Emergency Operations Update
July 30, 2020
To all Students and the GTC Community,
I want to thank all students who persevered through spring and summer semesters. Your work ethic and desire will serve you well in the future. For the summer semester, in addition to over 3,000 students who completed online courses, we had almost 600 students come onto campus and complete in-person, face-to-face instruction in their respective programs. We were able to provide a safe and secure environment for these students, and I want to thank the dedicated faculty and staff who worked on-campus to ensure students had the opportunity to progress and complete their courses in their program labs.
We are now getting ready to welcome new and returning students to the college for the fall 2020 semester. While many are choosing to remain 100% online (and we still have plenty of online classes available), we will welcome many new and returning students to in-person, on-campus courses. The college also has options for viewing instructors live in real-time with the students participating virtually. For students taking on-campus classes, you will see the effort we have made to ensure as safe and secure an environment as possible. We have markers for traffic direction and social distancing, signs with instructions for safety protocols, including the need to wash hands frequently, plexiglass for staff and student protection, and reduced class sizes. Additional personnel have been added for increased cleaning and sanitization. Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and common areas, and we will require all students, staff and visitors to wear face coverings (masks) at all times in the presence of others, including the classroom. For students and visitors needing a face covering (mask), the college will have locations in all buildings where masks will be available free of charge. For students who believe they have a medical or health-related issue that prevents them from wearing a face covering, they will need to contact Disability Services at 678-226-6672 for alternative methods.
All students need to read their student emails; college generated texts, and Blackboard notifications daily for changes or special alerts about class times and delivery methods. Students requiring assistance with registration, class changes, and financial aid are encouraged to continue to use our online email, phone, and chat services. In-person assistance will be available by appointment only, including the first week of classes. Please see the FAQ/Resources page to make an appointment. All other revised plans for enrollment issue assistance can be found on the FAQ/Resources page. We will be offering the services of computer labs, tutoring, the library, etc., but the spaces available will be limited to ensure social distancing and, at times, may require appointments. We ask that you be patient as we work through this completely new experience for everyone. We will adapt and correct any procedure where the need arises after the semester starts to continually attempt to ensure we are delivering the optimum services under the current conditions.
The health and safety of GTC's students, faculty, and staff continues to be our first priority. As we return to in-person learning for the upcoming fall semester, the college will continue to follow the COVID-19 guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We thank you for working with us over the last few months during this challenging time, and thank you in advance for ensuring we all work together for a safe and successful fall semester.
Thank you again for choosing Gwinnett Technical College. There is still time to register for all our course delivery options. We look forward to seeing you on August 10, 2020.
D. Glen Cannon, Ed.D., CPA
July 9, 2020
On July 13, 2020, Gwinnett Technical College will begin offering current and prospective students access to limited in-person office visits. These visits will be by appointment only for assistance with applications, advising, financial aid, course registration, support services, and payments. To make an appointment, please utilize the information found on the FAQ/Resources page on our website. We encourage you to continue, as much as possible, to conduct business through our ongoing remote options available in all areas (including email, WebEx, phone, and chat). Again, to ensure the safety of students and staff, appointments will be limited for in-person assistance. Information on how to contact support services personnel, in all areas of the College, can be located on our website at the FAQ/Resources page.
The bookstore is now open for in-person purchases. All CDC and State of Georgia current retail guidelines are in place. On-line purchasing and limited contact pick-up options are still available.
For the Fall 2020 semester, Gwinnett Tech will have on-campus, in-person classes following current health and safety guidelines for Covid-19 from the Governor's Office, the Technical College System of Georgia, the Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In some classes, students may be divided into groups that will meet on a rotating basis to allow students to attend class on campus, but also reduce density in the classroom. Instructors will communicate group assignments and meeting days/times to students, via Blackboard and student email, prior to the first day of class. Classes that will have rotational meeting schedules are noted in the class schedule in Banner. To determine if a class will meet in this manner, visit https://bannerss.gwinnetttech.edu/pls/ban8/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched (do not log in) and search by term for Fall 2020 classes.
Class start and end times may be varied at the College’s discretion to ensure adequate time for sanitizing and cleaning classrooms as needed. Social distancing will be required of all. In addition, the College has placed markers for standing in any line as well as arrows for safely directing traffic flow.
