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Updated Thursday, March 26, 2020 at noon.

How do these changes related to COVID-19 impact you? And what can you do to stay informed?
First and importantlyregularly check your MyPCC email for updates and critical information. This is the way that the college will be connecting with you. MyPCC Announcements also will be used to communicate critical information.

Below is information that addresses the operations changes and available support that you can expect in the upcoming weeks.

first aidWhat courses will be available for Spring Term?

Check the online class schedule for available classes. Cancelled classes will be listed there, as well. Classes that were intended to be held on-campus will still display times and locations, but will be held remotely until the campuses re-open.

When does Spring Term begin?

Spring term instruction begins on March 30, as scheduled. All courses are offered either online or in a  remote learning format. Login to MyPCC to view your current course schedule. Check the class schedule, as needed, to find alternative courses to take. All courses will use Brightspace (D2L) and this is where you will find specific course information. Log in to Brightspace at https://online.pcc.edu.

Are there any changes to tuition because of the change to online/remote?

No, tuition and fees for courses remain the same. Courses that were intended to be delivered online will continue to have the $20 online course fee. 

How do I take a placement test for Reading/Writing?

Because our Testing Centers are not open, an advisor can help you assess your placement for Reading and Writing. See our Placement tests page for more information.

How do I get and/or return my books?

All spring term purchases through the Bookstore will need to be done online. PCC Bookstores are offering free UPS ground shipping on all online orders for Spring Term. The Bookstore is working on several adjustments to their services and due dates, including working with UPS to automate a returns process. The rental book due date for winter term has been extended to June 15. Please check the Bookstore website frequently for updates.

How do I access my online/remote class?

Visit online.pcc.edu or click the “D2L Brightspace login” link in the Quick links section in MyPCC.

How can I get help with this new format for my class?

For many of you, this may be your first time in an online classroom environment. We recommend completing the Start Guide for Online Learning. The Online Student Resource Center is available in the online classroom environment for self-paced training materials and videos for learning how to navigate Brightspace.

How do I access services I would normally visit on-campus?

You can visit service area websites for more information, which is being updated continually. Here are links to some key contacts – all offering virtual support – as you prepare for the term:

What are the next key deadline dates for Spring Term?

Deadlines for Spring Term haven’t changed, and the most important dates can be found on the Academic Calendar. Coming up:

  • Monday, March 30 – First day of Spring Term
  • Friday, April 3 – Last day to choose the ‘audit’ grade option
  • Saturday, April 4 – Last day to choose Financial Aid refund options
  • Saturday, April 4 – Last day to drop for 8-12 week classes
  • Tuesday, April 7 – Last day to add classes

Can I get a refund for the parking pass I purchased?

No charges for parking passes will be added to students’ accounts for Spring Term.

What do I do if I would normally talk to my instructor in person at the first class for things like a waitlist exception or audit option?

These can be requested via email to the instructor of the course. Instructors are able to facilitate these approvals through email. Please use your PCC email to contact your instructor.

What if I don’t have a computer or internet access – should I drop my class?

We have some resources to help you. If you are in need of a computer, wi-fi, or other support to access remote/online coursework or college services, please provide more information on the Student Technology Needs form and a staff member will contact you soon. However, if you’re uncertain, note that the drop date is Saturday, April 4, and you can contact Enrollment Services if you need help to drop your class.

What other resources are available to me?

We’ve collected a lengthy list of community resources to help you with a variety of needs.

As always, don’t forget to check your MyPCC email often! We will continue to regularly send critical updates.

We will continue to update the college’s coronavirus website, so please remember to regularly check it for new information.

We thank you in advance for your support and partnership as we work together to ensure that PCC is taking preventative and responsive measures during this time. Please know that our faculty and staff are working very hard to prepare to deliver excellent instruction and support during Spring Term.

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed on this page, please email covidquestions@pcc.edu. We will respond at our earliest convenience.