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Published 04/02/2020 | Reading Time 4 min 32 sec
TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Community College announces summer classes will move to online and distance learning following its decision to shift classes for the current semester. Like many institutions and organizations across this country, TCC is adapting to the current environment and delivering services to students remotely.
“Our faculty and staff have done a tremendous job in shifting operations from in-person classes to a virtual campus. In a matter of weeks, TCC transitioned all classes and services in the middle of the semester while maintaining the integrity and importance of teaching and learning,” said TCC President Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D.
TCC canceled classes the week following spring break to make the shift and the College has sent a survey to every student to help assess each student’s technology needs. “This is not a one-size-fits-all solution. We understand that not all students have equal access to technology such as computers or high-speed internet connections. TCC faculty are making customized adaptations, when necessary this spring, for students in their class,” said Cindy Hess, Ed.D., TCC senior vice president & chief academic officer
For some students, this will mean a virtual classroom experience at the same day and time as the scheduled class. For others, it means using lectures captured by video to be viewed when the student has time. For other subjects, such as a science course with a lab component, it means using the best resources or shared resources to teach the concepts or outcomes.
“We understand students might be concerned about the changes to their courses this semester, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to continue providing an excellent learning environment online, as one would expect in face-to-face classes. We want students to know we are committed to working with each one to address their situation and to accommodate their needs, when possible,” said Hess.
Students are encouraged to check their TCC email regularly and make sure their student information is up to date with TCC. Visit the TCC student updates and resources page for contact information for various departments.
Finally, the Tulsa Community College Foundation is focused on helping TCC students stay in college, finish this semester and, ultimately, complete their degree. For many students, their work, family, and financial security changed overnight. The Student Emergency Fund provides emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are deeply sensitive to the present condition of the economy and understand the financial pressure many of TCC’s community donors and supporters may be experiencing,” said Kari Shults, interim vice president of advancement and president of the TCC Foundation. “However, some alumni and TCC supporters have asked how to help students and we are directing them to the TCC Foundation Student Emergency Fund.”
While it looks different than it did a few weeks ago, TCC is still serving students and conducting business. Enrollment is open for summer and fall courses. TCC offers a wide variety of classes and allows students to get ahead or stay on track with their degree while in Tulsa. Priority enrollment began March 30 for students with 30 or more credit hours with open enrollment for all students beginning April 13. Students need to schedule a remote appointment with their advisor using Starfish and verify career goals, complete the next steps in their degree plan and select summer and fall classes, if you have not done so already. If they need assistance with connecting to an advisor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Tulsa Community College
Tulsa Community College, founded in 1970, celebrates five decades as a critical link to providing access to higher education and preparing northeast Oklahoma’s workforce. Serving more Oklahomans than any other higher education institution in the state, TCC has four main campuses and serves roughly 24,000 students in credit courses each year. As one of 30 community colleges selected for the inaugural Pathways Project, a national initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, TCC is one of the most comprehensive community colleges in the United States. For more information on TCC, visit www.tulsacc.edu.