iTECH Student Notification #4

Our ITECH Student Services team’s thoughts and prayers are with our students during this very difficult time.  This crisis has reaffirmed our resolve to continue to promote, connect and empower your success as an ITECH student, because we truly are all in this together!

      

*This article is from our good friend Dr. Lauetta Justin and our ITECH Student Services team thought this expressed some of our feelings as we move through this very trying time in all are lives.

 

Millions of people are working from home and schools are closing across the globe. Many businesses are shutting their doors and grocery store shelves are empty.

Needless to say, these are uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a lot of stress for us all. If you are feeling anxious, you are in good company. A global infectious disease that can impact every realm of your life is a legitimate source of stress.

Here are five tips to cope with stress and anxiety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Remember that we’re all in this together.

During a pandemic, you might feel unsafe, have trouble sleeping and experience distressing emotions. Social isolation can worsen these feelings. You may also experience a sense of imbalance in your life and uncertainty in the future.

If you are feeling these emotions, know that you are not alone. This crisis appears to be having a widespread impact on nearly everyone. Take comfort in knowing that we are all in this together and will get through it together.

 

  1. Get the facts from a reliable source

There’s a fine line between staying informed and feeling overwhelmed by the media. Many times in natural disasters, as people’s media exposure increases, so does their distress.

While you shouldn’t avoid the news entirely, it’s important to limit your exposure. In addition, be extremely careful and avoid the vagueness and sensationalism of social media.

Rely on trusted forms of communication, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, and give yourself a break from the news and social media from time to time.

  1. Be a good neighbor and help one another

When everything in your life seems to be out of control, it’s important to focus your mind and efforts on the things that are within your control. There are somethings you can do, such as cleaning your hands, social distancing and keeping loved ones safe.

Looking out for your neighbors, family, friends and coworkers can also provide some relief. Supporting others can give us a sense of purpose, and right now we need to support each other more than ever before.

Social distancing, although recommended, can be incredibly isolating. Do what you can to stay connected, with the ones you love. This is one area where social media might actually be very helpful, as long as you stay away from the sensationalism.

 

 

  1. Practice prayer and meditation

Prayer and meditation has been proven to help reduce depression, anxiety, and stress. Prayer and meditation are highly effective in lowering our reactivity to traumatic and negative events. They are powerful because they focus our thoughts on something outside ourselves.

Regardless of what you believe, focusing your thoughts on others and releasing positive wishes towards us all is great way to stay calm during this crisis

 

 

  1. Start planning for a post-pandemic 2020

Let me reassure you that this pandemic as every other world crisis in history has an end date. We do not know that date yet, but just as it had a start date, it will also have an end date.

Start thinking about the near future; once this is all over, what will be different for you. How can you use this experience to improve your life, your family, your business or even the world?

In every problem is a hidden opportunity. What opportunity lies in this moment that can help propel you forward once this is all over? Think upon such things!

Workforce Advisors:

Nancy Dones: donesn@collierschools.com (239) 377-9917

Connie Brown: brownC3@collierschools.com (239) 377-9925

Julie Alfaro: alfaroju@collierschools.com (239) 377-9952

Anicca Rancy: rancya@collierschools.com (239) 377-9918

Michele Antonia: anonimi@collierschools.com (239)377-9923

 

Support Staff:

Melissa Mancha: manchame@collierschools.com (239) 377-9916

Amanda Garza: garzaa8@collierschools.com (239) 377-9941

Mindy Gamez: gamezm1@collierschools.com (239) 377-4556

Elia Zaragoza: zaragoel@collierschools.com (239)377-9938

 


Immokalee Community Resources:

Community Resources:

Internet providers offering free wifi during coronavirus

AT&T

For the next 60 days, AT&T will not terminate service for any wireless, home phone, or broadband residential or small bus customer due to inability to pay.

They will also do the following:

  • Waive late payment fees.
  • Keep their public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any one who needs them.
  • The service will also be offering unlimited internet data and offer internet access for limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program.

For more details, click HERE.

Comcast Xfinity

The company is opening their Xfinity WiFi network for free along with providing unlimited data. To help people stay connected with school and work, Comcast is opening up their Xfinity WiFi network for everyone, as well as:

  • Hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-subscribers. You can find a map of hot spots here. Just use “xfinitywifi” network name and launch a browser.
  • Data plans will be paused for 60 days, which will give all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.
  • No late disconnects or late fees for those who contact the company about not being able to pay their bill.
  • Internet Essentials, their broadband adoption program, is free to new customers

For more information click HERE.

Verizon Free WiFi

Verizon also took the pledge and is offering similar services:

  • The company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
  • Waiving late fees for those impacted by COVID-19
  • Tripling data allowance for Verizon Innovative Learning schools

For more information, click HERE.

Charter Spectrum Free WiFi

Charter is offering similar services during the coronavirus pandemic. As of March 16, the company will offer:

  • Free spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • Open WiFi hotspots

For more information, click HERE.

Sprint

Sprint has joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and is opening up their network to their customers and:

  • Won’t terminate service if customers are unable to pay due to coronavirus issues
  • Waive late fees caused by economic disturbances related to the coronavirus pandemic
  • By 3/17: Customers with international long-distance plans will get complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3.
  • By 3/19: Customers with metered data plans will have unlimited data per month for 60 days at no extra cost
  • Customers will get an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days.
  • Coming soon: Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets without a hotspot will get 20GB per month for 60 days at no extra cost.

For more information, click HERE.

T-Mobile

The wireless provider already has a majority of customers with unlimited talk, text, and data, but they’re doubling down on their effort to keep their customers connected.

  • All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have data plans will have unlimited smartphone data, excluding roaming.
  • T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers will get an additional 20GB of mobile hotspots/tethering service for the next 60 days. The company says this feature will be coming soon.
  • Work with Lifeline partners to get customers extra free data up to 5GB per month over the next two months
  • Increase data allowance for free to schools and students for the next 60 days, which means at least 20GB of data per month for each participant

For more information, click HERE.

 

More information at abc10.com

iTECH Student Notification #2

We are opening virtually Monday March 23rd!

Immokalee Technical College will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future. All classes will begin online Monday, March 23rd.    We will be utilizing online platforms for this virtual instruction. The best way to access this content will be through a computer with Internet access. The second best way will be through a smart phone utilizing the canvas app.

To access Canvas online:

  1. Visit the following website https://canvas.collierschools.com/
  2. Login username is: Student ID
  3. Password is: either 1 or 4-digit birthday
  4. Sign In

Click here to get a link to download the app for either IOS or Android.

Get Connected

Comcast Cable is also offering 2 months of internet connectivity for free with free hotspots.

GET XFINITY WIFI  More info

Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

Contact your Instructor

We are asking each and every student to email their instructor(s) now to make sure that they have your contact information and phone number. Here is a list of all of your instructor’s email addresses.  Once you made a connection with your instructor through email, they will get back with you and begin communicating on how training will continue moving forward should the college remain closed to on campus learning. Here is a list of all your instructors contact information:

 

Program Instructors email
AAAE/ABE/GED Instructor Brad Myers myersb1@collierschools.com
Accounting Operations/Business Administrative Services Ronnie Campbell campbr2@collierschools.com
Applied Cybersecurity Amy McMullin mcmula@collierschools.com
Automotive Service Technology Anthony Rowtie rowtij@collierschools.com
Automotive Service Technology Robert Landry landrr@collierschools.com
Building Construction Technologies William Parry parryw@collierschools.com
Computer Systems & Information Technology/Cyber Security Amy McMullin mcmula@collierschools.com
Cosmetology Delia Lozano lozand@collierschools.com
Digital Media/Multimedia Design Omar Rodriguez rodrio@collierschools.com
Early Childhood Education Melinda Chesser chessm@collierschools.com
ELL Instructor Maria Leyva leyvam2@collierschools.com
ELL Instructor Katherine Mominee momink@collierschools.com
ELL Instructor Lori Neal neall@collierschools.com
ELL Instructor Adriana Carranza carraa2@collierschools.com
Heavy Equipment Service Technician Robert Boyle boyler@collierschools.com
Legal Administrative Specialist Ronnie Campbell campbr2@collierschools.com
Machining Technologies Greg Richter richg@collierschools.com
Machining Technologies Ross Porter porter@collierschools.com
Medical Administrative Specialist Ronnie Campbell campbr2@collierschools.com
Medical Coder and Biller Donna Jolly jollyd@colliershools.com
Practical Nursing James Leaver leavoj@collierschools.com
Practical Nursing Yvonne McConnell mccony@collierschools.com
Professional Culinary Arts and Hospitality Terrie Thompson thompt4@collierschools.com

