Dual Enrollment Challenges, Opportunities for Local Students Students who started college while still in high school are making adjustments now from being in the dual enrollment program to being in college full time. Dual enrollment is a program that allows any high school student to earn credit for several college classes while still in high school. It can help students get on a fast track to being more prepared for college and getting a degree faster. Being a full time college student can be just as confusing for dual credit students as for new college students. It’s especially different in the world everyone is livingRead More →

Modified learning: UCC COVID PLAN Kelley Plueard, UCC’s director of Human Resources, working with a UCC committee with assistance from the Douglas County Public Health Authority, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control, developed a UCC plan for dealing with COVID-19. “UCC recognizes that health and safety precautions that are due to COVID-19 are necessary until the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission and the governor’s office determine otherwise,” Plueard said. UCC’s President Debra Thatcher said that the goals for the school’s COVID plan are to make sure students’ needs are met first and foremost. “During COVID-19, our goals includeRead More →

Chalk the Walk

Students connect during Chalk the Walk domestic violence awareness campaign Douglas County’s Peace at Home organization with UCC’s student Government ASUCC is encouraging students with a virtual Chalk the Walk to celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) during October. All month, students can write positive messages drawn in chalk and post photos of these messages on ASUCC’s Chalk the Walk Facebook post for a chance to win a back-to-school themed prize. “It can be really easy to be negative and to really just get stuck in like a gloomy mindset,” Erin Ritchie of Peace at Home said, noting that this is especially true for domesticRead More →

New UCC Memorial. Photo provided by UCC

UCC remembers Oct. 1, 2015 with new memorial UCC’s Oct. 1, 2015 memorial site is nearly completed with the installation of memorial globes, a platform, stones, benches, a border and a couple of walkways. The memorial is located on the UCC campus, behind Jackson Hall overlooking the North Umpqua river.  After 5 years of planning, UCC staff, a Memorial Committee, welding students, family members of 10/1 victims, community members, the Board of Education, and others have finally come to the concluding steps of finishing the memorial.  Due to the Covid-19 restrictions and the dangerous air quality from the wildfires, UCC had to put a haltRead More →

The amazing life journey of Jesika Barnes On her way to becoming the leader she is today, ASUCC president and 2020 graduate Jesika Barnes had a similar story to most of us in our early childhood. Her parents divorced when she was four years old. She moved around repeatedly, from Oregon to California to France, never getting enough time to solidify relationships. School was not always kind to Barnes. She often felt worn-out and unmotivated. Even so, Barnes does not believe in wasted experiences. Even a bad experience is still an experience which can be learned from. By fourth grade, Barnes was already cross-age tutoringRead More →

Honoring students: 2020 Honor and Awards Virtual Recognition During spring term, 55 exceptional students were chosen by UCC faculty and staff to receive Outstanding Student awards.  This year the awards were given to students at the 2020 Honors and Awards Virtual Recognition on Thursday June 4, 2020 at 3 p.m. Honored students are chosen by staff or faculty according to three basic criteria, as well as any additional criteria that the nominators wish to use. “The student must have a concentrated focus or exhibit interest in the award area. The student must show evidence of significant creative growth,” says Marjan Coester, UCC’s director for studentRead More →

Letter from the Editor: Conquering Challenges and Change Whether transferring to university or moving into the workforce, in a short few weeks most of us will change where we live, who we spend time with and what we do for the majority of each day. These changes are even more stark during a pandemic when so much about education and workplaces is uncertain. Change can be refreshing and invigorating, or it can be unsettling and disruptive. Whether you are excited or daunted by graduation and the next step in life, it is vitally important to maintain the same level of commitment that you have demonstratedRead More →

Relationships with Instructors Key to Post-Grad Success “Building a strong relationship with instructors gives them the knowledge to write a recommendation that brings out the student’s strengths” As you graduate and leave behind the exams and due dates of student life, don’t make the mistake of neglecting the relationships you have built with your instructors. Not only can instructors be excellent mentors and good friends, but they can also provide professional recommendations essential to success in higher education that dream job. The form of a professional recommendation can vary from a simple phone conversation between your reference and a potential employer to an official letterRead More →

Commencement 2020 to take place as vehicle parade due to pandemic Graduation will look a little different this year with the June 12 commencement taking place in vehicles as graduates parade in cars through campus. Students are encouraged to decorate their cars for the event. The event will be livestreamed on the college’s YouTube channel, as well as being broadcast on Brooke Communications. If necessary, graduates can also tune in to i101 to hear the ceremony. The event will be recorded on YouTube for later viewing. The change is UCC’s response to a national effort by schools to mark their students’ important milestones without jeopardizing their safety because ofRead More →

The Impact of COVID-19 on Nursing Students Moving classes online has been hard on UCC nursing students who are parents. Nursing student Nicole Johnston, mother of a 10 year old, has dealt with the challenges of K-12 schooling being shut down, childcare options being limited as well as medical facilities suspending clinical opportunities. Closure of the K-12 schools meant Johnston was required to teach her own daughter while also trying to handle difficult nursing classes. “Returning to school online as a parent is a balancing act at best. I often am working on schoolwork eight to 10 hours a day,” Johnston says.“Now, my studying isRead More →

From homeless teen to CASA advocate: UCC graduate earns degree in helping others At 13 years old, upcoming UCC graduate Pamela Kuk not only had to face the emotional and physical changes that all adolescents go through, she also became homeless and self-supporting. She was on her own. Kuk was raised by her mother and stepfather, never meeting her biological father. When Kuk was 11, her stepfather lost his job after more than 20 years of service when the Douglas County Champion Mill shut down. He tried to get several jobs but couldn’t hold any down, and her mother rarely could find work. The familyRead More →

UCC’s 3D Printers Creating Mask Connectors Two of the four 3D printers at UCC are being put to use for creating mask connectors. These connectors are available in the Laverne Murphy Student Center for students, staff, and members of the community. Loops of face masks are placed on the connectors on the back of the head in order to protect the ears from damage. In honor of National Nurses Month, ASUCC President Jesika Barnes suggested creating mask connectors to honor those working in the field. The Engineering Club President and ASUCC Business Manager Vyla Grindberg took on the project and began creating the connectors. “OriginallyRead More →

Meet the ASUCC officer candidates This year’s ASUCC election will have newly-elected officers dealing with the impact of reduced funding for the coming school year and a tumultuous time with the potential of another all-online term. Faced with these prospects and the questions of their peers each candidate, running unopposed, took to Facebook live to participate in a “Meet the Candidates” forum hosted by Vyla Grindberg, a current ASUCC officer.  Elected officers of the Associated Students of Umpqua Community College act as a conduit to the UCC board, and each ASUCC officer’s position fills a pivotal role in the campus ecosystem as officers sit on working campus committeesRead More →