Skill Training

Enhance Your Skills – Broward College Offers Free Workforce Courses During COVID-19

A new reality has emerged due to the current COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has changed the world as we know it – from safety precautions that will become our new normal to a new dynamic in the workforce, evolution is inevitable. The economic impact of COVID-19 is still being assessed, but as of April, the United States’ unemployment rate increased to 14.7 percent from the 3.5 percent it previously recorded in February, according to the U.S. Labor Department. 

Although there is a high level of uncertainty regarding the jobs that will still exist post-pandemic or new ones that will emerge, industry leaders strongly suggest that people take this time to learn or enhance their skill set. Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, explains to The Chicago Tribune that people should focus on gaining the skills that will be valuable when the economy starts rolling again. That is going to differ depending on the field you’re in, but online learning is probably going to be the way to go, whether you are looking to gain skills that will be needed in your industry or if you are looking to transition into another field.”  

Skill TrainingTo assist those affected by job loss, or people looking to upskill, Broward College launched a series of free Workforce Education Non-Credit courses for residents looking to expand their qualifications and skills. The courses vary from self-development to specialized training, which is free of cost and self-paced to allow participants to complete in a little as a month. Participants will have up to three months to complete the course load and final exam, after which they will receive a certificate of skill or industry certification. The courses are open to everyone, although there are some specific to Broward UP. Broward UP, the UP, meaning “unlimited potential,” continues efforts to improve the lives of residents in Broward County zip codes with disproportionately high unemployment rates, low education attainment, and low household income. Broward UP focuses on communities in these zip codes: 33069, 33319, 33309, 33313, 33311 and 33023. 

The price for the Open Access and Retail course certificates is usually $199, while the average cost of Broward UP courses is $499. 

What’s available? 

Open Access Courses – these courses help strengthen necessary business skills that align with your profession or can be used for personal development. 

  • Creating Webpages 
  • Creating WordPress Websites 
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management  
  • Successful Job Search  
  • Keys to Effective Communication  
  • Managing Customer Service 
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet 
  • Personal Finance 
  • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring 

Additional Training and Certification 

Specialized training in Integrating Technology in the Classroom is available to teachers who live and work in one of the BROWARD UP zip codes. They can access this by reaching out to 

A Retail Industry Specialist course is also available to students who meet the established industry standard and allows them to further their education in the field. 

Broward UP Courses 

To find out more about the online courses offered through Broward UP, contact 

Get the edge you need to achieve your goals. Detailed course descriptions and registration is available here or email 

Academic tutoring

Academic Tutoring in Times of Remote Learning – Academic Success Centers Move Operations Online

On March 23, Broward College successfully transitioned more than 90 percent of its face-to-face courses to a remote learning environment. Most departments and student resources have also found a way to serve students during this challenging time. 

The Academic Success Centers (ASC), which offers learning support to students, also moved its services to a fully online platform. 

Supporting Students 

Academic tutoringAcademic Success Centers at Broward College offer a one-stop-shop for students seeking additional and personalized help in understanding course material. This includes tutoring, short-term equipment loans such as graphic calculators and laptops, computer labs with printing services, and academic labs for math, writing, science, and more, and student research appointments with librarians. 

Before transitioning to a remote environment, the ASC would have a team of six certified tutors available at each of their locations. Students could either walk-in or schedule appointments via WCOnline for personal tutoring sessions. However, during walk-ins, students could only have a 15-minute session while appointments allowed for one-hour sessions and the opportunity to choose a tutor. 

“Although the majority of students who seek tutoring are struggling academically, some students seek the service to reinforce the classroom material,” explains Jimmy Pierre, a math tutor at North Campus. “And it’s important that the ASC continues to offer this service to all students regardless of their academic standard because they all benefit from the personalized sessions.” Daily, Pierre would serve approximately 15 students, both walk-ins and appointments. 

Remote Tutoring and Services 

As most students adapt to remote learning, the ASC is using WCOnline, the platform through which students schedule appointments, to provide most of its services including tutoring sessions. 

