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Softball extraordinaire Aubrie Businger was just settling in to her new role with Oregon Tech University last season when sports nationwide were hit with the 2020 pandemic closures. A junior transfer out of College of San Mateo, Businger was batting a solid .323 through her first 10 games with Oregon Tech, as the program closed with a four-game sweep of Carroll College-Montana prior to the season’s cancelation. Now, in maintaining her junior season of eligibility, Businger is batting respectable .367 through her first 10 games — “respectable,” because Oregon Tech is batting .396 as a team — with her Owls off to an unbeaten 10-0 start.

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The San Mateo County Community College District has received $13.3 million in federal relief funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II). Of that funding, approximately two-thirds will go directly to students as cash payments to offset hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining third of the funds will be used to offset costs incurred by the District and its three colleges for COVID-related expenses such as technology, health and safety equipment, and training.

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The three colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District – Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College – will continue to hold courses in online and distance education modalities, as well as provide most student services remotely, through the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Most employees will also continue to work remotely through Fall 2021. The San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees formally ratified the decision in their meeting on Feb. 24.

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Here’s what has been accomplished since our last update in January, and what’s on the horizon for the next few months

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A year after its national title defense was halted midseason, the Southern Oregon University softball team’s roster looks no less imposing. Cascade Conference coaches confirmed as much by making the Raiders favorites to win the circuit again in 2021.

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CSM is searching for a new College President. The SMCCCD Board of Trustees and campus community are seeking an individual with a record of success who is committed to leading this institution into the future. The College President position details and application link are available on the SMCCCD Employment website.

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After successfully launching Phase 2, the team is now moving into Phases 3 and 4 of the project. Phase 3 includes finalizing the configuration for Counseling so students can complete self-scheduled appointments, implementing Early Alerts, adding a texting solution, and configuring form submission from the CRM. Phase 4 includes categorical and other programs, as well as additional services for students such as Success Teams, Success Plans, and Appointment Scheduling. Phase 4 also includes Chat Bots, Assessment and Testing, and other student types such as Returning, Continuing, and Concurrent Enrollment students.

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The San Mateo County Community College District’s new workforce development and training portal, smccd.edu/workforce, offers critical job training and small business resources on one convenient website. Designed to help address the workforce crisis caused by COVID-19 in the Bay Area, the website launched this week. 

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The San Mateo County Community College District has spent the past year evaluating compliance of its facilities and services with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. ADA provides comprehensive civil rights protections to qualified individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

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College of San Mateo ranked third in the country, Ohlone College in Fremont took the seventh spot, Las Positas College in Livermore grabbed 14th, and De Anza College in Cupertino was 19th.

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