technology
bob.walker@azwestern.edu

April 9, 2020

Hello Matadors -

It's Thursday afternoon and we are about 6 weeks into our coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and about 4 weeks into moving classes online. For some of us, we're finally getting the hang of the new normal. Others of us are still adapting, maybe even struggling. I want you to know I understand that this is hard. I appreciate your effort, and your desire to serve our students, and our district, even in this uncertain time.

Our teams continue to do amazing things to be able to get our most important work done. Our technology team has loaned out over 150 laptop computers, to students, faculty and staff. They remain available to support you throughout this event so please reach out if you have any concerns. You can also email helpdesk@azwestern.edu.

A team from Academics, Testing and Technology has researched and procured a remote testing solution, and Jan Jacobson sent an email yesterday with detailed instructions. Thanks for the collaboration to get this done. You can find those details on our COVID-19 web page under Campus Communication: Faculty & Staff (this accordion).

Our Mail Room team continues to receive mail and other shipments and make that available to designated folks from each team. Thanks for their ongoing work to process mail for the district.

Today wraps up a pretty intense set of Zoom meetings to introduce the five finalists for Vice President for Learning Services to our district. Thank you to the screening committee for their work, and to all of you for participating in different forums and meetings and online surveys to help me get a clear picture of what the college community needs in our next academic leader. I really appreciate the support.

I hope whatever you do this weekend, you get a chance to enjoy it and unwind a bit. I appreciate the work you do for the college.

Dr. Daniel P. Corr
President, Arizona Western College

April 8, 2020

Matadors,

With so few people on campus, it’s time to streamline the facilities operations to be more efficient.  Starting on Monday, April 13th, facilities will no longer be emptying the trash bins in any offices or classrooms.  Please continue to use your recycling bins in your offices as normal but take all of your trash to a break room trash can and we will dispose of it from there.  We’ll be checking trash cans in the public areas but we might miss some on any given day so we would prefer if you use a break room trash can if one is available.  If you do have trash in your office or classroom can and do not have a convenient break room available, please leave it outside your door in the hallway and we will empty it from there.  We will still be cleaning and maintaining the buildings Monday through Thursday so if you see an issue we need to address please email facilities@azwestern.edu.  We just won’t be checking the offices or classrooms at this time.

The NAU areas of the 3C, AC and SR buildings will still be maintained and cleaned Monday through Thursday as long as NAU has open services on campus.

If we inadvertently increased the temperature in your area and you need to work and are uncomfortable, please email facilities@azwestern.edu and we can make a temperature adjustment.

As we are sealing up classrooms, I have received several emails requesting continued access to some areas.  Not a problem at all.  We have a lot of buildings to maintain and we have several months to get through all of them.  We can wait on any area that is still being utilized.  Please email facilities@azwestern.edu with any exceptions we need to be aware of.

And as a side note:  Face coverings are starting to be worn on campus so don’t feel shy if you want to wear one or be offended because we are wearing one.  We’re all trying to protect each other.

Take care and stay safe,

Steve Eckert
Director of Facilities Management
Arizona Western College
928-314-9475
Steve.eckert@azwestern.edu

April 8, 2020

Dear AWC Community,

In an effort to assist instructors in sustaining the integrity of course testing in the online format,  Arizona Western College has integrated the Respondus Software LockDown Browser® and Monitor.  This is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard.  While we understand that not all instructors will have the need for this tool, we do want to make sure that you are aware of the option to utilize these features as a way to administer secure exams online.    Here is some additional information:

What does Lockdown Browser do?

  • Tests/quizzes are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops
  • Printing and screen capture functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to or from an tests/quizzes is prevented
  • Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts and task switching are disabled
  • A test/quiz cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading
  • Test/quizzes that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers

How do I learn how to use these features?