“It’s a challenging situation, but we are making it work. Having done this for over two years now, I have heard how much of a difference my help has made to the students I have tutored, and I know we must continue to provide the service, especially during these unprecedented times,” says Pierre. 

The platform allows tutors to communicate via chat, audio, and video and use a virtual whiteboard. “Despite the very few instances where we have encountered technical difficulties, it’s incredible how easily students have adapted to this new ‘normal’ and how resilient they are,” says Pierre. 

In addition to the personal tutoring services, the ASC continues to offer workshops and review sessions remotely as well as writing support and assignment reviewsStudents can request appointments for these services through WCOnline. 

Contacting a Tutor 

Students can schedule an online tutoring session anytime via WCOnline. 

For an appointment with a tutor from South Campus & Partnership Centers, click  here. 

For an appointment with a tutor from North Campus, click  here.  

For an appointment with a tutor from Central & WHC, click  here. 

Learn more about the student resources available during remote learning here. 

For updates and information about the College’s response to the Coronavirus crisis, visit 

U.S. 2020 Census

Participate in the 2020 Census – How Do College Students Benefit from an Accurate Count?

By now, every household in the nation has received an invitation from the Census Bureau to complete the 2020 Census. The U.S. Constitution mandates that every ten years, the government counts its population for budgeting and representation purposes. 

An accurate count of every citizen and resident in the country is important as the data is used to determine federal funding for social programs specific to each state. This includes new roads and highways, new schools, clinics, what types of businesses and services are needed in a particular community, and more. 

All personal data collected during the census is protected by law and cannot be shared with any other government agency or business.   

Benefits for College Students 

U.S. 2020 CensusWhile the census will result in benefits for the entire community, college students also benefit directly in several ways. A proper count allows state legislatures to redraw electoral districts if needed, which gives a better representation in Congress for each community. Local businesses can use census data to have a better understanding of the demographics of the population they work in and plan for possible expansions, adjust the services they offer, create job openings, and more. 

The census also helps to identify if there is a need for improved funding for Pell Grants, federal student loans, and campus funding, along with legislation that impacts college students directly. Federal funding is also directed toward natural disaster planning, emergency relief funds for situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently experiencing, public transportation, health services, and more. 

How to Complete Your Census 

Filling out your census is easy. You can complete it online, by phone or by mail. If you received the invitation to complete the census, use the unique 12-digit census ID included. If your household has not received a notification in the mail yet, you can still complete the census online by clicking the “If you do not have a Census ID, click here” option. 

For more information on special circumstances or filing questions, you can refer to the Census’ FAQ page. 

Remote Learning

Online Expert Offers Insight into Remote Learning

It’s almost two weeks since the College transitioned to remote learning as part of efforts to promote social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Broward College faculty, staff, and students have shown their determination to rise above the circumstances and continue their journey towards academic success. 

Priscilla Suarez, associate dean of Academic Affairs for Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design pathway, is an online expert who leads the Online Liberal Arts department. She works closely with Instructional Services in the development and implementation of innovative and engaging learning experiences for online courses. 

Priscilla Suarez
Priscilla Suarez

She shared her expertise in the field to offer some insight into the advantages and opportunities available through remote learning to students and instructors. 

Online Versus Remote Learning  

Although they both take place virtually, online and remote learning differ from one another. “Essentially, remote learning, which is what the College has transitioned to, entails some form of synchronous interaction between faculty and students,” explains Suarez. 

Synchronous learning is when students are required to log in at a determined day and time, whether via Blackboard Connect or similar videoconferencing tool, for a live lecture. On the other hand, online courses are completely asynchronous, which gives flexibility to the students to log in anytime and complete assignments at their own pace by a deadline date. Online courses often require only the use of D2L.  

A Successful Transition Remote Learning 

The College’s immediate efforts to support the change to remote learning, including real-time technical support for faculty through the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (CTEL), proved successful as most face-to-face courses were successfully moved to remote learning, including art studio courses and dance appreciation, for exampleMore than ninety percent of courses were transitioned, ensuring that students can continue their academic goals. 

“In times like this, it’s crucial that we show our students that we are doing everything in our power to provide them the best quality learning experience,” she says. “Through the feedback we’ve received, we know that thus far, everyone is adapting wonderfully.”  

Tips to Succeed   

Despite the differences, Suarez explains that the tips to succeed in a remote learning environment are not that different from an online course. “It’s all about understanding the responsibility and commitment it takes from the onset,” Suarez says. “A big part of student success in remote learning comes down to building strong communication with your faculty to make sure you know exactly what the expectations are from both sides. Students should also remember always to ask questions.” 

Additionally, Suarez strongly recommends that students are well aware of their syllabus. “Your syllabus is your guide. In remote learning, it’s crucial because it lists all the software you may need, and any special instructions such as compatible browsers for your labs, the formats accepted by D2L, and such.” 

As for faculty, the College has established a “one-stop virtual shop” where they can find how-to-tutorials and other resources related to D2L. “We are working on possibly adding similar resources for Blackboard Connect, and also are recommending training for administrators as well on these technologies so they can better support the faculty.” 

“This is a new beginning for most of us, and I believe the most important thing to remind everyone, faculty, and students, is that we are in this together and we must be kind, patient, and empathetic towards one another,” Suarez concludes. 

Faculty can find a complete guide of D2L resources here. 

A thorough list of resources for students including advising, tutoring, and more is available here. 

For more information on updates related to COVID-19, please visit 

Remote Learning

Tips to Succeed with Remote Learning: Student Edition

Having trouble adjusting to remote learning? We asked one of our more experienced Broward College students to share some advice on navigating the transitionMeet Peter SteinHe’s pursuing a degree in education and has taken both on-campus and online courses. He says there are many benefits to online or remote learning and shared his best tips for getting the most out of online learning, especially in the middle of all this social distancing.

Be Present  

While on-campus learning encourages students to be active in the classroom, ask questions, create discussionsand build a relationship with professors, online learning can often be perceived as an excuse for not getting involved. 

Peter Stein
Peter Stein

“People think transitioning from a classroom to online courses requires less time and work,” says Peter. “But I actually find that I spend more time doing school work when I have classes online than on campus.” 

It is easy to become isolated when learning remotely, howevergiving in to this impulse may lead to a lack of understanding or poor academic performance. Peter highlights the importance of maintaining an active presence in online class discussions and taking advantage of available collaboration resources, like Blackboard Collaborate. 

He explains it is important to remain active and interact with not only other students but your professor as well. You can do this by starting discussions with fellow classmates about the lesson, asking questions, and using the extra help professors may offer to understand the topic better. 

“It’s like you’re in the classroom. You have a question? Ask it! And try to ask it in the public forum, because you never know when you are going to ask a question that someone else was thinking,” said Peter. “And vice-versa, read what everybody else is writing. You never know when you’re going to find a good tip.” 

If you were in contact with other students in the classroom before, he recommends continuing the relationship in chats on whatever platform you have available, by discussing the lesson, and comparing notes. This allows you to get the most out of what your professor has taught and may shed light on concepts you may have missed or misunderstood. This type of interaction with your classmates is also a great motivational tool and keeps you connected. 

Keep a Schedule  

Keep yourself accountable by creating a schedule similar to the routine you previously had. This could mean waking up at the same time, doing an at-home workout or meditating before class, and doing your work at roughly the same time that you would have been in the classroom. 

It is easy to become distracted at home, so Peter also suggests keeping a schedule of things you need to do, including deadlines, to ensure completion of tasks. 

“Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you’re on vacation,” he adds. “Take the time, do the work.” 

Peter believes that maintaining a healthy and balanced schedule helps keep you from becoming bored quickly, and losing the motivation to complete tasks. Taking breaks throughout the day is also recommended to recharge and eliminate lethargy.  

Support Each Other 

Social distancing is difficult; however, in this age of technology, we have all the tools we need to communicate with each other. 

“Look for support from your family and friends. Just because we’re isolated doesn’t mean you can’t be social,” said Peter, who also wants to remind his fellow Seahawks to be kind to others in this challenging time.  

