July 16, 2020
Central Carolina Technical College announces multiple delivery methods for Fall Semester instruction
CCTC’s fall 2020 semester will begin, as originally scheduled, on August 24. Academic calendar dates throughout the semester, including exams, breaks and holidays, will not change.
In planning for the fall 2020 semester, CCTC has two priorities: safety and student success. We must protect the health of the campus community while giving students educational opportunities that lead to good jobs, economic mobility and personal fulfillment. Student success is, as always, our focus. A safe and healthy campus community is always a top priority as well, and the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to take extra measures to ensure that everyone remains healthy.
With the virus still very prevalent in our community, we must focus on our two priorities with equal purpose and commitment. Students who get sick cannot continue coursework or progress toward completion. Faculty who get sick cannot teach; staff who get sick cannot provide important support services our students need.
Central Carolina Technical College will offer a multitude of choices to students for preferred course format this fall. Courses will be taught online, synchronous online through Zoom and hybrid. Traditional lecture courses held in a face-to-face environment will begin as synchronous online courses until conditions allow a return to campus.
Online instruction is provided via the internet and no face-to-face instruction is required. Online courses can be completed at a time that is convenient for the student and without traveling to campus. Synchronous online is instruction delivered online but at a scheduled time through Zoom. Students don’t travel to campus but have interaction with the instructor since the class is happening live. Hybrid instruction is a blend of on campus and online instruction. A portion of these courses is accomplished on campus, in a face-to-face traditional classroom while maintaining social distancing. The remaining lecture portion is completed in the online environment at a time convenient for the student. Hybrid instruction will be used when a hands-on component such as labs and clinicals are course requirements.
Following CDC guidelines, the college has implemented many measures to prevent the spread of germs: floor markings are in place to help keep social distancing, clear safety guards have been added to service counters, mandatory face coverings on all campuses and frequent cleaning of high traffic areas.
For all CCTC students, the college strongly recommends obtaining a reliable laptop computer to be used throughout their college career and especially during this challenging time. All CCTC campuses provide free internet access for CCTC students. The CCTC bookstore has new laptops with webcams available for purchase.
CCTC is doing everything possible to ensure that students receive a high-quality education this fall and that students have a variety of choices to ensure their needs are met. CCTC continues to closely monitor public health recommendations as fall approaches. After the first day of classes on August 24, CCTC will evaluate conditions every three weeks to determine next steps.
July 14, 2020
July 10, 2020
July 1, 2020
CCTC to offer appointments for face-to-face Enrollment Services
Beginning Monday, July 6, visitors and students will be allowed on Central Carolina Technical College’s campus for essential services, practicing social distancing guidelines, following a mandatory face covering protocol and using a virtual waiting system called QLess.
In late May CCTC began safely bringing staff and faculty back on campus; opening the campus up to the public is the final phase in the college’s three phase approach. Preparations to ensure the safety of all on campus include new safety and directional signs, reconfiguration of desks, protective barriers in high-risk areas, personal protective equipment for employees and required safety training for CCTC employees and students.
Starting July 6, all student services will be available face-to-face on all campuses, including but not limited to testing, admissions, financial aid, dual enrollment, Central Carolina Scholars, TRIO, bookstore and registration assistance through the use of QLess. QLess is an online appointment platform that allows a user to make an appointment, be placed in a queue and receive notifications rather than physically waiting in line.
There are three ways to access QLess for the Main Campus: download the QLess app from the app store on a phone or mobile device, text “main titan” to 803-770-4761 or scan the provided QR code. QLess will be available for the Kershaw County Campus, the Lee County Site and the F.E. DuBose campus starting July 16. Until the system is available for the outreach locations, staff will coordinate appointments through the administrative staff at each location. For more information on QLess please contact Elizabeth White at 803-774-3376.
Potential and current students can still choose to meet virtually through Zoom meetings, online chat sessions via cctech.edu or the phone. Employees will continue to practice social distancing and limit the number of students in each area according to current guidelines. Operating hours for the Main Campus and the Kershaw County Campus will continue to be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday until further notice. Hours for the Lee County Site and F.E. DuBose Campus can be found on the college’s website.
Fall 2020 registration is open now with classes scheduled to begin August 24. The delivery format of fall classes will be determined soon and announced to the public.
June 25, 2020
Student Information for Returning to Campus
- Social distancing of 6 feet apart will be expected at all times while on campus.
- Do not congregate in common areas such as hallways, Student Center, library, parking lots, etc.
- Students, faculty, employees and visitors are expected to wear appropriate face masks at all times while on campus until further notice. Central Carolina Technical College will provide appropriate face masks to employees and students who do not have one.
- Student violations of the CCTC COVID-19 guidelines will be addressed through the Code of Conduct.
- Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer after coming into contact with anyone and after each class/lab is over.
- Students should stay home:
- If you have experienced any new or worsening flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- If you have traveled in the last 14 days or have had family members travel in an airplane or to high-risk area for transmission of COVID-19.
- Have been in close contact with someone under evaluation for COVID-19 or with someone who has a confirmed infection of COVID-19.
- Students who have tested positive or who have been exposed to individuals who have tested positive should self-disclose to their instructor to ensure the safety of their fellow students and CCTC employees to the greatest extent possible.
- Points of Contact:
- General Questions about Admissions and Financial Aid
- Use the chat feature on the College website
- Questions about Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Questions about Financial Aid: email@example.com
- Concerns about face-to-face classes or labs
- Issues with individuals not practicing social distancing or other college guidelines
- Areas that need to be sanitized
- Scheduling Virtual Meetings with CCTC Staff
- General Questions about Admissions and Financial Aid
These safety measures are consistent with local and federal health guidelines. Maintaining a safe environment is a shared responsibility. Your adherence to this process will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and cooperation.
June 23, 2020
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Second 75-day Fund Report
June 12, 2020
After reviewing updated guidance from the State Department of Administration and the Governor’s Office, CCTC is revising the college’s reopening plan as follows:
- Employees currently working on campus for phase two will continue to do so.
- All employees and students will be required to wear face coverings in all college facilities, except when in your private office, beginning on Monday, June 15, 2020.
- No visitors or students will be allowed on campus until we enter phase three, which is tentatively scheduled for July 6, 2020. Students in required lab classes will still be allowed on campus as authorized by Academic Affairs.
- Employees must maintain social distancing and not congregate in offices or common areas.
June 4, 2020
May 19, 2020
Financial Aid appeals deadline has been extended to Friday, May 22.
May 18, 2020
The 10-week (May 26 start) and the 8-week (June 1 start) terms will begin online. We are still hoping for a possible return to campus as early as June 8, 2020. Once classes start online, instructors will inform students of the date for a transition to classes on campus. Please note, the date for on campus instruction is subject to change.
May 13, 2020
Curbside Pick-up will be available from the Central Carolina Technical College bookstore beginning May 14, 2020 in both Sumter and Kershaw County locations.
In an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the bookstore is now offering curbside pick-up for textbook sales, supplies and merchandise. Students should go to the bookstore web site at http://bookstore.cctech.edu/selecttermdeptand place their order using Pick-Up at Store as the delivery option. You will then be able to choose CCTC Main Campus or Camden Store as the pick-up location. You may use your financial aid balance, credit or debit cards as payment. Once you place your order you will receive a confirmation email thanking you for your purchase and letting you know the process for you to come to the campus and pick-up your books. When they are ready you will be sent another email letting you know your books are available for pickup and providing the directions you will need. Park in the specially marked parking spaces given in your email and call the phone number given there. We will bring the items to your car. When we come to your car you will need to show us your CCTC student ID. We will then place your books on the hood of your car.
Pick-up will be available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please note: you must have your student ID in order to pick up your order. NO EXCEPTIONS!
May 8, 2020
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Initial 30-day Fund Report
Summer start dates: 5-week: May 18, full summer term: May 26 and 8-week: June 1. Courses are offered: online, hybrid and on-campus courses when allowed.
May 1, 2020
In accordance with Governor Henry McMaster’s extension of the state’s emergency declaration, all campuses of Central Carolina Technical College will remain closed until at least May 12. CCTC leadership is in consultation with state leaders as the college works on plans for when it is safe to reopen.
Students, are reminded to please check CCTC email at least once per day. This is where CCTC administration and instructors are providing real-time updates on things like financial aid, final exams and enrollment.
Similarly, faculty and staff should be checking their official CCTC email accounts each day. This is CCTC’s primary way to communicate about college operations, human resources and other updates.
April 30, 2020
During the college’s temporary closure, Central Carolina Technical College students are able to make payments the following ways:
- Pay online through myCCTC by choosing the Financial Services tab and clicking on Online Payments under the My Account section (online payment fees have temporarily been suspended),
- Pay by phone by calling (803) 778-1961 and choosing Option 0 to speak with a cashier to pay by credit card/debit card,
- Drop payments in the library drop box at the back of Building 500. The payment must be in an envelope with your full name and college ID number, or
- Mail payments to: Central Carolina Technical College Attn: Business Office, 506 N Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150
April 29, 2020
The CCTC Bookstore is currently accepting financial aid and credit cards for purchases made through http://bookstore.cctech.edu/home. Nursing students should contact Mark Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pickup of books since the NUR bundles and kits cannot be shipped.
Upcoming book buyback dates are May 26 and 27 in the Student Center on Main Campus in Sumter.
Students can also sell books online at https://onlinebuyback.mbsbooks.com/index.php?jde=7755.
April 27, 2020
April 23, 2020
The withdrawal deadline for spring classes has been extended to Thursday, April 30th. Students should contact their instructor to initiate the withdrawal process.
April 13, 2020
VIRTUAL REMOTE & ONLINE TESTING Now AVAILABLE
Accuplacer placement exam through Zoom
Students needing to test, should contact an Admissions counselor and be advised of which section(s) of the Accuplacer they will need. Students can register here: https://www.cctech.edu/resources/testing-center/testing-center-registration/.
