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Coronavirus Disease 2019/COVID-19 Information

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

July 13, 2020

The college’s campuses reopened June 10. Please Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks are required on campus. Also, wait times for services on campus may be longer than normal due to staffing limitations. We encourage you to access services online or on the phone whenever possible.

A Message for TTC Students

Campus Reopening Message from President Mary Thornley

To read an important message about the reopening of TTC’s campuses, including safety requirements for students and visitors, click here.

TTC Pandemic Re-entry Plan

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

CARES Act Funding for Eligible Students

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 is distributing $3.1 million in CARES Act funding to eligible students. For information about eligibility click here.

Summer Semester 2020

The majority of the college’s classes will be held online this summer. These classes will follow the previously published semester dates. Summer Full and Summer 1 online classes will begin May 26. The college is preparing to reopen its campuses and sites and plans to offer a limited number of on-campus classes beginning June 15. Only classes with required hands-on components will be offered on campus this summer. Please check the summer course offerings on the course search page. New students must complete the admissions process before registering for classes. The first step is to submit an admission application.

The college will use DHEC, CDC and OSHA guidance for social distancing, proper hygiene and use of PPE to ensure students and employees are kept as safe as possible while on campus. These measures include the mandatory use of masks, reconfiguration of work spaces in labs where needed, installation of barriers where appropriate, and the closure of common areas. Additional safety efforts include making hand sanitizer widely available, marking spacing for queues and posting signage explaining safety protocols and expectations for behavior while on campus.

Summer 1 Term - May 26-June 24
Online courses will start May 26 as scheduled. No face-to-face classes will be held prior to June 15.

Summer Full Term - May 26-Aug. 3
Online courses will start May 26 as scheduled. No face-to-face classes will be held prior to June 15.

Summer 2 Term - July 6-Aug. 4
Online courses will start July 6 as scheduled.

Fall Semester 2020

Registration for Fall Semester is open. The college plans to offer in-person, online and hybrid classes this fall. The college will continue to follow the most recent COVID-19 guidance provided by state and federal officials and will only offer in-person classes if it is safe to do so. Students will be notified if changes to the fall schedule are required to meet safety protocols. ​Students should check their my.tridenttech.edu email frequently and make sure the college has their current phone number. Use the course search to view Fall Semester course offerings. New students must complete the admissions process before registering for classes. The first step is to submit an admission application.

Fall 1 Term - Aug. 24-Oct. 12

Fall Full Term - Aug. 24-Dec. 11

Fall 2 Term - Oct. 20-Dec. 13

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! 

2020 Graduation Ceremony

The 2020 Trident Technical College Virtual Graduation Ceremony will be released Saturday, July 25 at 3 p.m. A link will be posted on the front page of the TTC website (www.tridenttech.edu) as well as TTC’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. There will be eight separate recordings, one for each academic area of the college. The links will be available and can be accessed any time after 3 p.m. Please note that the ceremony is NOT a live event. Click here for more information.

A Message for TTC Employees

The college reopened its campuses and sites June 10 and a limited number of on-campus classes begin June 15. The majority of the college's classes will be held online this summer. Only classes with required hands-on components will be offered on campus this summer. Staffing and return-to-work dates for employees will vary based on college and division needs. The college’s decision to reopen was based on the governor’s accelerateSC recovery plan and the S.C. Department of Administration’s state employee re-entry plan. The college will use DHEC, CDC and OSHA guidance for social distancing, proper hygiene and use of PPE to ensure students and employees are kept as safe as possible while on campus. These measures include the mandatory use of masks, reconfiguration of work spaces in labs where needed, staggered work schedules where needed, installation of barriers where appropriate, and the closure of common areas. Additional safety efforts include making hand sanitizer widely available, marking spacing for queues and posting signage explaining safety protocols and expectations for behavior while on campus.

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 students enrolled in classes due to start while the college’s campuses are closed:

We are evaluating all of our courses and programs scheduled to begin during this timeframe to determine if all or some portion of each can be delivered online. However, for some of our courses this will not be possible, and some courses will have to be rescheduled once our campuses are able to reopen. Continuing Education staff will communicate in a timely manner with students registered for courses affected by the campus closures. To inquire about how your course is being affected, contact Continuing Education Registration at 843-574-6152 or ce.reg@tridenttech.edu. Our customer service may be limited during this time, but if you leave a voicemail or send an email, someone will respond as quickly as possible.

For parents with children and teens registered for Kids’ College and Teen U camps:

While we had hoped to welcome summer campers back to campus in July, the leadership team at Trident Technical College has determined that we will not be able to run our Kids' College and Teen University summer camps programs this year. This decision is due to a number of factors, chief among them is ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty and staff amid the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing Education will process full refunds for canceled registrations using the payment method originally provided to us. We are saddened and disappointed to have to suspend our summer youth programs this year. We hope to provide a robust round of offerings next summer, and, in the meantime, we encourage you to check out the many Saturday youth classes scheduled throughout the fall and spring.

For more information about Continuing Education courses and programs, click here.

Travel

  • All study abroad programs and international travel has been suspended through Aug. 31.
  • Domestic travel outside the tri-county area is suspended until June 30.

Events

The college has canceled all college-sponsored and noncollege-sponsored events though June 30. The college’s will hold a virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, July 25, at 3 p.m.

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.
  • 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

Fact sheets


 

Online Events Calendar

Check out the upcoming events we’re offering to help you while you’re away from campus.

TTC Online Events

Student Urgent Needs Fund

During this unprecedented time of uncertainty, one thing is for sure: many students will need help in order to continue their education and stay in college.

Donate now to the Student Urgent Needs Fund.