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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: tinyurl.com/librarycatalogsearch
  • 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: tinyurl.com/studentappointment
  • Live Chat: Chat in real time with a Faculty Librarian for online research assistance. Visit: tinyurl.com/livechatservice
  • Contact information: Let us know how a Virtual Librarian can help you: library@broward.edu

Tutoring

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

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

Testing

If you need to take a placement test, you can set up remote testing through broward.edu/admissions/testing/Remote-Testing.

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:  http://www.broward.edu/studentresources/discounts/Pages/Student%20Discounts.aspx

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 sos@broward.edu.

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  broward.edu/Coronavirus

 

 


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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 - http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2020/03/030920-department-health-covid19-update.pr.html

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 StudentTravel@broward.edu and reach out to each of your professors directly to make arrangements to complete assignments.

Employees: Email EmployeeTravel@broward.edu 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 www.floridahealth.gov.


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Broward College Student Awarded Prestigious Transfer Scholarship

Lucas Araujo Ferreira, a student at Broward College, is one of 61 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive national scholarship will provide Ferreira with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete his bachelor’s degree.

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Ferreira, of Hollywood, Florida, will receive an Associate in Arts with a specialization in computer science at the Broward College spring commencement ceremony in May. An Honors student graduating with a 3.92 grade-point average, Ferreira is a former student government president and new student orientation leader who overcame financial hardship in his native Brazil before immigrating to the United States to enroll at Broward College. Ferreira plans to transfer to an Ivy League school in the fall, where he will pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

“Broward College is extremely proud to have one of our own students selected for this esteemed award,” said Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. “The Jack Kent Cooke scholarship is confirmation of what we at Broward College already know: that Lucas, and many of our students, are remarkably driven, resilient, talented and highly deserving of this award, and every support available to ensure their success.”

Since the launch of the scholarship in 2000, 21 Broward College students have won the award. In addition to the monetary grant, these new Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from Foundation staff to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers. The Foundation will additionally provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, graduate school funding, and access to a thriving network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

Nearly 1,500 students applied for the 2019 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. The recipients selected represent 18 different states, have a median household adjusted gross income of $28,000 and an average GPA of 3.93. This year’s cohort of Cooke Transfer Scholars has applied to the nation’s most selective institutions.

Interested in learning more about the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship? Sign up to receive an email alert when the application opens again this fall!