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TCAT Student Update March 23, 2020

While no known cases of COVID-19 have been reported at any TCAT Dickson location, the college is taking precautions to keep the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community a top priority.

To promote these precautions, TCAT Dickson has decided it is in the best interest of everyone to temporarily suspend all student and public activity on college campuses in Dickson, Clarksville, and Franklin until further notice.

Beginning, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the college will be closed to students and to the public. At this time faculty and staff will be working virtually to conduct regular college business and provide services to students. Campuses are closed to faculty and staff; however, employees may access their respective work areas on a limited basis as needed to perform essential functions.

The campus closure will include all student computer labs. Students that are unable to complete their courses online should immediately notify their instructor or email the campus at https://tcatdickson.edu/about/contact-us with the following information:

  1. Do you have a computer to perform your online work? Yes or no.
  2. Do you have internet access? Yes or no.
  3. What could help you perform your online coursework? A computer on loan? Internet service?

All program/course labs and activities are also cancelled at this time.

As of today, every program has transitioned to D2L, which is a web-based portal that connects students to the online version of their classes. D2L is where students will locate their assignments, listen/read/watch lessons, communicate with their instructor, and upload their classwork. Contact your instructor by email immediately if you are unable to access D2L.

TCAT Dickson will continue to operate to meet the ongoing needs of our students. Teachers and staff will be available by email and Desire2Learn (D2L) and everyone is encouraged to watch our social media pages, web site, and your S# email for details on resources to assist you during this time.

We want to help, so please let us know how we can assist you during this time https://tcatdickson.edu/about/contact-us .

 

TCAT Student Update March 20, 2020

How to Prepare for Monday's Online Courses

  1. Stay in contact with your instructor. Check you TCAT S# email daily.
  2. Pick up your books and supplies if you have not already done so.
  3. Make plans on where you can access the internet. Remember the college campuses have labs that remain open at this time; other personal options for you are included below.
  4. Be sure to use Google Chrome as the browser to access your D2L courses; other browsers like Safari will not work or will not work effectively.
  5. Access the D2L orientation course first - it will prepare you for your program courses.
  6. Access your online D2L program courses as soon as you are able.
  7. Call the campus and let us know if you need help: (615) 441-6220 or (931) 572-1694.
  8. Stay positive and keep your eye on the goal of graduation - we will help you get there!


Internet access at local sites

Some students may have the need for internet or computer access. Beyond coming to the college campuses, the following locations may be available for your use. Students may want to call before going to a site to ensure that are continuing to offer services.

1. Dickson County

Bibb-White Bluff Civic Center, 1054 Old Charlotte Rd, White Bluff, TN 37187

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Students can use their laptops, tablets, etc. to connect to the internet 
Four (4) public use computers in the library (will need to get a library card, but the cards are free).  

Internet Provider Access for your home

The State of Tennessee is providing a web page that can connect you to all major internet providers and the plans they have to keep you connected to school, to one another, and to information that keeps you informed. There a plans available for students and low income families.

https://tnecd.com/news/stay-connected-during-quarantine/?utm_source=Subscribers&utm_campaign=e081ebb808-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_06_03_04_13_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2936ece1a0-e081ebb808-147194653 .

VA benefits

The Senate and House passed a bill yesterday that gives the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the authority to continue to pay benefits regardless of the fact that a program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that they received for resident training until January 1, 2021, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training. There is no action that a GI Bill student needs to take at this time.

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TCAT Student Update March 18, 2020

According to the newest CDC guidelines, large groups of 50 or more should be canceled for a period of eight weeks; additional guidance suggests limits for groups of ten. After considering all available guidance, TCAT Dickson has been asked to plan to provide course instruction through an online only format, or through a hybrid format that includes both online and lab methods, for a minimum of eight weeks. 

We have announced that for the next two weeks, beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 through April 3, 2020, all classes will be conducted online with the exception of the Practical Nursing program that may have assigned lab times for its students to attend in small groups of nine or less. THIS HAS NOT CHANGED AND WILL BE OUR SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AS ANNOUNCED ON 3/17/20.

However, for the remaining six weeks, beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, through mid May, many of our programs will incorporate lab time into their assignments. As this date approaches, students will be provided details from their instructor regarding dates and times for attendance to perform their lab instructions. 

It is imperative that if you have not already done so, each student is to contact your instructor as soon as possible to be prepared for this transition on Monday. If you cannot reach your instructor call the Dickson Campus at (615) 441-6220 or the Clarksville Campus at (931) 572-1694 and we will assist you.

We may not have chosen where we are at this point in your educational path. But our faculty has chosen to lean into this work and they have been diligently preparing their courses for your online education. I am proud of their efforts and I Iook forward to seeing how these new opportunities, for you and for them, will benefit us all. 

 Students with questions regarding these schedules or any related topics should contact the campus at https://tcatdickson.edu/about/contact-us or by calling (615) 441-6220.

