Spring Quarter Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Aid

Financial aid will be disbursed at the normally scheduled time for most programs. Students who are enrolled exclusively in Automotive, Welding, or Maritime Science courses may have their financial aid delayed until their classes start. We are currently working on processes to disburse earlier. 

In many cases, yes. You’ll need to complete an Employment-Income Adjustment form.   

US Dept. Of Education rules require that you pay back any aid that you receive if you do not start attending the quarter.  If you never attend, you will owe this money to the US Dept. Of Education and will not be able to get financial aid anywhere until you have repaid them.   If you started to attend, your repayment amount will be prorated and then you will owe Clatsop Community College.

UPDATED 4-10-2020:  Yes you can, the CARES act provides for additional funding for extra costs related to COVID-19.  We also may have additional sources of funding available.  Please contact the financial aid office to determine if you qualify. You may also be able to check out a laptop from the Library, or TRIO.

See also: Accessing Classes

Make sure that you are using state benefits.  You can sign up for benefits online at the Oregon Department of Human Services. The college can help you meet the work requirement if you are using SNAP benefits. Contact Catherine Teague for more information about using your college work to meet your SNAP work requirement.

 

TRAINING UNEMPLOYMENT: You may also be eligible for Training Unemployment.  Check with the Employment Department to find out more about the options.  Training Unemployment allows you to take coursework while continuing to receive your unemployment benefits.  Your training replaces the need to complete the work search requirementsHOWEVER, stay in your work search mode until everything is approved.  They can deny your benefits if you are not meeting the requirements. You can send paperwork to Lisa Nyberg and she will assist in completing the college portion of the process.  

It is not too late, however you should submit your FAFSA as soon as possible at www.fafsa.gov.

Most documents can be submitted electronically. Make sure to fill it out any forms completely, including signatures, then scan it or take a picture of it and e-mail it to finaid@clatsopcc.edu. If you are required to submit a verification form that requires a photo ID, or a notary, please contact the financial aid office at (503) 338-2412. 

 

Absolutely! Connect with us at Clatsop’s Virtual Student Center during normal business hours and we’ll be happy to do it. 

UPDATE 4-10-2020:  The US Department of Education plans to make additional student support funding from the CARES act available the week of April 13th.  We will do our best to distribute the funds as quickly as possible once we have received them.

Paying Fees / Tuition

Our Welcome Center can process most payments over the phone at (503) 338-2411. You can call or email registration@clatsopcc.edu for more information.

Books & Supplies

We have not received notice of any book changes due to courses moving online. If your book changes, the bookstore will allow you to return your previously purchased book for a full refund.

The college bookstore will remain open using additional precautions so students can purchase necessary books and supplies.

Amazon announced that they are only shipping items quickly if they are located in a nearby warehouse or considered “essential” such as food and medical supplies. This means that items like textbooks may be delayed in arriving if you purchase them online. You can purchase your books and supplies through the CCC bookstore’s website and have them ready for pickup. There are also other online suppliers that you can utilize. You are still strongly encouraged to have your books during the first week of classes, and faculty may still require that you have your book in order to complete assignments and required readings. 

 

UPDATED 4/15/2020:  The bookstore will be maintaining normal hours using physical distancing rules during the first few weeks of the quarter.   We will likely reduce hours later on in order to provide additional protection for our staff.

UPDATED 4/15/2020: This became necessary for many classes due to the governor's extension of the stay at home order through the end of the term.   Faculty are coordinating with the bookstore in order to have additional supplies and course packets available to you.

Accessing Classes

While this is possible, it really is not recommended. The small keyboard and screen size makes How completing papers, doing online activities, and accessing various content somewhat difficult. We really recommend something the size of an iPad/Android tablet or larger.

The Library has a limited number of laptops available for free four-week checkouts for students. Checkouts start the first day of the term—Monday, April 6th—and are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please arrange a reservation and pick-up starting at 9 AM on April 6th by emailing libcirc@clatsopcc.edu  and dmcclure@clatsopcc.edu  and include the words Laptop Reservation in the subject line of your email.  

 

Students participating in TRIO can check out laptops directly from the TRIO program at trio@clatsopcc.edu.   

