As we transition to being a “virtual campus” amid Coronavirus precautions, MxCC will be attempting to maintain much of the same services that we offer our students regularly online. We have created this page to provide information that will hopefully make this transition easier for everybody.
- Taking Classes Online
- Help With Schoolwork Tutoring & Retention Services
- Virtual Library
- Career Counseling Resources
- Magic Food Bus (Food pantry)
- Enrollment Services (Admissions, Registration, & Financial Aid)
- Other Resources (Community resources, free/reduced price internet, free textbooks and course materials, stress management resources, health insurance)
All courses will be held online until at least April 5. When possible, classes will be held in an online format at the same times as your normally scheduled classes would have been. Please log into Blackboard as soon as possible to prepare for online learning. Instructions for logging into Blackboard can be found here. It would be beneficial, for success in online courses, to have a fairly good (robust) PC, Macintosh Computer, Laptop, or mobile device (like an iPad or tablet) with good speakers, microphones, or headset with speaker and microphone.
- Visit our Online Learning website for Blackboard tutorials and technical help while classes are being held online. Contact Distance Learning staff if you need more help at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Several Webex Blackboard training workshops have been scheduled to prepare students for taking online classes. Please sign up and take advantage of these classes by visiting the Tech Trail for Students page.
- Blackboard help desk- 24/7 help for students with Blackboard by calling 860-723-0221. Afternoons and nights may have longer wait times as less staff is available.
- Any questions about course content (deadlines, homework/quiz/assignment questions, etc.) should go directly to your professor. Search for individual faculty and staff contacts in our employee directory. Please note that email will be the quickest and most efficient way to reach people at this time.
- Need Textbooks? VitalSource has joined leading publishers to help ensure students can continue to access quality digital course materials due to a recent and rapid campus shift to distance-learning. Get FREE course materials and textbooks here.
- Some helpful articles about online learning:
The Academic Success Center is available for e-tutoring for MxCC students. Please see the following instructions for requesting online tutoring and submitting papers for review.
- Concerned about your academic progress?
- Having difficulty in any of your classes?
- Having a hard time adjusting to the online coursework format?
- Facing personal issues that are affecting your academics?
- Struggling to get it all done (time management)?
- Need assistance with study skills, note taking, remembering what you learned, test-taking?
- Considering withdrawing from a course?
I can be contacted through email: email@example.com
Want/need to meet virtually? Email me to make arrangements.
Here are a few links from the Retention Services website www.mxcc.edu/retention that may help you as you finish out the semester:
- Tips for Catching Up
- Time Management
- Learning Tips & Tools
- General Study Tips
- Test Stress Management & School Success Strategies
- Overcoming Math Anxiety
- Emailing your Professor: Netiquette Guidelines
Here is a link to the withdrawal form if you need it. Before you use it though, be sure to confer with your Professor about whether withdrawing is the wise option. That is a topic I am available to talk with too. There can be serious financial aid implications for withdrawing.
Remember, in time of change and stress (sounds like now) sticking with or getting into good habits is critical. Here is a link to an important infographic: What Successful Students Do
- Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly MxCC librarians:
- Get help from a librarian: firstname.lastname@example.org or use the chat function on the Library page.
As always, our Career Development and Counseling Center has a robust online resource library to help you with career and major exploration, transfer planning, and searching for jobs on the CDCC website.
Counselors are also available by email to assist students:
Magic Food Bus shoppers can go to Amazing Grace Food Pantry, located at 16 Stack Street in Middletown on Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Please indicate you are an MxCC member – bring your student or employee ID just in case.
The campus closure means that the Follett Bookstore located in Founders Hall is also closed. This has caused adjustments to how you will obtain, and return, course materials through our campus bookstore.
(Admissions, Registration, & Financial Aid)
Need to talk to someone in enrollment services? The following times have been designated for WebEx meetings with our Enrollment Services staff. They will be ready to chat about everything to do with applying to the college and enrolling for classes. Click on any of the days/times below during the designated times to join the chat.
If you would prefer, you may email Enrollment Services staff, they will respond in a timely manner.
If you need to reach the Financial Aid office, you may email them.
Scheduled Webex meetings are also available on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. Click here to join during the designated times.
Questions about Continuing Education courses? Email them here.
