April 3, 2020: Spring Semester, Graduation and Other Updates
Dear Students and Employees,
Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we move forward with Spring Semester in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now past the one week mark since we officially moved all our courses online for the remainder of the semester. The creativity and resilience of our entire team in response to this extraordinary circumstance is nothing short of remarkable.
I wanted to take a moment to offer a brief summary of where we stand to date on key items. I also refer you to the TCTC COVID-19 website for additional details and an archive of previous communications.
Completion of Spring Semester Classes: All Spring Semester courses went online March 25. We remain committed to doing everything in our power to ensure our students are successful in completing their coursework. We are still working through issues related to the completion of technical labs, clinicals, and other special situations requiring face-to-face, hands-on activities. We’ve received permission for students who are on-track to graduate in the spring to attend technical labs. The Engineering and Industrial Technology Division faculty and staff are assisting students in various programs to complete their lab requirements. We are also working on plans for continuing students in technical programs to complete their lab requirements this summer.
Spring Graduation and other events: Our Spring Commencement Ceremony, originally scheduled for May 4, is now rescheduled for July 31 and will be combined with Summer Commencement. Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks. Next week, we will email a comprehensive list of the status of other ceremonies and events.
Registration for Summer and Fall Semesters: Registration for both semesters will open at noon on April 9. Specific communications about registration and advising will be forthcoming early next week.
Ongoing Student Support and Services: Tutoring and other academic and student support services are available remotely. Additional details can be found in the email sent to all students on March 24. Students, we are committed to your success and encourage you to reach out for assistance if needed. College staff are now reaching out by phone to learn about your individual transition to online coursework and your needs. Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date. You can view and update your contact information on the Get Set tab in eTC.
Campus and Building Access: By order of the Governor, College buildings are closed to the public through April 30, 2020. The majority of faculty and staff are working from home. Only those deemed necessary to essential operations are working on campus. The College continues practicing social distancing guidelines and mitigation efforts.
Remote Work for Employees: Human Resources is working closely with supervisors regarding telecommuting and remote work for employees. Please refer any questions to your supervisor.
Staying Connected: We are dedicated to maintaining the strong sense of community we have always shared among faculty, staff and students. In the coming days, we will be offering ways for our community to stay connected during this difficult time.
Again, thank you for your continued patience and perseverance. Please do your best to stay healthy and safe.
In your service,
Galen DeHay, Ph.D.