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Campus Update for April 3, 2020

Due to the current public health emergency concerning COVID-19 and as mandated, TCAT Hartsville campuses remain closed to the public.

TCAT Hartsville students:

We care for you and your long-term success; for now, we must take measures to reduce the spread of the COIVD-19 virus which impacts the entire public's welfare.  For now, we will continue to remotely provide you with the tools to help you achieve the goals you set for yourselves and your careers; once we emerge from the current emergency, we will be there for you to finish your aspirations as flexibly as possible.

Please continue to work with your instructors to stay the course with your online assignments; continue to check on campus status updates; and we'll be glad to see you once again when it is once again safe to do so.

 

TCAT Student Update for April 2, 2020

Online Courses Continue

TCAT Hartsville online classes will continue through the end of the spring term that ends on May 1, 2020.

Student Computer Help

Students that are unable to complete their courses online should immediately notify their instructor or email the campus at https://tcathartsville.edu/about/contact-us with details on your needs.

Questions or Comments

We are here to help, so please let us know how we can assist you during this time https://tcathartsville.edu/about/contact-us.

 

March 28, 2020 UPDATE

Due to continued public health concerns, all TCAT Hartsville campuses, including Wilson County and Tri-County, will remain closed the week of March 30th.  Students continue to communciate with your instructors while studying remotely.

Student Questions or Comments
Please contact us directly if you have any questions or comments at: https://tcathartsville.edu/about/contact-us

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued public health concerns, TCAT Hartsville will transition to a distance or online teaching environment when classes resume on March 23, 2020.  The College has been asked to plan to provide course instruction through an online only format, or through a hybrid format that includes both online and lab methods, for a minimum of eight weeks.   Beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, many of our programs will incorporate lab time into their assignments.  As this date approaches, students will be provided details from their instructor regarding dates and times for attendance to perform their lab assignments. 

Faculty and staff are working diligently to make this transition as smooth as possible.  We ask for your patience and understanding while we work to keep everyone safe while providing training during these unprecedented times.

It is imperative that each student contacts their instructor as soon as possible to be prepared for this transition on Monday, March 23rd.  If you cannot reach your instructor call the Hartsville Campus (615) 374-2147 or the Wilson County Campus in Lebanon (615) 547-1128 for assistance.  Accessing your student portal instructions are supplied below.

Campus locations will remain open at this time with key staff available to answer questions about financial aid implications, admissions and records.  Only essential personnel will be on campus from March 23rd through April 3, 2020.  Additionally, all on-campus events, including tours and visits, have been cancelled beginning March 16th until further notice.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our top priority along with our mission of Student Success and Workforce Development.  Although we have not experienced any active COVID-19 cases at any of our campuses, we will continue to take steps that are consistent with local and state health guidance which will reduce the risks and protect our communities.  The College will continue to post updates and status of the campus on our website and social media sites.  We appreciate everyone working together to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities.

 

TCAT Hartsville/Wilson County Campus DISTANCE EDUCATION Plan
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Hartsville and Wilson County Campuses are transitioning to online course formats for all of its programs beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 through as late as April 3, 2020.  Our goal is to provide hybrid instruction (online, alternative distance and limited lab/shop instruction) for the next several weeks by April 6, 2020.   Our campuses remain open to answer questions and instructors will be available to students by email during normal business hours; instructors may also identify other means for contacting students.

Contact your instructor
Our faculty are attempting to contact students; if you have not spoken with your instructor, it is necessary that you contact them as soon as possible.  Instructors need to know if you DO NOT have the ability to do online training from home.

Picking up instructional materials from campus
All students that have left textbooks and course materials on campus may visit the campus to pick up their items by calling ahead and scheduling a time for pick up.  If an instructor is not available, students will be escorted by other campus staff to their program area; make sure to have your student ID on your person.

Computer lab access
Students without personal internet access will be provided access to a computer lab at both the Hartsville and Wilson County Campuses on a limited schedule and prioritized by student need.  Many Internet Service Providers are offering free or deeply discounted service at this time (see the document below for reference).  Students are also welcome to bring their own laptops and/or tablets to connect to the College’s WiFi from the lab or from the parking lot (dependent upon signal attenuation). Students may visit the campus computer lab that is closest to their home.  All students will be asked to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer as supplied when entering the lab and to wipe down their computer and work station upon completion.

Computer lab access will be restricted to groups of ten (10) or less; so, students must call ahead to schedule computer lab access by appointment.  Computer lab access will be available 8:00 am through 2:30 pm Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, April 6th unless otherwise changed.  Students must have their student ID on their person for access to campus.  Students without access to a computer and/or internet will be provided alternative distance assignments during the weeks of March 23rd and March 30th.

ADA Accommodations
All students who currently have accommodations in their on ground courses will continue to have accommodations in their online courses.  If you feel you need additional accommodations due to the online nature of the material, please contact Annette.Bohanan@tcathartsville.edu.

Stay Healthy
All Tennesseans are being advised by federal and state health officials to avoid groups of 10 or more, avoid discretionary travel and limit their public activity.  Following this advice as well as the advice of staying away from sick individuals, covering your mouth when you cough, and washing your hands remains important even as you are staying home.

VA Benefits
We are aware that students receiving VA benefits may have specific questions regarding their financial aid.  The current advice of VA is for institutions to not make modifications to certifications at this time.  There is also a current bill moving through Congress that may provide significant leniency to these current processes.  We will share related updates as we are able.  For direct access to the financial aid office you may call (615) 552-8328.

Student activities and SkillsUSA
All student activities are cancelled at this time including the SkillsUSA statewide competition in Chattanooga.  However, some of the post-secondary competitions can be done in a simulated or virtual format; and, some competitions may be scheduled at local sites potentially in May.  All student competitors are encouraged to continue to study and prepare for their contests.

Student Questions or Comments
Please contact us directly if you have any questions or comments at: https://tcathartsville.edu/about/contact-us