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Coronavirus Disease 2019/COVID-19 Information

Trident Technical College is monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. 

April 3, 2020

Based on recent guidance from the S.C. Commission on Higher Education and the governor, all colleges and universities in South Carolina will remain closed through the end of the current semester to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Trident Technical College will continue remote instructional activities until the end of Spring Semester. All campuses and sites remain closed to the public.

A Message for TTC Students

A COVID-19 Update from TTC President Mary Thornley

The college will continue to hold lecture classes online through the end of the Spring Semester.

Traditional Lecture and Hybrid Classes: These classes will continue online for the duration of the semester. All instruction is being delivered through D2L. Because instruction will continue for these classes, no makeup days are planned at this time.

Laboratory and Clinical Classes: Wherever feasible, these classes are using virtual instruction; however, for most laboratory and clinical classes online instruction is not possible. Makeup schedules will be shared as soon as the college returns to normal operations. Please use D2L to stay in close contact with your instructor.

Online Classes: All classes that were originally online will continue as planned.

In addition to instruction, the college will provide support services online when possible. Please check your student email, the college’s COVID-19 webpage and the college’s social media accounts for information.

Student Services Updates and Resources: If you need assistance with admission to the college, financial aid, or other areas, the Student Services staff is working remotely to support you. Please visit the Student Services webpage for updates and contact information.

Counseling services are available
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful to students. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming, but keep in mind:

  • Everyone reacts to stressful situations differently.
  • Seeing repeated reports about the outbreak in the media can be further distressing.
  • Normal reactions during the outbreak of an infectious disease can include fear and worry about your health and that of loved ones, changes in sleep or eating patterns, and difficulty concentrating.

There are actions you can take to minimize stress:

  • Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19; stay informed, but don’t watch constantly.
  • Take care of your body through meditation, deep breathing, healthy eating and exercise.
  • Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. Stay in contact with friends and family to share your concerns and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Familiarize yourself with the facts about coronavirus and visit this page for up to date messaging from the college regarding the situation.

Trident Technical College’s Counseling, Career Development and Services for Students with Disabilities office will continue to provide counseling services to students while classroom instruction has been moved online.

Counseling services are available via secure video conference. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at Counseling.Services@tridenttech.edu. Please email us at Counseling.Services@tridenttech.edu and we will guide you through the process of scheduling an appointment.

We encourage students to take action to cope effectively with the anxiety and sadness that may accompany this disruption to our everyday lives. We are here if you need us! 

D2L Access

D2L is the college's integrated online learning platform. Even if you are not taking online courses, you should log in to your D2L account now to ensure access to online instructional materials. If you need assistance accessing your D2L courses, use this form. You can also get help by emailing StudentD2LHelp@tridenttech.edu or calling 843-574-6999 (choose option 2). A D2L login tutorial video can be found here.

A Message for TTC Employees

Trident Technical College will continue its work from home and remote instructional activities until the end of Spring Semester. All campuses and sites remain closed to the public.

A Message for Students Taking Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development Classes

(Non-academic/non-credit courses for career preparation, professional development or personal enrichment)

Thank you for your patience during limited campus operations. Please check your email and voicemail periodically for specific updates. See below for information about our classes.

For Continuing Education classes currently in progress:

Program managers are working with faculty to determine how to proceed during the campus closing. Current students will be notified of the following options being considered:

  1. Finish the class in some type of online capacity if possible
  2. Postpone the remaining class sessions and restart when the college reopens
  3. Cancel the class and reschedule a new start date when the college reopens

For Continuing Education classes that have not started as of March 21, 2020:

We are making every effort to offer scheduled classes online while the college is closed. To see if a specific course is being offered online or for additional information, call the Continuing Education registration line at 843-574-6152. For Continuing Education courses that are moving online, students will receive specific instructions on how to access course content.

In addition, our customer service may be limited during this time.  Be assured, if you leave a voice mail at 843-574-6152 or send an email (ce.reg@tridenttech.edu), someone will respond to you as quickly as possible.

College Operations

All campuses and sites are closed to the public.

Travel

  • All study abroad programs and international travel has been suspended through May 31.
  • Domestic travel outside the tri-county area is suspended until May 9.

Events

The college has canceled all college-sponsored and noncollege-sponsored events though May 9. The college’s graduation ceremony scheduled for May 1 has been postponed until Saturday, July 25, at 3 p.m. Updates will be posted on the graduation webpage as they become available.

Staying Healthy

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Educate yourself about COVID-19 so you can be prepared and help prevent the spread of the virus.

Free Online COVID Screening

The Medical University of South Carolina is offering free online coronavirus screenings to South Carolina residents through its telehealth program. Anyone who has symptoms of the virus, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, can use the online system free of charge by using the promo code COVID19.

Links to Additional Resources

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control COVID-19 webpage

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 webpage

Fact sheets