IMPORTANT UPDATE- MARCH 31, 2020 *PLEASE READ*
Hello TCAT Students,
As we begin our second week of online or virtual learning. I want to update you on the status of the campus operations. As you may know, President Trump extended the national guidelines, which pushes our online learning format through to April 30, 2020. By doing so, April 10, 2020, becomes a regular school day. Governor Lee has stated similar guidelines that encourage all Tennesseans to stay home and be safe. With that said, there are no instructors scheduled to be on campus any time soon to conduct hands-on training physically. Although the student body continues their learning in the privacy of their homes, faculty and staff are available and accessible through email or phone calls and other forms of communications that they have established to answer your questions and provide guidance during this time. The entire TCAT faculty and staff are committed to assisting students through the remainder of the spring term and forward.
Adjusting to Remote and Virtual Learning
As students continue to adapt to the online learning format, I strongly encourage each of you to remain steadfast as you move closer to completing the term and your program of study. We intend to assist each of you to achieve the goals that you established before embarking on your educational journey with TCAT Memphis.
Students that are having difficulty participating because they lack access to online learning resources should visit https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access or https://www.internetessentials.com for information regarding low-cost internet services for those that qualify. AT&T and Comcast provide these services.
Students, beginning April 1st, please log into your student portal at https://tcatmemphis.edu/current-students/mytcat to complete your Summer registration. Contact your admissions counselor via email if you experience difficulty completing the registration process.
Thank you for being patient with your instructors and for your resilience during these challenging times. I am confident you will successfully navigate through the challenges today and tomorrow if you stay the course. Be safe by taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roland Rayner, President
POSTED MARCH 19, 2020
Due to the concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, instructors and staff have been working hard the entire week preparing to transition our on-ground courses to an online format beginning Monday, March 23rd. However, there may be times when students have to come to campus in small groups of ten or less to take part in hands-on projects in order to complete your course of study. Your instructor(s) will let you know about on-campus projects as we move through the planning and implementation stage. We hope to do this with as little disruption to the instructional process as possible. The faculty and staff are grateful to you for showing patience during this difficult time.
The trimester ending date has been moved back one week to May 1, 2020, to make up for the extra week of spring break. Your instructor(s) were asked to inform students about the online learning format and the expectation that students will continue to take their education seriously and participate in the online activities when prompted to do so.
Contact from your instructor: You will receive information from your instructor(s) about how to use D2L, which is our online instructional format by Friday afternoon. If you are not contacted, please call 901-543-6100 and leave your name and contact information with the receptionist. I ask that you be patient with instructors as they transition to this new online instructional format. They might not be able to answer all of your questions or give exact information about the entire process yet.
Access to computer labs: Students that do not have access to computers or the internet at home can use our computer labs. However, you must call 901-543-6156 to schedule your time in the lab to ensure we maintain the social distancing criteria recommended by the Center for Disease Control. You will not be allowed to use the lab if you fail to schedule your time first.
Accommodation for those with a Disability: TCAT Memphis remains committed to accessibility for students with disabilities. Any student who expects a disability-related barrier to participation in online instruction should contact Student Services at 901-543-6169 or 901-543-6100.
Instructional Support: Students that need information regarding D2L, the online learning format, Should contact their instructor for help.
Last, please know that we are committed to doing whatever we can to assist you with becoming familiar with this online learning format. We want you to be successful and safe as you continue your educational journey.
Roland Rayner, President
POSTED MARCH 12, 2020
TCAT - Memphis places the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors as one of our highest priorities. For this reason, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and coordinating with local and state entities to reduce the risk of transmission on our campus.
TCAT Memphis has developed a Pandemic Corona Virus (COVID 19) Preparedness Plan and are implementing the following protocols according to the plan.
Spring Break will be extended an additional week from March 16th to March 20th. At that time, it will be determined if classes will resume on March 23rd.
Students should regularly check the TCAT – Memphis website for updates. In addition, the school will continue to communicate via the School Cast messaging system, phone calls, and emails.
TCAT – Memphis Administration is currently evaluating alternative teaching methods should there be a need to cancel classes further than March 20th.
Although we have not experienced any active coronavirus cases on any of our campuses, we believe the steps we are implementing are consistent with local and state health guidance and will help reduce risks and protect our community. These steps also give our custodial services an opportunity to perform a deep cleaning and sanitizing of all campus areas. The cleaning will comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
TCAT administration is continuously monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak because the health and safety of those that visit the campuses and the general public is a priority.
COVID-19 Information Line
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. TDH has additional information available at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. The CDC has updated information and guidance available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.