Attached you will find the Quick Start Guide for utilizing Respondus for instructors and for your students.  There are also additional resources are available at https://web.respondus.com/he/lockdownbrowser/resources/.  Instructors can also find these same training resources within the application itself.  Please be aware that students are required to download the software in order to use Respondus Lockdown and if you are using Monitor, your students will need a webcam. 

What do my students need to do?

If you are administering an exam in which you require the use of Respondus Lockdown and/or Monitor,  the following information should be shared with your students.  The  students should complete steps 1 through 3 before the first examination is administered.   Note:  This is a communication template that requires faculty modification as highlighted in bold below.   Note 2:  It is recommended that you create a practice quiz that allows each student to verify the features are working.

Using LockDown Browser and a Webcam for Online Exams

This course requires the use of LockDown Browser and a webcam for online exams. The webcam can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. Please do the following:

  1. Watch this short video (http://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/student-movie.shtml)  to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and the webcam feature. A student Quick Start Guide (PDF) is also available.  
  2. Download and install LockDown Browser from this link:  https://download.respondus.com/lockdown/download.php?id=483102435
  3. Verify LockDown Browser and the webcam are set up properly:
    • Start LockDown Browser, log into Blackboard, and select this course.
    • Locate and select the Help Center button on the LockDown Browser toolbar.
    • Run the Webcam Check and, if necessary, resolve any issues.
    • Run the System & Network Check. If a problem is indicated, see if a solution is provided in the Knowledge Base. Troubleshooting information can also be emailed to our institution's help desk.
    • Exit the Help Center and locate the practice quiz named [NOTE TO INSTRUCTOR: CREATE A BRIEF PRACTICE QUIZ AND INSERT NAME OF QUIZ HERE; IF NECESSARY, INCLUDE LOCATION OF QUIZ].
    • Upon completing and submitting the practice quiz, exit LockDown Browser.
  4. When taking an online exam that requires LockDown Browser and a webcam, remember the following guidelines:
    • Ensure you're in a location where you won't be interrupted
    • Turn off all other devices (e.g. tablets, phones, second computers) and place them outside of your reach
    • Clear your desk of all external materials not permitted — books, papers, other devices
    • Before starting the test, know how much time is available for it, and that you've allotted sufficient time to complete it
    • Remain at your computer for the duration of the test
    • If the computer or networking environment is different than what was used previously with the Webcam Check and System & Network Check in LockDown Browser, run the checks again prior to starting the test
    • To produce a good webcam video, do the following: 
      • Avoid wearing baseball caps or hats with brims
      • Ensure your computer or tablet is on a firm surface (a desk or table). Do NOT have the computer on your lap, a bed, or other surface where the device (or you) are likely to move
      • If using a built-in webcam, avoid tilting the screen after the webcam setup is complete
      • Take the exam in a well-lit room and avoid backlighting, such as sitting with your back to a window

Remember that LockDown Browser will prevent you from accessing other websites or applications; you will be unable to exit the test until all questions are completed and submitted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or Jana Moore.

Jan Jacobson, M.Ed.
Director of Academic Technology
Arizona Western College
O: (928) 317-7612
jan.jacobson@azwestern.edu

April 6, 2020

Dear AWC Colleagues - 

Today is the first day back from Spring Break, and I know many of you, probably the vast majority of you, were working harder than ever over the Break to get your course material online, or in a digital format, while others of you were working hard to support faculty, or roll out virtual support programs for our students.

I wanted to take a moment to talk to you about Remote Work. The truth is, this isn't just a shift from your office to your house. For many of us, we're juggling the pressures of family life, our own anxieties and concerns, and some of us are trying to help younger children with their school lessons. Here are two articles on the topic recommended to me (Forbes: Effective Time Management While Working Remotely During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Harvard Business School: The New Rules for Remote Work Pandemic Edition) and I thought I'd pass them along. They both remind me of one of my favorite concepts for the workplace - Charitable Interpretation. Please be forgiving with our students, with your colleagues, and most of all, with yourself. We are working together to bring the semester to a successful completion, to chart a path for Summer (all online - see April 2 Faculty/Staff email) and Fall classes (no change at this point), to create an alternate Commencement, to tackle remote testing. I understand that this is hard; maybe the hardest work many of us have ever done. Please make time to take care of yourself and your family first.

And speaking of news worth reading, I was really proud of the story in Sunday's YumaSun (Triumphs and Challenges) about how our faculty are juggling, struggling, innovating, and caring for their students. I know it's just the tip of the iceberg. I'm so proud to work with you.

Please plan to join me again this Wednesday, if time permits, for another Facebook Live, with special guests. 

Be well, take care of yourself and each other.

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

Arizona Western College 

April 2, 2020

Hello Matadors –

It’s Thursday, the end of Spring Break, and classes are set to resume on Monday. I know many of our teams – and plenty of our faculty - have been working hard throughout the week seeking alternatives to the way we normally do business to support our students to a successful completion of Spring 2020 classes.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s Facebook Live broadcast, we’ve arrived at the decision to take all Summer classes 100% online. This follows many of our Arizona higher education partners, and impacts all of our Summer sessions. I realize that we are already registering students into existing courses, and that there may be some adjustments to our schedule. Thank you for your patience as we adapt to this fluid situation. We’re doing this to help our students and faculty plan in an uncertain time. We cannot predict with certainty what guidance from the State of Arizona will be for regarding COVID-19 at this point in time, so we’re taking the cautious route to keep you and our students safe.

Our teams are already working hard to deliver our wrap-around services via digital application. We’ve created an Answer Center online to help students get the help they need. Please continue to share these resources when you hear of students who need help. Whether students need academic advising, tutoring, transfer support, or help from the library, we have teams ready to assist.

I also want to give our work teams some small certainty: we will make remote work a priority through the end of our Spring Semester, May 15. People can plan on working off campus through that date. As the situation evolves, we’ll know how to prepare for a return to a more normal work life together back on our campuses. Please stay out of all classrooms, as our Facilities team will be working to deep clean and then complete their normal summer maintenance in those rooms, and then to seal them up. This is to provide the best outcomes for you and our students for Fall 2020.

The Emergency Response Team has been meeting weekly for three weeks, and will continue to meet to make sure teams have the best chance to collaborate to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff. Thanks to that team for their leadership in this regard.

Just a word about language. The college is not closed – AWC is open, but in a virtual and online way. AWC Campuses are NOT OPEN to students, or to visitors, and we want working remotely to be a priority for all but essential staff. Commencement isn’t cancelled – we’re planning a virtual Commencement ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of our students in May in a new online format. Stay tuned!

I’m proud of the extra effort each and every one of you has contributed in this difficult time. Your work is the way we’ll keep #StudentsFirst and help them succeed this Spring.

All my best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

March 30, 2020

Dear AWC Colleagues - 

It's Monday afternoon, March 30, and like many of you, I'm reviewing Governor Doug Ducey's Executive Order 2020-18, also known as Stay At Home.

It will take a day or two for us to understand how this changes the way we're doing anything, but our teams have already made the difficult but necessary decision to make teleworking, or work-from-home, a priority for all teams. 

We will continue to evaluate the work that our essential teams are responsible for. Thank you for supporting the folks that are still working on campus to support our teams, our students and the larger community, including Residence Life, Facilities, Campus Police, KAWC, TV Services, and Payroll. 

I will come on campus Wednesday, April 1, at 2pm to host our next Facebook Live; that's an essential component to supporting the communities mentioned above. We'll continue to re-evaluate on a week-by-week basis to ensure our teams are safe. 

It's Spring Break for our students and faculty, but I have no doubt that many of our faculty are still working hard to try to create, improve, or increase online content for their classes. I realize this is a monumental task, and I appreciate all of your efforts. I hope you are able to find time to rest with your family during this break. 

I welcome your questions or comments, either to my e-mail, or to Ashley's, at Ashley.Herrington@azwestern.edu.

Thank you for everything you're doing to keep the (virtual) lights on, to keep our teams safe, and to keep our students engaged and learning.

Be safe!

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

March 26, 2020

Dear Campus Community - 

We’ve made it to the end of our Transition Week, and we’re heading into Spring Break, so I wanted to take a few minutes to send you a note. 

First of all, regarding the community spread of COVID-19: we know from today’s YumaSun, and Yuma County information within that story that the fourth person tested positive in Yuma County is an older relative of our student who was the subject of our email on Tuesday. We continue to be concerned for our student and the family, and they are in our thoughts.

It’s hard for me to find the words to express my appreciation for the incredible work our faculty are engaged in to move all instruction 100% online. I have heard at least a dozen stories of creative teaching methods, ramping up on new teaching tools, and kits students took home to complete assignments in lab classes. I know our support teams are also dialing in their ability to serve students and faculty at a distance; the effort quite literally leaves me a bit speechless.

You might already know that our Residence Hall team continues to serve about 30 residents, mostly international students, who can’t yet travel home. Thanks for your efforts to keep them safe and engaged and fed. We know how hard you’re working.

We’re continuing to host weekly Facebook Live events, and you can count on us doing that, as long as our team feels safe to do it, every Wednesday, most likely at 2pm. You can go back and watch them on our Facebook page here.

We’re also continuing the Corr Report, probably almost every week, and you can find them here

We made the announcement this week that we’re seeking alternatives to our traditional stadium-format Commencement. It is not cancelled, but we’ll bring it to you in an entirely new way. No need to rush out and acquire any regalia – this year you get a break from that, at least!

Our teams are also working on alternatives to testing and the proctoring of exams. I’m excited to see what the team comes up with. Watch these emails and our web pages for that information.

Finally, a shout out to the 70+ people who have been working since 2018 on our Strategic Plan. I am not sure what state we’d be in if we hadn’t taken the time together to rethink our charge. I’m grateful our Mission and Vision continues to resonate with our teams and our community, and I thank you for your work to create real, actionable change. Because of the work you’ve already done, we’re in a much better position to manage crisis and rapid change.

We will get through this situation together, and be better for the lessons we’ve learned together.

Have a safe and peaceful weekend, and for those of you on break next week, I hope you can relax.

All my best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

March 24, 2020

Dear Campus Community - 

I'm writing to share with you the sobering news that one of our own has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Let me tell you what I can about the case.

The first thing I want you to know is that we are in touch with the student, the student’s faculty, and the Yuma County Health District. Additionally, the student is in good spirits, and currently recovering at home. 

I also want you to know that based on the best information we have, the student was exposed to the virus after we issued a suspension to in-person classes. The student’s faculty and our campus technology log-in data all indicate that the student has not been on campus since March 12; the student’s presumed exposure date, according to the health investigation, is March 14. 

In addition to being currently enrolled, the student is registered for three face-to-face classes on the Yuma campus. The student did not live on campus. None of the student’s classes were lab science, Career-Tech, or art classes, and the student was not meeting in any small groups in the interim. 

I want you to know that in any case of a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 where classmates and faculty or staff had a risk of exposure, the college will work with the Yuma County Health District to notify all parties with potential contact.

Please join me in wishing our student a speedy and full recovery. Please take care of each other, and our students, as we remain focused on our two goals of keeping people healthy, and helping our students complete their Spring classes. The work is difficult, and we likely face many more challenges in the coming weeks. 

I know we are up for the task, and I'm here to support you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

March 19, 2020

Hello Matadors!

It is just about one week since we started sending out formal communications regarding the college response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Already in that short time much as changed. Thank you very much for helping us work to fulfill our two most important interests:

  1. Keeping our communities safe (that means you, our students, and the people in our district)
  2. Helping our students complete their Spring 2020 classes and get across the finish line

Today I'm communicating with you to let you know that next week we will work to transition all of our Full-Time employees to work remotely until further notice. 

