In response to a variety of challenges faced by employees and students amid the COVID-19 public health crisis, Mercer County Community College announced initiatives aimed at providing assistance to members of the college community.
“Over the past few weeks, you have collectively stepped up and risen to the unprecedented challenge caused by COVID-19,” MCCC President Jianping Wang wrote in a message to college employees. “As a result, the college is better prepared to continue our services for students, employees, and our communities at-large.”
Wang told employees that MCCC “is in a very strong financial position” and continued that “there is no possibility of a reduction in workforce due to COVID-19.”
Even so, she said, the college recognizes that unique circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak have resulted in personal hardships among members of the MCCC college community.
To assist employees whose households have taken a financial hit in the wake of COVID-19, MCCC will immediately launch a Voluntary Full-Time Employee Assistance Program for employees with an annual base salary of less than $60,000, offering a $1,000 salary advance with six months to repay the college via payroll deductions, beginning in May.
In addition, programs were launched to assist students suffering the loss of a part-time job or a lack of financial resources.
The college is in the process of establishing the Student Food Assistance Program, which will provide gift cards to area grocery stores for food-insecure students. And through a partnership with United Way of Mercer County and TDI (formerly Trenton Digital Initiative), the college is distributing free refurbished computers to students in financial need.
Following the conclusion of MCCC’s spring break on March 23, all face-to-face classes were moved to remote platforms for the remainder of the semester.
On March 13 the college moved all administrative operations to remote platforms, with employees delivering services to students, faculty, staff, and general public from home. Remote delivery of services will also continue through the end of the spring semester.