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Federal CARES Relief Act Information

 

May 28, 2020

Dear Students,

As you probably know, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago have just announced that they will be moving into Phase 3 of the Illinois Reopening Plan in June.  However, Phase 3 of the reopening plan, as released, does not yet allow for return to on-campus classroom instruction. You can find the Restore Illinois Plan here and Be Safe Chicago Guidelines for Phase 3 here.

Based on the released guidelines, and in order to continue prioritizing the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff, MCC has determined that instruction for all classes in Spring and Summer Terms will continue remotely until further notice.

We are exploring the possibility of limited on-campus practical sessions to supplement remote learning while observing social distancing and other public health guidelines. Students enrolled in Allied Health Programs should expect more updates in the coming weeks with additional information specific to their program of study.

 Externships:

  • A number of clinical sites have confirmed their plans to resume clinical rotations in the month of June. Additional medical clearance and COVID-19 testing may be required before students are allowed to return to their site. The Externship Department will continue to notify students if/when their clinical sites are ready to reopen.
  • Students who were placed on the approved leave of absence (LOA) due to their clinical externship assignment being suspended by their site and whose sites remain closed, will receive an email to their MCC account about LOA extension until August 3, 2020. The email will be sent on Monday, June 1st. If a clinical placement becomes available on an earlier date, the LOA will be shortened.
  • Spring Business externships ended last week. Students who would like to continue with their externship assignment in the summer term must register for externship course with the Registrar’s Office. International Students must receive approval from the DSO prior to starting summer externship.

CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant Information:

Detailed information about federal CARES Act funding, student eligibility, and application information was posted on MCC website earlier this week: https://mccollege.edu/federal-cares-relief-act/.

Students are encouraged to review the information in order to determine their eligibility. Please DO NOT REPLY to this email with the questions about the grant. Questions can be submitted to care@mccollege.edu from your MCC student email. Please note that we will not be able to respond to CARES funding related questions submitted to campussafety@mccollege.edu and/or submitted from a personal email address.

Additional Support and Contact Information:

Do not hesitate to call or email with any questions.  MCC administrative staff is here to help!

Office Hours: M-TH 9:30AM – 6:00PM, F 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Contact Information: (312) 236-9000

MCC will continue to provide you with updates as the situation develops.  We ask that you check the website and your MCC email regularly. For any additional questions, please contact campussafety@mccollege.edu.

Stay safe and healthy!

MCC Administration

 

May 26, 2020

Please see the link at the top of this page for information on the Federal CARES Relief Act.

 

April 30, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

With the statewide stay-at-home order extended until May 30th in Illinois, MCC continues to take steps to protect health and safety of our community while enabling education to continue without disruption.  As part of this effort, MCC is extending the current virtual education via online classroom and remote-work arrangements as follows:
Programs Update
  • Medical Assisting
  • Dialysis Technologist Training Program
  • Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technologist
  • All classes will continue virtually through May 31, 2020.
  • May 2020 program cohorts will start classes online.
  • AAS in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology
  • AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • AAS in Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Sonography
  • AAS in Surgical Technology
  • Spring term will start on May 11, 2020 online.
  • Students will receive updated term schedules to their MCC emails next week.
  • AAS in Business Administration
  • AAS in Accounting
  • AAS in Marketing
  • All classes will continue virtually through the end of Winter term on May 17, followed by Summer break.
  • Summer term will start online on May 18, 2020 for new and those current students who registered to take classes during summer.
  • ESL / VESL
  • Spring term will start on May 4, 2020 online for the first 5 weeks of the term.
  • Registration and payment deadlines are May 1, 2020.

 Externships:

  • The suspension of clinical rotations is extended until the end of May, but some clinical sites may start reopening in accordance with stay-at-order modifications issued by the State. The Externship Department will notify students if their clinical site resumes externship rotations. Students who were placed on the approved leave of absence (LOA) due to their clinical externship assignment suspended by the site, will receive an email to their mcc email account about LOA extension.
  • Business externship assignments can continue if the externship site remains open. Students are advised to consider suspending attendance at their optional externship site.  Students must notify the DSO Office by emailing DSO@mccollege.edu about any changes to their externship assignment.

New Program Starts and Enrollment:

Program Enrollment is open for Spring and Fall 2020 Terms.  Right now, prospective students can complete their admissions process without having to travel to the campus.

MCC Facilities and Administrative Operations:

All MCC departments will continue to operate remotely through May 31, 2020.  Limited on-campus services may be available by appointment.  MCC administration is committed to its students, ensuring that their education is uninterrupted and career goals are not delayed.