 

Some companies are providing free internet access to college students for a limited time in response to COVID-19. Check out the Local Emergency Resources page for information on how to sign up. 

If you cannot obtain a laptop or internet access at home, you can sign up for in-person computer lab time in Columbia  Hall 110 on the Lexington Campus.

We are currently planning on having the computer lab open from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm on Mondays & Wednesdays and will be limiting it to 4 students at a time.

To reserve a time to use the computer lab, contact Debbie Godwin by email at dgodwin@clatsopcc.edu.

Please note that CCC is adhering to the social distancing standards that have been set by local and state government and that this is only for students who have no other ways to participate in online classes.

You will not need to show your ID. We are phasing out this practice. You will however need to be able to log in using your MyCCC username and password. You may be asked to turn on your computer or phone’s camera during proctored exams.

Our Disability Services Office can work with you to help provide you with accommodations.  Additionally, many companies that make accessibility software are offering their products for free for a limited time.  Please contact our Disability Services office in the Virtual Student Center.  You can download free accessibility software at www.freedomscientific.com.

How Online Classes Will Work

UPDATED 4-212020:  Classes will remain online for the remainder of the regularly scheduled 2020 term with the exception of Nursing, Medical Assisting, EMT, and Maritime Science .  Welding classes are planned to have an extended term with in-person lab components occurring from June 15th through June 26th.

Each class may be different. You should check with your instructor. If you are unable to reach your instructor, you should plan on logging in at your scheduled time in order to be safe.

Because we are planning on returning to in-person instruction later this quarter, it is not advisable to do so. You would still need to obtain permission from the Vice-President, Academics in order have an exception granted.

A few PE courses have been cancelled, however the rest will continue remotely. These include classes like Dance Fitness and Yoga where there is not a need for extensive equipment at home.  Make sure you have a space set up where you can put your laptop or phone on a shelf so that it can see you with the camera, and you’ll log into your course and complete the various exercises. 

 

Online science labs have been around for a while. We will be utilizing various simulation technology in order to make sure that you are able to accomplish the same learning outcomes that you would have if you attended in person.  Additionally, some science labs such as geology may have equipment and samples that allow you to perform the various activities at home. 

Writing tutoring is available via email. Subject-based tutoring can also be arranged for topics other than writing or math; contact Gad Perez Tichenor to arrange subject-based tutoring. 

Online classes are currently being held for Spring Term. All Automotive Technology lecture coursework is being posted online for students to view until June 13, 2020. Starting June 15, 2020, CCC will begin in-person instruction for Spring Term coursework but will need to end the term on June 26. This will not offer enough time to complete all of the practical coursework for an automotive degree, so the college will issue the students an “Incomplete” grade, then the Automotive Technology faculty will work with each Automotive Technology student individually to determine how best to finish coursework in future terms either one-on-one or in class groups. Please contact Thad Nolan at tnolan@clatsopcc.edu with any questions you may have.

UPDATE 4/21/2020:  For Spring term, Maritime Science faculty will begin in-person instruction for degree and non-degree seeking students on April 27, 2020. This will allow:

  • Maritime Industry workers to gain needed certifications
  • Degree-seeking students to gain as many certifications as they can before leaving for summer employment or career employment.

To keep faculty, staff and students safe, Clatsop Community College will employ the measures outlined in the "Minimum Mandatory Parameters" handout which align with the CDC and Nursing Department requirements with regard to screening and access that will be sent to students ahead of their class and posted at each door in the Maritime Science building at the MERTS Campus. Students will need to complete their checklist each day to self-screen before coming to campus and class. In addition, faculty will be keeping student numbers in each classroom to no more than 8 with 6 feet of distance between, wearing masks when less than 6 feet of distance as needed.

Maritime Science will continue their in-person four week summer term beginning July 6, 2020. This will allow non-degree seeking students the opportunity to move some of their coursework to a later term if they do not feel comfortable coming spring term. Faculty are also prepared to add classes during this 4 week time frame or throughout the 8 week summer term, as needed by industry, if we can complete coursework safely and in a fiscally positive manner. Please contact Toni Middleton at tmiddleton@clatsopcc.edu with any questions you may have.

