Week of April 13: Spring 2020 Adult Education classes resume as distance-learning; Semana del 13 de abril: las clases de educación de adultos del semestre de primavera del 2020 serán reanudadas de manera virtual

Dear Adult Education students,

City Colleges of Chicago Adult Education classes that were paused due to COVID-19 will restart on the week of Monday, April 13 as distance-learning classes.

• Week of April 13: Spring 2020 Adult Education classes resume as distance-learning
Distance-learning classes means that students do not come to the college campus. Instead of coming to the college campus, students are able to continue with their class by connecting with their instructor through online learning systems (Brightspace and Zoom), email, and phone calls.
We want to support your ability to continue with your success in Adult Education classes from your homes as we monitor COVID-19.

If an Adult Education student needs support accessing a laptop (Chromebook), City Colleges of Chicago will loan this technology to Adult Education students so they can participate in their Adult Education classes from their homes. Please click on the link below as soon as possible to request any needed equipment: https://apps.ccc.edu/LoanerLaptop/login

We believe in you. We want to support you with accessing the tuition-free Adult Education classes from your home. Please know that you have the support of all of the educators and staff.

We have been communicating regularly with our partners at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). Below are some resources to assist with food or public benefit (SNAP and Medicaid) support:

o General food assistance: Anyone in need of food assistance can turn to the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s network of agencies and programs. Find a nearby food program here. With some exceptions, their network of 700 partner agencies and programs remains open. These sites are modifying their distributions to promote social distancing, including offering pre-packaged boxes of groceries.

o Public benefits support: The Food Depository’s benefits outreach team is available by phone to help Chicagoans apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid benefits. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase groceries from local stores. For benefits outreach assistance, call 773-843-5416 on Mondays-Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. or apply directly with the Illinois Department of Human Services at abe.illinois.gov.

Find the latest updates from the Food Depository here: https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/coronavirus-updates/ and resources on City of Chicago’s COVID-19 site at: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home.html

We are committed to your success.

Thank you,
Chancellor Juan Salgado and Provost Mark Potter
City Colleges of Chicago


Estimados estudiantes de educación de adultos,

Las clases de educación de adultos de los Colegios Comunitarios de Chicago que fueron pausadas debido al COVID-19 se reiniciarán el lunes 13 de abril como clases de aprendizaje a distancia
• Semana del 13 de abril: las clases de educación de adultos del semestre de primavera del 2020 serán reanudadas de manera virtual.

Con las clases de aprendizaje a distancia los estudiantes no tienen que asistir a las instalaciones físicas del college o institución al que pertenecen. Los estudiantes pueden continuar con su clases conectándose con su instructor a través de sistemas de aprendizaje en línea (por medio de las plataformas de Brightspace y Zoom), correo electrónico y llamadas telefónicas.

Queremos que puedan continuar apoyando su camino al éxito en las clases de Educación de Adultos desde sus hogares mientras monitoreamos al COVID-19.

Si un estudiante de Educación de Adultos necesita ayuda para acceder a una computadora portátil (Chromebook), Los Colegios Comunitarios de Chicago tienen un servicio de préstamo de equipos para los estudiantes que necesiten acceder a las clases virtuales desde sus hogares. Haga clic en el siguiente enlace lo antes posible para solicitar cualquier equipo que sea necesario:

Creemos en ti. Queremos apoyarte para que puedas acceder las clases de educación de adultos sin costo alguno desde tu hogar. Debes saber que tienes el apoyo de todos los educadores y el personal de los Colegios Comunitarios de Chicago.

Estamos en comunicación constante con nuestros aliados en el Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). Los siguientes son algunos recursos para ayudar con el apoyo de alimentos o beneficios públicos (mejor conocidos cómo SNAP y Medicaid):
• Asistencia general de alimentos: cualquier persona que necesite asistencia de alimentos puede recurrir a la red de agencias y programas del Greater Chicago Food Depository. Encuentre un programa de comida cercano aquí. Con algunas excepciones, la red de 700 agencias y programas asociados permanece abierta. Estos sitios están modificando sus distribuciones para promover el distanciamiento social, incluyendo la oferta de cajas de alimentos previamente empacados.
• Apoyo de beneficios públicos: el equipo del Food Depository está disponible por teléfono para ayudar a los residentes de Chicago a solicitar el Programa Suplementario de Asistencia Nutritiva (mejor conocido cómo SNAP) y los beneficios de Medicaid. Los beneficios de SNAP se pueden usar para comprar comestibles en tiendas locales. Para asistencia y preguntas acerca de estos beneficios, llama al 773-843-5416 de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5 p.m. o solicita directamente al Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois en abe.illinois.gov.

