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CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act establishes an emergency relief fund to aid students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. Learn more about the CARES Act relief fund.

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Updated Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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

Visit the Virtual Help tab in MyPCC to see the remote support options for our key business services. You can also visit service area websites for more information, which is being updated continually.

What are the next key dates for Fall Term?

  • Term starts: Monday, September 21
  • Last day to request an audit: Tuesday, September 29 at 5pm
  • Last day to drop 8-12 week classes: Tuesday, September 29 at 10pm
  • Last day to add a course late: Tuesday, September 29 at 10pm
  • Last day to withdraw from 11-12 week classes: Saturday, November 28 at 10pm
  • Last day to change grade option for 11-12 week classes: Saturday, November 28 at 10pm
  • Term ends: Sunday, December 13
  • Grades available in MyPCC: Tuesday, December 15

Visit the Academic Calendar for important dates.

What are the plans for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021?

PCC has decided to remain in remote operations for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms. During these terms, the college will not return to in-person instruction or operations for the exempted training programs. All PCC student services will continue to be available remotely.

What is the plan for Spring 2021?

View our Term Planning Roadmap for updated information regarding the Spring 2021 term forecast.

What programs are offering in-person classes?

PCC will not return to in-person instruction or operations for the fall 2020 term, instead remaining in remote/online operations only. The college had planned to offer limited in-person instruction in the fall, building on what it had offered this summer. But the college has since recognized that no amount of careful planning or health and safety guidelines can prevent exposure or contagion from outside the college. PCC would see an increased number of COVID-19 positive cases as we increased the amount of in-person contact within our facilities, but with a limited capacity to safely manage that scenario.

View our Term Planning Roadmap for updated information regarding the Spring 2021 term forecast.

What other resources are available to me?

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

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:

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 class format?

For many of you, this may be your first time in an online classroom environment. We recommend:

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 purchases through the Bookstore will need to be done online, as our Bookstore locations are closed to the public. Online book buyback is available, as is online rental returns. Please check the Bookstore website frequently for updates.

Will I need a parking pass if I have a class that will meet on campus this summer?

Parking passes are not required for fall term. Learn more about parking and transportation.

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, including free wi-fi connectivity options. Additionally, 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.

How will my federal work study be affected?

Read the work study FAQs to learn about how your aid will be impacted and if you can keep working.

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?

Need help getting started at PCC? Contact our admissions staff for support. Current students can visit the Virtual Help tab in MyPCC to find remote support options for PCC services.