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MCCC REMOTE / COVID-19 Information & resources

We will continue to update you on any news regarding COVID-19 as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this matter please contact Dr. Diane Campbell, Vice President for Student Affairs, at campbeld@mccc.edu.


NOTICE of April 3, 2020
from MCCC President, Dr. Jianping Wang

Dear Members of the Mercer County College Community,

As COVID-19 transmission continues to rapidly increase within the state, the region, and our community, we want to provide you with some guidance and information regarding the steps we are taking to keep our environment as safe as possible. With more than 22,000 individuals in New Jersey confirmed with COVID-19, and more positive tests confirmed daily, MCCC is mandating all members of the community to follow these directives:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms please contact your healthcare provider for medical advice. For more information, please refer here.
  • If you test positive for the virus, have been given the prescription to be tested, or are waiting for your test results, you are not permitted to enter any Mercer County Community College campus under any circumstances. You will only be permitted to return to campus once you are no longer contagious, with a written release from a primary physician.
  • For assistance with course registration, computer pick up, or any other college business, please refer here for information and resources.
  • Failure to comply with these directives may result in Code of Conduct violations for students and staff. Members of the community may be subject to municipal and/or civil action.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and compliance. Stay healthy and safe.

Important Prevention Methods (CDC Recommendations)

In light of this matter and the ongoing cold and flu season, we continue to encourage students, faculty, and staff to take some basic precautionary measures.

To minimize the effects and spread of the COVID-19, Flu and Seasonal Flu, please remember to:

  • Wash your hands frequently, and for at least 30 seconds.
  • Use the hand sanitizing stations that have deployed throughout both campuses.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose. Immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • And perhaps most importantly, if you are feeling ill – particularly with a respiratory ailment – see a health care professional immediately.
  • Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Additional Considerations:

  • If you are a resident in a community where person-to-person spread of COVID-19 has been detected and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms.
  • For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
  • If you have been in China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity for up to 14 days. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow the spread of this virus.

Travel Notice

Effective immediately (March 9, 2020) and until further notice, Mercer County Community College is restricting all college affiliated travel for all students, faculty, and staff. Students should direct questions to MCCC-Corona19@mccc.edu; employees can contact Human Resources at hr@mccc.edu, or at ext. 3270.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to safeguard the health and safety of the community, our students, faculty and staff at Mercer County Community College.

The voluntary survey is now closed.

We want to thank members of the college community who took the time to respond to this anonymous college survey regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The results are invaluable as we continue to improve our comprehensive preparedness plan in response to to COVID-19 concerns.

For those who answered "Yes" to any of the survey questions, please visit the CDC website or call 1-800-222-1222 state hotline for guidance.

RESOURCES

MCCC Related

New Jersey State COLLEGE-Related
  • NJCCC Resources for New Jersey Community College Students and Community Members Affected by the Coronavirus
    PDF document
  • Health Resources for New Jersey Community College Students and Community Members Affected by the Coronavirus - NJCCC
    PDF document
  • New Jersey Institutes of Higher Education Emergency Declarations and Proclamations
    PDF document

County of Mercer

New Jersey State
  • Governor Murphy Unveils Multi-Stage Approach to Execute a Responsible and Strategic Restart of New Jersey’s Economy
    link
  • COVID-19 Information Hub
    website
  • New Jersey Department of Health
    website
  • Division of Pensions and Benefits, SHBP/SEHBP COVID-19 Response
    link
  • New Jersey Launches Job Portal to Connect Out-of-Work Residents to Opportunities in Critical Industries
    link

Federal


Do your part to stop the spread of flu at colleges and universities - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
MCCC COVID-19 OPEN FORUM (3/4/20)

Contact MCCC at mccc-corona19@mccc.edu for information or to ask questions.


Campus Health Broadcast Email Archive

 

Broadcast Email of May 19, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

Dear Colleagues:
Just as we acted early, responsibly and collectively in the early days of the pandemic, we must do likewise as we look toward the eventual reopening of our West Windsor and James Kerney campuses. On May 4, I appointed a special task force of volunteers from the campus community to carry out that mission, and to guide us as we ponder reopening to the post-pandemic world.

