Pro Tip Archive

We know students and families have been impacted in all areas of their lives during this COVID-19 crisis, and are learning to deal with new challenges and adapt to a new way of life and learning online.

The good news is there are lots of great articles and resources to help get you through these times. Check out the daily pro tip and this archive of past pro tips to help keep you, and your college education, on track.

In response to unemployment many are facing as a result of COVID-19, the College of the Desert is offering 10 free self-paced professional development trainings where you can learn marketable skills like web design, small business marketing and tips and tricks for a successful job search. For more information and to register for these free courses visit the College of the Desert site today. 

Wellness Central is a free online health and wellness resource created for California Community Colleges students just like you! This resource is available 24/7 to provide support and help you dive into “The 6 Dimensions of Wellness” on an interactive platform.

May is Mental Health Matters Month! Check out these self-care and wellness tips to help cope with being stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Remember, you are not alone! #EachMindMatters

New federal law provides unemployment benefits for self-employed and other workers and adds an additional $600 to weekly benefits. This means that if you're unemployed, you may be eligible to receive up to an additional $2,400 per month. To determine your eligibility, visit this Career One Stop website.

Governor Newsom made it easier to apply for a Cal Grant by waiving the deadline to verify your grade point average as well as certain certification requirements and the selective service registration verification for Cal Grant applicants. For information on how to apply for the Cal Grant visit the I Can Afford College website.

For many students who rely on collaboration with others to help them succeed in school, online classes can be tricky. Even when you’re not sitting next to your classmates, there are many ways to stay engaged. Check out these 4 Ways to Avoid Isolation as an Online Student.

Nearly every aspect of our society and daily lives have been impacted by the current health crisis, and at times it can seem overwhelming. Consider taking 20 minutes today to practice mindfulness and reduce stress. For information on techniques and other ways to cope, take a look at the California Surgeon General’s Stress Busting Playbook.

Are you ready to take the next step toward your college education? Find a community college near you by using our college locator and enroll today for online classes at your local community college by visiting

Since people across California are preparing more food from home than ever before, here are 40 quick lunch ideas to give you some inspiration. POSTED 05/21/20

Looking for ways to spark your productivity throughout the day? Check out this YouTube video from Ellen Kelley about 10 apps & extensions for school and productivity all students need!

The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention for LGBTQ individuals under 25 years old, has trained counselors to support youth who need help or a safe and judgement-free place to talk. Individuals can get assist by visiting The Trevor Project website or contacting the 24/7 TrevorHelpLine at 1-866-488-7386.

If you or a family member are experiencing housing insecurities or are on the brink of losing your home, California has resources to assist. Visit the Housing and Homelessness page on the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website for more information.

Governor Newsom recently announced that Californians now have access to a new testing and treatment website, where there are resources for people who think they may be sick and answers questions about testing. The website also has an interactive feature to help people find a testing site nearby.

The California Coronavirus COVID-19 Response website has developed an immigrant resource guide to provide information about COVID-19 related assistance, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians. 

Are you or a family member struggling to find childcare options? The California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website includes an online portal that shows childcare options near you.

The coronavirus outbreak is causing a lot of stress and anxiety for people all over the world. Visit the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website to view some helpful resources for emotional support and well-being. Remember, you are not alone.

Worried about how to get a good job during the COVID-19 crisis? California community colleges offer more than 200 Career Education pathways. You can earn a degree or certificate and get training for the good-paying career you want. Explore available career programs and find more information by visiting

Looking for ways to stay connected with friends and family while social distancing? Download the free Houseparty app to connect with friends and family, play trivia games and enjoy some digital face-to-face interaction. POSTED May 4, 2020

Many students are at risk of not being counted in the 2020 Census. Listen to Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley’s April 16th podcast episode to hear about the Census and why its so important to be counted. Go online to complete the census today!

At a time when undocumented communities are grappling with fear and uncertainty, the California Community Colleges have a number of initiatives to reassure everyone that our campuses will remain safe. Visit the Undocumented Students Resource page for more information on funding renewals, protection for tenants and unemployment insurance. 

Is your goal to transfer to a UC? Although things are changing rapidly because of COVID-19, it doesn’t mean you have to put a pause on your dreams. Visit the UC's response on admissions to COVID-19 to learn about what steps the University of California system is taking to ensure transfer opportunities remain available to students.  

US Scout is an online learning platform providing college prep courses to California public students and teachers. They offer free valuable resources for high school students and teachers who have made the transition to remote learning. 

If you or your family are struggling with food insecurity, help is available. Visit the California Association of Food Banks website to find food assistance programs and learn about additional resources available near you.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the ability of many students and their family’s to go to work. It has also prompted a lot of questions about what people should do after they lose their job or have their hours or pay reduced. Several organizations have put together a helpful guide to workers’ rights, that answers these and other important questions.

California is currently dealing with the various impacts of COVID-19 that touch almost every aspect of our daily lives. For up-to-date information on what California is doing to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19, watch Governor Newson’s daily 12 p.m. teleconferences on Twitter

While we are physically distanced from one another, it’s more important than ever to stay socially connected to loved ones and friends. Fortunately, there are a number of free services that can help you stay connected. Here is a thorough breakdown of many currently available options.

Have you, a friend or a family member lost their job during the COVID-19 pandemic? The State of California is here to help! is a one-stop resource for people whose jobs have been impacted and can help connect you to retraining opportunities and your next job.

It’s vital to engage in 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and remember that it doesn’t have to be all at one time. Have a dance party in your bedroom, 35 jumping jacks here and there, a 20-minute hula-hooping contest, film a TikTok and share it out, power walk around the block twice, running, bedtime yoga, 10 pushups, do some double dutch jump rope, the list can go on and on. For more tips on how to stay safe and healthy during COVID-19, take a look at the Surgeon General’s Stress-Busting Playbook.

The transition from in-person to online classes is new to many students, and the California Community Colleges want to see all students succeed. To learn more about preparing for online instruction, visit the Student Resources page at our California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative website. 

As classes move online, students need access to computers with reliable internet service to join lectures and complete assignments. Several companies have pledged to provide free or low-cost internet access during the coronavirus emergency. View a list of participating companies.

You may have heard that the federal government is providing a stimulus check to many Americans, in order to determine whether you or your family are eligible please view the IRS guidelines. While most eligible U.S. taxpayers will automatically receive their stimulus check, if you did not file federal taxes in 2019 or 2020 you still may be eligible and can submit your information

We know that COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our society and daily lives and that these daily disruptions, coupled with the fear of not knowing what may come, have caused increased stress and anxiety for many. To address that increase, California’s Surgeon General created a Stress-Busting Playbook with helpful tips to identify how stress shows up, how to make a stress-busting plan, and how to integrate that program into your day-to-day life.