Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, in recognition of Thanksgiving. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28-29, will also be non-instruction days. Classes resume Monday, Nov. 30. Have a great holiday.
Los Angeles County Public Health reminds everyone to stay home as much as possible for the next two to three weeks to change the trajectory of surging COVID-19 cases and save lives. COVID-19 can unintentionally spread to other people unless we all practice safety precautions that prevents transmission. Learn more.
Herb Alpert Music Center and the Los Angeles City College Music Department will host a concert on YouTube at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, to pay tribute to Kabwe Chanda, who passed away in April from COVID-19. Chanda was the Regional Manager for Los Angeles Community College District's Information Technology Department, which included overseeing the IT operations at LASC. Learn more.
Please remember that wearing facial coverings and following all Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) safety advisories and current health orders from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health during the COVID-19 pandemic are mandatory. Read more.
LASC will have a special on-campus Thanksgiving food distribution event for its students at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. As part of this effort, LASC is looking to give gift cards to students. Please consider donating to this effort at this link.
Want to host a virtual event?! The Hopin platform is up and running! If you have a virtual event that you would like to host, contact LASC's Event Coordinator Jen Shetland at shetlaja@lasc.edu and/or fill out an information form here.
Starting in winter 2021, there will be a new Rich Content Editor in Canvas. The RCE is in the toolbar area in Canvas and allows users to edit text, add links and images, and much more. Learn more at an upcoming workshop at 10 a.m. December 11. Register here.

An "Accessible Canvas Page Design" 
workshop hosted by L.A. Mission College at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, will show participants how to use 
headings to create a structured
page that is easy for all students to navigate, use bulleted and numbered lists when appropriate, use color wisely, and more. Register here.
There will be several upcoming Canvas training courses offered in the Vision Resource Center. Register now for four-week Canvas training courses that run from January 4-29, 2021. They include Introduction to Online Teaching (ITC), Introduction to Online, Teaching and Learning (IOTL), and Humanizing Online Learning.
LASC employees can borrow free-standing computer monitors, office chairs, and other classroom tools that might be needed to work from home. Submit your request here. Once approved, you will also need to fill out the return to campus form here.
LACCD's 2021 Winter Session and Spring Semester classes will remain predominately online due to the COVID-19 public health pandemic. Classes returning to in-person modalities during that time will only occur based on the prevailing Health Orders from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and in accordance with the Health Department’s Reopening Protocols for Institutes of Higher Education. Learn more.

If you have questions about the work of LACCD's Emergency Operations Center, check out its recovery plan, policies and other information at this link. Past and future safety advisories produced by the EOC can be found here.

LASC's Distance Education support team of Assistant Professor Gail Amos, Counselor Brandy Robinson, and Associate Professor Travis DuBry will be available for faculty through Zoom at the following times:
LACCD's Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will have standing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) training for hiring committee members and EEO representatives during the Fall Semester. Training is open to all employees, but an RSVP is required. The next training starts at 1 p.m. December 3. Learn more.

In an effort to assist faculty with locating Open Educational Resources (OER) for their courses, LASC's OER Liaison is holding open office hours on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join the OER Zoom session every Wednesday here. Meeting ID is 984 0491 1893. For more information, contact samaiep@lasc.edu.
You can now add Library Research Guides and other library tools into your Canvas course. This is possible by using External Tools in Canvas. Follow the instructions on the faculty tab from the library webpage. LASC Librarians have created a series of subject specific research guides to help students with their research. See the list of subject guides on the Library A-Z Research Guides. For any questions or assistance with embedding library resources into your course, contact lasclibrary@lasc.edu.
LASC has initiated a telephone
hotline for employees and students to call with any general issues or concerns they might have related to the LACCD and LASC operations as well as the impact of COVID-19. Contact the FreshDesk/FreshCaller hotline from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays at (323) 274-1680 or
LACCD will be providing hands-on beginner, intermediate and expert SAP training as well as eBTA training for initiators and approvers for LASC employees. Learn more. 
Do you know students interested in transferring to UCLA? A UCLA admissions representative will have drop-in hours at LASC from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. Learn more.
LASC's Transfer Center is ready to assist students throughout the process of transferring to a university. The Transfer Center will provide students with the information and resources they'll need to smoothly and successfully transfer to a four-year institution. There are workshops every week. Learn more.
Students are welcome to join LASC's Library on Zoom to learn more about how to format their paper and cite sources properly. There will be an MLA workshop at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, and an APA workshop at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. Learn more.
LASC's Sociology Club gives students an opportunity to meet other students, learn about sociology careers, network, discuss ideas, practice leadership, contribute to their community, and improve your resume. The club next meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 to discuss membership, recruitment, annual goals, and more. Learn more.

LASC's Student Success Center will host Conversational English Language workshops throughout November on Zoom. Attendees will practice speaking English while talking about their careers, college, cooking, exercise, and more. The next workshop is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. Learn more.

Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking Student Workshops will be put on by the Student Success Center in November. The next workshop will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, to discuss "Critical Thinking." Learn more.
The Dream Resource Center will host "UndocuZoom" at 11 a.m. every Thursday for students, parents, and community members to connect with and build a community among our undocumented population. Learn more.

LASC's Student Success Center Committee presents its 2020 Fall Semester Virtual Poster Showcase. Students could win one of several prizes. Topics for the poster could address voter suppression, homelessness, crimes against women, digital divide during COVID-19, climate change, and racial disparities in law enforcement. 
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, LASC's campus is closed to the public, but almost all classes are offered in a remote learning (online) model using Canvas and all student services and business operations will be offered online. Keep up with the latest CVOID-19 news with LACCD's FAQ page.
LASC has a wealth of virtual classroom support available for students this Fall Semester. Learn more. Also, students can live chat with our support programs by visiting this link. Resources such as housing, WiFi, and food accessibility are also available to students here.
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LASC's Academic Senate and College Council committees provide leadership for the overall direction and support of the college. Take a moment to review the committees' 2020 Fall Semester meeting schedules.
This Fall Semester, LASC will have an “Administrator On Duty” on Zoom from 5-8 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays to ensure everything is running smoothly with online instruction and support services. If you encounter any issues, contact the administrator on Zoom and they will provide assistance.
Plan your schedule and other activities around LASC's academic calendar.
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LASC's President Dr. Seher Awan is inviting all employees to a virtual town hall at 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday to receive updates and chat questions to her. The Town Hall can be accessed via Zoom at tinyurl.com/TownHallatLASC or by phone at (669) 900-6833. Meeting ID is 924 9400 3345 Last week's town hall can be viewed here.