Date: April 29, 2020
To: GGC Community
From: Dr. Jann L. Joseph, President
Subject: Operations Updates, Federal CARES Act and Student Emergency Fund

Dear GGC Community,

It is hard to believe that seven weeks have passed since we modified our operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Usage of our technology platforms indicates that we are very actively engaging with each other and our students. We have a lot of late night Grizzles out in cyberspace. I know from my own experience that Microsoft Teams meetings and phone calls are key to staying connected and collaborative as we work in support of the success of our students.

Recently, I invited the cabinet, deans and other college leaders to join me in a calling campaign to many of the students who have been admitted for fall. We affirmed their decision to enroll at GGC and offered the opportunity to answer questions in support of their attendance. Never has it been more important that each of us serves as an ambassador for the college and plays a part in the recruitment and retention of our students. 

As we begin to hear more about the re-opening of businesses and operations in our state, I want to assure you that GGC continues to coordinate with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the CDC and the University System of Georgia to monitor this evolving situation. We are formulating plans for a measured approach to our return to normal campus operations. With the health and safety of our campus community in mind, this phased approach would cover the course of weeks, and even possibly months. As our plans continue to evolve and solidify in the coming weeks, we will be sharing those details with you. 

We have submitted our final plan and have received approval which will allow us to begin distributing the federal CARES Act funding this week to our students who qualify based on the parameters of the Act. Details about the funding formula are available on the Public Health FAQ site. In addition to the CARES Act funding, our students have the opportunity to apply for Student Emergency funds, which many of you have supported through your donations

The end of the semester is quickly approaching and despite the fact we are postponing commencement to a future date, there is still much to celebrate. We made sure our campus was well-kept and safe, we are receiving our paychecks, our benefits remain intact and the college’s invoices are being paid. We provided much-needed student support in the form of online tutoring, advising and counseling sessions. Most importantly, we joined together to ensure our students could continue to learn and work toward their degrees. They are now one semester closer to completion.

Thank you for all you do for GGC and our students. Please continue to be diligent in your efforts to protect yourself.

Dr. Jann L. Joseph