Although the beautiful flowers and food that usually highlight ESCOM’s General Meeting were sorely missed, ESCOM proceeded with a lively online version of the annual event on June 13, 2020. ESCOM members logged on to Zoom for the event, which featured College of Marin President, David Wain Coon, Ed.D. He spoke about the past, present and future of the College of Marin, particularly as it pertains to ESCOM and the continued mandatory closure of both campuses due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Dr. Coon congratulated ESCOM for its 47 years as an integral part of the COM community and lauded ESCOM for the quick response in arranging online club meetings and other events. He expects that fall semester classes will largely be conducted online as it had in the latter half of last spring’s semester. While a few athletic and lab oriented classes will occur on campus, the decision to largely forego the “live” experience was based on a detailed evaluation of classroom space and social distance requirements. Administrators concluded that, at best, most of COM’s classrooms could accommodate only 9 to 10 students at a time while adhering to the requirements. Dr. Coon added that he did not expect that campus closures would delay construction, including the new Jonas/Rotary Athletic Center and Pool on the Indian Valley Campus and the new Learning Resources Center on the Kentfield campus.
Carol Hildebrand, Director of Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education spoke about the summer and upcoming fall semester classes. While this summer’s classes total only nine, they are all well enrolled. She is considering adding more classes this summer and urged anyone interested in these, should keep an eye on their email boxes and the Community Education Website at: https://marincommunityed.augusoft.net/ Though the bulk of spring continuing education classes were cancelled, Hildebrand expects to offer more than 100 new and returning online classes this fall.
ESCOM President Luanne Mullin presided over the meeting and summarized ESCOM’s work during the difficulties of campus closure and social distancing requirements. “Our Thriving leadership team is as strong as ever,” she said and noted that ESCOM continues to add value and new opportunities, such as the Pop-Up short programs for ESCOM members. She thanked ESCOM club leaders for helping to keep members connected and marveled that 17 of 30 clubs had managed to convert to online meetings over the past semester. Participation in these clubs and other ESCOM online offerings garnered a participation totaling 600. She welcomes ideas for new programs from members. Please send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
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