Operation Device Drop
Right now, Bronx Community College students can’t come to BCC.
So BCC is coming to them.
The latest example is “Operation Device Drop” on August 24. BCC President Thomas A. Isekenegbe, Provost Lester Rápalo and four other administrators and staff members from the College will visit homes throughout the Bronx and Manhattan to deliver devices for distance learning to ten incoming students.
“We’re giving devices to students who were some of the first to complete our New Student Orientation (NSO),” says Provost Rápalo. “Among those the president and I will visit are international students and participants in BCC programs like Athletics, College Discovery and ASAP (Accelerated Study in Associate Programs). We will hand them a device and personally welcome them to Bronx Community College. We’re very thrilled with this opportunity to show freshmen that we care and that we are committed to their success.”
The ten students are representative of the hundreds of their classmates who are getting “loaner” devices that are essential for distance learning during the shutdown of the campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To further lift the students’ spirits, BCC shirts, pens and other swag will also be delivered by the College welcome wagon.
“Braving the challenges of life during a pandemic to launch an academic career at BCC is a real sign of personal strength,” says President Isekenegbe. “This is our way of saying ‘Thank you,’ and giving not just these devices but also our best wishes for the exciting journey ahead. Before the pandemic, I would stand at the College gate and greet each student at the start of the school year. This is a small way to recapture that feeling of community.”