CCHE Director Updates
Message from Karen Blackburn, Executive Director 6/17/2020
As businesses are opening, we are all facing the challenge of keeping employees and visitors safe while continuing to provide services. At Cook County Higher Education, we have put the following policies in place to meet current safety recommendations.
- Face Coverings are required at all times. A limited number of face coverings are available for you as you enter the building. Please keep the face covering once you’ve used it.
- Physical distancing of 6 feet required at all times.
- Hands must be sanitized with available hand sanitizer when entering the building.
- We are limiting access to our building to key cardholders only with a strong preference for no more than two people at one time – one upstairs and one downstairs.
- Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer are available near all student computers. All users should disinfect keyboards and computer area before and after use.
- The Cook County Higher Education building is being deep cleaned and sanitized once a week.
- All programming has been moved to an on-line platform. Please contact us for customized training. We have some computers available to accommodate training from home.
- We have limited access to two bathrooms in the building: one upstairs and one downstairs.
- CCHE has created a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan as required by Governor Walz.
- Staff continues to work from home.
Free Help for Students
Lenna is keeping up to date on the effects of COVID-19 regarding our educational system. For a series of CCHE videos regarding these issues, check out our COVID-19 playlist on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtMe3DHNlsT9dJb9bYxeya5dqD6lEmN72
College, Fall 2020
Wondering about your college’s plans for the Fall? Check out this article, which contains a spreadsheet that is being continually updated: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Here-s-a-List-of-Colleges-/248626
The CARES Act, passed on 3/27/2020, offers additional relief to student loan borrowers. If you have qualifying student loans, your interest rate will automatically drop to 0% and your payments will be automatically put on a Pandemic Forbearance. Click for more detailed information.
Get help with your FAFSA – by text! The FAFSA chatbot, which is available by text message & available 24/7, addresses common FAFSA issues, like:
- troubleshooting the FSA ID & login
- deciding whose income to report
- and more
Through August, all students can access the chatbot by texting “2020” to 267-578-3373. Students can find out more about the service and how to opt in at getfafsahelp.org/chatbot.
If you are having trouble understanding a subject or need help with a class contact our Outreach Coordinator, Carly Puch, at outreach@myCCHE.org.
You can meet virtually up to 10 times per semester with your mentor for FREE (mentors are compensated by CCHE). If you’re nervous about the technology aspects let us know and we’ll help find the best program and assist you in how to use it. Click here to request a mentor.
Lifelong Learning and Training & Development
CCHE has adapted to this new learning landscape by collecting and sharing on already developed learning opportunities that our community can attend right this moment as well as resources to help them during this challenging time.
We are also taking the classes that were planned for this spring and modifying them to be webinars. We are also adding new, fresh, and timely online programming! Check out our Events Calendar or Learning tabs on upcoming learning opportunities.
Unable to attend? Access our Recorded Events when it’s convenient for you!
If you are interested in instructing or have an instruction topic suggestion, contact our Program Director, Kelsey Kennedy, at programs@myCCHE.org
During Covid-19 we are offering CCHE online learning opportunities for FREE.
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact the workforce, the federal government is expanding unemployment benefit eligibility.
Small Business Assistance
This toolkit will continue to be updated daily as new information and resources become available.
Cook County Coronavirus Response Hub
The Cook County Coronavirus Response Hub website seeks to provide current and accurate information, maps and resources about the community wide response to the coronavirus. This website includes up-to-date information on local Food Resources & Other Necessities, Community Information, and more.
Apply for a Refurbished Reduced Cost Laptop
CCHE is working with PCs for People to purchase additional refurbished laptops for you to purchase.
To be placed on a wait list, complete a CCHE’s PCs for People Application and we will contact you once the laptops are available.
Hot Spots – Internet Access Using Your Phone
At its essence, a hotspot is a blend of software, hardware and network data services that combine to transform a phone into the equivalent of a broadband modem and router. In other words, it can distribute a web connection to nearby systems via Wi-Fi. This lets you get your laptop and tablet online using your phone data plan.