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Classes will continue all online after Spring Break, and our college will remain open remotely as teleworking becomes a priority for all faculty and staff.
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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.

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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 cancelled 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 Mandy.Heil@azwestern.edu.

Announcements & Updates

Updated on Mon, 03/30/2020 - 8:19am

Service Desk Change In Available Hours

Change in hours for the Service Desk. Not open to walk-in traffic, but appointments are available.  Read more


Updated on Wed, 03/25/2020 - 5:00pm

Academic Library Services

Please review the changes in schedule and services now provided by the Academic Library. Read more


Updated on Tue, 03/24/2020 - 2:12pm

Starbucks Closing

Starbucks will be closed effective March 25, 2020, until further notice. Read more


Updated on Tue, 03/24/2020 - 2:03pm

Confirmed case of COVID, Student not on campus

There is a student with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Yuma County Read more


Updated on Tue, 03/24/2020 - 10:20am

Hours Changing for Locations and Departments

Get the latest hours and contacts Read more


The Corr Report Update

COVID-19 Campus Communication

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 

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: