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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 10/11/2021

News and Events for the week of October 11

Good Monday Morning,  

Our enrollment holds steady as we reach one-third of the way through this semester. We are at 89% of Fall 2020 and 85% offal 2019. Our late start classes start in a couple of weeks. We will be fully online for Winter 2022classes; we are planning our Spring 2022 term now. We expect about 40% of our classes will be on campus.

District-wide Town Halls

Last week Chancellor Rodriguez held two Town Halls focusing on “Moving Forward in the COVID-19 Pandemic.” He will be holding an additional Town Hall webinar today at 12noon. All employees have been sent an email from District with the link to register for the webinar. I encourage everyone to attend to find out the latest information regarding testing, vaccinations and District policies. At the end of this message are notes from the Chancellor’s Town Hall and links to the town halls.

COVID-19 Baseline Test Deadline Extended

On Friday, the District extended the deadline to complete your COVID-19 baseline test. The new deadline is Monday, October 18, 2021. Please do not wait until the last day to schedule a test. Tests are being given at LACC on Wednesdays from 10am to 6:30pm and Thursdays from 8am to 4pm.

Congratulations to LACC's Nursing Students

Congratulations to all of our nursing students who passed the recent National Nursing Licensure Examination. Our nursing program reached a 93.55% pass rate for the latest NCLEX-RN exam.

Thank you Volounteers

A huge “thank you” and congratulations to all of our students who volunteered in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) last year through the United Way. Our students helped approximately 970 LA families receive an estimated $1.78 million in tax refunds last year.

Student Health and Wellness Center is Closed Today

A reminder that the Student Health and Wellness Center is closed today. Vaccinations are available to employees and students at the Student Health Center Monday through Friday, 10am to 2pm through October 15, 2021. (Employees are not required to receive their vaccination at the Student Health Center.) 

Stepping Out – National Coming Out Day Celebration

Join us Tuesday, October 12 at 12noon for our “Stepping Out – National Coming Out Day Celebration” held at noon on the Nike BETRUE Rainbow Track. This craft fair and picnic will feature art, shopping, food and more. Visit https://bity.ly/lacc-steppingout for more information or contact Naira Sargsian at SargsiNN@lacitycollege.edu.

Student Workshop

This Tuesday, October 12, our Life Skills Center is offering “Is Taking a Test a Frightening Experience” workshop focusing on strategies to manage stress when taking tests. Students can join the Zoom at 12:30pm at ZOOM ID: 929 3680 5171. For more information or questions, please contact Joe Exnowski at 323.922.3032 ext. 2274 or exnowsj@lacitycollege.edu.  

Transfer Center Cal State Apply Workshop

On Tuesday, October 12 at 1pm we are hosting a Transfer Center Cal State Apply workshop. The workshop will include an overview and tips for completing the CSU  application for fall 2022 transfer admissions. An additional workshop will be held Friday, October 15 at 10am. Register here. Email Nay Nay Kyin for more information or questions at kyinn@lacitycollege.edu.

Career Center Workshops

This Wednesday, October 13, the Career Center will be hosting a “Balancing School and Life” workshop at 2pm. Topics will include healthy habits to keep students on track, time management and study strategies. To join, go to https://bity.ly/3BQ8gJf.

This Thursday, October 14, the Career Center will be hosting a career workshop in resume writing at 3pm via zoom. The workshop will focus on how to create/update your resume using modern templates and best practices. Join at https://laccd.zoom.us/j/98046683133.

For more information or questions, email turcotdr@lacitycollege.edu.

Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope

This Thursday, October 14, the LACC Race, Equity and Social Justice Center will host Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope at 12noon. Join us in celebrating Hispanic and Latinx culture. The event will take place in the main quad and include food and music. For more information, contact Naira Sargsian at SargsiNN@lacitycollege.edu.

VAMA Art Gallery Opening

An exhibit of VAMA scholarship winners is running through October 28th. The VAMA Art Gallery is open Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 5pm, and by appointment. For more information, please contact Department Chair Alexandra Wiesenfield at wiesena@lacitycollege.edu.  

Virtual Wine Tasting for Faculty and Staff

On Friday, October 29 the LACC Foundation will host a virtual wine tasting experience. The event begins at 6pm. RSVP, https://donate.laccfoundation.org/pages/wine-tasting-101, and purchase a tasting kit by Friday, October 15 at 4pm PST.

Dietetics Pie Sale

Our Dietetics team is offering hand-crafted pies for the holidays. Order an apple or pecan streusel pumpkin pie made by our students for $6 per pie or $10 for two. Pre-order by noon on Friday, October 22 using https://forms.gle/ZYm2ZLvSeP6bY4ia7.  Pick up pies on Tuesday, October 26 from 1:30 -3pm at the Dietetics Food Lab, AD 202.

EEO Training

Employees who wish to serve on hiring committees must be certified and EEO trained. The District Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is offering training for hiring committee members and EEO Representatives. To sign up for training, email Sevana Simonyan at simonys3@laccd.edu.

City Cares Network

If you have students that still do not have textbooks or devices, please have them fill out a City Cares Network application so they can get what they need to be successful. Please share this link with students: 

https://forms.office.com/r/PEek8i1rgE. 


We are into October now. In a few weeks we will begin our late start classes. This week is Week 7 of the fall semester.

BELIEVE. ACHIEVE. SUCCEED. Have a great week! 

