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Announcements: (CORONAVIRUS UPDATE)

Greetings Students,

Modesto Junior College receives updates from the California Department of Health regarding public gatherings.  A difficult decision was made, while acting out of an abundance of caution, to transition to Remote Learning beginning March 18, 2020.

As of Monday, March 23rd MJC Veterans Resource Center will be closed until further notice. However, MJC Veterans Services will offer limited services remotely. For urgent matters please email myself (jacksonm@yosemite.edu) or School Certifying Official, Mr. Fernando Velez (velezf@yosemite.edu) and we will respond within 24 to 48 hours. I will notify you with updates as they become available.

Please check our Coronavirus Public Information page for the latest information about Coronavirus and our response. PROVIDE THE LINK (https://www.mjc.edu/news/coronavirus2020.php)

 Weekly Student Updates - Week of June 22nd  

 Essential Services: 

 Get Tested for COVID-19 Now. For up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Free testing availability, visit the end of the County’s webpage on Coronavirus: http://www.schsa.org/PublicHealth/pages/corona-virus/. Also, CVS Drugstores are offering FREE testing. Please visit their webpage to find a location near you: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing 

 Need Assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services? Please visit: http://211.org/ or call dial 211 to speak to someone who can help. 

 Suffering from Anxiety or feeling Overwhelmed? Mental health services are free to MJC students. Schedule an appointment with an MJC provider by calling: 209-575-6281 from 7:30am to 12:00pm or 209-575-6038 from 12:30pm to 5pm. Students can also receive 24/7 support by clicking on this link. 

  Class Registration, Professional Development and Bookstore: 

  Open Registration for Fall Semester is underway. Pirates Net has been updated to reflect this date – it originally showed June 1, which was an error. Due to COVID-19, the date was moved up. Our apologies for any confusion this might have caused. Questions? Make sure visit us on the MJC website “chat feature” at the bottom right-hand corner of the page.  

  Interested in How Diseases Spread Globally?  

 Enroll in GEOG 106: The Geography of Health as we examine how diseases and health affect people on a global basis.  

 GEOG 106-9358 begins Aug 24 (16 weeks). 

        Professional Development Academy. Visit the Career Services Center website calendar to register for the         Professional Development Academy. This series of workshops are designated to be interactive,                           motivating, fun and informative. Workshop Titles include: Creating the Professional You; Interviewing              Techniques and Strategies; Cover Letter/Resume; Time Management; Soft Skills; Choosing A Career Path;        Goal Setting and CSC Orientation.  Please see the following link for more information:                                          https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/careerservices/. Questions? Contact Dejeune Shelton, Director of          Career Services: sheltond@mjc.edu

  The Pirates Bookstore is Open Again. After needing to close last week, the bookstore is now open from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am -3:00 pm, now at a new location on East Campus. Please see the following link for more information: https://piratesbookstore.com/SiteText?id=85843. Contact Jeff Whalen for further questions: whalenj@mjc.edu

  Financial Services: 

  Were you a student in Spring 2020? You might qualify for Emergency Grants. MJC has received funds under the CARES ACT. These funds are designated to provide emergency aid to students with unforeseen emergency expenses, unexpected hardships related to COVID-19 and the transition from on campus learning to distance learning. Eligible students have received a CARES ACT application notification to their MJC student email.  The application needs to be completed via the Financial Aid Electronic Data Submission portal (EDS) website https://myapps.yosemite.edu/mjcfaforms/.  Please note the application is available for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Make sure to change the year on the EDS website when logging in. 

  Complete your CARES ACT application as soon as possible.  If you feel you qualify for the CARES ACT funding and did not received an email with a link to the application, please contact the financial aid office  mjc_finaid@mjc.edu

 Please click on the link below for more details: https://mjc.edu/studentservices/finaid/caresact.php 

  Campus Life Updates: 

  Student IDs & Summer Bus Stickers: Campus Life & Student Learning will continue to be open this week – June 22 – 25 on the East Campus Student Center from 9:00am-4:00pm to distribute Student ID Cards and Bus Stickers to students enrolled in Summer courses.  MJC will practicing social distancing.  PLEASE NOTE: students may not bring family or friends with them and are expected to adhere to all social distancing directions. https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/sdncl/getyourstudentid.php. For additional questions please contact Campus Life & Student Learning Manager Alejandra Espinoza: espinozaa@mjc.edu.  

  The Associated Students of MJC (ASMJC) is accepting applications for students who are interested in student leadership for the 2020-2021 term. ASMJC is a great way to serve fellow students, gain valuable leadership experience and be part of something special. For more information please contact Alejandra Espinoza espinozaa@yosemite.edu

  Commencement Updates: 

  Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony: Modesto Junior College knows that these are challenging times filled with change and uncertainty.  Every decision that our college makes includes many discussions and considerations prior to a final decision being made.   

  Our graduation ceremony has been one of the hardest topics we have had to discuss.  We know how hard students work to get to that special moment and how important it is to celebrate such a special milestone.  

  During the Spring semester many students expressed to the college their desire to have a physical graduation ceremony, even though it may take some time until we can gather again in large groups. Informally students expressed on social media the desire to forgo any type of virtual ceremony for an in person traditional ceremony.  Formally, students expressed the same desires during student town halls.  In April, the Associated Students voted on a resolution asking the school to hold an in-person graduation regardless of how long students may need to wait with an understanding that the wait could be months or even a year. 

  The college chose to honor the students’ request, and MJC currently is eagerly waiting for the day the state and county clear us to host a graduation. MJC is fully committed to celebrating the Class of 2020 as soon as possible.   

 We thank everyone for their understanding, we are all in this together and we are MJC STRONG!!!  