“Be patient with each other,” he says. “Professors are learning to teach in a way they may not have done before. We’re forced to do things we’re not used to. We need to work with each other and be understanding with each other.” 

Watch Peter share his tips in this short video.

Broward College has student resources to help you succeed in remote courses and learning activities.  For more tips, frequently asked questions, and the latest information on COVID-19 visit

Students at computers

Tips to succeed with remote learning

The transition to remote learning is a new experience for many students, especially adjusting to learning and interacting outside of a classroom setting. Planning for this change will help you be successful in navigating this shift in your academic career.  

We put together a few tips to help get you started. 

Create a routine  

Having a routine is essential in helping you navigate learning outside the classroom. It may be tempting to remain in bed until the last possible moment, but it’s best to get up at your normal time. Just because you’re not going to a classroom, doesn’t mean you’re not going to class. Getting dressed and having breakfast as you usually would also help create a strong foundation for the day. 

Once you’re up and ready for class, you should be working out of bed in a designated work space. This means finding somewhere you can do your work and not somewhere where you would typically lounge or relax. Separating lounging and working spaces is important to help you navigate the change. 

Also, have a list of tasks and priorities you’d like to achieve for the week. Having clear goals will help you stay on top of assignments and set objectives to work towards. 

Ask questions like you would in class 

Despite not being face-to-face with professors and other students, you can still ask plenty of questions. Communicating with not only professors, but other students will help you in navigating this course. Finding out the best way to contact professors will also help with navigating this change, your professor will have the best means of contact through their syllabus. 

If you find you’re having a hard time with remote learning, make sure you’re reaching out. Don’t wait until an assignment is due to email a professor. It’s important that you’re asking questions and clarifying any information you may not understand, the faster you seek out help, the easier it will be the navigate the course. 

Minimize distractions 

Students at computersWhether you live alone, with roommates or family, make sure you’re minimizing your distractions. It is important to let others know you need time to work on your class, finding a schedule that works best for you and those around you will help you successfully navigate this time.  

When you’re working make sure you have the television off and have your phone on silent or vibrate as you would in class. It may be tempting to have your phone near you checking social media or listening to music, but it may cause you to become distracted or unfocused. Using the same rules you would have in class will help you navigate being in an online course.  

If you find it too hard to stay off sites you can use free applications like Freedom and Cold Turkey, which block out distracting sites and phone applications for a period of time. If all else fails ask a family member or friend to hold you accountable, have check-in times to ensure work is being completed.  

Take breaks 

Take breaks throughout the day, it’s important to step away to eliminate fatigue or just to recharge. You can’t spend the entire time working on your class, and it’s not expected that you do. Whether it’s a break between classes or between work, just take a moment. On campus you’d typically have time between classes or work, you can do the same thing while taking an online course.  

Breaks can include a moment to stretch your legs, take a quick walk to the mailbox, or even stop to grab a snack. Though be cautious of breaks, and make sure you’re holding yourself accountable it’s easy to get carried away and forget to return to your work, setting an alarm can help remind you to get back to the task at hand.  

Be patient 

Being patient with yourself will help you navigate this change in learning environment, also being patient with professors who may teaching online for the first time will help the change go smoothly. Make sure you’re giving yourself time to adjust to the change, adapting to changes won’t happen overnight. While these times may be tense, you’ve got all the tools you need to make yourself and your continued learning successful at Broward College.   

For more tips, frequently asked questions, and the latest information on COVID-19 visit 

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Ensuring Student Success – Resources Offered During Remote Transition

As part of the efforts to keep students on track with their academic goals through the COVID-19 outbreak, Broward College will transition to remote learning on Monday, March 23, for the remainder of the spring term. So, what’s remote learning? This type of learning offers students and instructors all the options necessary to stay connected and continue classes, whether using online platforms such as D2L, Blackboard Collaborate, or Skype. Even a conference call to discuss upcoming assignments is considered remote learning.

While the College has transitioned to remote operations for most of its staff, student services are still available. To support this transition, the College has established a comprehensive set of student resources to guarantee student success.

