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COVID-10 Update 04/17/20

April 17, 2020: Virtual Employee Town Hall Meeting, Message from President DeHay

 

Dear Colleagues,

Another week of extraordinary challenges is drawing to a close. I continue to be amazed by your ability to find creative solutions to serve students as we navigate uncharted territory. 

 

By now you have received registration information for a virtual town hall meeting for employees scheduled for Monday, April 20, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have questions you’d like answered, please submit them to me in advance using this link. I will address as many of your questions as I can during our time together and follow up afterwards as needed. Like many of you, I have greatly missed our personal interactions and opportunities to gather together. I look forward to seeing all your faces online!

 

Despite our present challenges, I sense we are more focused than ever on serving our students. Even in the midst of unknowns and uncertainties, I have received touching notes of appreciation from students thanking us for our support and assistance during this time. Thank you for continuing our promise to create a “challenging, caring, and supportive learning environment” in support of the Transformative Student Experience

 

Because we are experiencing these events in real-time, it is critically important for all of us to pay close attention to each communication we receive from the College. We also have been keeping the COVID-19 website, including FAQs, updated with the most current information. Below I have included a brief summary of some of the  key items from this week:

 

Updates to Summer Enrollment Process: A detailed employee announcement sent on Monday, April 13, outlines all information pertaining to enrollment for summer term, including virtual placement testing, orientation, advising, registration support, financial aid, and tuition payments. Please be sure you are familiar with this important information regarding the coming term.

 

Fall Semester Registration: On Monday, April 13, online registration opened for fall semester for all students.

 

CARES Act: The recently passed CARES Act will provide federally-funded relief grants for current students. As you become aware of needs, we ask that you reach out to us on behalf of student(s). We have developed a quick form to help us expedite the review process for emergency funding requests. See tctc.edu/caresact for details and the document needed to start the process. The financial aid office will be working diligently to review all requests to prevent our students from being disadvantaged academically. If you have any questions, please contact our Financial Aid Director, Adam Ghiloni, at aghiloni@tctc.edu.

 

You continue to put the best interest of our students first, and I am truly grateful.

 

In your service,

Galen DeHay, PhD
President