Dear Student Equity Participants,

Firstly, we hope you are all safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. We know that you must be going through a number of difficult transitions both inside and outside of your role as students. The Student Equity Office wants you all to know that we see your persistence and hard work during these difficult times.

Secondly, as of this week, Orange Coast College has transitioned all possible classes to an online/remote learning format. Classes that cannot happen in a remote format have been suspended or canceled. Please check OCC's COVID-19 Latest Updates Page for all official campus news and more details on suspended/canceled classes.

Thirdly, it is our goal to keep our students, staff and the community as safe as possible while providing continued service. The Student Equity Office will be open and available remotely  to students via email and phone. If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to reach out via email or voicemail (714-432-6847).

Below are important announcements, FAQs, and COVID-19 related community resources that you can continue to access even while campus is closed.

Stay safe and take care, Pirates! We look forward to seeing you safe and healthy soon.
URGENT ANNOUNCEMENTS: Emergency Grant, Resource Distribution, and Online Student Forum

  • Mission Asset Fund is hosting a CA College Student Grant: $500 of free money for CA college students. Click here to see their website and apply ASAP. Funds are limited. Undocu-scholars are eligible too!

  • For students who are still enrolled in Spring 2020 classes, we are working to mail you the usual monthly resources (gas card or bus pass) until the end of the Spring semester. We are also looking to add potentially grocery cards. To ensure that we have you most accurate mailing address, click here to provide us your mailing address for Resource Distribution during COVID-19. If you do not provide us your mailing address, we will not be able to mail you your resource. You must be still enrolled in classes to receive these resources.

  • The OCC College President, Vice Presidents, Student Services Teams, and ASOCC is hosting an online Student Forum TODAY, Friday, April 3 @ 12:30pm. Join online or call in with your phone at: http://tiny.cc/08kdmz
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Orange Coast College has created an official Student Resources & FAQ Page for all students. Please make sure to read through to get answers to many common questions. Below are more questions pertinent to specifically Student Equity participants.
I am thinking of dropping classes because of COVID-19. What should I do?

The college has created an Excused Withdrawal FAQ to help you to understand the new option for an excused withdrawal “EW” with refund. Please make sure to read the FAQ if you are considering dropping any classes in light of the changes due to COVID-19.


Do I still need to fulfill my contract requirements to remain in the Student Equity Program? (APRs, Mid-Semester Check-In, Engagements, enrollment in 6 units, etc.)

All contract requirements for Spring 2020 will be OPTIONAL . You will not be mandated to submit an APR, Mid-Semester Check-In, Engagements, or to maintain 6 units to stay in the program. If you have already filled out your APR and would like to submit it regardless of the requirements, you can click on this form to submit your APR electronically .

However, you WILL be required to remain enrolled in classes at OCC. If you drop out of all of your classes for Spring 2020, you will no longer be a Student Equity participant.


How can I reserve a spot for the Fall 2020 Student Equity Program?

For students who remained enrolled in Spring 2020 classes, we will send out instructions on how to reserve a spot in the Fall 2020 Student Equity Program towards the end of the spring.


Can I still access Student Equity Counselors?

Yes, our counselors are still available every Tuesday. All meetings will be virtual or over the phone. To book an appointment, please call Connie Oh at 714-432-5547.


Can I still access my bookstore funds remotely?

Yes, for students who are still enrolled in Spring 2020 classes, you will be able to access bookstore funds remotely. We will send you separate instructions on how to access bookstore funds.


Will I still be able to access my monthly resources (gas cards/bus passes)?

For students who are still enrolled in classes, we are working to mail you the usual monthly resources (gas card or bus pass) until the end of the Spring semester. We are also looking to add potentially grocery cards.

To ensure that we have you most accurate mailing address, click here to provide us your mailing address for Resource Distribution during COVID-19 . If you do not provide us your mailing address, we will not be able to mail you your resource. You must be still enrolled in classes to receive these resources.
What if I don't have a laptop or wi-fi access for online classes?

Please reach out to us ASAP at studentequity@occ.cccd.edu or leave a voicemail at 714-432-6847 to let us know what barriers you have to accessing online classes. We will do our best to support you with technology to be able to access your classes.


How can I reach out to Student Equity if I have further questions?
We are here to support you to the best of our abilities during these difficult times! If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at studentequity@occ.cccd.edu or leave a voicemail at 714-432-6847. We are monitoring the emails and voicemails daily, and someone will reach out to you to help.

You can also keep up with us on Instagram @occstudentequity .
Online & Community COVID-19 Resources in Southern California
UPDATED WITH NEW RESOURCES!

EMERGENCY GRANTS AND FUNDS FOR STUDENTS - FREE MONEY!




ZOOM RESOURCES:

CANVAS RESOURCES :

ORANGE COUNTY & SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENERAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

  • Aunt Bertha is an online database of social services like food pantries, medical care, etc.

  • 211 Orange County for general social services. Dial 211 from any cell phone, text 898-211 or or visit: https://www.211oc.org/

  • Public Information Hotline offered by Orange County Sheriff: 714-628-7085



FOOD RESOURCES



  • Families Forward is operating a drive-through food assistance, Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm.



HOUSING RESOURCES


  • Mercy House will continue their usual operations, including their Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter (714-318-4038)



  • For those who may be worried about quarantining in a home where they do not feel safe, help is available from the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365 at @ndvh by chat or by calling their hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

INTERNET RESOU RCES




PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES


  • You may be eligible for medical coverage under Medi-Cal!

  • Make sure you take care of your Mental Health as well! The OCC Student Health Center is providing mental health care virtually during this time. To reach the Mental Health Services team, please leave a voicemail or text message at (714) 432-6858.



UNDOCU-SCHOLARS RESOURCES




Student Equity Program
Email: studentequity@occ.cccd.edu | Visit: Watson Hall 205 | Call: 714-432-6847