Additional Support and Contact Information:

Do not hesitate to call or email with any questions.  MCC administrative staff is here to help!

Office Hours: M-TH 9:30AM – 6:00PM, F 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Contact Information: (312) 236-9000

MCC will continue to proactively provide you with updates as the situation develops.  We ask all students to check the website and their MCC emails regularly.  For any additional questions, please contact campussafety@mccollege.edu.

Stay safe and healthy!

MCC Administration

 

April 8, 2020

The MCC Learning Resource Center (LRC) has developed an online informational guide to keep our students informed during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This informational guide includes official information for domestic and international students. All content on this website comes from verified sources, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).

You can access the informational guide through the MCC website or by clicking here: https://mccollege.libguides.com/covid/home. Any specific questions or concerns can be directed via email to campussafety@mccollege.edu.

We hope that you and your loved ones are well and staying safe. Remember to keep calm, remain informed, and be kind to yourself and each other during these difficult times.

 

April 1, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

With new regulations recently released by the federal and local governments and the statewide Stay at Home order extended until April 30 in Illinois, MCC is taking further steps to protect health and safety of our community while enabling education to continue without disruption. As part of this effort, MCC is extending the current virtual education via online classroom and remote-work arrangements as follows: 

Programs Update
  • Medical Assisting
  • Dialysis Technologist Training Program
  • Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technologist
  • All classes will continue virtually through May 3, 2020.
  • AAS in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology
  • AAS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • AAS in Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Sonography
  • AAS in Surgical Technology
  • All classes will continue virtually through the end of Winter term on April 26, followed by a two-week break.
  • Spring term will start on May 11, 2020.
  • AAS in Business Administration
  • AAS in Accounting
  • AAS in Marketing
  • All classes will continue virtually through the end of Winter term on May 17, followed by Summer break.
  • Summer term will start on May 18, 2020 for new and current students who registered to take classes during summer.
  • ESL / VESL
  • Spring term will start on May 4, 2020.
  • Registration and payment deadlines are extended until May 1, 2020.

 Externships:

  • Clinical rotations scheduling will continue to be based on each site’s protocol. Students whose clinical externship assignment has been cancelled by the site or who would like to suspend their clinical assignment  must notify the Externship Department by emailing externship@mccollege.edu to avoid interruption of their enrollment status.
  • Business externship assignments can continue if the externship site remains open. Students are advised to consider suspending attendance at their optional externship site.  Students must notify the DSO Office by emailing DSO@mccollege.edu about any changes to their externship assignment.

 New Program Starts and Enrollment:

Program Enrollment is open for Spring and Fall 2020 Terms.  Right now, prospective students can complete their admissions process without having to travel to the campus.

MCC Facilities and Administrative Operations:

All MCC departments will continue to operate remotely through May 3, 2020.  Limited on-campus services may be available by appointment.  MCC administration is committed to its students, ensuring that their education is uninterrupted and career goals are not delayed.

Additional Support and Contact Information:

Do not hesitate to call or email with any questions.  MCC administrative staff is here to help!

Office Hours: M-TH 9:30AM – 6:00PM, F 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Contact Information: (312) 236-9000

MCC will continue to proactively provide you with updates as the situation develops.  We ask all students to check the website and their MCC emails regularly.  For any additional questions, please contact campussafety@mccollege.edu.

Stay safe and healthy!

MCC Administration

 

March 20, 2020

To promote the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, all departments will transition to operate remotely until April 7, 2020. Limited on-campus services may be available by appointment.

All scheduled classes are offered virtually through April 5, 2020, which may be extended, if necessary.  MCC is committed to our students, ensuring that education is uninterrupted and career goals are not delayed.

Do not hesitate to call or email with any questions.  We are here to help!

Contact Information: (312) 236-9000

Office Hours: M-TH 9:30AM – 6:00PM, F 9:30AM – 4:00PM

 

March 18, 2020

CEO Message to MCC Community

 

March 16, 2020

  • All face-to-face classes are resuming in online delivery mode from Wednesday, March 18th through Tuesday, April 7th for all certificate and associate degree programs. Interim online instruction will be offered during the hours originally scheduled for face-to-face courses. Students will receive an email to their MCC email account with their individual course schedules and virtual lecture login instructions by the end of the day tomorrow.
  • Remaining V/ESL Winter term classes are cancelled. Students will receive an email about final exam and grade arrangements by the end of the day tomorrow. Spring term is scheduled to start on April 20th.
  • Clinical rotations will continue based on each site’s protocol. Students whose clinical externship assignment is cancelled by the site, must notify the Externship Department by emailing externship@mccollege.edu to avoid interruption of their enrollment status.
  • Business externship assignments can continue if the externship site remains open. Students are advised to consider suspending attendance at their optional externship site.  Students must notify the Registrar’s Office by emailing registrar@mccollege.edu about any changes to their externship assignment.
  • Courses originally offered in online mode will continue as scheduled.

