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Tri-County Community College President’s Update May 18, 2021

Good afternoon,

Governor Roy Cooper announced a new Executive Order related to COVID on Friday, May 14. With some limited exceptions, the order included the following:

  • No statewide mask (face covering) mandate
  • No mandatory mass gathering limits
  • No mandatory capacity limits
  • No mandatory social distancing requirements

As a result, and effective immediately, Tri-County Community College will not impose any additional restrictions beyond those in his executive order. Face coverings and other social distancing protocols (while still encouraged for unvaccinated people) will not be required. Of course, nothing prevents employees or students from continuing to wear face coverings if that is their preference.

If you teach or attend in person at a local high school, you must adhere to the requirements of that facility or school district.

Please keep in mind that individuals should not be asked to disclose their vaccination status or why they are wearing a face covering. This is private information and should be respected at all times.

During this time of transition, I encourage you to be patient as employees and students make their own decisions about how to protect themselves while at the various TCCC locations. For instance, if you meet with someone in a small space, such as a private office, be mindful that your student or fellow employee may request that you meet in an alternate location that allows more distance.

Please continue to report to your supervisor or instructor if exposed, tested, or diagnosed with COVID.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and please feel free to direct your questions to Connie Ivey at ext. 4325 or civey@tricountycc.edu. All questions and/or inquiries will be kept confidential.

Stay safe and healthy.

Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers
President
Tri-County Community College


 

Tri-County Community College
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CAREs) Act
Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
April 17, 2021

  • Tri-County Community College (College) acknowledges the College signed and returned to the Department of Education (Department) the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CAREs Act. This includes assurance that the College has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CAREs Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students if needed.
  • Tri-County Community College has awarded 1,659 students* a total of $259,936.72 in emergency financial aid grants through HEERF II funding.
  • The methods used by the College to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including how much a student would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CAREs Act, are as follows:

Qualifications:

  1. Funds were awarded to all students enrolled in curriculum and continuing education courses between Jan 1, 2021 – April 1, 2021.
  2. Funds were awarded to students based on the total hours of the courses they were enrolled in (e.g. a 3 credit hour curriculum course meets for 16 weeks, bringing it to a total of 48 hours).
  3. Students were grouped into categories based on the total hours of the courses they were enrolled in (1-50 hours, 51-100 hours, 101-150 hours, etc.).

*Students who are eligible to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant have received an email notification through their College’s email account.

Contact Hour Group Number of Students Grant Award Total Grant Amount
1 412 $ 39.77 $ 16,385.24
2 281 $ 79.54 $ 22,350.74
3 197 $ 119.31 $ 23,504.07
4 143 $ 159.08 $ 22,748.44
5 154 $ 198.85 $ 30,622.90
6 138 $ 238.62 $ 32,929.56
7 134 $ 278.39 $ 37,304.26
8 98 $ 318.16 $ 31,179.68
9 43 $ 357.93 $ 15,390.99
10 19 $ 397.70 $ 7,556.30
11 17 $ 437.47 $ 7,436.99
12 6 $ 477.24 $ 2,863.44
13 4 $ 517.01 $ 2,068.04
14 10 $ 556.78 $ 5,567.80
15 1 $ 596.55 $ 596.55
17 1 $ 676.09 $ 676.09
19 1 $ 755.63 $ 755.63
Total 1659 $ 259,936.72 

Tri-County Community College
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CAREs) Act
Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
December 9, 2020

  • Tri-County Community College (College) acknowledges the College signed and returned to the Department of Education (Department) the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CAREs Act. This includes assurance that the College has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CAREs Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students if needed.
  • The College was funded $261,175 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification of Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  • As of the date of this report, the College has distributed a total of $261,175 to the College’s qualifying students.
  • The estimated total number of the College’s students eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CAREs Act for this round of dispersal is 192.
  • The methods used by the College to determine which students receives Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including how much a student would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CAREs Act are as follows.

Qualifications:

  1. Students who were enrolled for Fall 2020 in either TR, HY, WB classes.
  2. Of the students in #1, those students not in Career & College Promise.
  3. There are 192 students who fit the requirements #1-2.
  4. Students are awarded a grant amount based on the number of credit hours that were transitioned to online.

*Students who are eligible to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant have received an email notification through their College’s email account.

Relief Grant


 

JULY 13 UPDATE REGARDING CAMPUS OPERATIONS

6:02 p.m.
Following the rise in cases of COVID-19 in our service area and out of an abundance of caution, Tri-County Community College will limit public access to all College locations effective today, July 13. These restrictions will remain in place for at least two weeks.

