Trident Technical College will only offer classes with skills-based, hands-on requirements on its campuses this fall. The majority of classes will be held online, the college recently announced.
The college moved to totally online instruction March 16 when the governor closed college campuses to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The college reopened its campuses June 10 and offered a limited number of classes on campuses this summer.
Fall classes will be offered in a variety of formats: online, scheduled online, hybrid and traditional in-person. In online classes, students access course materials and interact with instructors online but not at set class meeting times. Scheduled online classes feature live online instruction at specific times using videoconferencing technology. Hybrid classes are a mix of online and in-person learning. Traditional in-person classes and labs held on campus will be offered only in subjects where hands-on work is required.
The college is using S.C. DHEC, CDC and OSHA guidance for social distancing, proper hygiene and use of personal protective equipment to ensure students and employees are kept as safe as possible while on campus. These measures include the mandatory use of masks, reconfiguration of classrooms and labs where needed, installation of barriers where appropriate, and the closure of common areas. Additional safety efforts include making hand sanitizer widely available, marking spacing for queues and posting signage explaining safety protocols and expectations for behavior while on campus.
For many years, the college’s largest programs have been its university transfer programs, which serve as the first two years of a four-year degree. The college expects these programs to be popular again this fall. “The transfer programs are an excellent, affordable option for students who want to stay safe close to home while still earning college credits,” said Vice President for Education Cathy Almquist. This fall, the college will offer 105 fully online courses that are designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
Fall classes start Aug. 24. The college is holding three virtual open houses next week where prospective and returning students and their families can learn more about the college and get their questions answered about attending this fall. For more information about the events or to register to attend, visit bit.ly/TTCopenhouse.
While all four Trident Tech campuses are open, the college is encouraging the public to access services online or on the phone whenever possible at tridenttech.edu or 843-574-6111.