Registration for Continuing Students- Summer & Fall 2020
Registration for the Summer and Fall semesters is now open for Continuing Students. (New Student registration will begin on April 6. Instructions will follow as they become available.) Continuing Students only may register for fall and summer courses using the following instructions:
- Meet with their advisor virtually (email, WebEx, etc). See advising information below.
- Use the instructions to register themselves online or follow along with this video:
- Login to myCommNet.
- Access Banner Self-Service.
- Click “Registration/Schedule.”
- Select “Class Registration.”
- Select the term for registration, then submit.
- Enter your CRNs and click “Submit Changes” or click on the “Class Search” button to find courses.
- Once you see “Web Registered,” you are registered and payment must be initiated.
- Click “Billing/Payment” link at the top to initiate and follow the payment process. Click here to download instructions for paying online.
- If you run into issues – email MX-EnrollmentServices@mxcc.edu with questions.
- It is more important than ever to register ASAP – and you must use your student email for all communication.
Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Option
As part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Connecticut Community College students shall have the option to convert any or all of the letter grades they earn in any or all of their classes during the spring 2020 semester to Credit/No Credit grading. Students will be able to make this decision up until and through June 1, 2020.
Please download this Request Pass/Fail document for more instructions and required form.
Need to meet with an academic advisor?
Advising faculty and staff are working remotely and can be contacted through email.
Current students should reach out to their assigned academic advisor (usually, your program coordinator). You can find your assigned advisor by logging into myCommNet and accessing “DegreeWorks” or by reaching out to Elizabeth Slupski (email@example.com). Search for individual faculty and staff email addresses in our employee directory.
New students should reach out to Elizabeth Slupski (firstname.lastname@example.org). New students can connect with Elizabeth through email or book WebEx virtual meetings. Students can book an appointment through the Advising Appointment Calendar and will receive an email the next business day with information on how to connect to the WebEx virtual meeting.
- Community Resources
- 211: Find local help with food, substance abuse, income, legal assistance, mental health, youth, children and family, re-entry, health care, transportation, crisis, older adults, housing, utility assistance, and basic needs.
- CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
- CHR: CHR is the most comprehensive, non-profit behavioral healthcare provider in Connecticut, offering a wide range of personalized services for children, families and adults whose lives have been touched by mental illness, addiction or trauma.
- Mental Health Services Available in Connecticut
- Mental and Behavioral Health Resources in CT
- Free Internet:
- Please see the following information from Comcast. In light of the current COVID-19 concerns which has required many to work and study remotely, Comcast will be offering free internet for two months, for those who qualify: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
- Free Textbooks and Course Materials
- VitalSource has joined leading publishers to help ensure students can continue to access quality digital course materials due to a recent and rapid campus shift to distance-learning. Get FREE course materials and textbooks here.
- Adobe Creative Suite– Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for impacted students and faculty, so that they can continue their work remotely. Please follow the instructions found in this document to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.
- Dealing with Stress and Anxiety:
- Coronavirus Anxiety – Helpful Expert Tips and Resources
- How to Deal With Stress and Anxiety
- Feeling anxious? Take deep breaths in sync with this!
- FREE Yoga Videos on Youtube (Yoga with Adriene)
- 3 Yoga Breathing Exercises for Anxiety
- How to Do Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation Exercise (3.5 minutes)
- www.insighttimer.com A great meditation app with the world’s largest FREE library of more than 30k guided meditations. Suggested guided meditations:
- Collective Healing Presence for Covid19
- Vitalizing our Immune System in Response to Coronavirus
- Staying Healthy During a Pandemic (Coronovirus)
- I am Safe
- Easy Daily Meditation for Stillness
- Mindfulness for Releasing Anxiety
- Peaceful/Sleep Meditation
- Practice for Calming Fear and Anxiety
- AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) – Taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty
- CDC (Center for Disease Control) – Resources for Mental Health and Coping
- SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) – Tips
- SAMHSA – Coping with Stress
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233
- Virtual AA Meetings (directory) (by phone) (Zoom Meetings)
- Alcoholics Anonymous Information
- VirusAnxiety by Shine
- Health Insurance
- Access Health CT has announced a new special enrollment period from March 19-April 2, 2020 for qualified uninsured Connecticut residents. Learn more on the Access Health CT website.