What exactly does this mean

  • Please spend next week working with your supervisor and team to transition to remote work
  • If you have hardware or software needs, please reach out to our technology team for assistance
  • Some essential jobs, on a department-by-department basis, will still be on campus working
    • Those teams will be notified by their supervisor, but they will include some folks from Technology, Facilities, Police and Residence Life.
  • There will be no more in-person gatherings of employees or students
  • Much like our Winter Session, many resources will still be available to you and our students, and we'll work with our support teams to specify what those are over the next few days
  • Dr. Linda Elliott-Nelson, Jana Moore, Reetika Dhawan, and Elaine Groggett and I will be working with our Academic and CTE teams to make sure faculty have what they need to assist students to completion

Why are we taking this step now?

We are doing our part to "flatten the curve" and limit the exposure to as many faculty, staff, and students as possible. 

This is a great time to think differently about the ways we do our jobs and to find creative ways to collaborate and fulfill the mission of the college.

We have many online training tools you can make available to your team. We'll also work to create a list of resources for remote working that helps you manage this transition. 

As you work from home or manage a team that is working from home, here are few consistent expectations:

  • Be available to your teammates during regular work hours
  • Be available via email, chat, cell phone, home phone, Zoom and other collaboration tools (Zoom and Office365 resources)
  • Attend regularly-scheduled meetings via technology
  • Agree ahead of time on shared expectations for project and regular work
  • Hold frequent status calls or communications
  • Handle time off, sick time, vacation time as normal - notify your supervisor and mark your time card in Webadvisor

Please continue to keep yourself safe. Please continue to engage our students, and your colleagues, because we will help our students stay in class and stay the course when they feel connected to the college. This is an opportunity to rethink how we Create Community - and that's an advantage a community college has over other forms of education. 

Our Student Experience Statement says we're committing to an AMAZING student experience. We can still create that, because it's all about how we show up every day for our students, helping them achieve their goals. 

Please reach out to me or Ashley, or any member of my cabinet, if we can do something to help you in these extraordinary times.

Student Experience Statement

Arizona Western College commits to delivering an amazing student experience characterized by:

  • A connected community within which students are encouraged, challenged and feel they belong;
  • Programs developed and aligned with employment opportunities;
  • A clear path to success and completion;
  • Flexible, accessible services and learning approaches;
  • Contemporary technology that supports and enhances the AWC experience

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

March 17, 2020

Hello all Matadors! 

It's Tuesday, St. Patrick's day, and we are monitoring directives from the CDC and the state of Arizona, like many of you are. We have a few changes to the communications thread listed below.

Our two broad interests are, in this order:

  1. Keep our communities safe (you, our students, and Yuma / La Paz Counties) and limit spread
  2. Help our students complete their Spring classes and make it across the finish line

After meeting with the Emergency Response Team and Cabinet this morning, our plans are;

  1. We will commit to teaching all-online through the remainder of Spring 2020 semester, to the greatest extent possible. 
  2. We will adhere to CDC guidelines to limit groups to 10 people or less for the next 8 weeks
  3. Starting Monday, March 23, we'll move to summer hours on the Yuma Campus, 7 am - 5 pm. I anticipate that our sister campuses will adjust hours as we work to limit exposure and respond to radically decreased in-person customer service needs.
  4. We will recommend students move out of our Residence Halls if they have a viable living alternative over the next 10 days. We will probably have some students who stay with us out of necessity but limiting the population is healthy and prudent for all parties.

Already, I have heard many stories of teams and departments improvising, adapting, and pitching in to help each other and even our community partners. You folks make me proud every day. 

Remember to stay home if you feel sick, or think you might be sick. Follow the CDC guidelines for hygiene. 

You can find the latest updates regarding our response to COVID-19 at www.azwestern.edu/covid. We will be communicating changes as quickly and clearly as possible.

Also, tune in to our Facebook Town Hall Livestream Wednesday, March 18th at 12:15 pm to hear directly from my leadership team and me. Visit https://www.facebook.com/ArizonaWesternCollege/ to post your questions for us. You can also send questions in advance to OfficeofthePresident@azwestern.edu.