Stay well. Get vaccinated.
Mary   


Notes from Chancellor Town Hall (October 4 and October 6)

Chancellor Rodriguez welcomed everyone and shared that today’s Town Hall will be providing updates and sharing information on COVID-19 testing and vaccines.

Communication Director William Boyer provided an update on the status of LACCD COVID-19 cases:
  • On a national level, COVID-19 has resulted in more than 700,00 deaths.
  • Our LACCD community has remained very safe with zero outbreaks in the past several months. The last outbreak of 3 or more cases in a single incident was in June.
  • During the past 2 months, the District has had approximately 39 positive cases, onsite.
  • Please get vaccinated.
Vice Chancellor Ryan Cornner provided an update on board policies and administrative procedures regarding masking, vaxing and testing.
  • Everyone must be vaccinated or request an exemption. Regardless of whether you are working online or in person.
  • Those who are working completely remote may delay their baseline testing until such a time that they have an on site work assignment. This includes those who get an exemption from a vaccination, who must test weekly. If you are working remotely you do not have to do weekly testing until you are on site.
  • It is a requirement that you must wear a mask and do daily check-ins every day that you are working on site.
  • If you have previously had COVID-19, you must still get vaccinated.
  • Most of our compliance checking occurs on the back end, for both students and employees.
  • On the employee side, Dr. Gutierrez is checking with her Human Resources team on those check-ins, on the student side we are working with the Office of Student Services for every college.
  • We are able to check which students are compliant on the vaccinations on the testing and on the daily check-in.  For students shown in non-compliance, we will be working to address this on the back-end, this is not something that every staff member or every teacher needs to check with, we will be doing this all without their involvement.
  • Faculty and staff can ask students to show their CLEARED4 pass, but you are not mandated to do so.
  • Once we reach October 18, we will begin student discipline for those students who are in non-compliance. This will begin with having students excluded from two days of classes. If we do not find a solution that meets our board policy, we will then begin the full student discipline process. The Vice President of Student Services will issue formal charges and begin the student suspension process. Students will not be allowed on campus when they are going through that procedure.
  • The colleges are working on local check-in procedures.
Vice Chancellor Carmen Lidz provided an update on technology solutions with Biocept and CLEARED4.
  • We have partnered with Biocept to provide COVID-19 testing and CLEARED4 to collect and monitor data and provide information to our HR department.
  • There is restricted access to all personal data; the only access is to persons that require it.
  • LACCD owns the data in CLEARED4 and it is used for the implementation of Board Policy 2900. Biocept and CLEARED4 process the data according to our direction.
  • The emails employees receive from CLEARED4 are legitimate. Emails from noreply@cleared4work.com  are legitimate. If you are not receiving emails, please reach out to covidcolleges@biocept.com and someone will help you set up an account and a profile, schedule a test and upload your vaccination information.
  • All active employees and students will receive daily reminders to do daily screenings.
  • You do not have to do the daily screening unless you are coming on site.
Vice Chancellor Mercedes Gutierrez provided an update on Human Resources information.
  • Under OSHA, we are required to have a mandatory COVID-19 prevention training.
  • Employees have received emails regarding this training which is a 1-hour training. Training was due to be completed in August; faculty was given until the end of September to complete the training. Currently, we have close to 14,000 employees who have not completed the training.
  • Currently, employees have until October 8 to complete a CLEARED4 profile. There are 2,223 employees that have not created a profile. Supervisors have been notified accordingly.
  • Please do not ignore the CLEARED4 emails. Every employee needs to create a profile and upload their information.
  • October 11 is the deadline to ask for a religious or medical exemption.
  • For medical exemptions, there is a form that needs to be filled out by a medical provider and then submitted.
  • The SAP portal has forms for applying for both the medical and religious exemptions.
  • Submitting an exemption form does not guarantee that an exemption will be granted.
  • October 18 is the deadline to upload your vaccination status and complete your COVID-19 baseline test.
  • Currently there are 140 exemptions that have been submitted.
  • We are currently under a labor caucus with all the labor groups in order to determine the level of due process that comes with the District’s right to enforce discipline.
  • There is both progressive and punitive discipline.
  • Employees and faculty can be subject to dismissal if they do not comply with the District’s testing and vaccination policy and procedures.
Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Brittany Grice provided information on workplace adjustment requests.
  • Employees at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19, those that are caregivers to individuals that are at heightened risk and those that are parents or guardians of children who may be experiencing pandemic related childcare closures are welcome to make a request for workplace adjustment with their immediate supervisors.
  • Those who want to request a workplace adjustment must submit a form and have a meeting with your supervisor.
Vice Chancellor Rueben Smith provided an update on campus safety and cleanliness.
  • The District and all of the colleges are unified and focused on addressing the cleanliness concerns and indoor air quality consistent with Cal OSHA and health department standards.
  • We have invested nearly $14 million to improving the indoor air quality on campuses.
  • This includes new and replaced HVAC systems, filter changes, duct cleaning, upgrades and other improvements.
  • If duct cleaning has not been completed on your campus, it does not mean that you are in an unhealthy environment.
  • The air going into rooms is going through a three-phase filter system.
  • We are also working on a new more efficient and effective dispatch system.
Personnel Director Ron Delahoussaye provided an update on custodial efforts.
  • The personnel commission has responded to the need to improve cleanliness on our campuses to recruit qualified applicants to fill existing vacancies.
  • We have a number of people being interviewed and on boarded by human resources to fill custodial positions.
  • We are also addressing our low custodial attendance rates.
To view the Town Halls: