April 24, 2020: A Message to Employees from President DeHay
What an extraordinary semester this has been. As we end the spring term and academic year, I believe we will look back on this time and know that we demonstrated great resolve in finding new ways to serve our students and communities in the face of an unprecedented crisis.
Earlier this week, I hosted a town hall meeting for employees. I apologize to those of you who were not able to log in due to a technical glitch. However, I was pleased to see that nearly 200 of you accessed the video recording afterwards. I also thank you for sending insightful questions for me to address during the meeting. It was good to hear your concerns first-hand and to understand your perspectives. Some people indicated that they had additional questions after the session. If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to reach out during virtual open office hours. Remember, I have time dedicated every week to hear from you.
On Thursday, April 30, at 10 a.m., we will hold a virtual Spring Convocation. While we will not be able to be together in person, I felt it was important to recognize this tradition of celebrating the end of a successful academic year. We will wait until our Fall Convocation to extend our traditional awards. Details about the event will be sent in a separate communication. I hope you will join us.
I wanted to take a moment to offer a brief summary of where we stand to date on key items that have been shared in a variety of communications over the last two months. I also refer you to the TCTC COVID-19 website for additional details and an archive of previous communications.
The work of our COVID-19 Action Planning Team focused on moving courses and services online. I am now in the process of establishing a COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.
$2.1 million in CARES Act funding is being dispersed to eligible students.
Spring Commencement Ceremony will be combined with Summer Commencement on July 31.
As mentioned above, a virtual Spring Convocation will be held on Thursday, April 30, at 10 a.m.
Virtual advising, orientation and registration for summer and fall semesters are underway. We are piloting TCTC-proctored placement testing.
A tuition freeze is in place for the 2020-2021 academic year.
We are continuing e-learning drop-in training for faculty.
Student support and services will continue to be available online, including tutoring and referrals to appropriate community agencies.
At this point in time, College buildings remain closed to the public through April 30, 2020 (by order of the Governor). Over 90% of faculty and staff are working from home. The College continues practicing social distancing guidelines and mitigation efforts.
As our Governor loosens restrictions and our state begins to slowly reopen, uncertainties still exist. Please know that College leaders are urgently and actively engaged in planning for the uncertain future, which will be expanded by the efforts of the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.
You continue to put the best interest of our students first, and I remain truly grateful.
In your service,
Galen DeHay, Ph.D.