SAN JACINTO (CNS) – Roughly 200 students from Mt. San Jacinto College will be equipped with computers they otherwise couldn’t afford in order to continue receiving instruction while at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, campus officials said today.

Mt. San Jacinto College, which also operates a satellite location in Menifee, stopped in-person classes on March 16 in response to the county public health officer’s directive shuttering all public and private schools as a COVID-19 mitigation measure.

The college reopened last week as an online educational institution, providing livestreams and archived internet-based lessons covering 99% of its classes.

Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation Director Rebecca Orlauski said after it was discovered that several hundred economically disadvantaged students lacked computers and other accessories, the foundation board committed to purchasing the 200 Chromebook laptops for their benefit.

“The foundation is always supportive of MSJC students and regularly distributes scholarships to those who need them,”¬†¬†Orlauski said. “This was a natural extension of what we already do … When we heard students needed computers to help them finish the spring semester, we jumped at the opportunity to help. This is why we’re here.”

The foundation had planned to hold its annual fundraising gala on May 16, but that was nixed and will have to be held at an unspecified future date because of the ongoing public health emergency.

The nonprofit is continuing its Pledge for Success drives, seeking donations to help students with books, clothing, hygiene items and electronic devices for remote learning.

Anyone interested in making a donation was asked to visit www.msjc.edu/Foundation, or call 951-639-5173.