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Crafton Hills College May 2020 BOARD OF TRUSTEES REPORT Crafton Hills ‘Superheroes’ Are Using Online Instruction to Continue Educating The Crafton Hills College (CHC) Emergency Distance Education team is nicknamed “DE Superheroes,” and it’s no wonder why. With little time to prepare, the team transitioned the college to online instruction to prioritize the health of both the college and the greater Yucaipa communities. The team is a portion of the larger Educational Technology Committee (ETC), and has provided ongoing remote training, an organized page of resources, and regular email and website updates. An extended spring break allowed more time for instructors Photo: Dr. Shohreh Rahbarnia, Dr. Kim Salt, and Daniel McCoy at spring in-service. Continued on page 2. Online Answer Center Every problem is an opportunity for innovation. When the campus closed for COVID-19, Jonathan Townsend noticed that the campus lacked a general help line. He proposed an online answer center, a Zoom room, staffed throughout the day to ensure that students receive the information they need from a live person that they can see. Jonathan was tasked by instructional dean Kay Weiss to organize and maintain this online answer center which has run since the beginning of April and continues each week during the business day. The answer center team ensures that our students not only get the answers and information they need but are also met by the most important part of our college, employees who are committed to students and who love to see students thrive. The answer center is expected to continue for the Photo: Jonathan Townsend, CHC instructional assessment technician. duration of the campus closure.
Crafton Hills College May 2020 | Page 2 Crafton Hills ‘Superheroes’ Are Using Online Instruction to Continue Educating continued.. to be trained and to transition, and the The key is to reassure one another, “Our students have had hands on team plan to offer ongoing support, be flexible, and do the best we can to experiences and learned a lot of lab continuously updated resources, help each other through this period.” techniques for many labs before this and real-time help throughout the happened,” she said. “Keeping that remainder of the semester. In response, CHC faculty are displaying in mind we know that we can change extraordinary flexibility, using any the delivery of the information and “Crafton’s DE Superheroes have means necessary to continue to techniques. I have found some videos pulled together as a community support one another and educate their on YouTube with the lab technique so that we can all be successful in students in difficult times. demonstrated that was the main these uncharted waters,” said Brandi point of the experiment. I also went Bailes, math professor and EDE team For example, chemistry professor into my lab room and videotaped member. and DE superhero Kelly Boebinger myself performing some of the lab recorded a video for all of her classes techniques or the actual experiment... The team is working hard to ensure to explain the new processes and what These videos are being shared with faculty’s technical success, since to expect. Since then, she continuously other instructors teaching the same some faculty are new to teaching communicates about college updates experiments, so our students in exclusively online. using email, and provides updates different sections all get the same via Canvas and email when she has information. Students will still have “We have emphasized that regular developed new content for lectures, lab reports from their lab manuals and effective contact with and labs and exams - which is now fully to turn in, they will fill in the data as among students is the number one online. She also is conducting office they are viewing the lab videos. They priority going forward,” said Cynthia hours online. will scan the completed reports and Hamlett, DE coordinator and ETC submit them electronically. We want chair. “That includes consistent “My goal for my students is still the the lab experience to be as similar as course announcements, Canvas same,” she said. “I want them to be possible as the face-to-face class. Our discussion forums to facilitate group successful. Keeping that point of view students need these skills to move on conversations about course materials, in mind during this transition has made in their education.” and auxiliary forums where students this easier. Since I have already taught can help each other with anything a chemistry lecture course online, I One challenge is serving students with from tech issues to the understanding was fortunate enough to have many of less access to distance learning than of course materials. We have also the skills needed to convert the rest of others. encouraged making use of Zoom for my courses, including lab, online. Our conferences and virtual class meetings Chemistry department is awesome. I “Chromebooks are being made so students and faculty both will have work with Dr. Kim Salt and Dr. Shohreh available while supplies last to some ‘face time’ to help them feel less Rahbarnia, and we work well together. students who may not have access to isolated working from home.” We have shared ideas and even video the necessary technology at home,” conferenced a few times to help each said Dean Kay Weiss. However, the team also recognizes other with ideas.” the need for individual wellness for Additionally, a limited number of each member of the Crafton learning Transitioning from in-person to computer workstations are available community. online instruction is not without two days a week so that students its challenges. “Due to extremely who need computers and internet will “We want to connect with our supportive colleagues, the changes have availability. Social distancing will colleagues, not just to assist with are going as well as can be expected,” be enforced, and each station will be training them on the various ways we Bailes said. “There will always be sanitized appropriately. can teach remotely,” said Gwendolyn bumps in the road, but with a strong Diponio, English professor and co- team of peer support, we are confident Through difficult times, Crafton Hills chair of the Curriculum Committee. we can handle them. DE Superheroes are demonstrating the “But also to connect with them on a strength of creativity, communication human level, to let them know it is ok For Boebinger, teaching chemistry and extraordinary empathy. not to aim for perfection, and it’s ok not labs remotely is the most challenging. to expect perfection from students.
Crafton Hills College May 2020 | Page 3 Photo: Gabriel Zavala, Crafton Hills College paramedic student. Crafton Hills College Continues to Train Paramedics Amid Pandemic The COVID-19 global pandemic is - didactive, clinic and field. causing a strain on every part of the healthcare system, calling for “all Zavala says that the program’s Photo: Child interacting with CDC hands on deck.” Crafton Hills College instructors are helping students to teacher. student paramedics feel the tension stay on track to graduate on time. as well, as they navigate a strenuous “Our program leaders are admirable, Child Development paramedic program while also knowledgeable and helpful during working the front lines in the field. this pandemic,” he said. Center One paramedic student, Gabriel Students like Zavala are gaining Learning continues, even for our Zavala, says that the most important increased amounts of field experience, youngest students at Crafton Hills thing he is learning in paramedic serving their communities alongside College. Child development center school amid a global pandemic is first responders. teachers remain engaged with the adaptability. “EMS is a constantly children and families even during changing field,” he said. “During “Working as an EMT, serving the school site closure due to COVID 19. times of worldwide adversity, community, and helping others in Students are provided virtual weekly maintaining composure is the only need is something I will not take for activities, story times and even Zoom way to persevere, and composure is granted,” Zavala said. “I am incredibly meetings in an effort to continue the essential while working in the field.” honored for the career that I have and early learning program provided by what this program continues to teach the campus. In order to be eligible for licensure as me.” a paramedic in the state of California, The Crafton Hills College child students must complete the 39 units “Paramedic school has been the development center provides a of the certificate program, pass most challenging and rewarding high quality developmental and National Registry written and skills time of my life,” he continued. “I am educational program to serve the examinations, and meet all other blessed to be in a program with many college and community. Applications licensure requirements established by other great students who I know will for morning, afternoon, or full day the state. The Crafton Hills Paramedic be some of the best paramedics once care will be available June 1st for the Program offers two cycles per year, the program is complete.” 2020-2021 school year for children and is broken down into three sections ages 3 to 5 years.
Crafton Hills College May 2020 | Page 4 expectations; for the first time, I wanted to truly learn the content, and dedicate my time to excel in the courses because of how committed, personable, and passionate my instructors were. I declared Communication Studies as my major, and within two years I earned my Associates Degree, along with two Student Senate Scholarships and Medals of Distinction. After graduating from CHC in 2019, I transferred to California State University, Long Beach where I am currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies. I have since joined multiple campus organizations and pursued leadership positions in both my sorority and communications club. Building genuine connections and networking with those around me has played in huge role in deciding what I want to do once I graduate next year. I have goals to work in the entertainment industry focusing on communications coordination or event planning. My advice to current CHC students is to take advantage of the resources around you. Reach out to peers and faculty, get involved in campus clubs Photo: CHC Alumna, Lorin Costello. and organizations, attend workshops and events on campus; your CHC Alumna, Lorin Costello experience at Crafton is what YOU make it. Stay focused and ENJOY it As I prepared to graduate high school a parking pass at a 4-year institution. all. in 2017, I was starting to feel the It was a no-brainer at that point, and pressure to attend a 4-year university. with confidence I decided that Crafton I look back now and I am incredibly I was rejected from two of my dream was the right path for me. thankful for the rejection that I faced Universities and waitlisted for the along the way. In the end, it has third. At the time it was a hard pill to I got plugged in right away and was taught me to make the absolute best swallow, but little did I know it would fortunate enough to join the Student out of where I am using what I have. lead me to a gem that is Crafton Hills Senate on campus. I connected Things will not always College. go as planned, but that “Your experience at Crafton is what YOU is just an opportunity to I remember attending a SOAR day at Crafton, make it. Stay focused and ENJOY it all.” overcome obstacles and work towards something still waiting to hear back greater than we could from my third-choice university, and with driven peers like former Senate have ever imagined. immediately I was blown away by how President, Valerie Johnson, and helpful the counselors were when they selfless advisors like Dr. Ericka I am more than proud to be a Crafton sat down with me to pick classes. My Paddock, who valued student Hills College Alumni, and I cannot potential professors had roaring 5-star needs and campus-wide success. thank this institution enough for reviews, and the cost of enrolling in 15 In the classroom, professors like shaping me into who I am today. units was just about the same price as Jimmy Urbanovich exceeded my
Crafton Hills College May 2020 | Page 5 Ward is extremely excited to share the lessons she has learned from teaching at Crafton. “This is an amazing opportunity to remind educators of the importance of being a teacher worth following,” Ward confided. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the essential work of EMS professionals, and how colleges like Crafton have a key role in preparing students for the profession. “This field is exhausting, mentally and physically,” Ward remarked, recognizing that students are tasked with walking into a total stranger’s worst day of their life. Ward is proud that Crafton’s program prepares students to deal with the toll on their Photo: Amanda Ward with CHC Paramedic students. well-being and the importance of mental resilience. Crafton Emergency Medical Services The CHC paramedic program is a Professor Selected to Share Knowledge at rarity, as it includes an entire course dedicated to helping students Prestigious Conference manage the human aspects of this career field. Ward hopes to help other Amanda Ward, Emergency Medical This prestigious conference professionals while representing Services Professor at Crafton Hills offers cutting-edge training and Crafton’s Paramedic program at EMS College, was recently selected to professional development sessions World Expo. present at the EMS World Expo in Las including Professor Ward’s session, Vegas. This is the largest event of its Be a Teacher, Preceptor, or FTO Currently the EMS World Expo is kind attracting more than 6,000 EMS Worth Following! proceeding as planned for September professionals from all over the world. 