All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear face coverings, always in the presence of others, including in the classroom. The College will supply basic masks if needed. However, we greatly appreciate all who provide their own face coverings.
As previously published, the College has an expanded and robust offering of on-line courses available. Fall registration is open now, and classes start August 10, 2020.
Thank you for choosing Gwinnett Tech. We look forward to a great Fall semester!
June 10, 2020
Fall registration is now open! The College plans to offer on-campus, face-to-face instruction in all programs for the Fall semester. The College will adhere to health and safety recommendations in place at the time of the course delivery. Based on guidance at this time, on-campus courses will be conducted in smaller class sizes, and most courses will have an online component to reduce time on campus. Students on campus will be required to follow all posted safety instructions, and common areas will be limited.
For students who prefer 100% online courses, the College continues to make almost every course available in an online format and has expanded the list of available online courses for Fall. Please continue to check for updates on our website and social media sites. Should guidelines and safety recommendations change, the College will adjust the operational procedures as well as the Fall class schedule and delivery method if necessary.
Currently, both campuses remain closed to visitors. Only students who are attending class in limited lab Summer courses are allowed on campus at this time. In August, we look forward to seeing many of you back on campus and welcoming new students for the first time. Please view the multiple methods to reach student support personnel on our website on the FAQ/Resources page. In addition, check out the One Stop page here for detailed information concerning enrollment support. Thank you for choosing Gwinnett Technical College as your partner in obtaining an Education that Works!
May 18, 2020
Summer registration is ongoing with no late registration fees for this semester. The first day of the summer semester will be Tuesday, May 26, 2020. All courses that could be converted to 100% online for summer have been noted as online in the registration system. Online classes with specific days and times also noted in the registration system will meet online during those times. All other courses will be delivered in a hybrid format with partial online study. Lab work requiring hands-on skill training, testing, and certification will be conducted on campus by each academic program.
Several programs have returned to campus in a limited lab environment, and activity will increase as required and approved. Instructors will contact students via email and/or Blackboard with information on the dates and times that on-campus lab work will take place. All on-campus lab work by students will be conducted under approved health and safety standards prescribed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
These same lab procedures are being utilized for students who were not able to complete their spring semester courses and received a grade of Incomplete ("I"). Students should check their Gwinnett Tech email and Blackboard regularly as instructors are contacting students to schedule the limited lab activity required to complete these courses.
The campus will remain closed for the month of June to visitors and students unless directly invited to campus by college personnel. College personnel will begin a phased return to campus during the month of June, and detailed information is being provided via internal college communications and direct supervisor notifications.
At this time, plans have not been decided for reopening the campus in July to visitors or students for activities other than those described above. The college is in the process of delivering the first student payments under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Please view the FAQ/Resources page for more information on the CARES Act, and all other information related to college operations.
April 21, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Gwinnett Technical College has decided to adjust the start and end dates for the summer 2020 semester. The first day of the summer 2020 semester will now be May 26, 2020, with the last day of classes and exams moved to July 18, 2020. Please see the FAQ/Resources page on the GTC website for details on extended registration and payment deadlines as well as all other semester calendar milestones.
The spring 2020 semester remains as scheduled.
- Last official day of spring classes is April 25, 2020.
- Final exams week is April 27 – May 2, 2020.
- All 100% online courses will end on the stated semester end date.
Instructors will contact students enrolled in spring courses through Blackboard or student email with information for classes that cannot be completed 100% online because of required on-campus or other location labs, clinicals, and skills tests. The FAQ/Resources page on the GTC website has information on the process for completing these courses.
The college campuses continue to remain closed until further notice to visitors, students, and employees unless directly invited by supervisors or instructors.
We plan to offer as many summer semester courses as possible in an online format. As with the spring semester, students in programs requiring on-campus labs or other activity will be notified by their instructor(s) when classes will begin on campus. Some of those courses may start with the online portion until state and system health officials determine it is safe to resume on-campus activities. All decisions will be made based on guidance from the State of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia.
March 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
The following is the updated operations plan for Gwinnett Technical College as of Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9 a.m.
- The closure of all campuses to visitors, students, and staff remains until further notice. Limited access to the campus for specific employees and students, if applicable, will be communicated directly to individual departments and programs.
