AUGUST 17, 2020
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT RAYNER
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Welcome to the upcoming fall 2020 trimester. I hope this letter finds you and your family doing well during this difficult time. The start of the fall term is only a few short weeks away; this note intends to reiterate the details about how the campus administration is working hard to determine the safest and most effective manner to provide quality instruction. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our decision-making about campus operations is based more on timely and accurate data than ever. The data, as of today, shows a full return of students and staff to campus would be a risky venture. Second, we are considering the feedback and concerns that faculty, staff, parents, and students provide in our decision making efforts. With that said, our method of training and conducting work on campus will mimic the strategy and practices used during our transition back to campus during the summer term.
A hybrid training model will be used at the beginning of the fall term with the option to transition to an online model if it is deemed necessary to do so. The hybrid model combines online and on-ground training. Online training allows a group of students to engage in learning with their instructor each day for lectures and assignment review. The on-ground training allows a specified small number of students to participate in hands-on training within the classroom and shops daily. To participate in on-ground training, students and staff undergo a stringent onboarding process that includes a COVID-19 questionnaire, temperature check, wearing a mask, and social distancing while on campus. These training practices have been utilized on campus since mid-July with great success. The training areas and common spaces are disinfected regularly, with a deep cleaning of all areas weekly.
The health data collected from the community will be analyzed weekly to determine the likelihood of allowing more students to participate in on-ground training. This includes shops, clinical sites, and cooperative training. All in-person instruction will consist of small numbers and follow the guidelines and protocols noted above. Our complete Back to Campus Plan is found in the COVID-19 update section on the TCAT Memphis website.
The TCAT Memphis back to campus transition team worked through several possible scenarios, being proactive to make the campus as safe as possible. What we need now is for all faculty, staff, and students within the entire learning community to follow the established campus safety protocols and hold each other accountable.
Additional details will follow if the community begins to experience an upward trending of positive COVID-19 cases in the next several weeks, as we move closer to the September 1st start date. During these difficult times, we must work together to keep each other as safe as possible.
IMPORTANT UPDATE- APRIL 27, 2020 *PLEASE READ*
Hello, I hope all is well with you and your family.
I want to start by saying CONGRATULATIONS to the students that have or will complete their program of study during this term. Your hard work and dedication are worthy of a STANDING OVATION.
To new students and returning students, Tennessee College of Applied Technology Memphis leaders are continuing to monitor the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The College’s leadership team is receiving information from local and state health officials and is consulting with officials at the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). Our top priority is the safety of the TCAT Memphis community. We will continue to make decisions based on the public health guidance received and current conditions here in Shelby County and around the country.
Students, many of you have nearly completed the 2020 Spring term utilizing a primarily online training format. I want to take this opportunity to applaud your efforts to continue your learning during this time of uncertainty. Next, I want to update you on the status of the campus operations. Earlier in the month, Governor Lee extended the Stay at Home guidelines as a measure to counter the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, the decision was made to continue the online learning format the entire term, which ends April 30, 2020. There are no classes scheduled for May 1, 2020. However, the 2020 Summer term will begin on May 4, 2020, as previously noted on the school calendar found on the TCAT Memphis website. The training will continue in the current online format until further notice.
I have received several inquiries about the time frame and efforts to return to our regular on-ground training; at this time, I do not have a specific date to share. However, preparations are ongoing, so we hope to be ready for the transition back to campus when it is deemed Safe by health care officials. Please know, your safety and the safety of faculty and staff is of the utmost importance.
During this week, students are encouraged to contact their instructor, program counselor, or financial aid specialist if you have any related questions. The faculty and staff are available and accessible through email, phone, and other forms of communication that they have established for their students.
TCAT faculty and staff are committed to assisting students throughout this time of uncertainty. Thank you for being patient with your instructors and for your persistence during this challenging time. Please take precautions to protect yourself, family, and friends from the coronavirus.
Roland Rayner, President
POSTED MARCH 31, 2020
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.