Whether on campus or online, CVCC shows support for its students and the community
Aurelia Smith wears several hats at Chattahoochee Valley Community College. She serves as a Computer Information Systems (CIS) instructor, Online Learning Coordinator, and Blackboard Administrator. She’s used to being flexible in her work while juggling different projects at one time, but like everyone else, she never expected anything like the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, she had to respond quickly in getting CVCC transitioned to functioning completely online.
“It was a lot of work to get the online classes going, but when I think of how at one time, I wanted to be a nurse, I realize this is a lot less stressful in comparison to what our medical providers are going through now. I salute them,” she said.
Although Ms. Smith is not on the frontlines working in the medical field. CVCC administrators say she has been on the frontlines of making sure the College smoothly transitioned within a matter of just a couple of days.
“Ms. Smith was the catalyst in bringing our online classes to full capacity,” said Dr. Chantae Calhoun, Dean of Instruction. “She immediately went to work developing faculty training to include instructions, videos, and examples of how to teach and advise online. Our department chairs have shown such great leadership, ensuring their areas had what was needed to be successful. The impact our instructors have made on our students is a bright light in a difficult time. They have gone above and beyond to make sure students continue to get a quality education in the midst of such a quick transition.”
Students like Alana Joseph know first-hand how instructors have made the difference in getting through this trying time. She said when the campus first closed its doors in mid-March, she was “devastated.”
“I went from being on campus four days a week, to not coming at all,” she said. “I am not the best online student, so I was worried that I would miss due dates and that my academic performance would fall due to lack of contact with my teachers. I was wrong to say the least. My teachers have been hands-on and available any time I have reached out to them.”
In addition to instructors doing their part, the College implemented and developed a modified instructional and service delivery plan to address everything from advising to doing classwork. The College also created a COVID-19 response team, developed a COVID-19 Web page, and even created a YouTube video that creatively and humorously emphasized the steps for virtual advisement and summer registration. Additionally, CVCC continues its support of the community. The Health Sciences and Public Safety departments donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Russell County Emergency Management Agency to help with the shortage.
“I’m extremely proud of the work CVCC is doing during this unprecedented time for our students and the community as a whole,” said President Jackie Screws. “Challenges like these test us in ways we could have never imagined, and CVCC continues to pass the test.”