Contact information:

The University College Library is available virtually. Services include:

  • Online Library Catalog: Access e-books, peer-reviewed articles, scholarly journals, databases, streaming media, news, and more. Visit:
  • Online Research Appointments: Faculty Librarians are available to help students locate and evaluate credible library sources and assist with formatting citations in MLA or APA. Visit:
  • Live Chat: Chat in real time with a Faculty Librarian for online research assistance. Visit:
  • Contact information: Let us know how a Virtual Librarian can help you:


Access to tutoring services are also available through The Academic Success online portal. Students can schedule an online tutoring appointment via WCOnline. Visit:

Online tutoring is also available from Log into your OneAccess or D2L account to access. A user guide has been included for your viewing Student Guide.


If you need to take a placement test, you can set up remote testing through

Technology Assistance, Laptops and Internet Access

Many students are accustomed to face-to-face classes, and the change to remote learning may be a challenge. The College understands this, and has developed tips and resources on navigating remote learning on its student resources  page. Additionally, there are tutorials available on how to access D2L, Blackboard, and the Office 365 suite. But, even with tutorials, other issues may arise. Students who need extra help can reach out to the Help Desk at 954-201-7521.

If you do not have access to an electronic device or laptop for classes, there may be a possibility to get one on loan from the College. To be considered, students must complete this form.

Comcast, T-MobileAT&T, and Verizon are all offering free or discounted internet services to students in need and qualified new customers.

Free and Discounted Technology

Broward College students can activate the latest version of Microsoft Office 365 for free on up to 5 computers. Visit the Student Discount website for instructions:

Additional discounts are available on computers and products.

Contact the Helpdesk with questions or assistance. 954-201-7521

Health and Personal Resources

Although the major concern is the prevention of COVID-19 and preserving physical health, your mental health is just as important. Free and remote mental health counseling is available for students through Henderson Student Counseling at 954-424-6916.

The Seahawk Outreach Services, a support service for students who may be facing challenging situations outside the classroom, remains available as well. Students should send inquiries to

Additional resources such as the National Crisis Hotline and the National Domestic Violence, information about food banks and health insurance can be found in the College’s Coronavirus student resources page.

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Broward College stands with you during these difficult and uncertain times. Stay healthy, stay safe and check for updates



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How to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Take precaution. That’s the best way to avoid spreading coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
With three confirmed cases of the respiratory illness in Broward County, both the Florida Department of Health and the CDC recommend that the best way to stop the spread of the virus is through preventative measures. The guidelines to stem the spread are similar to those used during the cold and flu season.

Three Quick Tips to keep you healthy

Minimizing your exposure is the best precaution. The CDC recommends the following:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.

The CDC also recommends that if you are sick, you should stay home, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash, and clean, and disinfect frequently touched objects using regular household cleaning spray or wipes. More information and how to prevent COVID- 2019 is available through the CDC.

What to do if you have traveled recently?

Based on guidelines from the Florida Department of Education, students and employees who have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Japan are being asked to self-isolate and not come back to their campus or their work location for 14 days after their return.
The Florida Department of Health has also added self-isolation guidelines for those who have recently traveled on a cruise. Read more details here -

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-2019 through recent travel or through someone who had symptoms and need to self-isolate, you should follow these protocols:

Students: Email and reach out to each of your professors directly to make arrangements to complete assignments.

Employees: Email and contact your immediate supervisor.

If you have returned from one of these locations and do not show symptoms after isolation and did not encounter anyone who had symptoms, you can return to normal activities.

If, for any reason, you are still concerned, you should contact the Broward County Department of Health or your healthcare provider who can provide a medical assessment of your situation.

Your safety is our priority

Knowledge is vital to stemming the spread of the virus. In addition to strategic college-wide communications, and posters on how to Stop the Spread of Germs in bathrooms and common areas, the College has measures in place to prevent infections. These steps began with heavy-duty cleaning during the spring break, including restrooms, classrooms, common areas, and floors. There is also daily disinfecting of doorknobs, push bars, and railings and monitoring of hand sanitizer stations across all locations to ensure they are replenished.

