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This week in Mother Lode Works... - School and Training in the COVID-19 World - Success Story: P2E Grant
- COVID-19 Mask Mandate from Governor Newsom
Up to Date COVID-19 Information - covid19.ca.gov: The official website for California COVID-19 Response daily updates and resources. - edd.ca.gov: EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California.
School and Training in the COVID-19 World
Written by Emily Graham, MLJT Calaveras Center Manager
COVID-19 has pushed us into a world where digital is now a requirement for life. It’s a scary concept for us when we are not used to it or comfortable with the technology. It can be even harder asking for help from people who ARE comfortable with it because they don’t understand where we are coming from. But like it or not, this method of delivering education is here to stay for a while, so we must adapt. I’ve recently started the journey to online learning myself and am sharing what I’ve learned from my experiences here. These have been key to my success: 1) Prepare to let things go. Housework, chores, and time sucking activities will all need to take a back seat to your online learning. I needed to let go of being the one who always made dinner and cleaned up. If my family wasn’t going to step up, I needed to be ok with the mess. It took a little time for them to get with the program, but my family did step up and started to lend a hand more. 2) Start Small. If you have never done this before then try to start with part time or one class at a time if you can. It will really help you as you figure out what works for you. 3) Manage your time. This is the single most important thing. You must get organized and create a learning routine for yourself. Use calendars. Use notebooks. Use sticky notes. Use reminders. But create a routine and do not deviate from it for anything short of a life or death emergency. Online learning is designed to be portable, so don’t go somewhere that doesn’t have wifi or internet while you are in school. Don’t leave your charger at home. Most teachers will not excuse late work (at least mine don’t). 4) Get Help. Before you start to flounder ask for help. If you don’t know who to ask, ask the first person you can think of, and keep asking until you get the help you need. The most successful online programs have coaches, tutors, teachers, and mentors that are assigned to help students. The training providers and schools are just as interested in your success as you are. So ask them to help you. 5) Engage. A lot of times we are tempted to look at our phones, deal with the cat, get distracted by the children, while doing our online learning. It’s a weird forum. You aren’t looking at the real people. It feels funny- like you are disconnected. You need to work past that and focus on your class. If it means tuning in on a lecturers voice, or hitting pause so you can re-read an assignment, keep your focus on what you are learning. Keep finding it interesting. Look for those WOW or AHA moments. 6) Get a support network. Don’t include any haters in this group. Only talk to the people who are positive and of what you are doing. Introduce yourself to others who are in the program and get to know them. They’re going through the same things you are. Trust me. 7) Reward yourself. When you have finished a task or assignment, or gotten a good score or grade, tell your support network about it and give yourself a lot of praise! It will feel weird at first but it will keep you going! I reward myself by giving affirmations on social media. I also reward myself with time off from doing any work at all- I play in the garden, go for a bike ride, read a novel in the hammock. Whatever it is, it’s part of self care and motivation.
Job Seeker Success Story: P2E Grant
Using P2E funds, for the first time ever, MLJT was able assist a client in purchasing specialized equipment for a new business he had just started. HydroPro is a specialty residential and commercial exterior cleaning service that, using cutting edge specialty equipment, provides professional window cleaning, exterior power wash, exterior soft wash, surface concrete and asphalt cleaning, roof and gutter services and now beginning services to meet the needs related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. After utilizing the guidance provided by MLJT and the mentorship of SCORE, a volunteer association sponsored by the US Small Business Administration that serves the local area, Ricky’s vision is now a reality and he is well on his way to becoming a successful local business owner.
Once his business has grown, Ricky has plans to, “hire others who are not able to find employment because of past history or other barriers” he says, “Paying It Forward; contributing to solutions that plague some of our social and economic issues today.”
COVID-19 New Mask Mandate from Governor Newsom
As we venture back into the workforce post COVID-19, please be mindful of the guidance put forth by Governor Newsom on 6/19/2020 for the use of face coverings.
Because of our collective actions, California has limited the spread of COVID-19 and associated hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Still, the risk for COVID-19 remains and the increasing number of Californians who are leaving their homes for work and other needs, increases the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection. Over the last four months, we have learned a lot about COVID-19 transmission, most notably that people who are infected but are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic play an important part in community spread. The use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing. This document updates existing CDPH guidance for the use of cloth face coverings by the general public when outside the home. It mandates that face coverings be worn state-wide in the circumstances and with the exceptions outlined below. It does not substitute for existing guidance about social distancing and hand washing.
Guidance People in California must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations listed below:
· Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space; unless exempted by state guidelines for specific public settings (e.g., school or childcare center)
· Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank; unless directed otherwise by an employee or healthcare provider