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June 17, 2021 - Vision in Action No. 38 

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Seven California community colleges have received $155 million as part of a nationwide giving campaign by MacKenzie Scott in consultation with her husband, Dan Jewett.  Scott, in a blog post, said $2.7 billion was going to 286 “high impact” community centered organizations throughout the nation.  “We are governed by a humbling belief that it would be better if disproportionate wealth were not concentrated in a small number of hands, and that the solutions are best designed and implemented by others… Higher education is a proven pathway to opportunity, so we looked for 2- and 4-year institutions successfully educating students who come from communities that have been chronically underserved.” Colleges were identified and selected by Scott’s research team over the past few months.
The following California community colleges were listed as recipients by Scott:

  • Chaffey Community College:  $25 million
  • College of the Desert:  $18 million
  • Long Beach City College:  $30 million
  • Pasadena City College:  $30 million
  • Porterville College:  $7 million
  • Santa Barbara City College: $20 million
  • West Hills College Lemoore:  $25 million


Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order enabling revisions to the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards to take effect without the normal 10-day review period by the Office of Administrative Law – providing clarity and consistency for employers and employees as California fully reopens its economy. The Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted to adopt the revisions today.

Cal/OSHA’s revisions align with the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health – based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – on face coverings and eliminate physical distancing requirements, except for certain employees during outbreaks. Unless they show symptoms, fully vaccinated employees do not need to be offered testing or be excluded from work after close contact with a COVID-19-positive person. 

Ensuring workplaces throughout the state have consistent guidance as California officially moves Beyond the Blueprint, the Governor’s order waives the 10-day review process by the Office of Administrative Law. The emergency regulations will take effect at midnight tonight. 

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System Guidance/News/Webinars

CCC TechConnect is excited to present the 2021 Online Teaching Conference (OTC) on Monday – Wednesday, June 21-23. This year’s theme is “Empowering the Online Teaching Community” and highlights OTC’s role as a premiere event for educators to share and access the latest best practices in online learning. This year, OTC is proud to feature California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley as the presenter of the keynote address: “Equity-Minded Teaching Online.” Read more.
Workshops and sessions are posted to the website.
Register for the conference here.

EdSource is hosting a roundtable on “How community colleges prepare a post-pandemic workforce” on Thursday, June 24 at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. as a webinar. California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley  will join an expert panel that will explore how the system can become more nimble in the face of rapid changes in a post-Covid world, what innovations from outside California should be studied and how colleges can partner with employers and industry leaders to better guide more students into career pathways. Register here

The Chancellor’s Office Statistics Institute team will present a four-hour workshop at the virtual United States Conference on Teaching Statistics on Increasing Student Engagement at Two-Year Colleges Using Socially Relevant Contexts. The webinar is Saturday, June 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The lead facilitator is Dr. Roxy Peck, professor emerita of statistics at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a nationally known leader in statistics education.  Among her many honors, Dr. Peck was made a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and received the American Statistical Association’s Founder's Award and the USCOTS Lifetime Achievement Award in Statistics Education.
Register for the pre-conference workshop and conference at this link.

The next Chancellor’s Office System Webinar - Enacted State Budget + District Implementation Strategy - will take place on Wednesday, July 7 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. If you are already registered for the Chancellor’s Office System Webinars, there is no need to register again. You will receive a reminder email prior to the webinar with your link. 
Please share the 2021 System Webinars registration link with your colleagues that are not yet registered. (Registration is only required once and the same link will be used to access all System Webinars in 2021.) 

The Chancellor’s Office is committed to keeping everyone informed during this uncertain time. We encourage administrators, faculty, staff and students to regularly check the Chancellor’s Office COVID-19 resource page and the Chancellor’s Office Communications to Colleges section for ongoing executive orders, guidance memos and announcements. Current and prospective students can also get connected with their local college to find out specific resources and support services available as well as enroll in their local community college. 

Student Supports

The California Youth Crisis line runs 24-hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Items of Interest

Reopening Day in California was June 15

Coronavirus infections dropping where people are vaccinated, rising where they are not

Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act for a third time

Gov. Newsom announces 'California Dream Vacations,' new vaccine incentive