Tri-County Technical College in Anderson County will offer face-to-face and online courses, as well as hybrid courses that combine face-to-face and online instruction, for its fall term, which begins Aug. 17.
Most courses will be hybrid, but courses that require hands-on learning will continue in person as much as possible.
“Our plan for the fall is grounded in two priorities: Create a healthy and safe learning environment, and continue to deliver high-quality learning experiences,” said TCTC president Galen DeHay. “We continue to balance the health and safety of our students and employees with the need to fulfill our vision of transforming lives and building strong communities one student at a time.”
In order to allow flexibility for course delivery, TCTC is offering eight different instruction methods:
- Distance Learning – taught entirely online with students completing coursework by a certain deadline but not required to be online at the same time.
- Distance Learning with Option to Come to Campus – taught entirely online, but students may report to an assigned classroom if they do not have access to the internet at home or have another need to be on campus.
- Distance Learning: Synchronous/Asynchronous – taught entirely online, but students have a scheduled time for online learning and receive other instruction through a recording or other assigned activity.
- Distance Learning Synchronous – taught entirely online, but students are online at the same scheduled time.
- Hybrid Asynchronous – students rotate between face-to-face learning on campus at a scheduled time and unscheduled online learning.
- Hybrid Synchronous – students rotate between face-to-face learning on campus and online learning at a scheduled time.
- Modified Tutorial – taught online at a scheduled time with a face-to-face component as needed. Face-to-face instruction occurs via flexible attendance rather than a predefined meeting pattern.
TCTC also plans to deploy mobile hotspots to students who do not have access to or cannot afford home internet service. The college will cover the cost of the device and monthly service fee.
During the fall term, student support and engagement services will be available virtually as well as in person by appointment. Virtual support services such as tutoring and librarians will be embedded in online courses.
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, the college is also requiring that all students, employees and visitors practice physical distancing and wear a face covering or mask when on campus.
In addition, students must watch a return-to-campus video and review a COVID-19 health screening form weekly. If a student answers “yes” to any health screening form question, he or she will be told not to come to campus and to notify the Student Support Office. Should a student become ill, instructors will have alternative options for the student to participate in class and complete coursework.
“Maintaining a safe environment is a responsibility we all share, and we are relying on our students and employees to adhere to the processes we have put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses and in our communities,” said DeHay.
For more information, visit tctc.edu/coronavirus.