Path to Recovery Update 6/4

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June 04, 2020 - 03:08 PM

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.

Stand Against Racism

Leaders across the college came together to recognize the plight of African Americans and condemn racism in an open letter shared Wednesday evening. The letter is only a beginning. It is a commitment to self-reflection and continual improvement as individuals and as an institution. Because we are educators and facilitators, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to lead our community to a brighter future. We must build a world where African Americans are not in danger because of the color of their skin. We cannot lose our resolve when the patina of political correctness returns. And we cannot lose hope when our nation catches a glimpse of the ugliness that still festers beneath the veneer. There will come a day that diversity will be respected and welcomed. But it must start within ourselves. We each play a role in making Mt. SAC the incredible college it has become today. And now, more than ever, we need each of you to build an atmosphere of understanding, safety and support. This is not a passive activity. We need you to use your compassion, knowledge and courage to identify and challenge racism. It can be found everywhere. In ourselves, our classrooms, our communities and our practices. We need you to build programs and provide services that enhance equity and support diversity. We need you to be actively anti-racist. This is not easy, nor is it fast. But it is imperative for us to live in a truly free and just society.

Virtual Commencement and Drive-Thru Celebration

Our resilient Class of 2020 will be celebrated with a live-streamed Virtual Ceremony and Drive-Thru Celebration scheduled for Thursday, June 18. A virtual ceremony will be streamed at 2:30 p.m. on the college YouTube channel. The drive-thru celebration begins at 3 p.m. on campus and will be live-streamed for family and friends to watch from home.

Essential Workforce Training

Mt. SAC provides training for the state’s critical sectors, which are deemed essential, such as health care and public safety. The college has received clarity and guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on essential workforce training that may occur as early as this summer on campus, if social distancing protocols are strictly followed. This provides flexibility for first responder programs, such as paramedic and fire safety, to begin cohorts this summer.

Budget Analysis and Reduction

In light of projected budget reductions, budget managers have been tasked with reducing ongoing discretionary funds. Their analysis and reports are due June 12. This is one of several budget strategies in effect to address an estimated $16 million reduction to the Student Centered Funding Formula, as well as planned deferrals and increased health benefit costs. While the college is well positioned with a rainy day fund, frugality and careful spending will be critical to guide the college through the anticipated recession.