Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Updated June 2, 2021, 4:50pm.
It is the goal of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College to bring students back to our campuses to begin the Fall Semester 2021 fully engaged in the classroom, lab, and clinical environments. The health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and communities will continue to be our utmost priority.
The plan is for all students to return to campus with full capacity class schedules and normal campus operations while continuing increased sanitation measures already in place, contact tracing processes, and encouraging health and safety precaution strategies. The primary goal will be to have students return to campus and maintain the highest quality of instruction and learning while maintaining a safe environment in the academic setting. Wiregrass will follow the CDC & GDPH guidelines while allowing face-to-face instruction in classrooms, labs, and clinical settings.
Students will be expected to comply with any preventive measures outlined by Wiregrass Tech in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Technical College System of Georgia in response to COVID-19. In addition, students will continue to follow protocols for entrance into classrooms and labs for contact tracing.
- Practice proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (e.g., cover cough/sneeze)
- Stay home if sick
- Report positive cases and exposures through the college provided portal
- Follow CDC guidelines for vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals.
Updated January 7, 2021, 1:00pm.
WIREGRASS GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC AND CLASSES BEGIN FOR SPRING SEMESTER AS SCHEDULED
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College will open to the public and to students starting Monday morning, January 11th at 7:30am. Spring Semester students should follow all current COVID guidelines while on campus including but not limited to:
- Using the QR code outside each classroom before entering
- Wearing a mask
- Social distancing in all areas when possible
- Wash hands regularly or use the sanitizing stations located around campus
- Use the Self-Reporting Form for any exposure or positive COVID test
All guest on campus will be asked to wear a mask, limit individuals with them when on campus, and maintain social distance in office areas and common spaces. The College is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Updated December 17, 2020, 8:45 a.m.
WIREGRASS TECH CLOSES TO PUBLIC DECEMBER 21 - JANUARY 8
In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Campuses and Adult Education sites will be closed to the public beginning December 21, 2020 through January 8, 2021.
December 21 through 23 and January 4 through 7, Wiregrass employees will be working to assist new applicants and returning students applying for Spring Semester via virtual methods such as emails, phone calls, video chats, virtual meetings, and by appointment only. Spring Semester classes will begin on January 11 for all academic classes following all CDC recommended guidelines. Essential functions for operating the college during this time will continue in a limited capacity and via tele-work were possible. Updates to this closure will be distributed via our emergency response communication plan including phone, text, email, social media and the website. For information on contacting employees by department and virtual services, please visit our COVID response page.
We will continue to monitor ongoing developments and respond accordingly. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern. Updates can be found at the college’s website www.wiregrass.edu.
Updated October 7, 2020, 1:00 p.m.
Spring Semester 2021 Registration Opens October 26th. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College will continue to implement the Fall Semester Return to Campus Plan for Spring Semester. Students will continue to sign in to classrooms using the screening/tracking process implemented in Fall. Click here for more information (link to same form as below)
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Updated August 17, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
NEW STUDENT SIGN IN PROCESS
As we prepare for our return to campus for Fall 2020 semester, please be advised of a new process that has been implemented to assist with the screening/tracking/containment of the pandemic on Wiregrass Georgia Technical College campuses.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Sidney and Sharon Morris 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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: