covid-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Updated July 23, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

FALL SEMESTER RETURN TO CAMPUS PLAN (Click to read full plan)

It is the goal of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to bring our students back to our campuses to begin the Fall Semester 2020 fully engaged in the classroom, lab, and clinical environments. As plans for Fall Semester are made, the decisions will be guided by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), the Governor’s office, the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force, the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The health, safety, and wellbeing of our student, faculty, staff, and communities will continue to be our utmost priority.

Updated June 18, 2020, 8 a.m.

RETURNING TO FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES FOR FALL

“Wiregrass faculty, staff, and students have done an amazing job providing on-line classes and services for summer semester and will begin face-to-face classes on August 18,” shared Wiregrass President Dr. Tina K. Anderson. The college will follow CDC guidelines to ensure the safety and health of students.

Free Application Week is through June 19th. Apply today to waive your application fee!

The requirement of a placement exam has been suspended and Wiregrass will evaluate program readiness in a number of different ways to ensure student success.

No official high school transcript is required for admission. The students will need to submit official documents to the college after acceptance into their program.

Wiregrass has over 70 programs that qualify for the HOPE Career Grant include welding, Practical Nursing, Phlebotomy, Industrial Systems, Precision Manufacturing and Mechatronics. Students enrolled in these programs could qualify for additional monies to help pay for college.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is currently open during normal business hours through virtual methods and by appointment. Information about the HOPE Career Grant, or Free Application Week, can be found online at www.wiregrass.edu; click on the apply button and follow the directions. If questions, please email admissions@wiregrass.edu.

Updated May 28, 2020, 4 p.m.

SOFT REOPENING TO THE PUBLIC ON JUNE 1

Wiregrass President Dr. Tina K Anderson has announced all campuses of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College will begin a “soft reopening” to the public on Monday, June 1. The reopening is by appointment only with the following departments: Admissions, Financial Aid, Library (computer area only), Testing, WIOA, Military and Veteran Services, Registrar, the Advising and Retention Center (ARC), Tutoring. The public is asked to make appointments prior to coming to the campus, and call the number provided in a confirmation email you will receive prior to your appointment. The college seeks to provide the highest safety measures for our guests as well as employees. Guests will be greeted at the door by an employee and escorted to an office pre-sanitized for the appointment. All guests are asked to wear a mask before entering the building. One person per appointment, no visitors will be allowed with the guests. All offices will be properly sanitized before and after each appointment.

Signage will be on the front of the campus exterior doors with the safety guidelines explained such as: wearing masks, adhering to the 6’ social distancing, rescheduling if you are sick or have a fever, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and using a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Wiregrass is gearing up for Fall Semester. The college’s response to COVID-19 has led to increased technology access on all campuses, enhanced safety measures for face-to-face labs, and training on all campuses, as well as increased virtual processes to make applying and registering easy. Admissions requirements to be accepted to Wiregrass for Fall have also been made easier. The college is accepting unofficial transcripts for initial admissions. Official documents will not be due until the first day of class, and students do not have to submit test scores if unavailable. Other methods for placement will be used. The college will host a virtual Free Application Week June 15-19. Apply online by visiting www.Wiregrass.edu during that week and the application fee will be waived. Many financial aid options are available including WIOA (Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act) for displaced workers, and HOPE Career Grant.

Make an appointment to meet with someone from the departments mentioned above. Please visit the college’s website at https://www.wiregrass.edu/operations-updates for contact information.

Updated May 27, 2020, 8:15 a.m.

WIFI HOTSPOTS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENT USE
Monday thru Thursday, 7 am – 6 pm

Valdosta Campus – the area between Berrien (MTT) and Lowndes Hall, to include that parking lot and the lawn/gazebo, are active.
Ben Hill-Irwin Campus – The parking lot between building 800 and the (old) Economic Development/Child Care Center will be active.
Coffee Campus – The back parking lot behind IST/Mechatronics will be active.

Updated May 14, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

SUMMER SEMESTER UPDATES:

Labs: Classes begin Monday, May 18th and several of our programs will have limited labs on our campuses. These labs will allow students to perform certain necessary on-campus instruction. Each program will have a different schedule so students in classes with labs will be receiving communication from their instructor regarding when the labs will be held, where you need to report, and how long the lab will last. In every one of our labs, WGTC is considering the safety of our students. Labs have been designed so that no more than 10 individuals will be in a single location during the lab. WGTC is following CDC and GDPH guidance in regards to social distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitization as well as other safety precautions.

Parking Decals: Students will still need to have and properly display a parking decal. The application can be completed online. Campus Police will let students know when the application has been received and processed and the decal will be delivered to the lab instructor for the student. Parking Permit Application

Student ID: Students must still wear their Wiregrass Student ID while on campus. If you are a new student or returning student and do not have an ID, email admissions@wiregrass.edu the photo you would like on your ID and a copy of your state issued identification (Driver’s License or other ID) for verification. Admissions will have your ID printed and delivered to your lab instructor. PLEASE, NO SNAPCHAT filter photos! Make sure the photo you send matches the ID you are sending.

If you are not having labs on campus, you may wait until the college resumes normal operations to get the Parking Decal and Student ID.

Updated May 1, 2020 @ 12:30 p.m.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College will begin Summer Semester on May 18, 2020 in an online/distance education format with limited labs. Lab classes are being submitted for approval under guidance from the Technical College System of Georgia and the Governor’s Executive Orders. Lab classes will follow the guidelines in place under the Executive Orders and for the safety and wellbeing of students and faculty. Students registered for approved on campus labs will be notified of lab times and instructions for attending. Wiregrass is committed to providing a safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

In preparation for the beginning of Summer Semester, students will be able to purchase their books online for limited contact pick up or shipping. Information is posted on the college website and has been shared with students. Other student services are and will continue to be offered virtually including advising, financial aid services, tutoring, assistance for student with disabilities, career services, online library services including GALILEO, and support services to Veteran and Military students. The College has several new student virtual gatherings scheduled to begin Monday that will provide incoming new students a way to ask staff members from various offices questions and prepare for the start of the semester. Wiregrass is also offering students the opportunity to apply for loaner laptops and IntelSticks if needed and the campus parking lots are being prepared to be Wi-Fi Hotspots for students.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College will remain closed to the public through May with the goal of opening back up in some capacity to the general public in June. During that time, the College will continue to provide all services possible through virtual delivery methods. For the latest updates, please visit the College website www.wiregrassedu or follow us on social media.

Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line

New Information/Tool

The CDC has released an app and website that guides you through questions about your health and exposure to determine if you should seek care for COVID-19 systems. Click on the image below for more information.

COVID New Information Tool

The City of Douglas offers public Wi-Fi in their city center/public park area. All the libraries in our service area reported themselves as “public hot spots” during this time. The links below show public WiFi locations for use during this pandemic:

https://broadband.georgia.gov/georgia-internet-access-covid-19-update

https://georgialibraries.org/library-everywhere/