It’s that first week of class, and your roster is full, but census date will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start weeding out those students who just aren’t cut out for online learning… Wait – what!? We’ve heard this too many times! Our community college students are on a journey that has brought them to our online classroom. Let’s look at strategies to welcome them to our online class, connect with them as learners, and reach out to them when they need support. We’ll show you online course design elements aligned with the OEI Course Design Rubric that will help you to design equitable online learning environments for students.