California Community Colleges Support Students with TimelyMD Telehealth
Community colleges across California faced a daunting challenge as COVID-19 spread across the country. Students of color, low-income and working-class students were some of the hardest hit by the pandemic, both physically and economically. Even prior to the pandemic, the CCCs were estimated to have a 7,000:1 student to counselor ratio, which puts incredible stress on campus mental health services. The need for emotional support continues to rise, with 89% of college students reporting that they’re experiencing stress or anxiety due to the pandemic. Similarly, California students reported a large increase in worry and anxiety related to paying for and attending school, meeting their basic needs (i.e. food, housing, healthcare), and maintaining the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families.
Leaders at Los Rios CCD, Modesto Junior College and Porterville College responded to the growing need for virtual healthcare services for thousands of students by engaging a strategic telehealth partner, TimelyMD, to quickly meet the need for medical and mental health care. TimelyMD worked with campus leaders to understand the unique needs of each campus and created a customized telehealth program for their students. Since the launch of these programs, 56% of students sought after-hours visits at no cost to them when care wasn’t available from on-campus resources. This is a great turnout, considering that 82% of students surveyed reported they would “do nothing” if TimelyMD wasn’t available.
Through the FCCC agreement, all 116 community colleges have the opportunity to provide students access to on-demand and scheduled medical support from board-certified or board-eligible clinicians, as well as on-demand mental and emotional support from licensed counselors and behavioral health specialists.
PowerFlex EV Charging Solutions
Powerflex emerged in 2017 when founder, George Lee, realized a huge lack of electric vehicle charging stations on campus at the California Institute of Technology, where he was attending graduate school. Since its inception, PowerFlex has installed over 2,000 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at colleges and universities, municipalities, workplaces, and for fleets, filling a critical gap in the market. Their NEC-compliant Adaptive Load Management (ALM), a panel-sharing power management system, allows for the over-subscription of electrical service, minimizing peak demand spikes and avoiding costly electrical infrastructure upgrades. This allows PowerFlex to install up to 4x the number of charging stations compared to other EVSE vendors and can reduce energy bills by 60%. PowerFlex’s success led to their strategic acquisition by EDF Renewables in late-2019 to integrate both distributed and grid scale renewable energy systems, which accelerated the deployment of nearly 5,000 ALM EVSE with 10,000 in the pipeline.
Thanks to their partnership with the Foundation, Los Angeles CCD and Mission College have been able to fast track the procurement process. For LACCD, this meant taking advantage of rebates requiring quick turnarounds for funding applications. At Mission College, PowerFlex installed 75 Level 2 and two DC Fast Chargers for use by faculty, students, and the surrounding community, which brings Mission College closer to their goal of a sustainable future, as remarked by President Daniel Peck:
“Mission College is committed to building a more sustainable future. Installing electric vehicle chargers is one component, but even more valuable is the opportunity to install a robust charging system that would serve our community well into the future. PowerFlex had the hardware solution we needed but have also proven themselves to be a valuable partner in other ways, including grant application guidance, and design and installation assistance. We look forward to working with PowerFlex well into the future.”
PowerFlex’s business model is to maximize lucrative EV Charging incentives across California that are intended to expedite the installation of charging infrastructure ahead of EV demand. By partnering with PowerFlex, all operational costs including Networking and O&M Services are waived in exchange for Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits. To inquire about available incentives in your area and develop an EV infrastructure strategy, please contact PowerFlex at email@example.com or (317) 517-1838. PowerFlex Product and Services Guide can be found online here.
Take Advantage of Free HEERF II Funding Now Before the April 15 Deadline
During 2020, the pandemic forced overnight change in how healthcare pursued simulation-based education. Much of healthcare education went virtual and simulation became an even greater substitute for clinical time. And, the demand for greater student throughput only increased with America’s hospitals urgent need for more nurses.
The trends from 2020 have continued into 2021 and now, federal relief grant funding is available to help. Through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II, the Federal Government has allocated over $21 Billion to institutions of higher education to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, under the original HEERF program, many Laerdal clients benefitted from this funding.
Laerdal has created this special web page intended to help you and your organization navigate your eligibility and the possible uses of this funding, as well as funding-compatible products. You can find out if your institution has already qualified for supplemental funding through HEERF II. If your organization is not included on the list, you can (and must) submit your application no later than April 15, 2021. In certain regions, Laerdal is offering a special promotion to accompany the HEERF II funding. Please reach out to your Laerdal representative to confirm if a special promotion applies.
