Path to Recovery Update 11/09/20
November 09, 2020 - 09:08 AM
The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.
System-wide Online Technology Resources Continue
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office announced that tools for online education will continue to be available through the end of the academic year. During the pandemic, a number of resources have been provided to community colleges to equitably offer online classes. Some resources, like the online student services platform Cranium Café, are still under negotiation. Resources available through June 30, 2021 include:
- Labster, a virtual science lab platform
- NetTutor, online tutoring platform
- Zoom, online meeting platform
Mt. SAC to Support Economic Recovery
Due to the pandemic, the national gross domestic product is estimated to be 4.2% lower in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to the same time last year. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis also anticipates a complete rebound will not be possible until 2022. The economic downturn has disproportionately hurt people of color, who have higher unemployment and COVID-19 infection rates. Mt. SAC is set to play a large role in the region’s economic recovery. An economic impact report found the college added $1.3 billion in income to the district in the 2018-19 year. This is equivalent to 2.3% of the gross regional product. Students who study at Mt. SAC also benefit. For every $1 they invest in their education at Mt. SAC, they gain $6 in lifetime earnings. Similarly, for every $1 taxpayers invest in the college, they gain $2.10 in added tax revenue and public sector savings.
The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery email provides employees a summary of large-scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact. For more information, visit the Public Health website at www.mtsac.edu/health.