Technical Colleges of South Georgia released a statement March 26, saying they were following Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order 03.26.20.02, “All TCSG colleges will remain closed for in-person instruction with limited exceptions through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. In lieu of in-person instruction, all TCSG colleges have transitioned to online learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Your college will contact you regarding the limited exceptions where in-person instruction will be allowed.”
In-person training is necessary for students looking to complete certain degrees such as welding, automotive repairs and other specialties.
Savannah Technical College Liberty Campus Director of Communications Amy Shaffer said students enrolled at the Liberty Campus, which is a member of the TCSG, started online learning March 30.
Shaffer said courses that require additional hands on skills training will be given later, once the pandemic crisis is over.
“None of the lab classes that require hands-on or face-to-face instruction and practice will be delivered online,” Shaffer said. “Only the theory portion of those classes will be delivered online. When the health crisis has ended so that all may return to work, we will give students from spring semester extra time to complete their labs without penalty.”
Shaffer said the College originally announced on March 13, through a media release, emails to students and faculty and through their social media pages that it was extending spring break an additional week from March 16 - 28, and moving classes online starting March 30.
Shaffer said with the additional week of spring break, the spring semester has been extended to May 16.
Savannah Technical College President Kathy Love released this statement March 23:
“However, there are many unknowns, and we ask for your patience as the situation develops. We are working hard to make sure that any adjustment pertaining to your education during this emergency is as seamless as possible with minimal disruption. In all areas, both academic and student support, we are looking into alternatives for virtual options.”
Shaffer said students and faculty are continually updated and information can also be found on STC’s web page (www.savannahtech.edu/covid).
Liberty College and Career Academy President Karisa Young said the LCCA students will also be utilizing a combination of digital learning through their digital platforms Canvas and Google Classroom as well as projects, alternative assignments, and paper and pencil activities for those students who do not have access to technology.
"Once the health crisis is over, we do intend to provide opportunities for any student who may need to complete lab requirements," Young said. "We have been working in collaboration with our dual enrollment instructors and Savannah Technical College to make sure students have access online as well. The theory portion of Savannah Technical College dual enrollment courses has been moved online. When we can resume classes, any students who are enrolled in STC lab classes that require hands-on face-to-face instruction and practice will all be given extra time to complete their labs without penalty."