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Student Support Services Have Gone Virtual!

Join us at in our Virtual Services & Resources sites to learn how you can continue to get support for Admissions, Counseling, Financial Aid, and much more.

WHC Lemoore
Virtual Services
WHC Coalinga / Firebaugh, NDC
Virtual Services
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  • A $500 grant to help with expenses related to campus disruptions due to COVID-19. 

  • Students who withdraw from their courses(s) due to COVID-19 will be granted an excused withdrawal (notated as “EW”) on their transcript. This mark will not affect your academic progress, academic probation, or ability to repeat a course. Courses with an “EW” will not be counted in your Grade Point Averages (GPA). An EW may have an impact on your Financial Aid status and other academic related items. Please consult with Financial Aid and your Counselor/Advisor prior to submitting an EW request.

  • Here are resources for those who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or who need help coping with stress. The DSPS office at each campus can also assist you. 

    Crisis Contact Numbers

    • Crisis Text Line. Text “COURAGE” to 741741 for 24/7, confidential support from trained crisis counselors
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
      English 1-800-273-TALK (8255) TTY 1-800-799-4TTY (48889)
    • The Trevor Lifeline
      1-866-488-7386

     

    Kings County

    If you or someone you know is in crisis, Please contact the following numbers:

    • Kings Co. Crisis/ Suicide Prevention
      1-800-655-2553
    • Kings Co. Behavioral Health
      (559) 852-2376
    • Kingsview Counseling Services (Hanford)
      (559) 582-4481

     

    Fresno County

     
     

    Online Resources, Brochures, and Fact Sheets

    Online Support Group

    For a limited time, the DRAW Program will be offering FREE online support groups via video for all students, staff, faculty, and/or community members that may be struggling with mental wellness during COVID-19.  This support group will run every Thursday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm until further notice.

    Please call/text/email the DRAW therapist, Seng Leang Tang at 559-380-6690 or sunshineleang@gmail.com for more information.

    Draw Warm Line

    For a limited time, the DRAW Program will be offering FREE non-crisis phone/text support to students, staff, faculty, and/or community members that may be struggling with mental wellness during COVID-19.  The DRAW Warm Line can be accessed by calling/texting (559) 697-3460.  The DRAW therapist, Seng Leang Tang will be available to provide phone/text support during the following days/times:

    ·        Mon 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

    ·        Tues 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

    ·        Wed 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    ·        Thu 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    You may also call/text anytime to leave a message and Seng Leang will return your call/text as soon as she is able.

     

    Web Links

    Alcohol and Substance Abuse

    Anxiety

    Bipolar Disorder

    Depression

    Grief/Loss

    Stress Management

    Suicide Prevention/Loss

    Trauma

  • West Hills Community College District is dedicated to the safety of our students, staff, faculty and community. Here is a timeline for how we are handling the response to COVID-19

    March 20, 2020 – May 22, 2020  (**Updated March 30, 2020**) 
    In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, West Hills Community College District has adopted a number of changes in order to ensure the safety of our students, staff, faculty and community. 
     
    Effective March 31, 2020, all campus and District Office buildings will be closed. Only essential, critical staff designated and directed by their respective College President or District Executive Administrator will be on campus or at the District Office during the period of remote operations to provide essential, critical services. 
     
    Updates regarding the district’s response can be found at https://westhillscollege.com/covid19/
     
    This timeline is applicable until further notice and is subject to change as the situation evolves.
     
    March 20
    • All classes will remain in session. Most have transitioned fully online. Students with classes or labs that are not possible via online instruction should contact their instructors for more information.
    • At 8:00 a.m., the district suspended campus and district operations and transitioned to remote operations in compliance of Governor Newsom's executive order. Altered instruction will continue until Friday, April 24, 2020.
    • Students can access financial aid advising, schedule and class planning services and talk to staff online via Zoom, via phone or in-person.
    • All events scheduled to be held at any West Hills site are canceled until further notice.
     
    March 23 to March 27
    • All classes are in session, with the majority offered fully online. Students with classes or labs not available online will attend in-person in limited numbers. Students should check with their instructor for additional information.
    • Essential, critical services staff on-site working staggered shifts at all sites.
    • Most face-to-face campus operations provided via remote operations.
    • Student resources including support programs, athletics, counseling, and financial aid advising will be available online via Zoom, in-person on campus or via phone.
    • All events scheduled to be held at any West Hills site are canceled until further notice.
     
    March 30, 2020 
    • April 1- Open Registration for Summer 2020, Winter 2020 and Spring 2021 Classes Begins
    • Classes will continue to be in session, with most held fully online. Students with classes not available online should check with their instructor for more information.
    • Essential, critical services staff on-site working staggered shifts at all sites.
    • Most face-to-face campus operations provided via remote operations.
    • Essential student resources will continue to be available in-person or online via Zoom or via phone.
    • No events will be held at any college sites.
     
    March 31, 2020 – May 22, 2020
    • All campus and district office buildings closed.
    • Classes will be in session (except during spring break week), with most held fully online. Students with classes not available online should check with their instructor for more information.
    • Only essential, critical staff designated and directed by their respective College President or District Executive Administrator will be on campus or at the District Office working staggered shifts during the period of remote operations to provide essential, critical services.
    • Student resources (see below) will be available online via Zoom or via phone or by appointment in special circumstances.
    • All events scheduled to be held at any West Hills site are cancelled until further notice.
    • All child development centers are closed until further notice.
     
    April 6 to April 10
    • All campuses and the District Office will be closed and classes will not be in session for Spring Break. 
     
    April 13 to May 21
    • All classes will resume. Classes will be in session, most fully online. Students who have labs or lectures not available online will attend in-person in limited numbers.
    • Most face-to-face campus operations provided via remote operations.
    • Students will be able to access resources remotely via Zoom, via the phone or in-person. Students should check with their instructor for additional information.
    • No events will be held at any college sites.
     
    May 21 and 22, 2020
    • Commencement ceremonies are subject to change, postponement, and/or cancellation.
    • Further information will be provided by mid-April.
     
    May 26 – July 31, 2020 (Summer Session)
    • Summer session begins May 26, 2020.
    • All classes to be delivered through virtual, online delivery modalities.
    • Student resources will be available online via Zoom or via phone or by appointment in special circumstances. Please note: Services for students, including in-person appointments, building access, and other services, may be available should public health conditions permit.
     
    Services Available Via Zoom
    West Hills College Lemoore
    https://www.westhillscollege.com/lemoore/resources/virtual-resources/
    • General Questions: Golden Eagle Support
    • Counseling and Advising Appointments
    • Athletics
    • CalWORKs, DSPS and EOPS/CARE
    • Military Services
    • Admissions and Records
    • Academic Support Services
    • Student engagement
    • WIN Center
     
    West Hills College Coalinga/North District Center Firebaugh
    https://www.westhillscollege.com/coalinga/resources/virtual-resources/
    • Admissions and Records (Petitions, Transcripts, Registration, Withdrawals)
    • Athletics
    • Counseling and Advising Appointments
    • DSPS
    • EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs
    • Financial Aid
    • Library/Learning Resources
    • MESA
    • HEP/CAMP
    • Residential Halls and Student Life
    • Dean and Vice President of Student Services
     
    • Currently enrolled in Spring 2020 and impacted by COVID-19
    • High School Diploma/GED/Completion in approved homeschool
    • FAFSA Application for CARES Emergency Grant funding
    • DREAM Act Application for State Emergency funding
    • Selective Service (if male student)
    • Not be in Default /Overpayment
    • Title IV eligible for CARES Emergency Funding
  • WHC Lemoore

    To submit a request for an “EW” please log in to your student portal and scroll down to student forms, at the bottom of the page, look for the WHCL Excused Withdrawal Petition.

    Fill in your personal information, indicate which course(s) you want to drop, and mark the “Natural disasters directly affecting the student COVID-19” option. Finally, send the form via email to admissionslemoore@whccd.edu. Our staff will follow up with you with a confirmation and any additional information

    WHC COALINGA

    You will not need to submit any additional documents to request an “EW”. All withdraws will be granted an excused withdrawal (notated as “EW”) on your transcript.

  • West Hills takes the health and well-being of our students, staff, faculty and community seriously. As such, all but essential in-person classes are being offered fully online until May 22 for the Spring semester. 

    For courses that may not easily convert to an online format, such as labs, activity classes, or clinical site courses, the colleges have worked with our faculty leadership to determine potential alternative options.

    Most staff and faculty are working remotely. You can view a timeline of our response and plans between now and May 22 here. 

    The shared goal for everyone at West Hills is to minimize the impact to our students, staff, and our community.

  • Yes, not being eligible does not disqualify emergency grants or resources.

  • No additional documentation will be needed.

  • You can talk to counselor, get financial aid help and much more via our virtual student resources: 

    Coalinga./North District Center, Firebaugh

    Lemoore

    Services Available Via Zoom
    West Hills College Lemoore
    https://www.westhillscollege.com/lemoore/resources/virtual-resources/
    • General Questions: Golden Eagle Support
    • Counseling and Advising Appointments
    • Athletics
    • CalWORKs, DSPS and EOPS/CARE
    • Military Services
    • Admissions and Records
    • Academic Support Services
    • Student engagement
    • WIN Center
     
    West Hills College Coalinga/North District Center Firebaugh
    https://www.westhillscollege.com/coalinga/resources/virtual-resources/
    • Admissions and Records (Petitions, Transcripts, Registration, Withdrawals)
    • Athletics
    • Counseling and Advising Appointments
    • DSPS
    • EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs
    • Financial Aid
    • Library/Learning Resources
    • MESA
    • HEP/CAMP
    • Residential Halls and Student Life
    • Dean and Vice President of Student Services
     
     
    • Yes, for emergency grants
    • Other resources maybe available if you are ineligible to submit financial aid applications
  • WHC Lemoore

    After you request is received, it will take 24-48 hours for the changes to reflect on your class schedule. You will also receive confirmation via your student email.

    WHC Coalinga

    EWs will be assigned on a weakly cycle. Please refer to your unofficial transcript and student email account for confirmation.   

  • At this time, our classes remain in session, mostly online. Students transitioned to online learning on March 18 and will continue through May 22. All campus and district offices are closed as of March 31. 

  • No, limited funds are available and priority will be given to students who express need.

  • WHC Lemoore

    The deadline identified as the last day to drop with a “W” is the last day for students to use MyWestHills to drop classes with an excused withdrawal “EW”. Once the regular withdrawal deadlines have passed, you will need to make the request to withdraw with refund and an excused withdrawal “EW” by submitting the excused withdrawal petition to Admissions and Records at admissionslemoore@whccd.edu

    Requests must be received prior to the end of the Spring 2020 semester: May 22, 2020.

    WHC Coalinga

    The deadline identified as the last day to drop with a “W” is the last day for students to use MyWestHills to drop classes with an excused withdrawal “EW”. Once the regular withdrawal deadlines have passed, you will need to make the request to withdraw with refund and an excused withdrawal “EW” by emailing Admissions and Records at admissionscoalinga@whccd.edu  

    Requests must be received prior to the end of the Spring 2020 semester: May 22, 2020.

  • Yes. The majority of our classes, barring those that don't lend themselves to online instruction (hands-on labs, technical classes) went online only as of March 18. Classes will remain in an online format until April 24. This situation is subject o change. Students will be updated before April 24. 

    • Food
    • Housing
    • Course Materials
    • Technology
    • Health Care
    • Child Care
    • Transportation

    **Priority** will be given to students with a technology need as a result of COVID-19: ie: purchase of: laptop, computer, printer, scanner, internet etc

  • WHC Lemoore

    West Hills College Lemoore will be reviewing the accounts of all students who dropped full-term classes on or after March 04, 2020 and send instructions on how to request a retroactive EW. Students will need to complete the form and send it to admissionslemoore@whccd.edu . Students should allow up to 2 weeks for processing.