The Task Force was divided into two separate groups – instructional and operations – ensuring all aspects of our college community were represented. The Task Force did an outstanding job in developing detailed and well-thought out recommendations. It uses current research, data collection, analysis, and literature review of similar policies being enacted throughout the country. Now we need your input and would like to invite you to attend one of the following virtual open forums via Zoom:

Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00 p.m.
https://mccc-edu.zoom.us/j/99022260857
Meeting ID: 990 2226 0857
One tap mobile:
+16468769923,,99022260857# US (New York)

Friday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m.
https://mccc-edu.zoom.us/j/99741119440
Meeting ID: 997 4111 9440
One tap mobile:
+16468769923,,99741119440# US (New York)

Thank you in advance for your participation, and for all of your continued hard work on behalf of the students at Mercer County Community College. Stay healthy and safe.

 


 

Broadcast Email of May 4, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

COVID-19 Alert, May 4, 2020

On Sunday, May 3, 2020, Mercer County Community College was informed that a member of the campus community tested positive for COVID-19. The individual’s last visit to campus was on March 6, 2020 and this is beyond the current CDC Guidance* regarding the likelihood of a potential exposure risk, which is 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic.

Mercer County Community College will continue to follow CDC and New Jersey Health Department guidelines. We urge everyone to continue to practice all safety protocols. At the same time, we remind you that we must respect the privacy of individual employees while they focus on their health and recovery.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Human Resources Office at hr@mccc.edu.

 


 

Broadcast Email of April 29, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

COVID-19 Return Task Force

As we continue with our remote instruction and operations in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to begin planning for the transition back to on-campus operation and in-person instruction.

In order to develop the best transition plan we can, we must seek adequate input from representatives across the college. Therefore, I am announcing the formation of a campus-wide task force to develop such a plan. The work of the task force is extremely important and will require significant efforts from all members. If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise, please contact Beth Brower at browerb@mccc.edu. We greatly appreciate your participation.

Thank you in advance for your valuable contribution. I look forward to the day when we can be reunited on campus with our students.

 


 

Broadcast Email of April 25, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

COVID Alert: 4.25.20

Dear Colleagues,

Mercer County Community College has been informed that three employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

It is important to note that there were no reported cases of COVID-19 when the physical campus closed on March 13, nor were there any reported cases within the subsequent 14 days through March 27, which is the recommended quarantine period as per the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. All reported cases have been more than two weeks after closure of campus, with the first case reported on April 17 – more than a month later.

It is also important to note that the college’s commercial cleaning staff, CBM, regularly and routinely uses an anti-viral solution to wipe down all areas and high touch points twice daily. In addition, the CBM team utilizes a fogger machine to disinfect large areas. College officers and staff who remain on campus are also equipped with spray and wipe-down equipment to treat work spaces before and after use, and whenever situationally called for.

Mercer County Community College will continue to follow CDC and New Jersey Health Department guidelines. We urge everyone to continue to practice all safety protocols. At the same time, we remind you that we must respect the privacy of individual employees while they focus on their health and recovery.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources at hr@mccc.edu.

 


 

Broadcast Email of April 24, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

Remote Open Office Hours

Dear Colleagues,

During this time of social distancing and remote operations, it is even more important to stay in touch regarding issues that are important to you. With this in mind, I will be holding a virtual open office hour on Wednesday, April 29, at 2 p.m. If you are interested in participating, email Beth Brower at browerb@mccc.edu, who will contact you at that time for your private appointment.

As always, I look forward to our conversation. Stay healthy and safe.

 


 

Broadcast Email of April 24, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

Dear Prospective Graduate,

Foremost, I hopeold this message finds you and your family well. I want to congratulate you on your academic achievements, and understand that you are looking forward to celebrate your success at your commencement.

While we very much want to celebrate with you in person, unfortunately, we cannot do so this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, we regretfully must cancel Mercer County Community College's traditional on-campus Honors and Commencement ceremonies in order to ensure your safety and health and that of your families.

But that won't keep you from getting an MCCC diploma in your hands! As part of our move to online services, the college has arranged for you to receive your diploma, along with a congratulatory letter, electronically. We will also mail your physical diploma to you in the weeks that follow.

In addition, we will be delighted to welcome you in cap and gown to walk in next year’s (2021) ceremony. For those who achieve Honors, we will invite you to attend next year’s Honors Convocation. The college will reach out to you with details as that day nears.

The Class of 2020 will remain among the most memorable in the history of the college. You persist to graduate in spite of the unprecedented challenges. We are so very proud of you! We wish you continued success and happiness in your pursuits beyond Mercer.

If you have any questions or plan to delay your graduation for further study at Mercer, please email graduation@mccc.edu.

 


 

Broadcast Email of April 22, 2020
From Joe Claffey, Vice President for College Advancement

Social Media Account Management Audit

In an effort to streamline our social media presence and work together to spread college news, our department is conducting a social media account audit.

If you or your department manages a social media account affiliated with the college please complete the following Office Form: Social Media Account Submission Form.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 


 

Broadcast Email of April 20, 2020
From Bryon Marshall, College Safety and Facilities

REMINDER: Campus Visitation Protocols

College Safety and Facilities has been called on to augment the campus visitation protocols. As of Friday, April 17, the following changes have been made to further enhance safety and wellness through the COVID- 19 crisis:

  1. Permission for any visits to campus must be granted by the area VP. The REQUEST FORM for permission to visit MCCC can be found here.
  2. The Old Trenton Road main entrance will be closed to traffic. This entrance will remain closed until further notice.
  3. All access and entry to campus will be made via the Hughes Drive entrance.
  4. Physical barriers/road blocks have been placed in critical areas on the college roadways to help guide and direct traffic. All visitors are required to adhere to the designated traffic patterns and follow the directions provided by the signs, devices and/or College Safety Officers on location.
  5. College Safety Officers will be tasked with patrolling the buildings and hallways to monitor conditions, while making sure that any/all visitors have the proper authorization and are wearing Personal Protection Equipment, or PPE (face coverings/bandanas, masks, gloves, etc.)
  6. PPE will not be offered or made available at the campus locations. Approved visitors and guests are responsible for having and wearing their own PPE. Individuals who do not arrive equipped and/or reasonably able to comply* with the safety requirements will be denied admittance.
  7. All swipe card access and punch access will be removed, and exterior keyed door locks will be changed. All visitors must report to College Safety (FA Building) upon arrival. College Safety will provide access to the various buildings as needed.
  8. College Safety will provide additional patrols to cover hallways and provide campus checks on these important protocols. Any persons on campus without permission will be escorted off campus and the incident will be reported to Human Resources for follow-up and possible corrective/disciplinary action.

* ADA considerations and requests for accommodations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

 


 

Broadcast Email of April 15, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

COVID Alert

On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Mercer County Community College was informed that a member of the campus community tested positive for COVID-19. The college is contacting everyone who came in direct contact with that individual while on campus during the period April 7, 2020 – April 10, 2020.

Mercer County Community College will continue to follow CDC and New Jersey Department of Health guidelines. We urge everyone to continue to practice all safety protocols. At same time, we remind you that we must respect the privacy of individual employees while they focus on their health and recovery.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Human Resources at hr@mccc.edu.

 


 

Broadcast Email of April 9, 2020
From Bryon Marshall, College Facilities, Safety and Security

Perishable Food Items on Campus

Please be advised that during the week of April 13-17, our Facilities and College Safety teams will be going through all areas of the college to focus on removing all perishable items, primarily food. Items and their respective containers will be disposed of properly. Our teams will continue to exercise sound judgment when making decisions to dispose of containers and other items.

If anyone has medication or medically-related supplies that they would like to regain possession of, please send an email to me (marshalb@mccc.edu), to Cmdr. Michael Flaherty (Flahertm@mccc.edu), and Josh Johnson (Johnsonj@mccc.edu). We will make arrangements for you to make a safe, no contact curb-side pick-up, provided travel for medical needs is permitted.

Please do not hit ‘reply’ as this address does not accept incoming email.

 


 

Broadcast Email of April 3, 2020
From Jianping Wang, President

Dear Members of the Mercer County College Community,

As COVID-19 transmission continues to rapidly increase within the state, the region, and our community, we want to provide you with some guidance and information regarding the steps we are taking to keep our environment as safe as possible. With more than 22,000 individuals in New Jersey confirmed with COVID-19, and more positive tests confirmed daily, MCCC is mandating all members of the community to follow these directives:

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms please contact your healthcare provider for medical advice. For more information, please refer to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  2. If you test positive for the virus, have been given the prescription to be tested, or are waiting for your test results, you are not permitted to enter any Mercer County Community College campus under any circumstances. You will only be permitted to return to campus once you are no longer contagious, with a written release from a primary physician.
  3. For assistance with course registration, computer pick up, or any other college business, please refer to http://mccc.edu/mccchealth.shtml for information and resources.
  4. Failure to comply with these directives may result in Code of Conduct violations for students and staff. Members of the community may be subject to municipal and/or civil action.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and compliance. Stay healthy and safe.

 


 

Broadcast Email of April 3, 2020
From Barbara Basel, Vice President for Human Resources

MCCC Employee Assistance Program

The EAP provides private assessment, brief counseling and/or referrals for additional services to assist with personal and/or work-related problems that could potentially impact job performance, health, mental and emotional well-being. Such concerns, among others, may include stress, financial issues, legal issues, family problems, office conflicts, and alcohol or substance abuse. EAP also works with supervisors and managers to provide proactive planning for, and intervention in, situations such as organizational changes and in response to traumatic events.

The College recognizes that social distancing can be difficult for community members who are used to working together. To help you during this particularly stressful time, do not hesitate to make use of our Employee Assistance Program. Please click here to see the hand-out or contact:

Toll-free: 800-227-2195
Website: www.HelloE4.com
Username: mccc
Password: guest

Please stay safe and healthy during this time of crisis. Thank you again for your dedication, commitment, and for all you do for our students and communities.

 


 

Broadcast Email of April 2, 2020
From Savita Bambhrolia, Assistant Dean and Acting Registrar

MCCC Virtual Office Hours

Due to the recent events of COVID-19, please know that the Mercer County Community College staff hopes you are staying safe and healthy. While our operations have gone remote, we are still here and connected. As a community, we are all in this together. Our top priority is to reassure our students that the MCCC’s services are readily available and equipped to fulfill your needs.

Whether you’re in need of registration assistance, or seeking a resource from the college website, the Strategic Enrollment Services staff is here for you. We are now offering virtual office hours, where you will have the opportunity to visit with our staff via Zoom.

Join our West Windsor Campus Staff from 10 a.m. to Noon:
https://zoom.us/j/4209443883
Meeting ID: 420 944 3883
Dial by location: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 420 944 3883

Join our James Kerney Campus Staff from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.:
https://zoom.us/j/4209443883
Meeting ID: 420 944 3883
Dial by location: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 420 944 3883

Here’s how to join...

Using the link on PC/Desktop:

iPhone/Smart Device App:

Call-In Option:

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 30, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

Dear Colleagues,

On March 24, Governor Phil Murphy announced the freeze of $1 billion in state spending due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The freeze includes funds earmarked for community colleges. Specifically, $9.73 million in the operating budget and $21 million in tuition assistance programs (such as TAG, EOF, NJ STARS, and CCOG) are frozen until further notice. What this means for the college is the following: The college can no longer count on the $2 million state operating aid for the next three months and can no longer count on full state tuition payments for any of the outstanding payments for TAG, EOF, NJ STARS and CCOG students. In addition, the state fund for community colleges for the new FY21 budget beginning July 1, 2020 will also be negatively impacted. While details are still being worked out at the state level I have already directed PLT members to begin the preparation for this budget crisis.

As we work through this budget crisis, I want to reiterate my commitment to all of you that the college will not resort to reduction in workforce to meet this challenge. This commitment does not apply to all grant funded positions. As always, all grant funded position are contingent upon grant funding.

Today, I am calling on all of you to be creative and giving in order for us to weather this storm together while remaining committed to student success. The extraordinary strength you have demonstrated during the past weeks gives me absolute confidence that we can overcome this budget crisis without comprising our commitment to our students, and to each other.

In the coming weeks, your supervisors will be working with you to find savings from the existing budget by cutting some non-essential spending and to prepare for adjusting your budget requests for FY21. In addition, you may be called upon to lend a hand in an area outside your own, or to temporarily and voluntarily perform duties that are not normally associated with your day-to-day job, but are essential to the college operation.

I am proud of what we have accomplished together so far, and I am confident that we will continue to do great things during this crisis and beyond. I have no doubt that our college community will emerge more united and stronger.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 23, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

Dear Colleagues,

The worldwide pandemic gripping our nation has prompted some questions from the college community. I want to begin by reassuring everyone that the college is in a very strong financial position. There is no possibility of a reduction in workforce due to COVID-19. I am confident that the college will overcome this challenge and emerge united and stronger.

Over the past few weeks, you have collectively stepped up and risen to the unprecedented challenge caused by COVID-19. As a result, the college is better prepared to continue our services for students, employees, and our communities at large. As the crisis intensifies, so does our fear and anxiety. Now is the time we take care of one another and make sure no one is left behind in this very difficult time.

Today, I announce two steps we are going to take to assist our employees.

First, we will immediately launch a Voluntary Full-Time Employee Assistance Program for those employees whose annual base salary is $60,000 or below, and who will remain on the college full-time payroll through the end of December 2020. The college will offer a $1,000 advancement per participating employee. Those who request the advancement will have the next six months to repay the college through payroll deductions beginning in May. Eligible employees will soon receive detailed information from the Payroll Office.

Second, part-time employees who have not been able to work remotely will be paid for the pay period of March 15 – 28, 2020. This paycheck will be issued on April 3. This will allow you time to file for unemployment benefits. Those part-time employees who are working remotely and continue to provide services to the college will remain on the payroll.

Finally, please find ways to relax, and check on your friends and neighbors.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 21, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

Dear Colleagues,

Please be advised that today, Saturday, March 21, Gov. Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order requiring all New Jersey residents to remain in their homes except under very limited circumstances:

All New Jersey residents shall remain home or at their place of residence unless they are 1) obtaining goods or services from essential retail businesses, as described in Paragraph 6; 2) obtaining takeout food or beverages from restaurants, other dining establishments, or food courts, pursuant to Paragraph 8; 3) seeking medical attention, essential social services, or assistance from law enforcement or emergency services; 4) visiting family or other individuals with whom the resident has a close personal relationship, such as those for whom the individual is a caretaker or romantic partner; 5) reporting to, or performing, their job; 6) walking, running, operating a wheelchair, or engaging in outdoor activities with immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners while following best social distancing practices with other individuals, including staying six feet apart; 7) leaving the home for an educational, religious, or political reason; 8) leaving because of a reasonable fear for his or her health or safety; or 9) leaving at the direction of law enforcement or other government agency.

Considering the seriousness of the current public health emergency, I advise all students, faculty, and staff to closely adhere to the directives of the Executive Order for the sake of your own health and safety and that of others. We will continue to monitor the situation and determine appropriate actions. We urge you to keep informed by frequently visiting www.mccc.edu/mccchealth and other state and federal websites for updates. This is a rapidly developing crisis.

Please use every precaution to stay healthy and safe. We will emerge from this crisis stronger than before.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 20, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

Dear Colleagues,

Since Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order on March 16, we have witnessed the increased spread of COVID-19. In the best interest of the safety and health of all of our students, employees and communities at large, we will extend our remote administrative operations and remote instruction through the end of the spring semester. Please refer to the academic calendar (available here) on the campus website for updates. Making this decision is not easy, but making this decision at this time will also better enable our faculty and staff to plan and to assist our students to complete the spring semester.

The college has successfully completed the first week of remote operations while our faculty and students are fully engaged in preparing for the transition to remote instruction on March 23. In the coming weeks, we will continue to work with college constituents to improve our processes under this very difficult circumstance. We will also continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plan if necessary. The Executive Incident Team continues to meet daily via conference call. Please frequently visit M-Link for those meeting minutes and the MCCC Campus Health Information & Resources page at www.mccc.edu/mccchealth for most up-to-date information.

We greatly appreciate your continued understanding, patience, commitment, and dedication. Together, we will overcome this unprecedented challenge. I wish for you and your family to remain safe and healthy.

 


 

Bookstore

Follett, our corporate partner who operates the MCCC Bookstore, has announced a series of initiatives to help ease the burden of students, faculty, and staff during this period of a health emergency. The company has distributed an email outlining new services and policies toward this end. See the message here.

Specifically, Follett wants to call your attention to three new services available through the MCCC Bookstore

The company has updated its websites with details explaining these options, as well as FAQ’s for customers.

Free Shipping on Rental Returns & Deadline Extensions: Visit the campus bookstore website at: https://www.bkstr.com/mercercountyccstore/home

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 18, 2020
From Dr. Jianping Wang, President

Dear Colleagues:

As always, your health and safety are our number one priority. Mercer County Community College has, and will continue, to monitor all possible exposure to COVID-19 on both campuses. To date, there has only been one possible contact, of which we were notified of yesterday afternoon. One of our vendors, Kyocera, has a technician who answered a service call to the James Kerney Campus between 1:30 p.m. and 2:50 p.m. on March 5 and was tested positive for COVID-19 on March 15. The equipment serviced is located on the third floor, outside the Library at JKC. The area visited by the technician was quarantined immediately, and will remain under quarantine. Deep cleaning of the area is scheduled to start immediately.

Kyocera has provided us with a letter outlining the procedures its technicians observe on each service call, which includes responsible hygiene, wearing of latex gloves, and wiping down all equipment with disinfectant wipes after service. See the letter here.

If any of you have had physical contact with this technician or used the photocopier between March 5 and March 13, you should follow CDC guidelines, available here. If at any time you display any symptoms associated with COVID-19, contact your primary care physician.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Human Resources at hr@mccc.edu.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 16, 2020
From Dr. Gonzalo Perez, Dean, Innovation, Online Education & Student Success

Comcast Online Access Offer

We understand that access to broadband may be limited to our students, faculty, and staff during the current lockdown. College leadership has been made aware of a program offered by Comcast, which may help by providing free internet access for two months.

There are certain limitations with the plan; however, we feel it is in the best interest of the community to be made aware of this opportunity and inquire directly with Comcast for more information.

Here is the official page to apply:

 


 

Division of Pensions and Benefits, SHBP/SEHBP COVID-19 Response

The Division of Pensions and Benefits, together with our vendor partners Aetna, Horizon BCBSNJ, and OptumRx, are taking action to ensure that State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) and School Employees Health Benefits (SEHBP) members have the support and resources they need during the COVID-19 situation, which remains dynamic and evolving.

The Division of Pension and Benefits has advised the Third Party Administrator for the SHBP and SEHBP that, effective immediately...

For detailed more detailed information, please access this link to the https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/covid-19.pdf.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 13, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

COVID-19 Update: MCCC Moving to Remote Operation

March 13, 2020: In accordance with the declaration of a health emergency by Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, the college will move to remote operation effective Monday, March 16, with on-site operations resuming Monday, March 30, pending daily reassessment. The college will remain operational during this time. All employees, with the exception of part-time employees whose duties will not be needed due to remote operations, must remain accountable and available to perform their duties during regular business hours. All college policies and procedures will remain in effect during this time.

As announced Wednesday, March 11, all face-to-face instruction will be moved to remote platforms effective Monday, March 23 through Monday, April 6, subject to daily reassessment.

During this time, employees may return to campus only by special permission from their supervising vice president. All operational communications must be conducted electronically in a responsible and professional manner.

A contact list will be posted on the MCCC Campus Health and Information website at www.mccc.edu/mccchealth for the benefit of students, employees, and vendors. Please return to the college website regularly for important information and updates.

Thank you for your continued commitment to our students and to the health and safety of our college community. We greatly appreciate your understanding, cooperation and hard work during this time of crisis, and for making it possible to continue to serve our students and the community during this challenging time.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 12, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

COVID-19 Update

March 12, 2020: In light of new developments nationwide as they pertain to continued containment of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the MCCC Executive Incident Team met today and voted to take the following actions:

In addition, we are encouraging the continued practice of social distancing by using Skype or Zoom to conduct meetings.

Comprehensive notes from this morning’s Executive Incident Team meeting will be posted shortly on M-Link.

It is important to note that there have been no presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at MCCC. However, we remain diligent in promoting these cautionary practices as a proactive measure to safeguard the continued health of the Mercer community.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 11, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

COVID-19 Update

March 11, 2020: While there have been no presumptive or confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at Mercer County Community College, MCCC continues to take aggressive preventative measures to safeguard the health and safety of the college community, as set forth in the college’s action plan released last week. A copy of the plan is available here.

On March 4, the college rolled out a comprehensive, three-phased action plan of prevention, containment, and return, followed by a highly interactive campus-wide open forum. (A video of the forum is available here.) That plan aims to balance safeguarding public health with providing educational services to students. On March 9, the college took the step of restricting all business travel by employees and students. Later this week, we are holding mandatory training sessions for faculty and students in preparation to transition to remote instruction.

Mercer County Community College will move face-to-face instruction on both campuses to remote platforms, effective Monday, March 23. For a small number of classes that cannot be delivered through remote learning, faculty will meet with their academic deans to discuss strategies on how to deliver these classes.

For information related to non-credit instruction and other training activities and events conducted through the MCCC’s Division of Life Long Learning, please contact Dean F. Christian Mdeway at mdewayf@mccc.edu. For activities conducted by the Division of Innovation, Online Education and Student Success, please contact Dr. Gonzalo Perez at perezg@mccc.edu.

The college’s Executive Incident Team is meeting daily to ensure that we are acting swiftly and effectively. Pertinent information, including an archive of broadcast email bulletins, is constantly updated on our public website at www.mccc.edu/mccchealth and through internal college communication channels.

If anyone displays any symptoms, or claims s/he has been exposed to an infected person or area, please go home and call your primary care physician. Students should call or email faculty regarding classwork. Faculty and staff should call or email the Human Resources Office.

MCCC recommends that all employees and students exercise caution in their travels during the upcoming Spring Break. A separate broadcast from the Human Resources Office is forthcoming. An archive of all of our COVID-19 related emails are available on the MCCC Campus Health Information and Resources website at www.mccc.edu/mccchealth.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we move through these challenging times.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 9, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

Travel Notice

Effective immediately (March 9, 2020) and until further notice, Mercer County Community College is restricting all college affiliated travel for all students, faculty, and staff. Students should direct questions to MCCC-Corona19@mccc.edu; employees can contact Human Resources at hr@mccc.edu, or at ext. 3270. For additional information, updates, and details regarding the college’s COVID-19 action plan, visit https://www.mccc.edu/mccchealth.shtml.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to safeguard the health and safety of the community, our students, faculty and staff at Mercer County Community College.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 5, 2020
From Barbara Basel, Vice President for Human Resources

Video of COVID Open Forum

The video of yesterday’s open forum on the college’s actions, preparation, and planning regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is now available on the MCCC Health Information & Resources website at https://www.mccc.edu/mccchealth.shtml. In addition, the website provides resources and prevention tips as it relates to COVID-19.

If you have any questions, please email Human Resources at hr@mccc.edu.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 5, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

Dear Colleagues:

We want to thank members of the college community who took the time to respond to the anonymous college survey regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of 8 a.m. Thursday, March 5, we have registered 426 responses. The results are invaluable moving forward as we continue to formulate a comprehensive preparedness and action plan in response to COVID-19 concerns.

Of those that responded, we are pleased to report that no one is symptomatic for COVID-19, with six reporting recent travel to affected areas, 17 having contact with friends or family members traveling to these areas, and 31 having flu or cold related symptoms.

We urge all individuals who answered “yes” to any of the survey questions to visit the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) website at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml, or call the 24-hour hotline at (800) 222-1222 for up-to-date protocols and practices. If you believe additional measures are required after reviewing the DOH guidelines, students should contact Dr. Diane Campbell at campbeld@mccc.edu; employees should contact Human Resources at hr@mccc.edu.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in safeguarding the health and safety of our campus community. For a comprehensive list of preventative measures, visit the MCCC Health Information website at https://www.mccc.edu/mccchealth.shtml.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 4, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

Dear Colleagues:

I want to thank students, faculty and staff for attending today’s open forum to discuss concerns regarding the Novel Cornavirus (COVID-19), preventative measures we can be taking, and preparation efforts that are currently underway. It was a very productive session, and the suggestions and concerns brought forth by members of the campus community will be incorporated in our finalized action plan.

We will continue to issue updates as they become available from county, state, and federal health agencies. In the meantime, a web page specific to the college’s COVID action plan and recent developments can be found here: https://www.mccc.edu/mccchealth.shtml. Within the next few days, this page will also include a video of today’s forum, for the benefit of those unable to attend.