Encuentra las últimas actualizaciones del Food Depository aquí: https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/coronavirus-updates/ y recursos en el sitio COVID-19 de la Ciudad de Chicago en: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home.html

Estamos comprometidos con tu éxito.

Chancellor Juan Salgado and Provost Mark Potter
City Colleges of Chicago


Students: Need to Borrow a Laptop? Complete this Quick Form

Dear students,

We know this is a difficult time and City Colleges is working hard to ensure your education isn’t disrupted. One of the steps we are taking is to expand the Loaner Laptop program.

Students in need of a laptop should fill out the form found at: www.ccc.edu/loanerlaptop. Once we have verified your eligibility, a laptop will be shipped to your mailing address.

City Colleges of Chicago

Cases of COVID-19/Casos de COVID-19

Dear City Colleges Community:

We write to let you know that City Colleges has been notified of our first cases of COVID-19, self-reported by two members of the Malcolm X College community and one member of the Wright College community. Our records indicate that these individuals last visited Malcolm X College on Wednesday, March 11th and Thursday, March 12th and Wright College on Monday, March 16th. We have consulted with the Chicago Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) on these matters and are following their guidance.

According to public health experts, there is community-wide transmission of COVID-19 in Chicago. This means the risk of contracting COVID-19 is no longer only tied to high-risk travel or potential exposures at school or work. Per CDPH’s guidance to all Chicago residents, CCC community members are advised to monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) and follow Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home order.

Beginning March 31, 2020 – which is 14 days after CCC facilities were closed and after the last day when an individual who may have been exposed at a CCC facility would develop symptoms – we will no longer notify the CCC community regarding a community member being diagnosed with COVID-19, except as otherwise directed by CDPH.

Please note that all CCC facilities have been cleaned several times since the dates identified above, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

Each person in our community has the right to control their own personal health information, and City Colleges cannot require employees, students, or their families to disclose a positive COVID-19 test. However, if someone in our community does self-disclose, we will respond with care and opportunities for support. Reports of this nature can be made to our Executive Director of Safety & Security Peter Fegan (pfegan@ccc.edu). For faculty and staff who may have a student self-disclose to them, please instruct the student to self-report to Director Fegan or get consent from the student for the faculty/staff to inform Director Fegan.

Public Health Guidance

Transmission of COVID-19 is most likely to come from prolonged close contact with an infected individual, defined as at least 10 minutes within six feet. The virus is not airborne like the measles, and there is not a great risk from brief, casual contact. In addition, health officials say that unless you are in a vulnerable population – over the age of 60 or with an under-lying medical condition – the vast majority of ill people experience relatively mild symptoms and can recover at home.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever (temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), cough, and shortness of breath. If your symptoms are mild and you are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (over 60 years old or have underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or chronic lung diseases), please contact your medical provider to discuss whether you need to be evaluated in person. Individuals who are not high risk and who exhibit mild symptoms do not need to be evaluated in person and do not need to be tested.

If your symptoms are severe, such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or difficulty waking up, or bluish lips or face, please seek the closest emergency department or call 9-1-1 immediately.

Any individuals who are sick or exhibiting symptoms must stay home from work. Stay home and away from others for at least 7 days since your symptoms first appeared and at least 3 days (72 hours) with no fever (without using fever-reducing medications) and improving symptoms.

Please stay up to date on the actions we all can take to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 using trusted sources (e.g., the CDC, CDPH, and our COVID-19 website). The Commissioner of Public Health hosts a Facebook Live broadcast every day at 11am on the Mayor’s Facebook and Twitter pages to share information and answer questions. If, after consulting those resources, you need additional information, please email coronavirus@chicago.gov or call 312-746-4835.

We recognize this is an unprecedented challenge, and we are committed to facing this together.

The most important thing we can do at this time to stop community spread of the virus is to stay at home.