Biology Placement Test Online
The Biology Placement Test, which may be taken for placement into Biology 210, is now available online through Respondus Monitor. All course prerequisites must be met in addition to a passing score on the placement test. A study guide is available at the following link: Biology Placement Study Guide. Your computer must have a webcam and cannot be a Chromebook, as it is not compatible with Respondus Monitor.
Computer Technology Placement Test Online
Test is now available online through Respondus Monitor. This test assesses a student’s knowledge of everyday computer software and general familiarity of computer hardware. There are 30 questions on the test and results are received immediately. Your computer must have a webcam and cannot be a Chromebook, as it is not compatible with Respondus Monitor.
Contact the Testing Coordinator at email@example.com to set up your appointment and receive instructions to take your exam.
General Questions during the College Shutdown
As the situation is continuously changing, some answers may change and will be updated as needed.
Will the semester end on time?
We expect the majority of classes to end on time. Some classes may need to be extended.
What about labs and lab classes?
These may need to be extended.
Will I have access to my advisor during this time period?
Yes. Students should email their advisors as needed. Advisors are checking email regularly.
How do I take tests such as the TEAS and other certification or industry-specific tests while the Testing Center is closed?
We do not have a plan for testing at this time, as students are not allowed on campus.
When will registration for Summer and Fall 2020 begin?
Summer and Fall registration are now open. Registration instructions are available in myCCTC for current students. Prospective students can view a registration tutorial video here.
Will all courses be online for Summer and Fall 2020?
Additional scheduling decisions will be made as more information is shared by the Governor.
Will financial aid refunds be processed as scheduled?
Yes. Loan refund processing is also on schedule.
Will Spring Commencement be held?
Spring Commencement has been rescheduled for Friday, September 25, 2020. More details to follow.
What is the deadline for the Fall Semester Nursing Program?
Deadline has been extended to June 26, 2020.
March 19, 2020: Resources Available during the College Shutdown
Admissions assistance will be available remotely; please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a CCTC staff member will reply to your email within 24-48 hours. For more immediate assistance, staff will be available during normal business hours via UChat on cctech.edu.
If you are a current student, please be sure to monitor your MyCCTC email daily for updates.
Two internet providers are offering free internet access to students for 60 days. Please see the information below:
Spectrum: Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll in the program
TruVista: Call 1-800-768-1212 for more information
If you have concerns about having the appropriate equipment for an online class, please let your instructor know.
eBook Central (ProQuest) online collection http://cctech.libguides.com/ebrary
Hoopla Access eBooks, audiobooks, music and movies with your CCTC library care. Four free downloads a month!
Events and Activities
Based on recommendations from public health experts, CCTC has canceled all large-scale and non-essential college events until at least April 1.
We have not yet made a decision about the status of the event, but we will share details as soon as we can.
Please note that even if the college does not hold a traditional commencement ceremony, those who have earned sufficient credit toward their respective degrees will still graduate.
March 16, 2020: All CCTC campuses closed and events canceled until March 31. Full-time permanent employees report to assigned campus at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 1.
March 15, 2020: All CCTC campuses closed to instruction and events March 16-31.
Students: Coursework will resume online no later than March 23. Check email for updates!
Employees: Report to assigned campus at 8:00 am Monday, March 16.
March 13, 2020: Kershaw County Campus will be closed to all classroom instruction from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27 to coincide with the governor’s closure order due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Students should check email daily for information on completing coursework during this time. Most classes will continue in an online format. We anticipate classes resuming on Kershaw Campus Monday, March 30th.
March 12, 2020: The health and welfare of the Central Carolina Technical College family is paramount, and we are closely monitoring and assessing the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on programs and other activities that our college communities are engaged in within our service area and beyond.
COVID-19 is a respiratory infection caused by the newly identified coronavirus with symptoms consisting primarily of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Less common symptoms include sore throat, chills, muscle aches, headache, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
We are committed to staying vigilant in assessing the situation and mitigating any potential threats in coordinating and consulting with state health officials at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Governor’s office. We will continue to work together to the best of our ability in order to continue to teach and learn in a safe and secure environment.
In response to prior epidemics, Central Carolina Technical College has taken extensive precautionary measures and has developed plans to minimize the spreading of germs/diseases. Our Environmental Safety and Health Team is currently updating our response plan with regards to the current situation. We continue to encourage each of our community members to take the necessary precautions and exercise good health practices.
Here are some tips to help keep you and your family healthy:
- Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds, using soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue or your sleeve (not your hand).
- Use hand sanitizer when you don’t have access to running water.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick. Monitor yourself for fever, cough, and shortness of breath (symptoms of Coronavirus). Seek medical attention immediately if you may have been exposed.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid traveling to areas where there is a COVID-19 outbreak.
To learn more about preventive health practices or the status of COVID-19, please refer to the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and SC DHEC (www.scdhec.gov/covid19) websites. To receive college updates on the impact of COVID-19 outbreak, please regularly monitor your Central Carolina Technical College email, social media, and the college website for any changes in operations.