Coronavirus

hands of student on top of laptop

Due to Coronavirus outbreak, the College will transition to remote learning. The Office of Information Technology has put together this guide to help you with the transition. 


Your Personal Computer

Ensure that your personal computer is updated and secure

Peripherals

Locate the peripherals you’ll need to be productive remotely. Think about live conferencing. Does your computer have a built-in microphone and speaker? Do you need a headset for your phone?


Internet Service

Make sure you have Internet service at home and your personal computer is connected to the Internet.

Getting Free Internet Access at Home

  • Comcast is offering students 60 days of free internet access. For students requiring assistance, visit Internet Essentials
  • Charter free internet offer for 2 months.

Offers and Agreements

  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
  • Comcast: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
  • AT&T: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
  • Verizon: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).

Apps and Productivity Tools

MyMDC mobile app

Download and install MyMDC mobile app from the app store. With MyMDC mobile app, you can check your grades, register for classes, check your financial aids, access Blackboard LMS, and receive important notifications.  

Productivity tools

You can find important links at the MDC Student Portal

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe is offering free at-home access to Creative Cloud for all MDC students from March 20 to May 31