Thank you for your cooperation and contributions as we work to protect the health and safety of our students, visitors, faculty, and staff at Mercer County Community College.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 4, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

Dear Colleagues:

In order to better inform the college community regarding actions underway to address the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the President’s Leadership Team (PLT) will host a college-wide open forum at noon today, Wednesday, March 4 at Kelsey Theatre. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. During the forum, PLT members will share the draft response plan and will seek the input of the college community.

In addition, PLT is asking members of the college community to complete a brief survey to better assist us in our planning efforts. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mccc-coronavirus.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 3, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

Dear Colleagues:

In order to better inform the college community regarding actions underway to address the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the President’s Leadership Team (PLT) will host a college-wide open forum at noon on Wednesday, March 4 at Kelsey Theatre. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

During the forum, PLT members will share the draft response plan and will seek the input of the college community. The session will be recorded and made available on M-Link for those unable to attend.

In addition, PLT is asking members of the college community to complete a brief survey to better assist us in our planning efforts. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mccc-coronavirus.

 


 

Broadcast Email of March 3, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

Dear Colleagues:

In light of growing concern regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on college campuses, the New Jersey Department of Health has issued an information sheet specific to higher education environments defining COVID-19, how it is spread, symptoms, treatment, preparation, and prevention. Since this bulletin contains recommendations specific to colleges and universities, I urge all faculty and staff to review this information. The information sheet can be found here.

This morning, the President’s Leadership Team (PLT) invited a group of representatives from across the college to develop a three-phase plan to address concerns as they pertain to COVID. We are in the process of sharing this plan with additional constituencies from both campuses, and we anticipate sharing the finalized plan college-wide in the next few days.

 


 

Broadcast Email of February 27, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

Dear Colleagues:

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to encourage vigilant preventative measures in light of continued concern regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The college continues to work with federal, state, and county health agencies to take the necessary precautions and maintain the highest level of health and safety as it relates to this matter.

The CDC has just issued new fact sheets on COVID-19, and how best to prevent exposure:

In light of this matter and the ongoing cold and flu season, we continue to encourage students, faculty, and staff to take some basic precautionary measures:

We will continue to update you on any news regarding COVID-19 as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this matter please contact Dr. Diane Campbell, Vice President for Student Affairs, at campbeld@mccc.edu.

 


 

Broadcast Email of February 3, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

Dear Colleagues:

Mercer County Community College continues to work with the state Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) and the NJ Department of Health (DOH) to monitor and take the necessary precautions to maintain the highest level of health and safety as it relates to Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). Even though there have been no reported cases in New Jersey, the DOH has issued a series of bulletins offering health safety guidance for individuals, including those that have or will be traveling in Southeast Asia. The most up-to-date information from the DOH is available here.

Here at Mercer, we continue to encourage students, faculty, and staff to take precautionary measures, particularly in light of the flu and cold season. Wash your hands frequently, and please utilize the hand sanitizing stations that have deployed throughout the West Windsor and James Kerney Campuses; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; if you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose and immediately dispose of the tissue; and stay home if you are sick. And perhaps most importantly, if you are feeling ill – particularly with a respiratory ailment – see a health care professional immediately.

We will continue to update you on any news regarding nCoV as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding this matter please contact Dr. Diane Campbell, Vice President for Student Affairs, at campbeld@mccc.edu.

 


 

Broadcast Email of January 28, 2020
From MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang

Dear Colleagues,

In conjunction with the NJ Department of Health and the state Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, Mercer County Community College is currently in the process of assessing and deploying preventative measures in response to the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) situation. Even though there have been no confirmed cases of nCoV in the state of New Jersey, the MCCC President’s Leadership Team (PLT) met earlier today and is in the process of implementing an action plan to safeguard the health and safety of all MCCC students and employees. Details regarding steps being taken by the NJ Department of Health can be found here.

In the meantime, we urge all students, employees, and visitors to MCCC’s West Windsor and James Kerney campus to take preventative action in order to minimize risk of exposure. Avoid contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, wash your hands often, and if you are feeling ill, seek medical attention immediately. Additional hand sanitizing stations will be deployed throughout campus during this time.

At Mercer County Community College we have the utmost concern for the health and safety of all members of the Mercer family, and rest assured all safeguards are being taken. Additional details will be provided in the very near future. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Dr. Diane Campbell, Vice President for Student Affairs, at campbeld@mccc.edu.