Emergency Operations Update
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.