The Corr Report has become a great avenue for you to hear these updates, you can view today’s episode here.  

Please stay safe, and please stay agile - this event changes hour by hour and you likely will hear from me again this week. 

All my best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College 

March 15, 2020

Dear AWC Colleagues - 
 
It's Sunday night and the situation for our teams continues to evolve as we work to manage the local and state response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Clearly we will all need to find new ways to support our faculty and students. I sincerely appreciate all the planning, adapting and collaboration that has already taken place to help classes transition to online learning by March 18. I know the Technology and Distance Education teams are already busy at work on this, and both groups will be ready to support this activity tomorrow, and Tuesday, as we get ready to help our students across the finish line. 
 
Here are two updates:
 
Child Development Learning Lab (CDLL)
As of Wednesday, March 18, we will close the CDLL until at least early April. This decision was not made lightly but in the best interest of the health of our youngest students, and their extended families, this was the best decision we could make at that time. We know this will impact many faculty and staff, and we ask you to be as flexible as you can be as you or your teammates balance family and work.
 
K-12 Education
Today the Governor of Arizona and the Secretary of Education released a joint statement closing all K-12 schools for at least the next two weeks. Just like the closure of the CDLL, this will likely impact you or many people on your team. Thank you for supporting them.
 
 
 
Communication & Flexibility
At this point, we are committed to operations as close to normal as possible tomorrow, Monday, March 16, and going forward. We know this situation is fluid, and we commit to communicating with you as frequently as the situation requires. 
 
As we stated in the email below, if working from home is appropriate for you as we work through this unprecedented situation, whether you feel a need to isolate, or your family is now juggling school-aged kids at home, please speak to your supervisor. It is still completely contingent on both your work function and the needs of your teammates. If a plan for you to work from home is approved by your supervisor and VP, and you have specific technology needs, please work on that through your supervisor. If you are juggling kids at home and your work function cannot be done from home, please use sick or vacation time. 
 
As your team is impacted at work by direct or indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, if you need specific help, please reach out. If you have solutions to the issues we're facing, we'd love to hear them. This is uncharted territory for all of us, and we're all in this together.
 
One more plug for good health: please follow CDC guidelines for hygiene, and please stay home if you're sick, or you think you may be sick. That's what our sick time is for. 
 
Please keep yourself safe. Thank you for your dedication to our students, and the communities we serve. 
 
I am certainly proud of the way people are collaborating to come up with solutions for our students, and I'm proud to be your president.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Daniel P. Corr
President, Arizona Western College 

March 12, 2020

Dear AWC Colleagues - 

As you know, the health and welfare of our faculty, staff, and students are the top priority of the college. In the midst of the rapidly-evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our teams are working on a number of changes to the way we do business to minimize community health risks. I know people are worried, and our students need our focus and flexibility to get through this event.

Teaching and Learning

Classes are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, as we prepare to transition to all-online teaching. Starting Wednesday, March 18, and for at least the next two weeks, we will push as many classes as possible to full-online delivery. Our Technology, Distance Education and Academic and Career-Tech leadership teams are at work on this now. Expect to hear from your division chair or supervisor about plans. Reach out to Distance Education for help on the tools and training to do this work. 

Our plan is to monitor during the next two weeks and decide how we return to work after Spring Break.

Campus Support

The college remains open to support our faculty and students. This means our residence halls, Eatery, library, tutoring and computer labs will remain open. All employee schedules stay intact. If you are sick, stay home. If you think you might be sick, stay home. Please use your sick time and limit the spread of any illness. Thank you for your work to support our students.

Some people are asking about working remotely. This is entirely at the discretion of your supervisor and Vice President and is entirely contingent on your work function, the needs of your team, and the tools required to do your job. What we don't want to do is end up with a small crew on campus struggling to support our students and faculty, so please come up with a team approach. 