Thank you,

Juan Salgado
City Colleges of Chicago

Estimada comunidad de City Colleges:

Escribimos para informarle que City Colleges ha sido notificado de nuestros primeros casos de COVID-19. Dos miembros de la comunidad de Malcolm X College y un miembro de la comunidad de Wright College nos han comunicado voluntariamente que han resultado positivos con COVID-19. Nuestros registros indican que estas personas visitaron Malcolm X College por última vez el miércoles 11 de marzo y el jueves 12 de marzo y al Wright College el lunes 16 de marzo. Hemos consultado con el Departamento de Salud Pública de Chicago (“CDPH”) sobre estos casos y estamos siguiendo sus recomendaciones.

Según los expertos en salud pública, existe una transmisión comunitaria de COVID-19 en Chicago. Esto significa que el riesgo de contraer COVID-19 ya no está solo relacionado con viajes de alto riesgo o exposiciones probables en la escuela o en el trabajo. Según la guía del CDPH para todos los residentes de Chicago, se recomienda a los miembros de la comunidad de CCC monitorear su salud y estar alertos a los síntomas de COVID-19 (fiebre, tos o dificultad para respirar) y seguir la orden de permanencia en el hogar del gobernador Pritzker.

A partir del 31 de marzo del 2020, 14 días después del cierre de las instalaciones de CCC, y después del último día desde que una persona que haya estado expuesta en una instalación de CCC desarrollaría síntomas. Ya no notificaremos a la comunidad de CCC sobre el diagnóstico de un miembro de la comunidad con COVID-19, excepto que CDPH indique lo contrario.

Tenga en cuenta que todas las instalaciones de CCC se han limpiado varias veces desde las fechas identificadas anteriormente, de acuerdo a las recomendaciones de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades.

Cada persona tiene la responsabilidad de controlar su propia información personal de salud, y City Colleges no puede exigir a los empleados, estudiantes, o sus familias que divulguen una prueba positiva de COVID-19. Sin embargo, si alguien en nuestra comunidad se autoidentifica, responderemos con cuidado y apoyo. Se pueden reportar informes de esta naturaleza a nuestro Director Ejecutivo de Seguridad y Protección, Peter Fegan (pfegan@ccc.edu). Si algún empleado o personal de la facultad tiene algún estudiante que se haya autoidentificado, por favor, indique al estudiante que informe por sí mismo al Director Fegan o reciba el consentimiento del estudiante para que la facultad / personal informe al Director Fegan.

Orientación de salud pública

La transmisión de COVID-19 es más probable que provenga del contacto cercano prolongado con un individuo infectado, que haya estado al menos 10 minutos y dentro de seis pies. El virus no se transmite por el aire como el sarampión, y no existe un gran riesgo por contacto breve o informal. Además, los funcionarios de salud dicen que a menos que se encuentre en una población vulnerable, mayor de 60 años o con una infección médica subyacente, la gran mayoría de las personas enfermas experimentan síntomas relativamente leves y pueden recuperarse en el hogar.

Los síntomas de COVID-19 incluyen fiebre (temperatura superior a 100.4 grados Fahrenheit), tos y dificultad para respirar. Si sus síntomas son leves y tiene un mayor riesgo de contraer una enfermedad grave por COVID-19 (más de 60 años de edad o tiene afecciones de salud subyacentes como enfermedades cardíacas, diabetes o enfermedades pulmonares crónicas), comuníquese con su proveedor médico para analizar si necesita ser evaluado en persona. Las personas que no son de alto riesgo y que presentan síntomas leves no necesitan ser evaluadas en persona y no necesitan hacerse la prueba.

Si sus síntomas son severos, como dificultad para respirar o falta de aliento, dolor o presión persistentes en el pecho, está confundido o tiene dificultad para despertarse, o labios o cara azulada, contacte a el departamento de emergencias más cercano o llame al 9-1-1 inmediatamente.

Cualquier persona que esté enferma o que presente síntomas debe quedarse en casa y no trabajar. Permanezca en casa y lejos de los demás durante al menos 7 días desde que aparecieron sus síntomas por primera vez y al menos 3 días (72 horas) sin fiebre (sin usar medicamentos para reducir la fiebre) y mejorando los síntomas.

