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COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are pleased to let you know about an improvement to our COVID-19 reporting process for students.  We have developed an online, secure form for you to use for reporting COVID situations including:

  • COVID-19 Related Symptoms
  • COVID-19 Exposure
  • Positive Test Result for COVID-19.
COVID-19 Reporting Form

As you continue your journey at HGTC, we would like to express our sincere gratitude and admiration for your efforts to maintain your studies during these challenging times while adhering to our COVID-19 protocols. We are so proud of both your educational accomplishments and commitment to the safety of our College community.

For Fall 2021, we have increased our in-person experiences. In addition to our face-to-face courses, we will also continue to offer courses in a variety of formats (hybrid, synchronous and online) so you may choose the option best suited for you, your schedule, and your success.

Please be assured the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community remain HGTC’s #1 priority. HGTC has returned to full operational status, and the College’s leadership team has established guidelines to promote health and safety for members of the campus community. 

Masks

With the resurgence of the COVID-19 Delta variant and due to the rise in cases within our community, we have determined that it is in the best interest of everyone to require face coverings indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

This mandate applies to all indoor spaces across our campuses, except for private offices. The face covering requirement will become effective this Friday, August 20 until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and will lift the requirement as soon as the data supports our decision to do so.

Because of the Supreme Court of South Carolina’s ruling yesterday permitting higher education institutions to require a universal mask mandate, HGTC is able to implement this requirement. We believe this is in the best interest of everyone and will help us do all we can to promote health and safety for members of the campus community.

Students are asked to bring their own face coverings. If you need a mask, we have supplies available at the following locations:

  • Conway Campus
    Building 200 – Human Resources Department
    Building 1100 – Main Lobby
  • Grand Strand Campus
    Building 200 - Admissions
  • Georgetown Campus
    Front Office

Vaccines

We, by law, are not permitted and will not be mandating vaccinations. However, we strongly encourage you to be vaccinated, if you are able to do so. For more information about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and SC-DHEC.

Please understand there are some programs, such as healthcare programs, where vaccinations are being required at third-party sites for clinicals and internships.

A list of vaccine sites can be found at the SC DHEC website.

Physical Distancing

All classrooms, labs, offices, and support services will operate at full capacity.

COVID Reporting

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 843-349-7550 if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you are experiencing any influenza-like symptoms. Please also make sure to communicate with your professors. 

Virtual Services

The College continues to provide comprehensive virtual support with several options for you to receive services, including telephone assistance, email assistance, and virtual meetings. These options are listed below.

Telephone:
You can call 843-347-3186 to speak with a College representative.
You can call 843-349-8324 to speak with a Technology Support Specialist.

Email:

Admissions admissions@hgtc.edu
Advising advisor@hgtc.edu
Financial Aid financialaid@hgtc.edu
Tuition Payment studentaccounts@hgtc.edu
Technology Help helpdesk@hgtc.edu
Tutorial Assistance      sstc@hgtc.edu

Live Chat: TECH Talk.

The Testing Center is open by appointment only. Tests and exams can be scheduled by going to www.hgtc.edu/testing.

Online Learning

If this your first time taking an online course, please see tips for taking online classes.

CARES Act

Learn about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes funds to assist qualified students in need during the pandemic.

College Facilities and Food Services Operations

In preparation for flu season and in response to prior epidemics, HGTC has taken extensive precautionary measures to minimize the spreading of germs/diseases. We continue to encourage our community to take the necessary precautions and exercise good health practices.

View HGTC's Custodial and Food Services response to COVID-19.

Your cooperation during this process will help our College community stay safe during the COVID-19 situation. We are committed to providing you with outstanding learning opportunities and the quality support and service you deserve.

As questions and concerns continue to arise, please do not hesitate to contact one of the following:

Dr. Melissa Batten
VP Student Affairs
843-349-5228
melissa.batten@hgtc.edu

Dr. Jennifer Wilbanks
VP Academic Affairs
843-349-5208
jennifer.wilbanks@hgtc.edu

Jackie Snyder
VP Human Resources
843-349-5212
jacquelyne.snyder@hgtc.edu