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Campus Update for March 17, 2020

TCAT Dickson & Clarksville online education plans
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Dickson & Clarksville Campus will be transitioning to an online course format for all of its programs beginning Monday, March 23, 2020; it is unknown at this time how long this course arrangement will last. The Dickson and Clarksville campuses will remain open to answer questions and instructors will be available to students by email during normal business hours; instructors may also identify other methods for contacting them. The Advanced Manufacturing Campus and the Franklin Campus will be closed to students.
Contact your instructor
Our faculty members have been trying to reach each of their students. If you have not spoken with you instructor and ensured they have the correct email for you, please do so as soon as possible. Instructors also need to know if you DO NOT have the ability to do online training from home.
Picking up books from campus
All students that have left their textbooks and course supplies in their classrooms may visit the campus to pick up their items during the school hours of 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. If the instructor is off campus, the student will be escorted by other campus staff to their classroom therefore we are asking students to bring their id with them.
Computer lab access
Students will be provided access to a computer lab at the Dickson Campus, and at the Clarksville Campus, that will be available from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Students should wear their name tags when they are in the lab. In these labs, students will be able to use the college computers to access their D2L classes, watch assigned videos, access textbook links, and print as needed. Students are also welcome to bring their own laptops and connect to the school's WiFi from the lab or from the parking lot if the signal is strong enough. Students may visit the campus computer lab that is closest to their home. All students will be asked to wash their hands as they enter the lab and to wipe down their computer upon completion.
ADA Accommodations
All students who currently have accommodations in their on ground courses will continue to have accommodations in their online courses. If you feel you need additional accommodations due to the online nature of the material, please contact Janine.Wine@tcatdickson.edu.
Students onsite March 23-April 3, 2020
A few students may be on site working in the LIFT program or in the Practical Nursing lab. At this time, no other labs are approved for on ground training but may become available should this situation persist beyond two weeks.
Stay Healthy
All Tennesseans are being advised by federal and state health officials to avoid groups of 10 or more, avoid discretionary travel, and limit their public activity. Following this advice as well as the advice of staying away from sick individuals, covering your mouth when you cough, and washing your hands remains important even as you are staying home.
VA Benefits
We are aware that students receiving VA benefits may have specific questions regarding their financial aid.  The current advice of VA is for institutions to not make modifications to certifications at this time. There is also a current bill moving through Congress that may provide significant leniency to these current processes. We will share related updates as we are able. For direct access to the financial aid office you may call (615) 441-6220.
Student activities and SkillsUSA
All student activities are cancelled at this time including the SkillsUSA statewide competition in Chattanooga. However, some of the post-secondary competitions can be done in a simulated or virtual format; and, some competitions may be scheduled at local sites potentially in May. All student competitors are encouraged to continue to study and prepare for their contests.
Student Questions or Comments
Please contact us directly if you have any questions or comments at: https://tcatdickson.edu/about/contact-us


☘ May we all have the luck of the Irish to stay healthy! ☘

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Campus Update for March 14, 2020, 12:00 pm

All campuses of TCAT Dickson:  Dickson, Advanced Manufacturing Clarksville, and Franklin, will be on extended spring break for students from Monday, March 16-20, 2020, with the expectation that classes will resume on Monday, March 23, 2020, with appropriate options for continued education. Campus locations will remain open at this time with faculty available to speak to their students about course questions; and, with staff available to answer your questions about financial aid implications, admissions, and records.

Although we have not experienced any active Coronavirus cases on any of our campuses, and the risk level in our communities remains low, we will continue to take steps that are consistent with local and state health guidance, which will reduce risks and protect our community. These steps include giving our facilities an environmental cleaning of all campus areas. This cleaning complies with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

If you are experiencing symptoms identified by the CDC regarding the virus, please make your instructor aware of your situation and refrain from visiting the campus.

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Update: Saturday, March14, 2020

While the college programs are operating normally at this time, faculty members are diligently preparing for moving  course components online, however as a technical college this is not practical for all courses. Additionally many TCAT Dickson students do not have internet access to continue their studies through online education. Therefore we are also considering other methods of education. 

We will continue to update this site as details emerge. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these unprecedented situations.

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Update: Friday, March13, 2020

The college programs are operating normally at this time; however, the campus emergency management team is meeting daily to assess the local virus threat within our community.

However, campus tours, Cosmetology services, and various large group meetings are being postponed and notices to those individuals are underway. Decisions regarding graduation ceremonies and SkillsUSA events are pending at this time.

The institution has pandemic plan to guide its actions in making decisions that will impact our student body. There are many moving pieces to making these decisions but our ultimate goal will be the health of our students and employees as well as the continuity of their education.

We will continue to update this site as details emerge.
 

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Update: Thursday March 12, 2020

Today I had the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive meeting of the Tennessee Board of Regents in which the Chancellor, each Vice Chancellor, and other department heads, provided COVID-19 guidance pertaining to the various departments within our college. Based on the information received to date from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control, and TBR, TCAT Dickson remains open at this time. However, we are prepared to enact other measures to protect our students, employees, and community should it become necessary.

For the past week the senior staff team has been working diligently to develop a pandemic plan for the COVID-19 illness.

As of now, this plan is in the process of implementation with the goal of preventing a COVID-19 outbreak. Namely by communicating with students and employees about the efforts that are being made on their behalf and by reminding all employees of the importance of using good hygiene measures:

The CDC is recommending common sense measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.

Additionally, ongoing cleaning efforts of the facilities will be occurring daily. All students and employees are being asked to keep their personal working areas clean and disinfected as you are able.

As we look to the coming weeks, and possibly months, it is now time to think of our mission of workforce development...we may be called upon to roll up our sleeves and get to work in a new and challenging way to keep us moving forward, but I have confidence that we can do this and that we will succeed.

I appreciate all of you and pray that each and everyone remains healthy.

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The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line in partnership with the Tennessee Poison Center. The number is 877-857-2945 and is available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT.

People with concerns about their health should contact their health care providers. Tennessee Department of Health has additional information available at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has updated information and guidance available online and can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.