 If you are looking for information regarding graduation, please visit MJC’s webpage at https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/sdncl/commencement.php or feel free to email Campus Life Manager Alejandra Espinoza at espinozaa@mjc.edu 

  Graduation Gowns: Students planning to participate in MJC Graduation Ceremonies, when they are held, will have their gown paid for by the Associated Students.  If you are not planning on participating in the ceremony, or you would like to have your gown sooner, you may visit the MJC Bookstore at https://piratesbookstore.com/MerchList?ID=22913, to purchase your gown and other graduation supplies.  If you have questions regarding purchasing a gown, please contact MJC Bookstore Manager Jeff Whalen at whalenj@mjc.edu 

 For more information email Professor Cecelia Hudelson: hudelsonc@yosemite.edu.  

  Celebrating YOU: 

  Calling All 2020 #MJCProudGraduates! I am MJC Proud is a student-focused campaign to showcase 2020 graduates, as well as students who will continue with us in the Fall! Simply fill this quick form and load up a close-up picture of you. If you are a 2020 graduate, make a sign that says #MJCProudGraduate, or take a picture with your cap and gown! Let your MJC pride show! https://www.mjc.edu/news/mjcproud2020.php 

  We look forward to your continued success and progress towards your academic and career goals. If we can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact the MJC Veterans Services office. 

Please contact Fernando Velez velezf@yosemite.edu for assistance with summer registration benefits.  Summer benefits are paid differently than Fall and Spring semesters. 

The Veterans Resource Center and both MJC campus West and East are closed on Fridays until Aug 14, 2020. 

 Next Steps:

  • Be sure you are able to log into Canvas.
  • Check your student email account daily.
  • Communicate with your instructors.
  • If you plan on attending summer 2020 classes you MUST turn in a new Certification Worksheet to the Veterans Service Office.  Please forward worksheet to Mr. Fernando Velez (velezf@yosemite.edu)
  • Priority Registration for Fall 2020:  The deadline for Priority Registration Fall 2020 is May 4, 2020.

 We are so happy you have chosen Modesto Junior College to pursue your academic and personal growth, and hope you will take advantage of the many programs and services our area provides for students. Modesto Junior College is a college rich in history and tradition and is part of the fabric of our community. We are a Hispanic Serving Institution with a Hispanic student population of 52%.

The staff, faculty, and students of Modesto Jr. College thank all our armed services members for their service to our nation. At MJC we are committed to supporting our military veterans, military spouses, and dependent children in their pursuit of higher education. MJC Veteran Services provides our students with the necessary support, resources, and information to make their journey successful.

The Veteran Services team care and attention to detail are the hallmarks of our service, and we take great pride assisting our veterans, veteran spouses, and dependents reaching academic and professional success. To begin your education, we recommend viewing the "Getting Started at MJC" link which will provide you the steps to enroll at Modesto Jr. College.

MJC Mission Statement

MJC is committed to transforming lives through programs and services informed by the latest scholarship of teaching and learning. We provide a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate educational environment for the ever-changing populations and workforce needs of our regional community. We facilitate lifelong learning through the development of intellect, creativity, character, and abilities that shape students into thoughtful, culturally aware, engaged citizens.

Veteran Services Mission Statement

The mission of the Modesto Junior College Veteran Services department is to assist in the transition process and provide opportunities for success to our United States Military Veterans. MJC Veteran Services directly provides support services and acts as a bridge to external support services for student Veterans, active military personnel, and their loved ones. 

Six Ways You Will Be Successful at MJC

MJC is committed to transforming lives! We do this through educational programs and services informed by the latest approaches to teaching and learning.  MJC is a dynamic, innovative environment meeting needs of the ever-changing populations of our regional community.

We invite you to join us in a partnership for your success!  Our role in the partnership is to thoughtfully and meaningfully integrate the RP Group research findings related to the Six Success Factors of Student Achievement.

  • Directed-students have a goal and know how to achieve it
  • Focused-students stay on track—keeping their eyes on the prize
  • Connected-students feel somebody wants and helps them to succeed
  • Engaged-students actively participate in class and extracurricular activities
  • Nurtured-students feel like they are part of the college community
  • Valued-students’ skills, talents, abilities and experiences are recognized; they have opportunities to contribute on campus and feel their contributions are appreciated

Veteran Services Service Area Outcome (SAO)

Veteran and Dependent students will know about available resources and services specifically designed for Veteran and Dependent students at Modesto Junior College.

Veteran Services-Support Service Learning Outcome (SSLO)

  1. Veteran and Dependent students will be able to identify and understand educational benefits earned through military service.
  2. Veteran and Dependent students will understand degree requirements, as well as receive necessary referrals and interventions in order to improve retention, transfer, and graduation rates.
  3. Veteran and dependent students will understand terminology and community resources available through military service upon completion of meeting with Veteran Center staff.

Veteran Affairs- Principles of Excellence 

  • Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
  • Provide educational plans for all military and Veteran education beneficiaries.
  • End fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
  • Accommodate Service members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
  • Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
  • Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
  • Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018

The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407) was signed into law on December 31, 2018. This law has five sections pertinent to the administration of Veterans' educational or training benefits with two of the provisions directly affecting schools. The first of these provisions will be implemented in August. 

Beginning on August 1, 2019, educational institutions must have a policy in place allowing G.I. Bill® and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) to attend a course of education or training for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. This allows a student to attend the course until VA provides payment to the institution. The educational institution must also have a policy to not impose a penalty, or require the beneficiary to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from VA. Section 103 requires a State Approving Agency (SAA), or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when acting in the role of the SAA, to disapprove certain courses of education. VA can grant a waiver to these requirements.