Travel

All student field trips out of town are cancelled. All existing out-of-state travel on the books is at the supervisor's and employee's discretion. Nobody will be required to complete a previously-booked trip that makes them feel unsafe, so please work with the Travel office if you change your existing plans. Any un-booked out-of-state travel this semester is on hold, subject to review of the Office of the President.  All air travel for non-essential business is highly discouraged. Any un-booked in-state travel is under normal review.

Events

If you are planning to attend a community event on behalf of the college, use your best discretion, and make sure you feel safe attending. This means you should feel comfortable cancelling plans to represent the college at community events if you need to do so. 

College events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please watch your email, check the online calendar and social media for updates to scheduled events. As this situation evolves, college plans may change.

Community events that are scheduled to be hosted at any AWC Location will be evaluated.

As I mentioned earlier, resources for monitoring the Arizona response to COVID-19 can be referenced here.

Use your best judgment. Stay home if you're sick. Be flexible with each other and your students during this time.

Thank you for all you do for our students. Our job is to keep them safe, keep ourselves safe, as we serve our communities.  Please take care of your health and the health of your family. 

It's a privilege and an honor to work with you as we get our students to the finish line. 

 

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College  

March 12, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

You may have just seen the message from the Office of the President regarding AWC's schedule and response to the current crisis.  The health and safety of our community is the top priority.  

To reiterate the message from Dr. Corr, classes will be cancelled Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th to allow faculty to prepare for online course delivery. We expect all faculty members with teaching responsibilities to take the necessary steps required to continue teaching remotely starting on Wednesday, March 18th

Faculty Expectations

  • Faculty can teach classes through three modalities.
    1. You can deliver and record your class through Zoom with live video-conferencing. With this option, you teach class at its normally scheduled day and time via Zoom. Since many faculty may choose this option, please be judicious with any new setups as resources and staff may be limited.
    2. Online delivery using Blackboard. Help is available to set up course delivery. You can record content and post it to Blackboard but audio recordings may be preferable to video for ease of upload to Blackboard.
    3. ITN classes are already routinely recorded and accessible for students to view after the class meets.  Faculty using ITN should remind students of this feature and teach in ITN classrooms at the scheduled times without students present. Students can then watch the video, which will be automatically available in the Blackboard shell for that course.
  • Some courses that require face-to-face instruction may continue in person with modifications. Faculty teaching in labs, performance-based classes, and studios may determine that some meetings may be required.  They may streamline content delivery and reduce the number of sessions to meet in person and/or limit sizes of groups meeting in person.
  • Faculty must inform their students about how to attend class as soon as possible, and well in advance of the class meeting. 

How to learn more

We understand that for some faculty members, this remote modality may be new. In an effort to provide you detailed instructions, please contact Distance Education at (928) 317-6277 or distance.education@azwestern.edu. This line and inbox will be monitored during the weekend. You can also visit the Blackboard Support page for questions by using this link https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/.   This website includes step-by-step how-to guides, FAQs, and quick links and contact information for 24/7 support. 

How to support your students

All AWC students enrolled in on-campus classes will receive a similar email instructing them of this transition. Please contact your students and provide them clear next steps on how you will use Zoom, Blackboard and/or Office 365 tools (https://www.azwestern.edu/support/topics/office-365) to manage classes.

Campus remains open

Campus housing, computer labs, library, food services, advising, tutoring, and all other aspects of the college remain open.

Please contact your dean/chair, or direct supervisor, if you have further questions..

Thank you for your flexibility and commitment to your teaching duties. 