UPDATE 4-10-2020:  Welding Classes will begin online on April 13th.  In-person classes will begin on June 15th and end on June 26th.  If the governor's executive order is extended beyond June 12th, students will receive incomplete grades and the option to complete their in-person shop time over the Summer or Fall.

Updated 4/21/2020: 

CAD, Historic Preservation, and all other Fire Science classes began online on April 6th .  If a practical component is required you may receive an incomplete and you will be allowed to make up the practical component once we are able to return to in-person instruction. 

Help for Students New to Online Classes

We will be sending out a list of tips for taking online classes, but the basic principles are:

  • Set aside time specifically for your class,
  • test everything in advance,
  • ask for help when you need it,
  • and communicate regularly with your instructor. 

Kirsten Horning in our E-learning department can be reached at khorning@clatsopcc.edu as well. She’s a great resource! 

Our disability services office is working hard to find and implement accommodations for students in online classes. These can be things like providing captioning for live online lectures or special apps and software to help keep you on track if you have a learning or attention based disability. You can connect with Disability Services through the Virtual Student Services Center. 

Campus & Services

Student access to the physical campuses of Clatsop Community College (Lexington Ave., South County, and MERTS) is restricted to the bookstore, the temporary computer lab on the 1st floor of Columbia Hall, Nursing, EMT, and Medical Assisting Classes, and appointments to pick up necessary equipment.  Most buildings will be locked.  The college is open via remote operations.  The Bandit Café and Patriot Hall are closed.  

UPDATED 4-10-2020:  While the safety of our community must remain the top priority, we also understand that graduation is a very important time to recognize the accomplishments of our students and those that have supported them in their education.  We are currently in consultations with our graduating students, faculty, and student leadership about alternative commencement plans.  Caps, gowns, and other graduation regalia are still available to order from the bookstore if you wish to prepare for graduation together or at home. We will do our best to make sure that your accomplishments are recognized.

Documents can be dropped off in the mailboxes on the first floor of Columbia Hall near the elevator. You should e-mail the person or office that you are leaving a document for so that they know to check it. Most offices are only checking their mailboxes once per week in order to reduce the amount of time staff are on campus.

Student Support Services

Counseling services will be offered during the regular schedule and you can set up an appointment using Appointlet just like usualDrop-ins will be available daily in the virtual student center.  While the college is in remote operations, counseling sessions will be conducted via Zoom.  We will return to in-person counseling services as soon as possible.

Disability Accommodations will remain available, however your accommodations may be adjusted in order to fit the new environment, for example, you may no longer need an accommodation for a specialized chair in the classroom since you will be engaging in your classes from home.   On the other hand, if you are used to reading lips in class, that may not work as well for online lectures and you may now need captioning as an accommodation.  You should connect with Disability Services in the Virtual Student Center as soon as possible in order to request adjusted or new accommodations.

Your accommodations will likely need to be adjusted based on the change in your learning environment and the nature of your disability.  If you had previously received certain accommodations for in-person classes, those will likely be reinstated when we move back to in-person instruction.

TRIO staff are now available in the Virtual Student Center to provide all their regular range of services, this includes tutoring, mentoring, and regular check-ins. They are just as fun to hang out with online as well!

Yes!  Student clubs are able to continue to meet virtually and have access to their own Zoom accounts.   In-person meetings and events will not occur during Spring quarter however.  We encourage you to reach out and connect with each other now more than ever.  If you need help forming a student club, please contact Catherine Teague in the Student Services Office and she can help you with the process.

Library

The physical library will remain closed to students while we are in remote operations.   You can still access all of our online resources including academic articles, electronic books, newspapers, magazines and streaming videos available at the library website: https://www.clatsopcc.edu/library/

You already have it!  Your Clatsop CC logon and password works in the Library too.   If you don’t know how to log in or your login is not working for you, you can find help at https://www.clatsopcc.edu/resources/student-login-help/.

Library staff are still available to help you online.   Our Library director can help connect you with additional help. Just e-mail him at dmcclure@clatsopcc.edu.   There are also lots of online guides available for you at https://guides.clatsopcc.edu