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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.

5/19/20 Update:

While we are going through this challenging time together, please know HGTC promises to continue to be here for you, while keeping your health and safety our top priority. Summer and Fall registration is currently available, and we are taking important steps to enhance our support for you.

We are excited to announce our plans for a phased reopening of our physical offices. Beginning Monday, June 8, student services on the three campuses, including Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar’s Office, Library, and Student Accounts, will be open and will provide services to students at the front counter.

Other student services areas will expand the level of face-to-face services provided to students in later phases, according to guidelines issued by the State of South Carolina’s Department of Administration. Details about these services and departments will be provided as the College implements additional stages of the reopening.

So that we can be assured that all students have access to key information, we are providing you with details about important college operations, deadlines, and support services in this message.

Consider these points before visiting campus.

  • The College strongly encourages all students and employees wear masks or face coverings, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Certain areas of the College may require face masks.
  • 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?
    • Have you been exposed to COVID-19?
    • Have you been exposed to anyone who has been quarantined or in isolation due to COVID-19?
    • Have you traveled internationally in the last 14 days?
    • Have you traveled outside the immediate area by commercial air or other transportation and/or from areas where COVID-19 has spread?
    • 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. We are here to support you.
  • 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.

    Email:
    Admissions Help admissions@hgtc.edu
    Advising Help advisor@hgtc.edu
    Financial Aid Help financialaid@hgtc.edu
    Payment Help studentaccounts@hgtc.edu
    Technology Help techcentral@hgtc.edu
    Tutorial Assistance sstc@hgtc.edu

Summer 2020

  • Full Summer:
    • Students can add/drop classes for the full Summer term through May 24, 2020.
  • Summer II:
    • Summer II courses begin June 22, 2020.
    • Registration for Summer II courses is currently available.

Fall 2020 Classes

  • Registration is currently available for Fall classes.
    • 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.
  • Fall classes begin on August 24, 2020.
  • Multiple delivery modes of instruction will be available for students taking classes in fall. Courses will be taught in-person, hybrid, and online. Faculty and staff welcome any questions you may have about the upcoming fall schedule. We will continue to be flexible for all students. Please refer to your individual schedules for specific meeting times and locations.
  • 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.

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.

5/5/20 Update:

Thank you for your continued patience as we have made adjustments to College operations and made plans regarding College events. We are pleased to tell you that we have confirmed the plans for our 2020 Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony, originally scheduled for May 2020, was postponed due to the circumstances related to COVID-19. The College will host the 2020 Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Students eligible to participate in the October 27 ceremony must have completed degree requirements in December 2019 or May 2020 or are scheduled to complete requirements in August 2020 or December 2020. Students planning to participate in the October ceremony should submit a Graduation Application to the HGTC Registrar’s Office no later than October 1, 2020. If you have already submitted your Graduation Application, you do not need to submit an additional one. The Graduation Application is available online.

Caps and gowns will be available for purchase in the HGTC bookstore once campus offices are permitted to provide face-to-face services for students and members of the public. Caps and gowns may also be purchased online directly through Herff Jones. The deadline to obtain caps and gowns for the October 27 Commencement Ceremony is Tuesday, October 20.

The College will provide more information to graduating students about the number of tickets that will be distributed as guidelines related to COVID-19 become available from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).

We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduating students this fall.

4/13/20 Update:

We appreciate your patience as we have made decisions about and implemented changes for College operations and course offerings. Our top priority remains the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

As we look ahead to future semesters, we are providing you with updates about the availability of Summer 2020 courses and the manner in which they will be taught. We are also providing you with information about important deadlines, processes, and support that is available to you. We are committed to continuity in support and service to you.

Summer 2020

Maymester Courses

  • Registration is currently available for Maymester classes.
  • Maymester classes begin on May 13, 2020.
  • All Maymester classes will be taught fully online.

Full Summer Courses

  • Registration is currently available for Full summer classes.
  • Full summer classes begin on May 18, 2020.
  • All lecture classes will be taught fully online.
  • Classes with a lab, clinical, or internship will be taught in a hybrid delivery method.
    • The hybrid approach will allow for online content instruction. Hands-on training will be completed once it is safe to allow students on campus.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: It may take an additional week from now for the Summer 2020 class schedule to reflect all changes in instructional delivery method. The changes are currently being made in our system.

Financial Aid and Student Accounts Reminders

  • Remember to submit your Summer 2020 Financial Aid application, if you have not already done so. You can find the Summer Financial Aid Application online in your WaveNet account under the My Student Tab by clicking on My Financial Aid Requirements. If you have financial aid questions, email financialaid@hgtc.edu.
  • As published on the academic calendar, the first payment deadline for Summer 2020 is May 5. To make a payment electronically, please take the following steps: 1) Log into your WaveNet account. 2) Select the “my Student” tab. 3) Click the green “Manage my Account” banner on the right side of the webpage. 4) The Student Account Center webpage will open. If you have any questions about your account balance and payment options, email studentaccounts@hgtc.edu.

Student Support Information

  • Be sure to work with your advisor as you make plans for your future enrollment. You can email your Student Development Coordinator or Faculty Advisor for assistance. 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.
  • Keep checking WaveNet for important updates and emails from HGTC.
  • For additional information on virtual support services, including advising, registration, counseling, financial aid, technology help, and other support, please see the attached Connect with HGTC information flyer.