2020. One Book One College One Book/One College at Crafton wide conversation, creativity, and Hills is a college-wide reading community. The group has received initiative with the main purpose of nominations and will be selecting bringing together the Crafton Hills a book based on the following campus community through the criteria: Addresses issues of equity reading of a common book focused and inclusion, is relevant to the on equity and inclusion. This current CHC student population, year, students, faculty, staff, and inspires critical dialogue and an administrators will select and read a opportunity to test one’s own ideas, common book. The One Book/One is interdisciplinary, has a message College task force in collaboration that can develop empathy, can with the Professional Development build community amongst students committee will hold a series of and staff, and is accessible. free events to encourage college-
Crafton Hills College May 2020 | Page 6 Photo: Fernando Flores. Photo: Suzanna Smit. Photo: Eric Zaragoza. Virtual Student Awards Each year, Crafton Hills College faculty rather than having student recipients them. These students come from all and staff honor the best and brightest and their families for dinner, the Office walks of life and stand out from their students from their programs with a of Student Life awarded the recipients peers for a variety of reasons. Whether Student of the Year award. Historically, virtually through a newly designed they have the highest grade or the the awards are presented during the webpage and emailed certificate. strongest work ethic, are the first to Student Recognition Dinner organized help others or exhibit some other by the Office of Student Life. This event Each student is listed on the Crafton exceptional characteristic, the College is always a highlight of the year, kicking Hills College website under latest is extremely proud of these students off the spring celebrations at Crafton. news with a photo, the department and their contributions to our campus This year was a little different with recognizing them, and a quote from the community. Pictured above are three COVID-19 required social distancing, faculty or staff member who nominated of this year’s recipients. Student Needs Survey As we transitioned to online instruction and services at Crafton Hills College, we asked students to respond to an online survey about the recent COVID-19 pandemic related changes. Their responses are being used to help Crafton Hills College develop interventions and offer additional support. Students were asked questions related to online student services, training needs, technical, personal, and financial support, and campus communications. There were 827 surveys collected. The results of this survey will inform decisions to help students achieve their educational goals amidst this time of national emergency. As an example, please refer to the graph of self-reported personal student needs.
Crafton Hills College May 2020 | Page 7 Photo: CHC cadets practice rappelling. Photo: CHC cadets practice extrication. Fire Academy Through the Fire and Flames Amid campus closures and stay-at- Crafton Hills faculty adjusted for Because firefighting is a physically home orders caused by the COVID-19 COVID-19 safety requirements by demanding profession, strength pandemic, the Crafton Hills Fire limiting groups of students, adjusting and physical stamina are required. Academy has continued to meet instructional methods, and increasing Maintaining these rigorous training and train students who will join the cleaning of equipment and surfaces requirements for the program were front lines with other first responders between each training exercise. also challenging during the pandemic. fighting fires and saving lives. Against Students were split into three groups all odds, 29 cadets will complete their for instruction. Each group met in their “Our students must meet certain Fire Academy training in mid-May. own classroom and maintained 6 feet physical requirements before they are social distancing while instructors accepted to the Academy,” Chief Alder Despite these overwhelming used live stream and Zoom technology said. “This program has a kinesiology circumstances and challenges to to share classroom information with and physical training component that instruction, Crafton Hills College is the students before going out into the requires our students to meet each only college Fire Academy in California field. Alder also added, “the cadets morning for a series of conditioning that continued their 16-week training and instructors perform temperature workouts to prepare them for the program while also adhering to and checks twice a day and will continue day-to-day tasks of a professional maintaining the strictest firefighter.” of social-distancing guidelines. All 29 students “These students have persevered Fire Academy instructors have earned their firefighter 1 certificates. and earned their firefighter 1 were able to continue this regimen with our certificates despite even more intense students by monitoring “It is truly exceptional how them through the Strava our college president, Dr. circumstances than most of our cadets.” activity tracker app. “Our Kevin Horan, our Trustees, instructors even took the our administration, and our faculty to do so throughout the remainder of physical activity component of our have stepped up to keep our program the academy.” training into consideration and hosted going,” said Michael Alder, Chief, Zoom or Facetime workouts, Strava Crafton Hills College Fire Academy. “We also had a friend of one student activity check-in’s, etc. to make sure “In the face of many uncertainties, who heard that we needed masks,” that students were staying in shape everyone was adamant that we should Alder said. “She volunteered and despite our stay-at-home order.” keep going, meet the needs of our made masks for all students, faculty firefighting workforce and complete and staff in our program so that we Applicants for municipal firefighting training for these students in advance could continue to meet safely and jobs generally must pass a written of the 2020 fire season.” protect everyone as requested under COVID-19 guidelines.” Continued on page 8.
