$50 Grocery Gift Cards Available for Students In Need

Sent on behalf of the WLAC Foundation 

The Los Angeles Community College District Foundation in collaboration with Ralphs/Kroger/Food4Less is providing grants in the form of $50 grocery gift cards to LACCD students who face food insecurities that compromise their ability to continue their studies or successfully engage in their classes. To be eligible, students must apply online by logging into the Student Information System (SIS) using the link below. I have attached a copy of the application for your information.

Please note, that each college will have a single point of contact who will review and approve the applicants. Awardees will pick up gift cards at their home college.

I encourage you to spread the word across campus and reach as many students as possible who can benefit from this grant. Please provide them with the link to apply.  Feel free to forward this information to anyone that I might have missed in this email. I thank you in advance for your assistance.



Etelvina De La Torre, MSPA

Director, Foundation

Access Vision Resource Center from the Portal!

Sent on behalf of Shannon Krajewski, Professional Development Coordinator, Center for Professional Excellence 

Greetings LACCD!

As of today, you can now launch the Vision Resource Center from your SIS Portal! Just look for this icon:


What’s the Vision Resource Center?

The Vision Resource Center (VRC) is a statewide system for accessing, tracking, sharing and promoting professional development. It allows all employees in the CCC system to Connect and Learn about countless topics that affect our work and our students. (An earlier version was called the Professional Learning Network (PLN).)

The VRC is a hub for MANY things, from a calendar of professional learning workshops, a place to track your professional development/FLEX activities, a place to connect with colleagues across the district and the state, and a place to find thousands of trainings, including those from Lynda.com and Skillsoft, as well as original content from the state Chancellor’s office and much more! Poke around! Click on the Workshop Calendar and see what’s interesting to you and Request it. Go to your Learner Home and see what cool things are waiting for you. Do a Training Search on something you’d like to learn. Update your profile with a photo and some topics of interest. Visit Connect and see what Communities interest you.

Need help navigating the VRC? Here’s a helpful guide to help you with the basics.

Shannon Krajewski
Professional Development Coordinator

EAP Coordinator

Center for Professional Excellence

Identity Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Finally! Canvas student names will match their preferred name.

A message from our Associate Vice-Chancellor, Betsy A. Regalado:

During the past year, the IT staff and I have received several inquiries about changing the student’s primary name on the Canvas shell to the preferred name. This email will serve as official notification that the Canvas file has been updated to send a student’s preferred name instead of a primary name.

This change in the Canvas business process will not remove the student’s primary, also known as legal name, from the student’s official school record in PeopleSoft Campus Solutions SIS or from the grade roster. Only the attendance roster and the Canvas shell will display the student’s preferred name.

CanInnovate 2019, a FREE and online conference

Dear colleagues,

On Friday, October 25th, the California Community Colleges (CCC) California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI)/@ONE is hosting Can•Innovate, a FREE, online conference designed to support the professional development of all CCC Canvas users. Last year, more than 1,100 people attended and we are expecting this year’s event to be even bigger and better!

The online program includes 14 sessions and 27 speakers, including a keynote by Kona Jones, Director of Online Learning at Richland Community College. With two ways to attend — online from your own device, or at one of our 60 (and counting!) on-campus viewing rooms — everyone can join in for a Can-tastic day of learning!

  • View the full program and register for FREE for the sessions you’d like to attend.

ASCCC OER Newsletter September 2019

Greetings local OER advocates!

Please note that we have a new tinyurl for accessing our Canvas space – tinyurl.com/ASCCC-OpenEd – and we have some new features.  If you, or your colleagues, are “registering” at the site in order to participate in Discussions, please use the same log-in that you use to log into your local Canvas instance. This will simplify access and prevent the complexities associated with having multiple accounts.

OER Opportunities

The OERI is currently seeking faculty to serve in a variety of roles. This application process will create a pool of faculty from which we will select reviewers for newly developed resources, so we have a true need for a faculty from a broad array of disciplines – including those who may or may not have experience with OER.

The ASCCC OERI Application can be completed through October 25. Interested faculty will need to complete BOTH the OERI application and the ASCCC Faculty Application for Statewide Service.

