Student Update from President Friedman

May 12, 2020

Dear Students:

You made it! You have completed the most unique semester of college that any of us could ever have imagined. Who would have thought that when you left PVCC for spring break that would be the last time you would set foot on campus for a long time? It did not mean the end of the semester; it did not mean “no more pencils, no more books” but it did mean no more face-to-face classes and no more time spent in the library or the Bolick Center.

On March 13, not only did your college experience change, but your life changed. Many of you lost your jobs as businesses closed. Suddenly, figuring out how to pay your rent and put food on the table became your most pressing problems. For many, Mother’s Day became a Zoom session rather than being there to hug your loved ones.
I do not know how much longer this pandemic will disrupt our lives and I do not know when we will return to normal or if we will move to a new normal. But no matter what the pandemic holds for our future, I urge you not to let COVID-19 derail your educational journey.

Education gives you options. During times of crisis, whether it be a hurricane or an earthquake or a pandemic, those with degrees, credentials, knowledge, and skills will fare better financially than those without. You want to be an “educational have” rather than a “have not” to get a challenging, fulfilling career that provides financial security in good times and bad. You came to PVCC for a reason; don’t let this pandemic stop you from reaching your long-term goals. PVCC will always be here to work with you and to help you succeed.

Summer classes at PVCC will be online with a 10-week session starting May 26 and, for those not ready to enroll then, a 7-week session starting June 15. Fall semester will offer a full array of classes; face-to-face if possible, online if not. For both summer and fall there are new, expanded financial aid opportunities, especially if your financial status has been hurt by the pandemic. Contact the PVCC Financial Aid Office at 434.961.6545 to learn more.

For many, the past two months have been the most challenging time of their lives. The anxiety produced by the uncertainty of what will happen day to day, week to week, and into the future can be debilitating. On the other hand, you have made it this far. You have adapted. You have completed the spring semester. You have demonstrated to the world, and most importantly to yourself, that you are resilient. You are now, and will always be, a PVCC Panther, with dedicated PVCC faculty, staff and administration ready to help and support you. In the words of the Grateful Dead, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.”

Best of wishes as you continue your trip through education and life.

President Friedman