 

Previous Student Notification

iTECH Student Notification #1

Immokalee Technical College is closed the week of March 16-20 to prepare for the potential of reopening next week, either on campus, or with virtual instruction. We will know at the end of this week if we will continue to be closed to the public. The good news is our staff is working very hard this week and moving forward to develop meaningful distance learning experiences so that you can continue your education.  We will be utilizing online platforms for this virtual instruction. The best way to access this content will be through a computer with Internet access. The second best way will be through a smart phone utilizing the canvas app.

To access Canvas online:

  1. Visit the following website https://canvas.collierschools.com/
  2. Login username is: Student ID
  3. Password is: either 1 or 4-digit birthday
  4. Sign In

Click here to get a link to download the app for either IOS or Android.

Get Connected

Comcast Cable is also offering 2 months of internet connectivity for free with free hotspots.

Get xfinity wifi   More info

Contact your Instructor

We are asking each and every student to email their instructor(s) now to make sure that they have your contact information and phone number. Here is a list of all of your instructor’s email addresses.  Once you made a connection with your instructor through email, they will get back with you begin communicating on how training will continue moving forward should the college remain closed to on campus learning. Here is a list of all your instructors contact information:

Program Instructors email
AAAE/ABE/GED Instructor Brad Myers myersb1@collierschools.com
Accounting Operations/Business Administrative Services Ronnie Campbell campbr2@collierschools.com
Applied Cybersecurity Amy McMullin mcmula@collierschools.com
Automotive Service Technology Anthony Rowtie rowtij@collierschools.com
Automotive Service Technology Robert Landry landrr@collierschools.com
Building Construction Technologies William Parry parryw@collierschools.com
Computer Systems & Information Technology/Cyber Security Amy McMullin mcmula@collierschools.com
Cosmetology Delia Lozano lozand@collierschools.com
Digital Media/Multimedia Design Omar Rodriguez rodrio@collierschools.com
Early Childhood Education Melinda Chesser chessm@collierschools.com
ELL Instructor Maria Leyva leyvam2@collierschools.com
ELL Instructor Katherine Mominee momink@collierschools.com
ELL Instructor Lori Neal neall@collierschools.com
ELL Instructor Adriana Carranza carraa2@collierschools.com
Heavy Equipment Service Technician Robert Boyle boyler@collierschools.com
Legal Administrative Specialist Ronnie Campbell campbr2@collierschools.com
Machining Technologies Greg Richter richg@collierschools.com
Machining Technologies Ross Porter porter@collierschools.com
Medical Administrative Specialist Ronnie Campbell campbr2@collierschools.com
Medical Coder and Biller Donna Jolly jollyd@colliershools.com
Practical Nursing James Leavor leavoj@collierschools.com
Practical Nursing Yvonne McConnell mccony@collierschools.com
Professional Culinary Arts and Hospitality Terrie Thompson thompt4@collierschools.com

 

Big Bus Event at iTECH College in Immokalee

A big thank you to Culinary, Nursing, Medical Coding/Billing, and Automotive staff and students for coming out in support of the Big Bus Event at the Health Department this past Saturday, October 3, 2015. Culinary gave out healthy pizza, Nursing did blood pressure and heart rate checks, Medical Coding and Billing checked everyone in, and Automotive did healthy car inspections. It was a big success and you guys represented iTECH well. Great job!

Welcome to Our New Website

iTECH-New-Website

iTECH – Immokalee Technical Center has a new website! The new website launched on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. The website is fully “responsive”, meaning it will adjust to all devices including phones, tablets, computers, and even smart TV’s. The website is continually getting updated and more images, videos, and information will be uploaded in the weeks to come! The website was designed and set up by the Multimedia Design program here at iTECH.

iTECH College Starts Monday

itech-campus-courtyard

It’s the start of another school year and iTECH has a new name, Immokalee Technical College. On Monday, August 17, 2015 students join instructors for another fantastic school year at iTECH. The campus is clean and the classrooms are ready for students to arrive Monday at 8 am. We are looking forward to a great first day! (Picture above: iTECH Campus Coutyard)

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