 

Sincerely,

Jana Moore

Dean for Campus Locations and Academic Resources

March 21, 2020

Hello to the AWC Community -  The week of March 23-26 is a transition week for our campus and our faculty. During this next week, I anticipate there will be fewer and fewer folks working on campus as the week progresses.  The small numbers of faculty that had been meeting in small groups (of 10 or fewer, including the instructor) may still need to meet this week as we prepare to transition to all remote work. Faculty, please be clear and consistent in your communications with your students. Please let us know how we can support you. We are open and preparing to transition to remote work (we are not closed). Remember that the week following is Spring Break (March 30-April 2). Many of us will continue to work remotely during that time even though that is a break in instruction. Thanks to all of you for your focus on this task at hand, and for your dedication to our students. Don't hesitate to reach out if we can answer questions. Sincerely, Dr. Daniel P. Corr President, Arizona Western College

March 17, 2020

Hello all Matadors! 

It's Tuesday, St. Patrick's day, and we are monitoring directives from the CDC and the state of Arizona, like many of you are. We have a few changes to the communications thread listed below.

Our two broad interests are, in this order:

  1. Keep our communities safe (you, our students, and Yuma / La Paz Counties) and limit spread
  2. Help our students complete their Spring classes and make it across the finish line

After meeting with the Emergency Response Team and Cabinet this morning, our plans are;

  1. We will commit to teaching all-online through the remainder of Spring 2020 semester, to the greatest extent possible. 
  2. We will adhere to CDC guidelines to limit groups to 10 people or less for the next 8 weeks
  3. Starting Monday, March 23, we'll move to summer hours on the Yuma Campus, 7am - 5pm. I anticipate that our sister campuses will adjust hours as we work to limit exposure and respond to radically decreased in-person customer service needs.
  4. We will recommend students move out of our Residence Halls if they have a viable living alternative over the next 10 days. We will probably have some students who stay with us out of necessity but limiting the population is healthy and prudent for all parties.

Already, I have heard many stories of teams and departments improvising, adapting, and pitching in to help each other and even our community partners. You folks make me proud every day. 

Remember to stay home if you feel sick, or think you might be sick. Follow the CDC guidelines for hygiene. 

You can find the latest updates regarding our response to COVID-19 at www.azwestern.edu/covid. We will be communicating changes as quickly and clearly as possible.

Also, tune in to our Facebook Town Hall Livestream Wednesday, March 18th at 12:15pm to hear directly from my leadership team and me. Visit https://www.facebook.com/ArizonaWesternCollege/to post your questions for us. You can also send questions in advance toOfficeofthePresident@azwestern.edu.

The Corr Report has become a great avenue for you to hear these updates, you can view today’s episode here.  

Please stay safe, and please stay agile - this event changes hour by hour and you likely will hear from me again this week. 

All my best,

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College 

March 12, 2020

Dear AWC Communities –

The health and welfare of the communities we serve is the top priority of the college. In the midst of the rapidly-evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our teams are working on a number of changes to the way we do business to minimize community health risks. I know people are worried, and our students need our focus and flexibility to get through this event.

Arizona Western College will remain open but shift to online learning wherever possible on Wednesday, March 18. Classes are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17.

Based on CDC recommendations, the college will use Monday and Tuesday to prepare to implement social distancing methods.  The college will work to minimize group gatherings, where possible, when instruction resumes starting on Wednesday, March 18, through March 27.  As this period nears its end, the college will determine if this period needs to be extended or if the COVID-19 situation requires other responses.

On-campus services will remain open: residence halls, the Eatery, Academic Library, tutoring, and computer labs will all be available.

Campus events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. All non-essential college travel has been suspended until further notice.

We will continue to provide a safe and clean campus for our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. AWC teams will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates and work with community partners and public health officials to keep you informed and to maintain a safe and healthy campus. We encourage everyone to visit azwestern.edu for updates about campus information on public health, student services, and any corresponding implications for on-campus activities, events, and classes.

I know this is a time of great anxiety and uncertainty. Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we address this evolving and fluid situation, and thank you for supporting our students.

It is an honor to serve the communities of Yuma and La Paz Counties.

 

Dr. Daniel P. Corr

President, Arizona Western College

Health Tips & Resources

Please educate yourself on health resources around the community and the state.

Here are the recommended ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Other resources for infection prevention guidance and information are: