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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For up-to-date answers to issues concerning classes, financial aid, graduation, and hours of operation, please see our Student Information page.

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

HGTC Students:

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.

In envisioning our Fall 2021 schedule, we are excited to increase 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.

There are still a factors to consider. We cannot predict how many students or community members will be vaccinated by the start of the fall semester, nor what impact, if any, variant strains of the virus may have. As such, we must remain flexible to review and possibly change course formats as we move closer to the actual start of classes as we continue to assess the situation at that time and the safety of our campus community. Students will be notified if at any time a change in course format needs to be made and we will provide advising support to you in re-examining your options.

Summer registration is currently open and Fall 2021 registration will open up on April 5th for classes beginning August 23rd. To Register:

  • Register for classes by going into your student WaveNet account. Click on the “myStudent” tab, then “my Registration Dashboard” on the lower left side of the page. If you need assistance in registering for classes, use the instructions below to connect with an advisor.
  • Continuing Students: If you are a continuing student, you can email your Student Development Coordinator or Faculty Advisor. You can find the name of your Student Development Coordinator and the name of your Faculty Advisor in Degree Works. Degree Works is available online through your student WaveNet account.
  • New Students: Advising is offered through HGTC’s Student Development Coordinators. Email advisor@hgtc.edu to schedule an appointment to talk with an advisor and receive help.
  • Submit your FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid, if you have not already done so. Visit the FAFSA website. HGTC’s School Code is 004925.

Please be assured the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and community remain HGTC’s #1 priority. Very likely, many of the current COVID protocols will continue to be in effect in Fall 2021, e.g., face coverings, social distancing, cleaning, etc. as we continue to provide a safe learning environment. We are also committed to providing the highest quality learning experience possible. We will abide by both of these principles as we plan for, and ultimately deliver to our students Fall semester 2021.

Consider these points before visiting campus.

  • Face coverings are required in our buildings and in outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible. Individuals are responsible for providing their own masks or face coverings. Information about how to make your own face covering can be found at the CDC website.
  • Students, visitors, and employees should maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other individuals. Offices and departments may have specific guidelines about capacity/occupancy limits posted so that social distancing may be maintained.
  • Before returning to campus, please consider each question below. If you answer “yes” to any of these, please notify your faculty member and do not report to any campus, lab, clinical, or internship to minimize the possibility of spreading COVID-19.
    • Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
    • Have you been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
    • Have you been exposed to anyone who has been quarantined or in isolation due to COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
    • Have you traveled internationally in the last 14 days?
    • Have you traveled outside the immediate area by commercial air or other transportation?
    • Have you had a fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, loss of sense of smell, or loss or sense of taste during the last 14 days?
    • Have you been around anyone who is ill with fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, loss of sense of smell, or loss or sense of taste during the last 14 days?
  • HGTC students who are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms (or other influenza-like illnesses) are encouraged to call the Office of Student Affairs at 843-349-7550.
  • Certain academic programs may ask students to complete a self-checklist daily as a requirement before students are permitted to participate in hands-on and/or laboratory activities.  Specific guidance regarding the self-checklist will be provided by individual faculty members. 
  • If you need services and do not have a mask or if you are unable to wear a mask, several options exist 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.

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.

Communicable Diseases and Pandemics are specifically addressed in HGTC‘s Emergency Response Manual (on page 35).

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.

To learn more about preventive health practices, please refer to the CDC and SC DHEC websites.  To receive College updates on the impact of COVID-19 outbreak, please regularly monitor HGTC email, social media, and this website for any changes in operations.

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