In mid-March 2020, Clark College abruptly pivoted in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Launching on a new path, we moved all student services and more than 2,000 classes online so that our students could remain engaged and on track in their educational pursuits.
Ten months into the pandemic, we can see how this disruption has tested our ability to adapt and innovate during a crisis.
Predominantly working from home, Clark’s faculty and staff rapidly redesigned curriculum, created new processes, and implemented new strategies to deliver education and services to students virtually. Fueled by our belief that everyone deserves access to higher education, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that our students could continue progressing toward their goals, no matter what barriers they faced.
We created new options–from online mental-health counseling to Zoom tutoring sessions. To ensure our students could complete their degrees and enter the workforce, we designed ways to safely conduct required lab classes. Recognizing that all students do not have access at home to computers and high-speed internet, we helped level the playing field by distributing hundreds of laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots to our students.
Clark College Foundation began a donation campaign to fund emergency grants to help our students experiencing financial hardship. Meanwhile, our staff worked to disburse federal CARES Act funding to hundreds of students. Our Penguin Pantry, with the help our Cuisine and Professional Baking students and staff, distributed food boxes to 576 students.