Student Resources - March 19

Dear Students,

These are unprecedented times, and we realize the amount of information on social media, and through email, is extraordinary. The purpose of our communication is to keep you informed and updated with the latest developments.

Please know you have the following resources:

Internet Service

Comcast is providing 2 months free internet service (then $9.95/mo, plus tax) and low cost computers ($149.99, plus tax) to students with MEDICAID, HUD, NSLP/Head Start, SNAP, TANF, SSI, LIHEAP, Tribal assistance programs, WIC, or VA PENSION eligibility. Visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-8-INTERNET to apply.

Mental Health Counseling

River Valley Counseling Center partners with STCC to provide mental health counseling services to students. The RVCC office will be open and available to current students while the college is curtailed. Licensed clinicians will work with students to determine the course of treatment and offer respectful and compassionate counseling services.

If you are a STCC student not currently seeing a therapist outside of school and are interested in receiving individual therapy services on campus, please contact David Forton, STCC Senior Academic Counselor, at (413) 755-4332 or dcforton@stcc.edu.

Free Meals for Springfield Youth

Meals are available to all school-aged children, including persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.

Parents, guardians, and grandparents may pick up meals for those in their care at any of the 14 sites across the city; Bowles, Chestnut Middle School, Commerce, Dorman, Glickman, Indian Orchard, Kensington, Liberty, Lincoln, Rebecca Johnson, South End, Talmadge, Warner, and Washington.

Meals are available Monday-Friday 11am-1pm and on Fridays, you will also receive meals for the weekend.

Sodexo staff are adhering to infectious disease control and prevention measures as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

STCC Library

We have ordered an additional supply of Chromebooks and Wifi hotspots, and a separate email has been sent to currently enrolled students with information on how to borrow, which includes the following registration link:

https://forms.gle/ZwWHNQhwgAf6w35MA

You can also visit https://libguides.stcc.edu to access library services online. The library has a host of online services such as 82 databases that offer access to more than 98,259 research sources such as academic journals, magazines, and trade journals. Additionally, there are many eBooks in the CWMARS catalog that are free to download.

You can call, email or visit the library website. Resources can be accessed anytime. The Library even as a YouTube channel (available through the library website) with tutorials available 24/7.

For questions, please call Circulation Services at (413) 755-4532 or Reference Services at (413) 755-4549. Email stcclibrary@stcc.edu.

Center for Access Services (CAS)

CAS provides STCC students with a broad range of free non-academic support services, including free school supplies and the RAM Cupboard food pantry. The CAS office will be open and available to current students while the college is curtailed. CAS staff also connect students to on-campus resources and provides referrals to community social service agencies that help individuals overcome a variety of issues including, but not limited to: SNAP Application Assistance, financial challenges, food insecurity, homelessness, substance abuse, and various state and federal benefits.

CAS will remain available via email (CAS@stcc.edu) which is checked daily throughout the day.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us or Jose directly (jhlopez-figueroa@stcc.edu) for guidance and/or assistance.

It is our hope that you find these resources useful and comforting during this uncertain time. Please know that we here at STCC are working hard to assist the student body during this transition. Should you have any questions or urgent requests please email covid19@stcc.edu .

We will be a stronger STCC community when we get through this.

Sincerely,

Joseph DaSilva
Vice President of Administration/CFO