MCC will continue to proactively provide updates over the next few weeks.  Since the situation is dynamic, we encourage all students to check the website and their MCC emails regularly.  For any additional questions, please contact campussafety@mccollege.edu.

 

March 13, 2020

Midwestern Career College (MCC) is closely monitoring the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation and adhering to the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health, Chicago Department of Public Health, Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the U.S. Department of Education. While at this moment MCC does not have any COVID-19 cases identified on any of our campuses and there is no guidance to close academic operations for higher education institutions, MCC is taking precautionary steps to assess the situation.  Therefore, effective immediately, the following precautionary short-term measures will take effect:

  • All in-person classes are cancelled, starting on Saturday, March 14, until end-of Tuesday, March 17.
  • Online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • Clinical rotations will continue based on each site’s protocol.

We expect future updates by the end of the day on Monday. Since the situation is very dynamic, we encourage all students to check the website regularly for updates.  For any additional questions, please contact campussafety@mccollege.edu.

 

March 12, 2020

At this time, no COVID-19 cases have been identified on any of our campuses.

Although there is no unique risk currently identified for the MCC community, we are a part of Chicago, Chicagoland, United States, and global communities that are affected by the outbreak. Current information suggests that person-to-person spread will continue to occur and more cases will be identified in the United States, in Chicago, and Chicagoland area.

We are closely monitoring the situation and adhering to the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health, Chicago Department of Public Health, and Illinois Board of Higher Education.

MCC’s goal is to reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on our students’ education.

We have an emergency preparedness plan in place that would go into effect should the college decide or is required to limit or cancel on-campus instruction.

As of today, no on-campus classes have been cancelled or switched to online mode of delivery.

We understand you are worried and will continue to post updates as the situation develops. Meanwhile, it is important that you continue to get information from the trusted sources:

Primary Resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Chicago Resource: Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)

If you have any questions, please email campussafety@mccollege.edu

 

 March 11, 2020

All college-sponsored events, including field trips and food-sharing events like potlucks, have been postponed, cancelled or switched to online mode. For questions about a specific event please contact the department that was organizing it.

 

March 10, 2020

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We would like to share with you updated information about our efforts to safeguard our campuses against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

  • At this time, no COVID-19 cases have been identified on any of our campuses.

While the immediate health risk to Illinoisans remains low, the latest available information suggests that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, and additional cases are likely to be identified in the United States, including Illinois, Chicago, and Chicagoland area.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to work closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal, state and local partners to monitor and respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Meanwhile, there are steps that we, as individuals and a community, can take to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread:

  • Stay home when sick: Students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing flu-like symptoms or symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to campus until they are free of fever (100.4°F) for at least 24 hours.
  • Self-Isolation Policy:

Following the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week, any travelers returning to the U.S. or coming for the first time from any country under a CDC Warning Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) are expected to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether that direction is specifically given to them at the U.S. point of entry. Those Level 3 countries are China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea, but there is a strong possibility that this list of countries will grow. Individuals who have transited these nations do not need to self-isolate if they did not leave the airport. If they left the airport or remained in the airport for more than 24 hours, self-isolation is required.

We ask that all members of the MCC community consider carefully any upcoming travel plans in the U.S. or abroad, including personal, non-college travel.

As a reminder, self-isolation is also required for:

  • Any students or employees who have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Any students or employees who have had direct contact with someone who is under care for suspected exposure to COVID-19.

You can read the CDC guidelines on what it means to self-isolate here.

MCC expects that all students, faculty, and staff who meet the CDC criteria—or who have been exposed to the Coronavirus—will self-isolate for 14 days prior to coming to campus. All visitors to campus (non-employee, non-student) for short- or long-term periods who meet the CDC criteria are expected to follow the same 14-day self-isolation requirement. MCC does not condone discrimination against members of our community based on their country of origin or where they have traveled.

  • Travelers returning from any country with a Travel Alert Level 2 are also encouraged to monitor their health but do not need to limit their movement or activity. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel to an area with community spread of COVID-19.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

MCC continues to be committed to the health, safety and security of our community and we will continue to post updates as the situation develops. Meanwhile, it is important that you continue to get information from the trusted sources:

Primary Resource: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Chicago Resource: Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)

If you have any questions, please email campussafety@mccollege.edu