I hope that each of you are well. On Monday, our President’s Weekly publication was emailed to all students, faculty and staff. I am writing you today to share more updates with you.
I want to applaud you for your efforts to adapt so quickly to remote learning. While we had hoped to return to normal for the summer semester, we think it will be premature based on Governor Gavin Newsom’s six-point plan for reopening up the state. Fullerton College will continue offering all classes remotely or online this summer semester. No in-person, face-to-face instruction will be offered. A revised summer schedule will be available in MyGateway and shared through our college website by Monday. It is my sincere hope to see you succeed, and I encourage you to reach out for help if you need support. Details on our remote student services can be found on this website and our faculty and staff are here to help.
Our Financial Aid team is working quickly to administer federal aid made possible by the CARES Act. Our staff have been researching the compliance requirements so we can initiate payments to students as soon as funds become available. If you have not done so already, please fill out the FAFSA form. We have learned that this will be a requirement to receive funds. More information is available on our Remote Financial Aid website.
We are also actively raising private funds to support Emergency Grants for students through the Fullerton College Foundation. We will keep you posted about when funds become available.
Food and Basic Needs
Starting this Friday, April 24, we will begin to offer a free weekly meal distribution to students on campus. Students may pick up a bag of groceries through a drive-thru or walk-up area. To access this service, please submit an interest form on a weekly basis. Forms are available on this website.
This meal service is in addition to food bank services available to students at Pathways of Hope’s Hub of Hope at Richman Park in Fullerton. In addition to food services, Pathways of Hope offers life skills classes, hygiene kits, diapers, transportation assistance, clothing vouchers, California photo ID referral services, and community resources and referrals. The HUB is open Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Call 714.680.3691 ext: 220 for more information.
The college has purchased 1,700 laptops that students may borrow. If you would like to request a laptop please submit this brief Request Technology Support form.
We are also stepping up ways to support students’ access to Wi-Fi. The Fullerton College will soon allow students to access Wi-Fi from a parking lot from the safety of a vehicle. Please continue to check our COVID-19 website and social media accounts to learn when that service is available.
Additionally, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has compiled information on several companies that are providing reduced cost or free internet access to ensure students have access to reliable internet service. The Fullerton College Library has also updated its website with a list of many resources. Read more at: https://fullcoll.libguides.com/free-stuff/InternetAccess.
Upcoming President Open Forum (Town Hall) and President Office Hour
I want to thank each of you who attended my President Office Hour on Zoom last Friday. As a reminder, this Thursday at 9 a.m. I am hosting a President’s Open Forum, and I will host a President Office Hour on April 30 at 9 a.m. The Zoom details can be found on our Facebook page. I invite you to participate if your schedule permits.
Thank you for all that you are doing in the midst of a very challenging time. I am so proud of you and look forward to reuniting on campus in the future.
Greg Schulz, Ed.D.