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What KC Degrees Program Participants Need to Know About COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our staff, students, colleagues, community partners and residents across the region reamins our highest priority. As such, KC Degrees is following guidelines established by our parent organization, the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) and urging our community of staff and adult learners to immediately adopt “social distancing” and heed the advice of health professionals, by limiting social interactions over the coming days and weeks ahead.

As of March 16, 2020, KC Degrees has suspended in person meetings with students. This will remain in effect until further notice. All KC Degrees program participants received an email on March 16, establishing updated protocols for connecting with our team of KC Degrees College Success Navigators.  Your Navigator is still available by phone, email, and video conference. Please complete the Request An Appointment form on our website to set up a call or, for new students, simply fill out the inquiry form, and we will call you. General inquires can be made by calling 816-701-8381 or by emailing us at info@kcdegrees.org

We recognize that many individuals will be impacted, financially and emotionally, by the necessary actions being taken in response to this public health emergency. We are working with our social services agencies, area funders, and community leaders to mitigate the impact on our most vulnerable populations, with focus on equity and the disproportionate effect on low-and-moderate income families. We have also compiled a list of resources and updates from partner institutions that may help.

The more we work together to be vigilant and aware, the better we will manage the community spread, and the quicker we all get through the threat of this global pandemic. By reducing social interactions, health professionals believe we can “flatten the curve”, to prevent uncontrolled spread and avoid overtaxing our healthcare systems. This is a new challenge, but I am confident we will get through this together. Please check back here regularly for updates and resources.

In the meantime, we urge everyone to remain calm, be patient, prepare sensibly, show kindness, stay flexible, and exercise good judgment.

Stay well,

Cedric Deadmon

KC Degrees Outreach and Advising Project Manager