Please know that we remain committed to your success.

4/1/20 Update:

HGTC’s President, Dr. Marilyn Fore, and the College’s leadership team welcome you back with our virtual open arms as you resume your studies with us in an online format today. Please know we care about you and are committed to your success. We realize you have questions about your semester, as many of you are completing online courses for the first time. We are providing you with additional information to help you as you reach your goals.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: To ensure your safety, HGTC has decided that students and faculty will NOT be allowed on campus during the month of April. Likewise, all face-to-face labs, clinicals, and internships have been postponed until after April.

Course Requirements

Beginning on April 1st, all HGTC courses will resume in an online environment. Please make sure that you log on to D2L on April 1st. You will receive specific communication from your faculty members regarding the next steps, academic expectations, and course requirements.

Technical Support

If you experience any issues with accessing the D2L environment or other technical issues, please visit the TECH Central website.

Online Course Success Tips

View this 5 minute video for tips on how to be successful in an online course.

Deadline for Academic Withdrawal

The College has extended the deadline to withdraw from a course without academic penalty to May 1, 2020. Therefore, we encourage you to “hang in there” and continue your coursework through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. This modification will allow you more time to acclimate to online instruction. You will have more time to make a decision about whether to withdraw, if you feel you will not be successful in the course.

Fall Registration

Registration for Fall 2020 begins on Monday, April 13. You can work with your Student Development Coordinator or Faculty Advisor to make plans for fall. 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.

FAQs for Students

Click this link for Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the COVID-19 response from HGTC.

Connect to HGTC – Where Can I Receive Help?

View a listing of where you can receive ongoing, virtual support from HGTC.

3/21/20 Update:

In reference to Governor Henry McMaster’s Executive Order and as the College’s Agency Head, President Marilyn Fore has convened the College’s Cabinet to meet daily for the purpose of establishing and providing you with specific details regarding College operations over the coming weeks.

At this time, the following decisions have been made:

  • HGTC will complete the spring semester with academic courses being delivered in an online format.
  • We are awaiting the Governor’s approval as to how we can conduct small group instruction through labs, clinicals, and internships.
  • Commencement and Pinning Ceremonies will be postponed and further plans will be announced at a later date.
  • All College sponsored and Student Engagement events are cancelled including the Honors Garden Party, etc.

We will continue to monitor this ever-changing situation and keep you apprised of the latest developments and decisions that may impact the College. Please know that your health and safety are at the top of our minds.

Please see the message from President Fore to all students.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

3/15/20 Update:

Based upon Governor Henry McMaster’s executive order issued today to close all public schools in the State of South Carolina including state-supported technical colleges, Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) will close the College March 16-31. All classes, including continuing education, internships, labs, and clinicals are also cancelled during this time. On April 1, the College will transition its courses to online delivery for the duration of the semester. More information about the transition and how we will handle certain course and programs will be shared in the upcoming week.

Please continue to check HGTC email, this advisory page, and the College’s social media channels for future updates.

HGTC events, conferences, and other meetings scheduled to occur on our Campuses in the next two weeks are cancelled.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this unprecedented time as we take the necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our HGTC family.

3/14/20 Update:

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) informed the HGTC community Saturday of an important decision that has been made to help keep the HGTC students, faculty, staff and community safe in the wake of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

In response to the spread of COVID-19, HGTC has made the decision to cancel all classes for the week of March 16-March 20 including clinicals and internships. The decision has also been made to move all in-person classes to online instruction after spring break for the remainder of the spring semester. Beginning March 30, HGTC will move to an online delivery method and students will receive additional information about the transition to online later this week. All HGTC faculty and staff should report on Monday as usual.

Please understand that this decision is out of an abundance of caution as HGTC must consider the health and well-being of the entire HGTC family and is consistent with the actions being taken by many of the other technical colleges and universities across the state. By taking this approach and moving to an online structure, the HGTC community can engage in social distancing and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, while also ensuring students’ academic progress is not interrupted. HGTC remains committed to ensuring that students can complete the semester as scheduled.

The HGTC Executive Leadership Team is meeting daily to assess and, as necessary, to respond as conditions change. HGTC employees on all three Campuses have been working diligently to prepare for this possibility, and the College has a firm response plan in place.

“The safety of our community and academic continuity plans for our students remain our top priorities,” said Dr. Marilyn M. Fore, HGTC President. “The College appreciates the patience and understanding of the community as the Executive Leadership Team continues to work hard to keep the College community safe in the face of unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19. We ask that all students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders remain flexible during these unprecedented events.”

HGTC will continue to evaluate HGTC events, conferences, and other meetings scheduled to occur on Campuses in the near future. Further information will be communicated as decisions are made.

HGTC is dedicated to providing ongoing, accurate information and encourages everyone to regularly monitor HGTC emails, this page, and the College’s social media channels for any future updates.

Awareness & Prevention

As HGTC continues to closely monitor and assess the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on programs and other activities our community members are engaged in, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff remains our primary concern.

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. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing kits for COVID-19 that state public health laboratories will use for testing through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

The CDC also has an online video library with valuable tips about COVID-19.

As Spring Break approaches with the evolving spread of the COVID-19, whether you are personally staying local, traveling within the US, or traveling abroad, the CDC and SC DHEC recommend using these precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid contact with respiratory secretions.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Self-isolate if you become sick.

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