The OERI Application is also available via tinyurl.com/OERI-APP19. The ASCCC Application is also available viatinyurl.com/ASCCC-App.

Save the Date – Discipline-Specific OER Discussion and/or Development

We will be holding two one-day events at the end of October. Each will be an open meeting of faculty in the selected disciplines who will be sharing OER, discussing OER needs, and/or developing OER. Liaisons are more than welcome to attend – and we will be counting on you to recruit the appropriate faculty.

Friday, October 25 – Sacramento

Saturday, October 26 – Anaheim

 Disciplines –

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Math
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Psychology


OERI Weekly Webinars, Thursdays, 1pm-2pm

OERI Weekly Webinars are intended for a diverse audience. We hope you will all join us!

October 3, 2019 | Register Now

Finding OER – and Can you Create a Hybrid?

How do you find OER to incorporate into your courses and can you mix open resources with those that carry a traditional copyright? Join us for an overview of how – and where – to search for resources and a discussion of effective approaches to mixing resources that are licensed differently.

October 10, 2019 | Register Now          

Finding Body Parts – OER for Anatomy

Disciplines that rely on visual content can create a unique challenge when adopting OER. This interactive session will discuss approaches to addressing this challenge in the specific context of an anatomy course.

October 17, 2019 | Register Now

Sharing Your OER – From creating it to letting other people judge your baby

After authoring a resource that you intend to make open, how do you get past your shyness about sharing it and contributing to the OER universe? This session will explore the topic from varied perspectives, including one author’s journey, approaches to providing effective feedback, and a discussion of how the OERI can help.

October 24 2019 | Register Now

Creative Commons, Copyright, and Fair Use – Why do we need OER?

What is the difference between free content, open content, and fair use? Educators often overestimate what they can do with the fair use copyright exception and underestimate their options with open resources.  Join us to learn about the requirements of fair use as well as how to interpret Creative Commons licenses.

October 31, 2019 | Register Now

Open Forum

Each month we will reserve one webinar to be an “open forum”. We’ll be prepared to discuss the latest hot topics from our vantage point and ready and willing to hear – and discuss – what’s on your mind.

Selena Silva

Administrative Assistant

Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

One Capitol Mall, Suite 230, Sacramento, CA 95814

Support the Queer and Allies club – Order your West PRIDE t-shirt now!

Dear colleagues and friends,

One of the issues that the QnA club has identified for LGBTQ+ students on campus is that West is not currently a clearly visibly Q+-friendly place. While we are working on this issue on more than one front, we think that a fun and easy way to make West more visibly welcoming of Q+ students is to join forces with West Wednesdays. Perhaps you’d like to show both your West pride AND your West PRIDE on Wednesdays! If so, please allow me to introduce you to your new West PRIDE t-shirt!


Click the link above to see the PR office-designed logo (thank you, Michelle Long-Coffee and Clarissa Castellanos) on 3 different t-shirt styles. To change shirt style, scroll down just a tad to see three clickable black shirts lined up at the bottom left of the design window. For sizing info, with your preferred t-shirt style selected, scroll down a bit more and click the “View Sizing Lineup” link, which provides pictures of non-representative samples of humans (and their specs) in shirts as well as actual shirt measurements. Shirts will be priced at $20 (pay on pick-up). Once out-of-pocket costs are recouped, funds will go toward the general operating budget of the QnA club to support campus-wide, queer-and-allies-friendly activities. If $20 is a financial hardship for you but you’d like to show your West PRIDE, please contact me, and I will make arrangements for you to get a shirt. We’re much less concerned about profits than we are about creating a visibly Q+ friendly campus environment, and we welcome all the support we can get!

To place your t-shirt order, provide your contact info and shirt style and size choice in this survey by Sep 20, 5pm.

Thank you in advance for your support and for showing our students that West is a safe and welcoming space!

(P.S. – Please pass this message around to all of your friends on campus and talk up the new West PRIDE gear! I haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know *everyone* at West just yet, and I didn’t presume to cold-email people with this.)


Stephanie Meredith, Tim Welch, and the QnA club