MARCa APRIL 2, 2020 H 26, 2020
Student Emergency Support Fund launches
The College Futures Foundation announced today the launch of the California College Student Emergency Support Fund, which offers one-time $500 hardship grants to students. The fund is a statewide philanthropic response to address emergency needs for the state's low-income college students.

The fund was created to cover unplanned financial expenses such as housing, technology, and more to support educational continuity, persistence, and degree completion for California's college students during this crisis.

To be eligible, students must:
  • Be currently enrolled full-time (12+ units) as an undergraduate at a California community college, California State University, or University of California campus.
  • Have earned at least 24 semester units (i.e. one academic year of coursework
  • Be low-income, with a maximum Estimated Family Contribution of $5,576 (equivalent to eligibility for a Pell Grant) or eligible for a California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver (formerly known as the BOG fee waiver)
Students can apply for a grant online at

Please be sure to let students know about this grant opportunity.
Assisting our colleagues around the state
Guillermo Colls, Cuyamaca College ESL Instructor, presented a webinar yesterday to almost 400 colleagues around the state on "TIps and Tricks for taking ESL Online." The California Acceleration Project asked Colls to give the presentation because Cuyamaca College's innovations in acceleration have been nationally recognized. Colls said his presentation focused on using the principles of acceleration to guide the transition to online learning.
Exercise tips from Karen Caires
Looking for an exercise routine while you're stuck at home? Karen Caires, Grossmont College Exercise Science Associate Professor, recommends setting aside 30 minutes a day for fitness. She offered this exercise routine:

WARM-UP: Do a 2-5 minute warm-up to elevate your body temperature by 1 degree.
  • Jumping jacks or high knee march for one minute
  • Frankenstein dynamic stretch, 30 repetitions: Stand tall like a soldier with arms extended straight in front of you. Tighten your core and alternate bringing your left and right leg up to your hands.
  • Kicks, 30 repetitions: Place hands palm up along your backside and alternate rapidly bringing your heels up to your palms.

  • Jumping jacks or high knee march in place: 45 seconds
  • Chair bench/bar dips: 45 seconds
  • Skaters: 45 seconds
  • Mountain climbers: 45 seconds
  • Abs (sit-ups or planks): 45 seconds
  • 4 toe touches - 3
  • Squat jumps: 45 seconds
  • Rest 30 seconds. Repeat 4 to 5x
  • Be sure to drink water during your workout and stretch afterward.
My home office: Joyce Fries
Today's home office: Joyce Fries, an instructor in Grossmont College's Occupational Therapy Assistant program

1. Describe your home office.
My home office is in my kitchen raised on a laundry basket. Since I normally teach at night, my day starts after 9 am.

2. What is a typical day for you working from home?
First checking email, then working on my lengthy "to do" list. I'm preparing for teaching fully online this summer, which includes making many changes to the Canvas courses. Also, I'm using Zoom to continue the work of the Academic Program Review committee that I chair.

3. What tip would you pass on to other GCCCD employees?
I take breaks each lunch time by taking a walk around my neighborhood. Then I watch a webinar (at least 2-3 per week) about teaching online.

Take a photo of you in your home office and answer the three questions. Send them to Anne Krueger . Submissions may be edited for length or clarity.
In the Remote Report, you’ll see important updates, get your questions answered, and learn ways to help us all navigate this new world of mass telecommuting. Issues of the Remote Report will be archived on the District Remote Reports page.

If you have news to share or discovered a tip that helps you work better remotely, pass it on. Please send your items to Anne Krueger , Christianne Penunuri (Cuyamaca College) or Lorena Ruggero (Grossmont College).