Crafton Hills College May 2020 | Page 8 Fire Academy Through the Fire and Flames continued.. exam; physical test of strength, higher than normal employee turnover new firefighters will be hired annually, physical stamina, and agility; and a due to the Baby-Boomers that are with 100 of those each year in the medical examination that includes exiting the workforce for retirement. San Bernardino and Riverside area. drug screening and a psychological This has left a large workforce void Employment of firefighters is expected test; a lie detector test and an oral that needs to be filled. The Crafton to increase slightly faster than the interview. Those who receive the Hills College Fire Academy and Fire average for all occupations. Labor highest scores in all phases of testing Technology Program are fully prepared Market Source: State of California have the best chances for employment. and committed to continuing to meet Employment Development Dept. The completion of community college that demand and professionally degree in fire technology, and the educating and training these future “These students have persevered completion of a community college Fire firefighters. and earned their firefighter 1 Academy Program may significantly certificates despite even more improve an applicant’s chances for “I shared with our cadets that they intense circumstances than most appointment. would be in a unique position upon of our cadets,” said Alder. “It truly is completion of the program,” said Alder. extraordinary how our administration, “Not only are the physical requirements “The job outlook is very favorable, and faculty, staff and students have worked of these cadets demanding, but their they will not be competing with other together to be successful during these coursework is also very challenging,” applicants as they normally would at challenging times. I am so proud of Alder added. “All students must pass this time of year. I shared this statistic how everyone pulled together. These a series of competency exams in three with the students, and I believe it cadets will graduate with honor and main categories - firefighter skills, was a pivotal moment that motivated they have exhibited the can-do, hazardous materials, and wildland. them to keep going, work hard and persevering attitude and character These exams alone are stressful, but complete the program in the face of that all amazing firefighters show.” adding the pandemic component these circumstances.” drives the stress level even higher.” In California between 2014 and 2024 it The fire service has been experiencing is expected that approximately 1,200 Welcome Custodial Supervisor, Rene Sampay Rene Sampay joined the CHC team in April, bringing with him over 15 years of experience in educational custodial operations. Rene is looking forward to building professional relationships with his team, and his priority is to “meet APPA cleaning standards at a level 4 or above.” To meet these standards, all custodial staff are being trained on proper floor care, routine maintenance, and daily cleaning operations. During this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, all areas on campus are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected systematically. Once they have completed a building, they lock it up and monitor the usage to determine if any additional services are needed. Rene’s wife, Shana, is an educator in a K-5 elementary school and the couple have two sons, Daymonne who is 18 Photo: Rene Sampay, CHC Custodial Supervisor. and Jayden who will be 7 in May.
Crafton Hills College May 2020 | Page 9 Photo: Robert McAtee and fellow Rotarians. Photo: Sherri Wilson’s sewing station. Crafton volunteers helping our community respond to COVID-19 Robert McAtee volunteered with using her sewing machine to assemble and add some cheer to the look. In the Rotary Club of Fountain Valley masks for health care workers at addition, Sherri and her sister have to assemble 55,745 face shields to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. made over 60 additional cloth masks be delivered to various hospitals in She started by making masks from for the hospital, friends, and family. California. This work was done at HEPA vacuum bags which give She offered, “if you know of people seven different locations over a three- protection almost as good as the N95 who need a cloth mask, I can make week period. masks. She also made several covers some more.” for the duckbill style N95 masks to Retired math Professor Sherri Wilson is keep noticeable soil off the masks Crafton Hills College New Student Saturday On Saturday, April 25th, students were able to meet with a counselor virtually to complete a two-semester ed plan and get assistance with registration. Other student services available were Financial Aid, Admissions and Records, and the Free College Promise Program. Almost 100 students received the help they needed to enroll and register. Thank you to all members of our student services team for helping our new students over the weekend. Photo: Courtney Hogate, former CHC student and Promise Professional Expert.
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