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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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

It’s time for an update on the CRM!  The teams have been quite busy over the past few months launching Phase 2 of the implementation and preparing for future phases.  Phase 2 was launched on June 29th and included Enrollment Steps Success Plans, Success Team Assignments, Matriculation Messages and Journeys, Systems Integration, and integration with Single Sign On (SSO) and the Student Welcome & Admissions Letter.

Like many of you, in reflecting on recent events that led to the tragic, senseless and preventable deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed and Tony McDade, we are trying to find the appropriate words for our thoughts and emotions. While we know and understand what is happening across our country, we struggle to comprehend it. It is vexing to start a note by admitting that we are at a loss for how to adequately convey our feelings; nevertheless, this is where we find ourselves.

College of San Mateo has made the difficult decision to transition away from its management of the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course. Our goal is to facilitate a transition to another organization by the end of 2020. Until then, cross country events and community access will continue uninterrupted (subject to local shelter-in-place restrictions).

CSM’s Erin Persley worked on a film that will premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in March.

Read the latest updates on The San Mateo County Community College District implementation of its new constituent relationship Management (CRM) tool.