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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: Bridge Programs

Tri-County Technical College is closed by order of the Governor of the State of South Carolina. Tri-County and Clemson University officials are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are actively engaged in daily planning in an effort to inform and reduce the risk to faculty, staff, students and visitors from the virus. It remains our mission to continue to support students to the best of our ability.

In providing caution for our educational community and guests, we are also following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for large gatherings. Unfortunately, this guidance calls for the cancellation of our Bridge to Clemson information sessions. We providing creative virtual solutions to account for the information session cancellations to continue helping you in your college decisions. Please see our “Incoming Student Information” webpage – links will become live as available.

As an incoming or prospective incoming Bridge to Clemson student, while the COVID-19 impact on our campuses may not be applicable currently, we want to share this information with you, as both websites below will be the informational outlet for both institutions as you continue your collegiate journey with the Bridge to Clemson program. Any updates will be included on each institutional webpage:

Please continue checking your official Tri-County and Clemson email accounts daily. You will receive important messages via your official email account with each institution (@tctc.edu or @clemson.edu). This will include any practical instruction for enrollment and matriculation process for your upcoming matriculation with Tri-County and the Bridge program. Prospective students who have not yet submitted their nonrefundable advance deposit may receive some information via the email listed on the student’s application to Clemson University Office of Admission.

 
Any updates will be included on each institutional webpage:

Tri-County: www.tctc.edu/coronavirus

Clemson: www.clemson.edu/coronavirus

Please continue checking your official Tri-County and Clemson email accounts daily. You will receive important messages via your official email account with each institution (@tctc.edu or @clemson.edu). This will include any practical instruction for enrollment and matriculation process for your upcoming matriculation with Tri-County and the Bridge program.

You should have seen the Campus Announcement informing the campus community that the summer/fall registration at Tri-County has been delayed. Tri-County will send a future Campus Announcement announcing the updated summer/fall registration date and time.

Despite the delay, the process remains the same – you need to discuss your summer course plans with your assigned faculty advisor. During Tri-County’s Governor directed closure and the move to online instruction,  your assigned faculty advisor may be taking appointments in a new way (for example, remote advising). Contact your assigned faculty advisor via your Tri-County email regarding how to make an appointment. Your assigned faculty advisor’s information is listed on the “My Dashboard” tab of eTC. You will also see their information in your “Success Network” in Starfish. After your advising appointment, you will be able to register through Course Scheduler in the “Get Set” tab of eTC. Registration instructions are listed on the Registration Instructions link on the “Get Set” tab of eTC. If you need additional assistance, contact your success coach or one of the Bridge Programs Staff. Your success coach’s information is listed on the “My Dashboard” tab of eTC. You can also see both your assigned faculty advisor and your success coach listed on the top of your screen in DegreeWorks, accessible in the “Get Set” tab of eTC. At this time, due to the precautions necessary surrounding COVID-19, there is no walk-in Bridge to Clemson advising. E-mail remains the best communication tool with all faculty and staff at Tri-County (and Clemson).

We are aware you are getting messages from both Tri-County Technical College and Clemson University about the plans for campus regarding the COVID-19 virus. We recognize and appreciate that institutional responses to COVID-19 will vary dependent on the method of program delivery for different institutions and different student populations and needs. Tri-County and Clemson officials are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are actively engaged in daily planning in an effort to inform and reduce the risk to faculty, staff, students and visitors from the virus.

Please note, Tri-County will provide guidance and instruction about any changes to the academic calendar and your classes, and Clemson will provide guidance and instruction regarding your residence hall, dining, and transit.


It is essential that all students and employees are knowledgeable about how to prevent the transmission of respiratory viruses as well as how to watch for signs of infection. Any updates will be included on each institutional webpage:

In addition to the above webpages, students will receive these important messages via your official email account with each institution (@tctc.edu or @clemson.edu). Please continue checking your official Tri-County and Clemson email accounts daily.

At this time, due to the precautions necessary surrounding COVID-19, e-mail remains the best communication tool with all faculty and staff at Tri-County (and campus partners). Feel free to review our Bridge Programs webpage (https://www.tctc.edu/programs/other-learning-experiences/bridge-programs/). Reach out to the Bridge Programs and Educational Partnerships Director, Dr. Kristen Karasek, via e-mail (kkarasek@tctc.edu) with specific questions. If you are already enrolled in a bridge program at Tri-County and need to register for summer or fall at Tri-County, most of the process remains the same. You must discuss your summer/fall course plans with your assigned faculty advisor. During Tri-County’s Governor directed closure and the move to online instruction, your assigned faculty advisor may be taking appointments in a new way (for example, remote advising). Contact your assigned faculty advisor via your Tri-County email regarding how to make an appointment. Your assigned faculty advisor’s information is listed on the “My Dashboard” tab of eTC. You will also see their information in your “Success Network” in Starfish. After your advising appointment, you will be able to register through Course Scheduler in the “Get Set” tab of eTC. Registration instructions are listed on the Registration Instructions link on the “Get Set” tab of eTC.

Prospective Students:

The Bridge to Clemson program will provide orientation sessions for incoming 2020-2021 students in an online format. Additional instruction will be provided from the Tri-County Bridge Programs Office via your official Tri-County e-mail (@tctc.edu) and published on the Bridge to Clemson orientation webpage. Though delayed, admitted students will still receive their orientation mailing, which will include all the orientation details, once finalized. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Current Students:

Clemson University announced all orientations, including the transfer orientation sessions Bridge to Clemson “crossers” will attend, will be conducted primarily through virtual sessions. If conditions allow, abbreviated in-person orientation programs will be scheduled prior to the start of classes in August. The University is currently finalizing a robust orientation program for you. Official communication will be provided via official University e-mail (@clemson.edu) and updated on the Clemson University Orientation webpage. Upon the close of spring semester and at the close of each summer session at Tri-County, official transcripts will continue to be provided to Clemson University Office of Admissions for review. Students meeting the Bridge to Clemson requirements for admissions will receive an official acceptance letter from the University that will include specific instructions on registering and completing your Clemson University transfer orientation.

For the rest of the semester, SI will continue to be held to assist students in courses. However, given that physical meetings are no longer possible, all sessions have moved online to the virtual streaming service, Zoom. Similar to Skype, Zoom allows groups to work together, and it provides several interesting tools to allow interactive and collaborative sessions. Students will now receive one email per SI subject per week.  Within these emails, students will be able to access links that take them to each of the different sessions offered in that subject throughout the week as well as worksheets created for the previous week’s sessions. These emails will also provide information regarding the time, topic, and SI Leader for each session. 

You will continue receiving important messages via your official email account with each institution (@tctc.edu or @clemson.edu). As a reminder, Tri-County will provide guidance and instruction about any changes to the academic calendar and your classes, and Clemson will provide guidance and instruction regarding your housing and dining.

In addition to the institutional webpages (Tri-County: www.tctc.edu/coronavirus and Clemson: www.clemson.edu/coronavirus), Clemson University Housing & Dining also has a frequently asked questions page with continuous updates: https://housing.clemson.edu/covid-19-faqs/.