Broward College is committed to keeping students and employees healthy. For more information on COVID-19, visit

Science Building

Discover South Campus – Tips to Navigate Campus Like A Pro

Hey there, Seahawk! Welcome to the last virtual tour of the semester. In previous editions, we provided you with a guide to navigate our A. Hugh Adams Central and North Campuses. This time, we want you to explore the Judson A. Samuels South Campus located in Pembroke Pines.

Vibrant Student Life

Science BuildingIf you have been taking classes at the Judson A. South Campus, you know that Student Life frequently hosts events in the Breezeway by building 68. Inside the building, opposite the cafeteria, you will find the Student ID office and the Student Activity Center, which often serves as the venue for many activities, including workshops and discussions. At any other time, you can play some pool, videogames, or table tennis.

If you enjoy cultural and other entertainment activities, the Performing Cultural Arts Theater (PCAT) is located nearby, at the northern end of building 68. The venue seats over 300 people and is often used for concerts, lectures, and other art shows that can be free or low-cost to students.

Popular Programs and Student Activities

Judson A. South Campus is home to The Emil Buehler Aviation Institute, given its vicinity to the North Perry Airport. It is located on the southern end of the campus, right on the border of the airport. In 2017, the College expanded by building an Aviation annex, located inside the airport near Pembroke Road.

The student newspaper, The Observer, has its newsroom on the second floor of building 68, where they often hold journalism workshops. On the west side of campus, you can find the Basketball, Baseball, and Soccer fields.

Spots to Study

There are several quiet places on campus, both indoors and outdoors, for study time. If you want to enjoy the sunny Florida weather and don’t mind humidity, you can tackle your assignments on one of the tables located near the art gallery open space behind building 71. If you prefer cooler temperatures, then you can head over to the library (building 81), the second floor of building 68, or the Academic Success Center in building 72.

There you have it, all the hot spots in the Judson A. Samuels South Campus.

Broward College serves more than 63,000 students annually and currently has 11 locations across Broward county. Don’t miss out on having a full college  .

Building 46, North Campus

Discover North Campus – Spots Every Student Should Know

Hey there Seahawk! Last month, we provided you with a guide to all the places students should know on our A. Hugh Adams Central Campus. Settle in for another virtual campus tour. This time, we invite you to get familiar with our North Campus, located in Coconut Creek.

Student Life

Building 46, North CampusThe hub of Student Life on North Campus is building 46. You will find most of your peers hanging out at the cafeteria, the coffee house next to it, or the open space in front of the building. Most Student Life events also take place in this area, so whenever you’re on campus, make sure to pass by.

If you are interested in entertainment and culture, a popular location to check out is the Omni Auditorium, a multi-purpose facility that seats up to 2,000 people.  The Auditorium often features musical shows and community functions, including performances from students in the music, dance, and theatre programs. 

Popular Programs and Initiatives

While you can enroll in classes for any program at any campus, certain programs may be exclusive to a particular campus. At North campus, the most popular are Environmental Science, Teacher Education, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Given the popularity of the Environmental Science program, it is only logical that the campus is also home to the Dr. Peggy Green Sustainability Institute. The Institute is an initiative launched by the College in 2011 and dedicated to Dr. Peggy Green, a faculty member, and advocate of sustainability efforts, and is located in building 51.

Campus Services

North Campus offers unique services that benefit students, employees, and the community. One such service is the  Vision Clinic. Located in building 41, also known as the Health Sciences building, the Vision Clinic is staffed with students who are supervised by clinic doctors to provide safe and quality eye care at a lower cost to the public.

The Early Childhood Laboratory School in building 63 opened its doors in January 2014 to provide high quality and affordable hands-on learning to children aged one to five years old.

It is the first and only dual-purpose public laboratory school in Broward County, providing firsthand training for college students enrolled in Early Childhood Education degree programs.

Check out these and other popular locations and more.

Broward College serves more than 63,000 students annually and currently has 11 locations across Broward county. Don’t miss out on having a full college experience.