    WHC Coalinga

    West Hills College Coalinga will be reviewing the accounts of all students who dropped classes on or after March 04, 2020. If you are unsure when you dropped please email admissionscoalinga@whccd.edu

  • Students are encouraged to use virtual resources as all college and district offices closed as of March 31

    Services Available Via Zoom
    West Hills College Lemoore
    https://www.westhillscollege.com/lemoore/resources/virtual-resources/
    • General Questions: Golden Eagle Support
    • Counseling and Advising Appointments
    • Athletics
    • CalWORKs, DSPS and EOPS/CARE
    • Military Services
    • Admissions and Records
    • Academic Support Services
    • Student engagement
    • WIN Center
     
    West Hills College Coalinga/North District Center Firebaugh
    https://www.westhillscollege.com/coalinga/resources/virtual-resources/
    • Admissions and Records (Petitions, Transcripts, Registration, Withdrawals)
    • Athletics
    • Counseling and Advising Appointments
    • DSPS
    • EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs
    • Financial Aid
    • Library/Learning Resources
    • MESA
    • HEP/CAMP
    • Residential Halls and Student Life
    • Dean and Vice President of Student Services
     
     
  • Yes, there maybe other resources upon availability such as: food vouchers, food pantry items, and technology assistance programs (upon availability)

  • Students need to speak with the appropriate departments to understand their individual circumstances concerning athletic eligibility, VA benefits, financial aid implications (such as being required to pay back money), transferability, degree completion and other implications not listed. Please contact the appropriate departments with questions and concerns prior to dropping your course(s).

  • All of our child development centers are closed until further notice as of March 31

  • You can apply for the Emergency Financial Aid Grant by complete the Student Emergency Assistance Application during the application period stated on the application form. 

    View Emergency Assistance Application

  • Please schedule appointment via Zoom or phone to speak with your counselor to discuss questions and concerns prior to dropping your course(s).

  • Great question!  We know that the COVID-19 is gaining a lot of attention on social media and the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.  It is important that you do stay informed. We encourage you to update your emergency contact information in our system and provide your cell phone number.  This will ensure you receive emergency notifications via text message. For more information on how to update your emergency contact information click here.

    Below are a few reliable sites for you to stay informed, Remember, knowledge is power!

    West Hills Community College Distirct COVID-19 site: https://westhillscollege.com/covid19/

    World Health Organization https://www.who.int/

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/

    California Department of Public Health   https://www.cdph.ca.gov/

  • WHC Lemoore

    The deadline to select Pass/No Pass as a grading option has been waived. Students can change this grading option by submitting the pass/no pass petition located under the student forms in the student portal. Students should consult with a counselor/advisor to understand the implications of choosing this grading option. Only a selected number of courses allow for this grading option.

     

    WHC Coalinga

    The deadline to select Pass/No Pass as a grading option has been waived. Students can change this grading option by submitting the pass/no pass request with their academic counselor.

    Schedule an Appointment 

  • Recent legislation signed into law on March 27, 2020 states, “For students who drop out of school as a result of COVID-19, the student is not required to return Pell grants or federal student loans to the Secretary". You will not be required to pay back any federal financial aid.

    Please check with Financial Aid for any additional questions.

  • According to federal legislative guidance specific to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a withdrawal this semester will not affect your ability to continue to receive Pell Grants or student loans in a future semester.  Please contact Financial Aid for additional questions.

  • There is no plan to cancel or postpone graduation ceremonies at this time. Each event will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis based on directives received by the state or surrounding counties.

  • WHC Lemoore

    Each student-athlete’s scenario can be different. If you have any questions regarding your athletic eligibility, please contact you athletics counselor Carol Moreno at carolmoreno@whccd.edu

    WHC Coalinga

    Each student-athlete’s scenario can be different. If you have any questions regarding your athletic eligibility, please contact you athletics counselor Erin Corea at ErinCorea@whccd.edu