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Volume 2, Issue 7, March '09


Business Office Embeds Basic Skills


Robert Gritz, Fiscal Services Supervisor in the Business Office along with his staff is helping to implement a variety of electronic services for students. One of the services that students are benefiting from Robert's efforts is the electronic fund transfers, also known as automatic direct deposit, for Financial Aid checks.


Robert Gritz on the phone

Robert Gritz, doing what he does best with customer service


Robert is also on the Sustainability Committee and makes sure documents are stored and distributed electronically as much as possible. With increased student enrollments he has tried to reduce paper receipts. He models reduced paper usage to the students with half sheet receipts and assisting students in accessing documentation online; for example the 1098 T schedule, which helps student report educational expenses for tax purposes.



Robert Gritz, Business Office Supervisor

Robert Gritz, Fiscal Services Supervisor


The Business Office also keeps a tally of who comes in and why. They assess these busy times to help ensure coverage is maximized during peak activity hours. They spend a great deal of time explaining and giving directions and steps for completing the registration  and enrollment process. The Business Office is often the first stop and the "first impression" of the college. The Business Office staff believes it is important to provide  tools and resources as soon as possible to ensure a successful experience and relationship with the college community.


Embedding Online Safety Nets





Faculty involved in the online training cohorts  are working hard to embed safety nets into their online classes. Students who take online classes will have additional embedded basic skills to assist with their success. Faculty are including "Getting Started" Learning Modules and "Online Scavenger Hunts" to introduce and familiarize students to the online environment before they begin the main course content. Faculty are also embedding core components in the online classes that will help ensure continuity and consistency; threaded discussion forums, learning modules and assignment rubrics.


Some additional safety nets include face to face orientations for students the first couple of weeks of the fall semester and CMPSC 101, "How to Succeed As An Online Student" offered as a 6 week  hybrid course (a blend of face to face and online instruction) that could be taken concurrently with their online classes. There will also be additional information and identifying icons in the summer and fall schedule. Syllabi, Quick Guides and pre-instructions will be on the faculty's Web pages for students to access ahead of time.  Also a full Splash page with log-in  and other Blackboard information will be highlighted in the schedule.


If you are interested in learning more about either taking or teaching online classes, please contact Melissa Colón, at or 588.5092.


Sun Mask Art Work


An Introductory Conversational Course

for beginning learners offered for

credit/no credit only.


June 16–July 16, 2009


Tues/Thurs , 6 pm – 9:20 pm

SPANISH 170BA – 2 units

SECTION # 0842


Calaveras Center

Hwy 49, Angels Camp


Contact Teresa Borden, Instructor for more information

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Adrienne Webster, Anne Cavagnaro, Alicia Kolstad, John Leamy, Meryl Soto, Lynn Martin, Karin Rodts, Craig Johnston or Melissa Colón. Check out the AWE Web site.