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Florence-Darlington Technical College To Deliver Fall 2020 Instruction In Four Formats

FLORENCE, S.C. (August 12, 2020) – Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) will offer its instruction through four delivery formats during the 2020 Fall Semester that will begin on Monday, August 24. FDTC will offer 100% Online, Synchronous Online, Face-to-Face and Hybrid courses.

Many courses in the fall will be 100% Online. If a course is 100% Online, students will log into an electronic device twice a week at their own time so they don't miss any assignments. Attendance will be based on completion of assignments, so logging in weekly will be very important. Students will not be required to come to campus for a 100% Online course.

Some courses will also be 100% Online, but they will be Synchronous Online courses. Synchronous means that students will log into the course weekly at the same day and time for a live video conferencing lecture (virtually) from an electronic device. All assignments will be online, and if a student does not attend the weekly scheduled video conferences, they will be marked absent. Students will not be required to come to campus for a Synchronous Online Course.

Face-to-Face courses will meet on campus every week at a regular day and time. Students, faculty and staff will practice CDC safety guidelines while on campus. Because of COVID-19, many of these courses will have flexibility with attendance. If a student is unable to physically come to class at the day and time a Face-to-Face course is offered, they will be able to attend the class by logging into a video conference lecture (virtually) from an electronic device, but they will have to log in at the day and time the class is being offered to be marked present.

FDTC will also offer Hybrid courses, which are a combination of Face-to-Face and Online, so some of the course information will be delivered Online, and some will be delivered Face-to-Face. If a student is taking a Technical or Health Science course that is labeled Hybrid, they will have to come to campus for their clinical or lab sessions. If a Hybrid course is not a Technical or Health Science course, students will be able to log into the course to attend the Face-to-Face part of the class on their electronic device (virtually), but they will have to log in at the day and time the course is offered to be marked present.

FTDC will host its second Open Arena Registration of the summer on August 17 at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Students who attend Open Arena Registration will have the opportunity to register for the 2020 Fall Semester and speak with advisors and Financial Aid. The event guides each student through every step of the enrollment process. During the event, FDTC will be in compliance with all CDC safety regulations in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

All of FDTC's summer lecture courses will be online. Courses with a lab, shop or clinical experience will be hybrid, with the lecture portion online. Students will be brought on to campus or sent to clinical sites for hands-on training when it is safe to do so.

FDTC is tentatively planning to return to normal on-campus operations for the Fall Semester should guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control allow it.

 

Question: How will Fall 2020 instruction be delivered?

Answer: Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Florence-Darlington Technical College will offer its instruction through four delivery formats during the 2020 Fall semester that will begin on Monday, August 24. FDTC will offer 100% Online, Synchronous Online, Face-to-Face and Hybrid courses.

 

Question:  What are the normal remote hours for Admissions?

Answer:  Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

 

Question:  How will the college communicate with students online?

Answer:  Students should check their FDTC email accounts and log in to courses via D2L.  Instructors will provide course content through Webex or Zoom.  Instructors will communicate with students through D2L and email.

 

Question:  Will faculty still have office hours?

Answer: Faculty will continue to hold 8 weekly virtual office hours through one or more of the following internet platforms: YouSeeU (D2L), Zoom, Skype, Webex, FaceTime, Remind, etc.

 

Question:  How do I get in touch with an advisor?

Answer:  Faculty advisors are easily reached through email.  A list of advisors for each program may be found here:  https://www.fdtc.edu/academics/advisors

 

Question:  How will faculty advise students?

Answer:  In addition to email, faculty will be using a variety of internet platforms to communicate with students including YouSeeU (D2L), Zoom, Skype, Webex, FaceTime, or the Remind app.

 

Question:  I need a computer to complete my class online.  Can I borrow one?

Answer:  Yes! The FDTC library has a limited number of laptop loaners available to students. To get on the list, please email jeronell.bradley@fdtc.edu.

 

Question:  Is the library open?

Answer:  Yes, the college's libraries are open Monday-Thursday. Below are the hours of each library.

Main Campus | 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Health Sciences Campus | 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

Question:  How will the college provide updates to faculty, staff, and students if there are changes?

Answer:  Students, faculty, staff and the community will be informed via the www.fdtc.edu website and social media. During this unprecedented time, we strive to provide a high level of instruction and customer service. 

 

Question: Do work study students need to report for duty?

Answer: No. Not until further notice.

 

Question: Will the college still hold regularly scheduled events?

Answer: All regularly scheduled academic and extracurricular events have been cancelled or postponed.

 

Question: Is the Financial Aid Office open to help me?

Answer: Yes. For assistance with your financial aid, please email FinancialAid@fdtc.edu. If you have documents you need to submit, please scan or take a picture of the document and send to this email address also. Additionally, we will be responding to email and processing documents during this time.

 

Question:  How can a student add, drop, or withdraw from a class when the college is closed?

Answer:  Students can drop/withdraw from any class via-Webadvisor.  The registrar’s staff will be on hand as a support throughout the semester and can assist students with withdrawals by emailing registrar@fdtc.edu.  

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