By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– As campus leaders and faculty work diligently to transition classes to distance education, the Victor Valley CollegeFoundation is continuing to ensure our college and student success remain as supported as ever. The recent creation of a student emergency fund will help the Foundation provide resources as a societal safety net for students who find themselves in dire circumstances.
Students are already facing losses in hourly wages as well as unexpected expenses as a result of the global pandemic Covid19. Finances are the biggest hurdle for students working to successfully complete their educational journeys and with the mandated closures of restaurants, bars and retail stores, they struggle even more to complete the current Spring semester. Uncertainty lingers and without knowing how long closures will last, unavailable finances could even stretch into Summer and possibly Fall.
Help from the community can make a difference for students working to change their lives and break the cycle of poverty in their own homes. Funds donated to the Foundation will be used as direct aid for essentials including groceries, gas, medical expenses and internet for low-income or homeless students or possibly transportation and living expenses. These are unprecedented times with rapidly evolving changes and information requiring the College and the Foundation to be responsive and swift in their actions. In normal circumstances the Foundation has asked for donations from the community to pay for tuition, books and fees.
“The College is monitoring the situation very closely and doing everything it can to ensure the safety of our students and our employees. The student emergency fund helps us addresses the most basic needs of our students to ensure they are receiving the best possible education. They are the future leaders of our community and they need to know how much we all care,” said Victor Valley College Superintendent/President Dr. Daniel Walden.
Recognizing the California Governor’s Executive Order on March 19th for all state residents to stay at home, VictorValley College has directed all students to follow State public health directives and will transfer all face-to-face classes to an online format. As the situation continues to develop, VVC will make decisions regarding college operations following guidance from public health officials and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The VVC campus is closed to the public, effective immediately, until further notice. Only essential employees are allowed on campus during this time. Everything possible is being done to maintain continuity of education and updates are available on the homepage of the College’s website www.vvc.edu.
If you want to help assist our most at-risk students in this great time of need, please consider a small gift by logging onto https://vvcfoundation.com/covid19/.
Staff at the Victor Valley College Foundation will be working closely with the Student Services Department to ensure they are being strategic with limited dollars and helping those demonstrating the most need.
The Victor Valley College Foundation is a charitable organization that makes friends and raises funds to help VictorValley College better serve its students and community. Visit www.vvcfoundation.com or find us on Facebook to join the growing number of people and organizations who contribute to support our mission