- Hello, hola.
My name is Dr. Dolores Duran-Cerda.
And I am the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
of Academic Affairs at Pima Community College.
As provost, I oversee everything
having to do with academics,
including our academic deans, and their divisions.
I'd like to welcome you back to the spring semester.
Pima Online courses started on March 25th.
The face-to-face, and hybrid classes
transitioned to virtual instruction on March 30th.
Please know, that your health and safety
are the college's top priority at this time.
Please make it your own top priority too.
As you know, we are now completing this semester
in a virtual environment.
Pima College is committed to helping you
reach the finish line of your educational journey.
Our faculty and staff, working with the
Teaching and Learning Center, Pima Online,
our faculty librarians,
have dedicated hours and hours
converting courses to virtual instruction
so you can finish the semester.
They have worked very hard to get everything ready for you.
I'd like to thank them for their time and dedication.
Please check your Pima emails
for messages from your instructor.
You will also need to log into the
Course D2L website to check for
announcements and assignments.
You will start using online homework
instead of turning in paper documents.
If you are feeling uncertain
about learning in the virtual format,
please give your classes a chance.
You can contact your instructor
to make a telephone or video appointment
where you can address your concerns.
Your faculty are committed to your success at Pima.
To give you more time to get comfortable
with the virtual format,
the student withdrawal deadline
has been extended to April 14th.
But we hope you stick with it,
and will let us know when you need help.
In addition, as with the campuses,
our Adult Education Centers are currently closed
to face-to-face services
such as registration and assessment.
However, for adult education students
who are planning to continue studying
in GED preparation, English, Bridge, or IBES classes,
these classes will begin again on March 30th,
in a virtual format.
Please check your Pima email
for a message from your instructor
about your next class.
Students in our Refugee and Citizenship programs
can expect a call soon with details
about how to continue to participate at a distance.
Adult Ed students can also email
any questions they have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For important information on student support services,
please watch Dr. David Doré's videos.
He is the President of Campuses,
and Executive Vice Chancellor.
Lastly, please stay safe, stay healthy.
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And Keep Striving.