Manténgase actualizado sobre las acciones que todos podemos tomar para ayudar a minimizar la propagación de COVID-19 utilizando fuentes confiables (por ejemplo, CDC, CDPH y nuestro sitio web COVID-19). El Comisionado de Salud Pública organiza una transmisión en vivo de Facebook todos los días a las 11 am en las páginas de Facebook y Twitter del alcalde para compartir información y responder preguntas. Si, después de consultar esos recursos, necesita información adicional, envíe un correo electrónico a coronavirus@chicago.gov o llame al 312-746-4835.

Reconocemos que este es un desafío sin precedentes y estamos comprometidos a enfrentarlo juntos.

Lo más importante que podemos hacer en este momento para detener la propagación comunitaria del virus es quedarnos en casa.


Juan Salgado
City Colleges of Chicago

Commencement Update

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

In response to the COVID-19 situation and like many other colleges and universities nation-wide, City Colleges has made the difficult but necessary decision to transition our May 2nd Commencement ceremony for associate degree earners to a virtual celebration held in early summer.

We are committed to fully acknowledging our students outstanding accomplishments and are exploring the creative opportunities a virtual format will offer, including the chance to accommodate unlimited guests. A new date and more details will follow. If you have innovative ideas to contribute to making the virtual event our most special commencement ever, please send them to us at commencement@ccc.edu.

Students who have already purchased a cap and gown for the original ceremony will be issued a refund. We are working with Jostens now to establish a refund process and will be in touch with further directions.

Commencement is often the best time of the year for our students, faculty and staff — it certainly is our favorite season — but protecting the health and safety of our students, their loved ones, and our faculty and staff are our highest priorities at this time.

We are committed to our students — we know they can and will persist despite these challenging times and earn their college credential. We will honor their perseverance and success this summer.

Thank you,
Chancellor Juan Salgado & Provost Mark Potter

Loaner Laptop Program for Credit Students

City Colleges has a limited number of loaner laptops available for credit students to borrow for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester at no cost.

Loaner laptops are for students who do NOT have other technology to do online classes at home and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To apply for a loaner laptop, please fill out the form at www.ccc.edu/loanerlaptop


Remote/Online Credit Classes Begin this Week — the week of March 23rd

Dear Students,

As challenging as this week has been, we have witnessed tremendous resilience and dedication by you and all your fellow students. City Colleges faculty and staff have been working over the past week to be ready to resume courses this Monday, March 23. All credit courses except those listed here will resume with remote instruction. The entire City Colleges team is committed to your success, and we want to ensure that you are ready to complete your courses this term.

Please read this email carefully so you know what to expect.

You can access your course(s) at Brightspace.ccc.edu, or from your student portal, or the Student Tools tab of www.ccc.edu. Be sure to check your class site early and often so that you don’t miss anything. If your instructor notices that you’re not checking in, they or an advisor might be reaching out to make sure you are keeping up with your course(s).

We want you to finish the semester strong, and we’re here to help you do that. Nearly all of our services are ready to be accessed online next week. Starting Monday, our CCC homepage, www.ccc.edu, Brightspace, and your student portal will have a link to access the following available services remotely:

• Advising
• Financial Aid
• Registrar’s Office
• Business Office
• Veterans Services
• Transfer Services
• Admissions
• Wellness Center
• Disability Access Center

We are working on making CCC tutoring centers available no later than Monday, March 30. Additional tutoring may be offered through your course in Brightspace.

Your instructor will provide guidance in Brightspace for how to access remote library resources.

Loaner laptops will soon be available.

• For students who already completed the technology survey, you only need to verify your shipping address and agree to the loaner terms – please look out for a separate email shortly.
• Students who have not yet completed the technology survey and need a computer should complete the survey ASAP. You will find the survey in your CCC email, sent from noreply@qemailserver.com. If you are unable to complete the survey online, you can call 773-COLLEGE at any time, leave a message, and a Call Center Representative will return your call during regular business hours (8am-6pm Mon-Thurs and 8am-5pm Fri) and submit your responses for you.

Every one of us in the CCC community is here to support you as you reengage in your coursework. Please do not hesitate to ask for help, whether you ask your instructors or one of the teams offering services mentioned above.

Juan Salgado

Mark Potter