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COVID-19

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.

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