Massasoit Responds to COVID-19
To review Massasoit’s reopening plans and resources for distance learning, please visit our webpage.
Sept. 1, 2020 – Massasoit Community College’s fall semester has officially begun with online, videoconferencing, and hybrid courses for students in response to the ongoing public health crisis. On campus activity is limited to hybrid classes and placement testing; students should not come to campus unless they are scheduled for one of those activities. Massasoit requires all individuals who plan to come to campus or any college property, whether for courses or to conduct business, to sign the college’s Wellness Pledge and to complete a Daily Self-Health Assessment online.
“Every bit of planning that has occurred since March has been done with a desire for health and safety for our students and employees,” said Massasoit President Dr. Gena Glickman. “Our plan has been guided by the CDC, the Commonwealth’s Department of Public Health, and the Boards of Health in Brockton, Canton and Middleborough.”
Massasoit has made a number of resources available to its community to facilitate distance learning and personal well-being. This includes assistance with enrollment and advising, Access & Disability Resources, information on how to get textbooks and supplies, and virtual Student Life events. The majority of Massasoit’s non-credit course offerings for fall 2020 will be taught either online or through videoconferencing.
“Throughout the fall, we will continue to offer our comprehensive student services remotely. We also know that there will be many questions and concerns regarding online learning, resources, and reopening as we move forward. All are important, and we’re listening to what our students and community need from us,” said Glickman.
The college has, and will continue to assistant, all students who are facing financial and personal difficulties due to current circumstances. The CARES Act helped Massasoit provide emergency financial and technology grants to students for costs and challenges incurred as a result of the disruption of campus operations. To prioritize grant distribution to students with the greatest need, Massasoit distributed approximately $1.3 million in emergency grants to a priority group of 1,572 students in April. Remaining and supplemental CARES Act funding continue to be distributed on an ongoing basis to eligible students who complete an emergency grant application.
Massasoit’s new Center for Basic Needs Security also provides resources for students, faculty, and community members. To learn effectively, students must have basic security: a roof over their head; a safe place to sleep; and enough food to eat. Students who are having trouble with any of those things are encouraged to contact our Center for Basic Needs Security to make sure those needs, and many others, are met.