COVID-19 Update

Check https://www.iavalley.edu/about-the-district/covid-19-updates/ for additional updates regarding IVCCD’s responses to COVID-19.

Our campuses are open to select students and employees only. Online classes are going smoothly; lab classes and events remain canceled until mid-April. Students can access services and staff through email. Our switchboards are accepting calls, but most staff are not on campus at this time.

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MCC/IVG-Specific Student Information

These are informational emails to all MCC/IVG students related to our college responses to the emerging COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. All updates will include a date/time, with newer information at the top of this page.

STUDENT EMAIL (MAR. 24 @ 7:12 PM)

MCC Computer Lab availability for students (By Appointment Only)

In order to provide support with your academic work this term, we will have computer lab access available on a limited basis (by appointment only). As of Mar. 24, computer lab space is available Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm. This is on a first-come, first-served basis via appointment with a Computer Lab Monitor. (*Instructions to schedule an appointment are at the bottom of this email).

Some things to keep in mind regarding the computer labs:

  • Use of this lab is for current MCC students and is by appointment only
  • Appointments are for the computer lab only – no access to any other parts of campus is allowed
  • Students should provide their own headphones/ear buds if audio is needed
  • Webcams are not available in the computer labs
  • To comply with public health safety & social distancing standards:
    • Lab space is limited, i.e., no more than groups of 10 people
    • Those using a lab must maintain appropriate social distancing (at least 6 feet apart)
    • Students are expected to use available hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes
    • Anyone with a cough, fever, diarrhea or cold symptoms (or any other illness) may not enter the building – students will be asked to check their temperature prior to arriving for their scheduled time

*To schedule an appointment time in the computer lab:

  1. During lab hours (M-F, 10a-4p), call or text the Computer Lab cell phone (641-328-9710) to make an appointment with the on-duty Lab Monitor.
  2. After receiving confirmation from the Lab Monitor, students should enter via Door 2 (northeast side of the building, north of the Faust Student Union).
  3. Door 2 will be locked, so please call/text the Computer Lab cell phone, and the on-duty Lab Monitor will meet you at the door.

For any questions or concerns, please call the Computer Lab cell phone during lab hours, or email nate.chua@iavalley.edu. We wish you all the success this semester!

STUDENT EMAIL (MAR. 23 @ 12:17 PM)

Technology Barriers to completing Online/Zoom Classes

We hope that you are all staying healthy and complying with recommended social distancing requirements. I know that closing campus is creating a potentially stressful situation for those of you without computer and internet access. In these trying times for all of us, your academic success is our top priority. MCC Dean of Students Nate Chua is diligently working today to develop a solution that should be available within a couple of days. In the meantime, we are trying to get a sense for how many of you might be in this situation, so if barriers apply to you, please send a message to Rachael.Koehler@iavalley.edu with your name, ID number, and cell number.  It is also very important that you communicate the barriers that you have to your faculty members.  They will work with you to develop solutions as well.

All the Best, Dr. Robin Lilienthal, MCC Provost

STUDENT EMAIL (MAR. 20 @ 6:11 PM)

Student Assistance Program (Counseling)

The Student Assistance Program (StAP) is a free, confidential counseling service available for MCC students. For an overview of the program, please refer to the website.

Scheduling an appointment with a StAP counselor

To schedule a phone/virtual appointment, contact Nancy Adams via email (Nancy.Adams@iavalley.edu). Nick Calzada is also available to work with students; contact Nancy Adams to check Nick’s availability.

ACCESS

In addition to StAP, MCC partners with ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support), which provides support to those dealing with issues related to sexual assault and domestic violence. To contact ACCESS, refer to their website or call one of their 24-hour Helplines:

  • Sexual Abuse Helpline—1-800-203-3488
  • Domestic Abuse Helpline—1-855-983-4641
  • Emergency Housing Helpline—1-855-696-2980

We recognize that the unpredictable climate presents plenty of challenges. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need assistance!

STUDENT EMAIL (MAR. 20 @ 6 PM)

Student Success Center (Tutoring & Accommodations)

A reminder that the Student Success Center (SSC) will continue to provide academic support via distance/virtual means. While on-site services are not currently available, registered MCC students can still contact the SSC for assistance in the following areas:

Accommodations/Disability Services

Students needing assistance with disability accommodations should visit with Martha Schwandt, Learning Services Specialist. To schedule a phone and/or Zoom appointment, contact Martha via email (Martha.Schwandt@iavalley.edu) or call 641-844-5769. For an overview of services, visit our accommodations webpage.

Tutoring

Free, subject-specific tutoring is available for certain courses by request (depending on tutor availability). To apply for peer tutoring services (or to apply to be a tutor), click here.

In addition to peer tutoring, Writing Assistance is available for various courses. To schedule a phone and/or Zoom appointment for writing assistance, contact Cynthia Mann via email (Cynthia.Mann@iavalley.edu).

Additional questions?

The SSC remains committed to supporting students in their academic goals, so don’t hesitate to reach out to the staff listed above. For additional questions/concerns, contact Nate Chua in Learning Services at Nate.Chua@iavalley.edu or 641-844-5743. Stay healthy and best wishes for the remainder of the spring semester!

STUDENT EMAIL (MAR. 20 @ 2:03 PM)

2020-2021 Registration

Thanks to everyone for your patience as we continue to move forward in response to COVID -19. As we work through the many challenges that go along with that, please look for updates on your College email and the website to find the most current information.

Students who plan to return next fall can currently access the online schedule for Fall/Winter 2020 and Spring/Summer 2021 on PawPass. Priority registration for TRIO students, students receiving veteran benefits, and students in the Honors Program opened Monday, March 23. All students can begin registering for classes April 1. Be sure to work with your advisor to get into the classes that align with your degree. Unsure who your advisor is? Look in My Academic Tools in PawPass. Advisors will be reaching out to students through email and meeting with students via Zoom and over the phone.

Please remember that your bill must be paid in full before you can register. You can check on your bill or make a payment on the Finance tab on PawPass.If you have registration questions, be sure to connect with your advisor or anyone in Student Services.

Have a great weekend! Dr. Kathleen Brown, MCC Director of Student Success/Registrar

MCC Provost

Robin Lilienthal

Robin Lilienthal

Robin has been Provost at MCC since 2010, and led the Iowa Valley Grinnell campus for ten years prior to that.  Her passion for working in ...

Robin has been Provost at MCC since 2010, and led the Iowa Valley Grinnell campus for ten years prior to that.  Her passion for working in higher education and with college students started when she had a work-study job at age 18 in the career development and placement office.  She quickly abandoned her dreams of...

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MCC Director of Student Success/Registrar

Kathleen Brown

Kathleen Brown

MCC Dean of Students & Learning Services

Nate Chua

Nate Chua

Prior to joining MCC in 2010, Nate earned his B.A. in Psychology from Creighton University (Omaha, NE) and an M.A. from St. Edward’s Unive...

Prior to joining MCC in 2010, Nate earned his B.A. in Psychology from Creighton University (Omaha, NE) and an M.A. from St. Edward’s University (Austin, TX).  While he worked at both institutions, he gained additional academic and student affairs experiences at Austin Community College, Texas State University-San Marcos, and Simpson College.  While his two children...

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