A Welcome Re-Entry Strategy with Crider Contract Interiors
Reopening strategies continue to be the topic of conversation, as colleges prepare for bringing students and staff back to campus. Capitalizing on providing outdoor destinations for gathering offers a safer option to indoor studying, gathering, and waiting. Since the inception of the Foundation’s agreement with Crider for a wide range of shade, site and solar furnitures for colleges and universities, there has been a steady increase of interest in planning outdoor spaces. The agreement includes design and space-planning, enabling campuses to leverage a blend of 17 manufacturer product lines. Bringing color, shade, solar power and comfortable seating to otherwise under-utilized real estate is greatly appreciated by students, staff and guests coming to campus. Several campuses will see installations in the next few months in preparation of Fall classes, which we will be sure to share in a later edition.
If you are interested in learning more about Crider Contract Interiors, a local woman-owned dealer in Southern California and the product lines offered through the Foundation’s agreement, please feel free to reach out to Meg Crider, President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FCCC Expands Partnership with CDW to Offer Professional Services
The Foundation is excited to announce that it has executed its second agreement with CDW-G to provide professional, field, and consulting IT services at discounted hourly rates. These services complement the Foundation’s existing agreement with CDW-G (CB-185-17) for IT hardware and software, which now enables CDW-G to provide full turnkey solutions for your district’s technology needs.
As colleges are preparing returns to campus, this new contract will support an efficient and safe transition. In addition to hardware and software, CDW-G can assist with customized services, including IT security, public safety, vaccine administration, eSports, and classroom transformation to support hybrid learning. Other benefits of the agreement include:
- Ability to develop project-based Statement of Work.
- Consulting services that reduce the complexity of client’s IT environment.
- Security consultants who improve the maturity and scope of existing security and advises an organization’s security strategy and planning initiatives.
- Technical support services experts to support IT teams.
- Customer-designated locations providing services benefitting specific locations.
If you are interested in using the CDW-G professional services agreement, please contact email@example.com for more information, or reach out directly to Shannon Lee Day, Territory Sales Manager – HiEd Pacific, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Insights Report: Examining Equity on Campus using Data, What Matters Most
On December 3, 2020, Civitas Learning held a webinar to discuss emerging trends in removing the barriers that improved equity from a review of more than 300 student success initiatives. Supported by their findings, they touched upon the following topics:
- The risk in highlighting academic struggle with automated alerts
- The importance of intersectionality and taking a comprehensive look in delivering personalized care and support
- The impact of different programs on a variety of student subsets
- How Civitas Learning can partner with your institution to achieve equitable and sustainable outcomes
For more information about the Civitas Learning agreement and all the work they are doing to improve the student experience, please contact Amber St. John at email@example.com. Act fast to take advantage of their special contract promotions that will expire at the end of March 2021, which includes no implementation fee, first year free with a five-year commitment, 50% off with a three-year commitment, and a 60% discount on all products and services provided to the California Community College System.
FoundationCCC & Amazon New Partnership Q&A
Amazon hosted two 30-minute informational sessions on February 25 and March 1 for the CCCs to learn more about the Amazon-FCCC partnership and how they can use Amazon Business to support and streamline their local purchasing processes. Jodi Karroum, Amazon Customer Advisor, covered the following topics in her presentation:
- Overcoming key procurement challenges
- Amazon Business solutions to assist district purchasing policies
- Improving spend visibility, operational efficiency, and contractual compliance
- Simplify the buying experience across your district.
Leveraging Mobile Wallets to Recruit and Retain Students
On February 24, Peter Drew and Joe Behlke of ACI Payments hosted a webinar to explore the benefits of mobile wallet billing, payments, and notifications. They covered the following topics in their presentation:
- Using notifications to connect with and retain students
- Leveraging mobile wallet communication for recruitment of future students and alumni engagement
- Faster provisioning, ongoing cost savings, and increased student/staff satisfaction
Providing Holistic Online Services: Orientation, Student Success Workshops & Professional Development
Innovative Educators held their first webinar since the launch of the Foundation partnership, on February 18 to educate the CCCs on their technology-based solutions, which help onboard and retain students, provide support services to parents and families, deliver professional development for faculty and staff, and provide online tutor training. Their session consisted of a tour of each service, examples, and case studies from the CCCs.
If you’re interested in learning more about the FCCC-Innovative Educators (IE) agreement and would like to contact IE directly, please reach out to our representative, Valerie Kisiel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Secure Funding for Mental Health Initiatives
For Care Solace’s second installment of their Higher Ed Community Series on February 17, they invited Dr. Larry Resendez, VP of Student Services at Los Angeles Mission College, and Kevin Gordon, the President of Capitol Advisors Group, who discussed ways that institutions can fund different mental health initiatives.
If you’re interested in learning more about the FCCC-Care Solace agreement and would like to contact Care Solace directly, please reach out to our representative, Sina Shayesteh at email@example.com.
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