The College is operational, but will have limited staff on-site. As part of our commitment to the health and safety of our service area, these operational changes are necessary to proactively protect our faculty, staff, students, and the communities we serve.

College employees are still working remotely, constantly checking emails and returning phone calls. A staff member will be answering the College’s main line Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Visitors to campus will only be admitted into a College building if they have a confirmed appointment with a College faculty or staff member. Visitors on campus must wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

These operational changes do impact early fall registration, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 20. Returning students can register via WebAdvisor by visiting the College’s website at www.tricountycc.edu. New students can contact the Advising and Career Center at acc@tricountycc.edu to schedule an appointment to discuss registration needs.

If you have questions, please call (828) 837-6810. We look forward to serving our communities in the coming weeks, and we hope to welcome the public back to our campus when it is safer to do so.


UPDATED June 22 – Update regarding COVID-19

3:25 P.M.

Tri-County Community College
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CAREs) Act
Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
June 22, 2020

  • Tri-County Community College (College) acknowledges the College signed and returned to the Department of Education (Department) the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the CAREs Act. This includes assurance that the College has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CAREs Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students if needed.
  • The College was funded $261,175 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification of Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
  • As of the date of this report, the College has distributed $71,300 to the College’s qualifying students.
  • The estimated total number of the College’s students eligible to participate in the programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CAREs Act is 227.
  • As of the date of this report, the total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CAREs Act is 227.
  • The methods used by the College to determine which students receives Emergency Financial Aid Grants, including how much a student would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CAREs Act are as follows:

Qualifications:

            1. Students who were enrolled for Spring 2020 in either TR, HY, WB classes on March 13, 2020 (the day of the national emergency declaration).
            2. Of the students in #1, those students not in Career & College Promise.
            3. There are 227 students who fit the requirements #1-2.
            4. Students are awarded a grant amount based on the number of credit hours that were transitioned to online.

The table below shows the itemized grant awards.

Credit Hours Number of Students Grant Award Total Grant Amount
0-5 84 $200 $16,800
6-8 55 $300 $16,500
9-11 60 $400 $24,000
12+ 28 $500 $14,000
Total 227   $71,300

Students who are eligible to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant have received an email notification through their College’s email account.


March 23, 2020

As our leadership and event response team has updates about the developing situation, we will post those here. Students and employees will also receive updates through emails, phone calls and/or texts.

MARCH 23, 3:25 P.M.

As classes get up and running again this week, TCCC has compiled a Student Resource Guide to help students navigate the College’s transition online. Click here to learn more. 

MARCH 19, 12:15 P.M.

Tri-County Community College wants to reassure our local business and industry partners that we remain dedicated to supporting our community during these unprecedented times. Our Economic and Workforce Development team are on hand to assist any of our local businesses with questions relating to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting local industry. Please direct any business/industry questions to our Economic and Workforce Development staff by using the following emails below.

For general business and industry questions:

For Small Business Center questions:

MARCH 15, 4:30 P.M.

On March 14 Governor Roy Cooper Issued Executive Order No. 117 Prohibiting Mass Gatherings and Directing the Statewide Closure of K-12 Public Schools to Limit the Spread of COVID-19.

Therefore the decision has been made to close ALL Tri-County Community College locations from March 16-20. This means ALL classes including curriculum, continuing education, as well as clinical requirements have been CANCELED during that time.

As such, the Fast Track II session slated to begin on Monday, March 16 is now DELAYED until March 23.

MARCH 13, 1:30 P.M.

Dear Campus Community:

Tri-County Community College is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency in North Carolina.

Our priority is the health and well-being of our campus community. That’s why we are joining other institutions of higher education in North Carolina and across the nation in transitioning spring semester traditional and seat-based classes to online and alternate formats until further notice. While TCCC remains open, we will practice social distancing to minimize the potential exposure of our faculty, staff, and students during the coronavirus pandemic. We are sharing basic details below:

Current Online Classes, Off-Campus Clinicals and Work-Based Learning Assignments will continue as scheduled on Monday, March 16.

The College will transition to online and alternative delivery methods for all traditional and seat-based classes by March 20. Students should monitor their TCCC email accounts during the week of March 16 regarding how their specific classes will proceed.

All College Campuses and Locations will remain open and operational during regular business hours. Students may use the computer lab in the McSwain Building and access WiFi on campus. As campuses remain open, students and employees should practice social distancing and other preventative measures recommended by CDC and NCDHHS.

Faculty have received further guidelines and will communicate to students the relevant adjustments, changes, and updates to their classes.

Only essential travel to clinicals or for instructional purposes will be allowed for TCCC employees.

We recommend that you follow recently revised CDC guidelines if you have recently traveled to Level 2 or Level 3 countries.