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Florence-Darlington Technical College To Return Face-to-Face for Fall 2021 Instruction

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 Fall 2021 semester. FDTC will offer 100% Online, Synchronous Online, Face-to-Face and Hybrid courses.

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.

If a course is Synchronous Online, 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.

If a course is Face-to-Face students 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 students are unable to physically come to class at the day and time a Face-to-Face course is offered, they may 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. It is important that students check with instructors to determine whether a Face-to-Face course has the virtual capability to allow flexible attendance.

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 students are taking a Technical or Health Science courses 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.

 

Question: When will FDTC begin Fall 2021 classes?

Answer: Fall 2021 classes will begin on August 16, 2021. 12 week and 2nd eight week classes begin August 30, 2021.

 

Question: How will Fall 2021 instruction be delivered?

Answer: Online, Synchronous Online, Face-to-Face and Hybrid.

 

Question:  What are the normal 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 face-to-face and virtual office hours through one or more of the following internet platforms: YouSeeU (D2L), Zoom, WebEx, 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, Webex.

 

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: Yes.

 

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 or email Registrar@fdtc.edu. In additional,  the registrar’s staff will be on hand as a support throughout the semester and can assist students with withdrawals in person at the One Stop Window located in the 100 building. Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:15: p.m.  Friday- 8:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Remotely.

 

 

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