CBD College COVID-19 Update as of 4/13/2020

Published - April 14, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) provides updated information about COVID-19 as it becomes available. Visit the CDC website

From the desk of Alan Heshel, CBD College President:

As we enter into another week, CBD College’s Operations Committee and leadership remain humbled by the responsiveness and steadfast support this community has demonstrated in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Operations Committee continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 developments and will provide guidance and recommended actions that are responsive to rapidly changing circumstances due to the pandemic.

Safer At Home Order Extended

Los Angeles County Public Health extended its Safer at Home order through May 15, 2020. Due to the order’s extension, our campus remains remote and has taken the following actions:

  • All of the College’s courses will continue to be taught remotely through May 15, 2020 at the earliest.  

All faculty and staff will continue to work remotely and remain accessible for all students during normal business hours.

As previously communicated, below you will find a list of staff members along with their email address through which you may be in contact. 

Student Affairs:

·       Ivan Reynoso (Director) – ivan@cbd.edu

·       Cynthia Gurrola – cgurrola@cbd.edu


·       Anna Panosyan (Director) – apanosyan@cbd.edu

·       Maria Ismerio – maria@cbd.edu

·       Maria Juarez- mjuarez@cbd.edu

·       Sugey Lopez- slopez@cbd.edu

 Career Services

·       Ivan Reynoso (Director) – ivan@cbd.edu

·       Delia Rivas- delia@cbd.edu

·       Gerry Garcia- ggarcia@cbd.edu

·       Joanna Escamilla- joanna@cbd.edu

·       Marcy Argote- marcy@cbd.edu

Program Directors

·       Dental Assistant- Lashonna Guster – lashonna@cbd.edu

·       Diagnostic Medical Sonography- Alex Gelfand – agelfand@cbd.edu

·       Medical Assistant – Cecilia Aguilar – cecilia@cbd.edu

·       Magnetic Resonance Imaging- Edoardo Cerani – edoardo@cbd.edu

·       Occupational Therapy Assistant – Mary Kay Wolfe – marykay@cbd.edu

·       Pharmacy Technician – Lori Brown lori@cbd.edu

·       Physical Therapist Assistant – Kathy Giffin –  kgiffin@cbd.edu

·       Surgical Technology – Jennifer Germany – jgermany@cbd.edu


·       Inna Baboyan- inna@cbd.edu

We are here to help you with whatever you may need to help navigate through this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone of these staff members if needed.  Below you will also find a non-exhaustive list of resources that may be available to you at this time. If you need additional resources not listed, please reach out to studentaffairs@cbd.edu.

  Covid19 Los Angeles Community Resources

 Food for all:

·       For the closest food pantry/bank to you, visit:

 Los Angeles Food Bank Pantry Locator

Children and Youth (0-17)

·       Food: LAUSD is opening 60 sites providing two grab-and-go meals for students and families beginning on Wednesday, March 18th from 7am to 10am.

(For more information, click here)

·       Map of all LAUSD Campuses serving food for k-12: https://www.lataco.com/lausd-free-meals/

(For more information, click here)

·       Education: Free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households


·       St. Francis Center provides meal services, clothing closets, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles

                (For more information, click here)

·       Housing: College Students

·       U-Haul provides 30-day free storage for college students (For more information, click here)

Employment Issues

·       Please visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm for BENEFITS FOR WORKERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19 and also heck out the EDD’s Frequently Asked Questions: https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm

·       For a run-down of labor laws in California, please visit: https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-03-12/coronavirus-labor-law-know-your-rights-california-worker


Unemployment Benefits

**Unemployment benefits are available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to coronavirus measures (and it also applies to those who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues making them more vulnerable). The Governor has waived the 1 week wait time and the person may not be required to be actively looking for work (as is usually required). Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim HERE.



·       Southern California Edison Responds to COVID-19 Emergency, Suspends Service Disconnections (Source/More Information)

·       Eligibility: All Residential and Commercial Customers

SPECTRUM Internet beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and for the following 60 days:

·       Offers secure public wifi hotspots

·       Offers to continue their Spectrum Internet Assist program: high-speed broadband program to eligible low-income households

·       Offers two free months of internet and WiFi services for K-12 and college students affected by the current school closures, in households not already subscribed to Spectrum Internet

(For more information, click here)

A Message from LADWP Regarding Power and Water Service During Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic

·       Public Works will not shut off or stop services for customers who are delinquent or behind in service or permit payments until this order is lifted. This includes water, sewer and trash pick-up services. For any inquires, Public Works’ 24 hour/7 day dispatch number is 800-675-435

WIC Services

·       WIC clinics under South Los Angeles Health Projects, PHFE, Watts Health Foundation, Pasadena, Long Beach, Antelope Valley, and Northeast Valley Health Corporation will remain open. WIC offices will remotely be issuing participants food benefits onto their WIC cards to avoid families from going out. For those families that have not yet gotten the new WIC card and wish to locate the nearest WIC clinic to them please call or visit the following websites for further guidance and assistance:

Mental Health

·       Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

·       Access Center 24/7 Helpline

(800) 854-7771

(562) 651-2549 TDD/TTY

·       https://dmh.lacounty.gov

Domestic Violence

If you are concerned about being quarantined in an unsafe home situation or need help, all DV shelter resources are generally available on: domesticshelters.org. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also available 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3223 (TTY)

·       Sojourn Domestic Violence Services:  A shelter on the Westside of LA. The shelter is not accepting new referrals for the time being but their hotline is always open 24/7 for safety planning and peer counseling. Their hotline number is 310-264-6644.(For more information, click here)

Child Care

·       Pathways LA is a nonprofit child care agency offering subsidized child care for low-income families. They are one of ten partnered agencies under the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles County. Parents eligible to receive services are able to choose a child care provider of their choice, which Pathways LA would then be responsible to process payment for. Affected parents are encouraged to seek child care assistance rather than allowing children to remain home alone and unsupervised.

·       At this time, offices are closed to the public; however, parents are able to apply online through their website at www.pathwaysla.org or by phone at 213-427-2710. Any questions may also be addressed by our Resource and Referral Department to that same phone number.


·       Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19.

·       The order does not relieve a tenant from the obligation to pay rent, or restrict the landlord’s ability to recover rent that is due. The protections are in effect through May 31, 2020, unless extended. The order also requests banks and other financial institutions to halt foreclosures and related evictions during this time period. The full Executive Order can be found here.


·       The Los Angeles Tenants Union is providing support around evictions. Find your local union at: https://latenantsunion.org/en/locals/

·       St. Francis Center provides meal services, clothing closets, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles

                (For more information, click here)


It goes without saying that we look forward to welcoming all of you back to our campus one day in the near future.  Until that day comes, please be well and stay safe.  You and your families are constantly in our prayers.  


Wishing you the best,


Alan Heshel

CBD College President

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