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Coronavirus Disease 2019/COVID-19 Information

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

Updated July 26, 2021

 

A Message for TTC Students

New College Mask Policy

If you are not fully vaccinated, we encourage you to wear a mask while indoors on campus.

TTC Pandemic Re-entry Plan

TTC's pandemic re-entry plan can be found here.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

You may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination based on your age, occupation or health status. For current information on vaccination eligibility in South Carolina, click here. To find a vaccine provider near you, click here.

Trident Tech has partnered with the University of South Carolina’s College of Pharmacy to offer free saliva-based COVID-19 testing to TTC students, employees and affiliates (people in leased spaces on campus). Regular, ongoing COVID testing is important to help monitor the spread of infection by individuals who have the virus but do not display symptoms. Testing will be available on Thornley Campus in Building 940, Suite D, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the following Thursdays: June 24, July 8, July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19. No appointment is needed. Online preregistration is encouraged, although registration can be done at the time of testing. Test results will be provided within 48 hours after the samples are received by USC’s College of Pharmacy Diagnostic Genomics Laboratory. Test results will be sent to S.C. DHEC as required by the state of South Carolina. Trident Tech will only receive anonymous information on the number of positive cases, not information on individual test results. Click here for more information and to review pretest requirements.

COVID-19 Tracking and Weekly Report

The college is tracking COVID-positive cases reported by students and employees and is taking action based on the procedures outlined in the college’s Pandemic Re-entry Plan. If you are taking classes on campus and test positive for COVID-19, you should notify your instructor and not return to class until completing the required quarantine period. To view a weekly report of COVID-positive cases, click here.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act Funding

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA 2021) includes supplemental grants for eligible students enrolled after Dec. 27, 2020. This grant may apply to any component of the cost of attendance, such as tuition, food, housing or child care. This grant is not a loan and will not be considered as part of a student’s financial aid award package for the 2020-21 academic year. Eligible students will receive an email the week of March 22, 2021, with details about the grants and how they will be disbursed.

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CRRSSA Act Sections 314(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 314(a)(2), and (a)(3), if applicable:

March 2021 report.

June 2021 report

CRRSAA 2021 provides for another round of student grants that will be disbursed later this spring. The college has not yet received guidance from the U.S. Department of Education about this third round of student grants.

CARES Act Funding for Eligible Students and Institutional Expenses

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a federal law enacted by Congress, provided funding to assist qualified students in need during the pandemic. The college distributed $3.2 million in CARES Act funding to eligible students. In addition, the college was awarded $3.2 million for allowable institutional expenses. To view the college's CARES Act Report, click here. Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable:

September 2020 report

December 2020 report 

March 2021 report

 

Fall Semester 2021

Trident Tech students can anticipate a wider variety of course format offerings than ever before this Fall Semester. In addition to offering traditional, face-to-face classes, the college will have expanded hybrid offerings, which typically require students to come to campus fewer times, and additional fully online sections.

In response to the pandemic, the college developed two new methodologies: scheduled online meetings and open labs. Like online courses, students in scheduled online meetings are not required to come to campus, but like traditional classes, these classes meet virtually on scheduled days and times. Open labs allow students the opportunity to schedule times to perform hands-on lab skills. This format has allowed the college to maintain smaller class sizes and has afforded students the opportunity for more one-on-one time with instructors. 

D2L Access

D2L is the college's integrated online learning platform. 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.

In addition to instruction, the college is providing 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

Trident Technical College’s Counseling, Career Development and Services for Students with Disabilities office is continuing to offer counseling services to students while instruction is provided 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! 

A Message for Students Taking Continuing Education Classes

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

Thank you for your patience during limited campus operations. For information about Continuing Education courses and programs, click here.

Travel

  • All study abroad programs and international travel have been suspended through Dec. 31.
  • College-related domestic travel may resume June 1. If you choose to travel outside the state of South Carolina, you will be asked to comply with CDC recommendations.

Staying Healthy

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.
  • 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

If you know someone with a mobility-related disability who has an urgent need for the services listed below, click here for information on emergency assistance available from Adaptive Expeditions.

  • Home delivery and disinfection of groceries, personal protective equipment or essential household supplies
  • Emergency repair to home access ramps or other exterior equipment
  • Financial assistance to utilize CARTA’s Tel-A-Ride to access documented and essential medical services