- In accordance with Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order 03.26.20.02, all courses that are currently in an online delivery method will remain online through the end of the semester. Information regarding courses that are not being delivered 100% online for the remainder of the semester will be provided as quickly as possible once all health and safety considerations can be met.
- Individual program decisions will be made as to whether any face-to-face and on-campus instruction and/or skills testing will resume as specific program requirements are identified. Students will be contacted by program instructors through student email and Blackboard should a program be able to resume limited and controlled on-campus activity before the spring semester ends.
- GTC employees should continue to follow their currently prescribed work classification until further notice. Only those employees who have been contacted by their supervisor will be allowed on campus. Employees will be notified when decisions are made for returning to work on campuses.
- Please continue to consult the FAQ/Resource page developed to provide all students and employees with detailed information on as many issues and concerns as possible.
The College will continue to make decisions based on state and system guidance with the health and safety of all always the most important determining factor.
March 20, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
The following is the updated operations plan for Gwinnett Technical College as of Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4 p.m.
- The College will remain closed for visitors and students through Tuesday, March 31. 2020. Decisions regarding the opening of the campus after that date will be posted here.
- All academic courses will be converted to online beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. Students with courses previously less than 100% online will be contacted by their program through student email and Blackboard with instructions for completing online coursework. Information will be announced by Friday, April 3, 2020, regarding courses that cannot be converted entirely to online due to required face-to-face instruction and/or proctored/observed testing.
- For details about financial aid, registration, advisement, and other services, please visit the FAQ/Resource page. Please access this link often as updates are posted regularly.
- Due to increased call volumes, wait times may be longer than usual. Callers have the option of receiving a call back or receive a response by email. Our goal is to provide as much information as possible on the FAQ/Resource page.
- Employees will only be on campus as needed and/or set up for teleworking if applicable. Information regarding employee statuses' after March 31, 2020, will be made available through internal messaging no later than 5 p.m. that day.
- Spring Break remains as scheduled (March 30 – April 4, 2020).
- Graduation previously scheduled for May 4,2020, is postponed. Information regarding a future commencement ceremony date will be communicated at a later time.
The focus of the College will continue to be the health and safety of all. We are making every effort to get as many students as possible "across the finish line" of this semester. Please continue to visit our website and follow us on social media for the latest updates.
March 14, 2020, 1:46 p.m.
Gwinnett Technical College's emergency operation plan is now updated to a full closure of all campuses Monday, March 16, through Sunday, March 22, 2020. For purposes of planning and training, some employees will be required to report to work and will be contacted directly by their supervisors. The instructional plan for students previously posted remains in effect. Additionally, spring break remains as scheduled (March 30 – April 4, 2020).
Decisions for the week of March 23–29, will be announced no later than Friday, March 20. Please continue to monitor the College’s website, social media and local news outlets for any updates.
March 13, 2020, 9:30 a.m.
In light of the current health issues and concerns resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19), Gwinnett Technical College has made the decision to suspend all instructional classes (credit, adult education, and continuing education), and activities on all campuses effective 4:00 pm Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 22.
- March 13, 4:00 pm - March 22: There will be no academic or instructional activities.
- March 23 - 28: All currently 100% online courses will resume normally on March 23. All other courses will be converted to online instruction where possible and will resume as well. Instructions related to any converted classes will be sent by March 20. Further information regarding classes or activities that cannot be delivered online will also be communicated by March 20.
The college has over 40 academic programs with individual accrediting bodies, licensing boards, and industry certification requirements. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for our unique and globally technically advanced programs. Additional plans for instructional, academic, and operational activities beyond this two-week period will be developed and published by March 28. It is imperative that students diligently check their student email and all previously stated forms of communication (student email, GTC website, Blackboard, emergency notification avenues, text, all traditional and social media) to ensure they are aware of the academic plan for their particular program.
All college personnel should report as usual on Monday, March 16, for individual departmental operational plans to be made. For this two-week period, the college will close all operations at all campuses at 5:00 pm Monday-Thursday and 4:00 pm Friday.
This is phase 1 of our plan to weather this health crisis, and changes will be made at any time as new information is obtained or situations arise that will require new decisions to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. All previously published safety and health habits should continue to be the emphasis of our day-to-day activities.