An update from Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis

Dear Students,

We are concluding a most unusual Spring Break and on March 30 will enter the uncharted waters of a fully remote instructional delivery model. Some of you will be very comfortable in this new environment; some of you will not. But be assured, your faculty are prepared to guide you through your coursework while the rest of us will do our very best to help you successfully complete the semester. 

To help transition into this new learning environment, let me offer some helpful hints and information.

  • To access online learning, login to Blackboard during your normally scheduled class hours. If you are not sure how to login, view the tutorial for specific details and remember to visit the CCBC website for more details about making the transition to remote learning. If you still have trouble, call the Helpdesk at 443.840.4357 (HELP). Be sure to let your instructor know immediately if you are having technical difficulties accessing or completing your coursework.
  • For those in need of internet services, several companies are offering internet access at a free or reduced cost. Visit their sites below for details.
  • Access to student support services (tutoring, advising, registration, financial aid) is available through remote delivery. Contact the Call Center (443.840.2222) to be connected to the appropriate professionals.
  • CCBC campuses will have a limited number of onsite support stations (library, computer labs and testing centers) available only to students, specifically for students who lack technology at home or need Disability Support Services. Testing Center services will be available by appointment only and library and computer lab services will be on a drop-in basis. Check our COVID-19 FAQ under “Questions concerning college services” for building and room locations. Strict social distancing and hygiene protocols will be practiced in each of these locations. 
  • Visit our COVID-19 page on the website for the most up-to-date information on CCBC’s strategies and protocols for dealing with this “new instructional normal.” If conditions permit, we will lift these restrictions by the end of April; otherwise we will continue in remote format until semester’s end.
  • CCBC has established a CCBC CARES TEAM. Don’t be surprised to receive a telephone call from one of our staff just reaching out to make sure you are okay and helping to facilitate any special assistance you might need.
My advice to you as you prepare to enter next week, as Faith Hill says in one of her songs, “just breathe.” We are all pioneers striding towards a new frontier, learning how to navigate a new environment. Remember, we are working hard behind the scenes to keep your educational journey on track. There may be some bumps in the road, but we are determined to get through this together. I promise, we are here for you. 

Stay calm, stay healthy, stay engaged!

Sincerely,

Sandra L. Kurtinitis, Ph.D.
President