COVID-19 News and Information

wifi area at mtcc parking lots
May 26, 2020
 
Additional COVID-19 Resources:
 
 
Food Assistance:
 
The MTCC Food Pantry is here to assist all current MTCC students and their families. Students may come by the school to pick up food, but please email me Kim Ledbetter at kims@mcdowelltech.edu or Julie at jpadgett@mcdowelltech.edu before you come. Please include the number of people in your family, any food allergies and when you would like to pick up your food.
 
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have a need. We will gladly help you and your family.
 
 
May 21, 2020
 
McDowell Technical Community College has signed and returned a certification and agreement form to receive an allocation of grant funds under the CARES Act HEERF program.  We will use the CARES Act HEERF funds to provide the mandated amount of $263,988 in emergency financial aid grants to students. For more information, visit CARES Act/HEERF under Tuition and Financial Aid. 
 
April 14, 2020
 
Registration begins April 20th for Summer and Fall Classes. Advising will take place by phone or email this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. To apply, visit https://www.mcdowelltech.edu/apps/pages/admissions .
 
March 24, 2020
 
Status of McDowell Tech Operations
 
Until further notice, most MTCC classes, services, and operations will transition to an online format. The health and safety of our students, employees, and visitors remains our top priority.
 
We ask that anyone who has a fever or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or who may have been exposed to people who have COVID-19, please refrain from coming to any McDowell Tech location, including NC Works and Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center. Please call 828.652.6021 if you have questions. MTCC is currently on spring break and essential staff will return to campus on March 30th.
 
McDowell Technical Community College will adopt the following changes effective March 30th:
 
·       100% online courses will continue as scheduled.
·       All hybrid courses will change to 100% online.
·       Most face-to-face classes will transition to an online format. Hands-on labs will be suspended for now.
·       Students in a Public Safety or a Health Science program should check their college email for further instructions.
·       All college-sponsored events and activities have been cancelled until further notice.
·       These changes impact students, faculty, and staff. Please check your college email regularly for specific details on these changes.
 
COVID-19 Resources
 
North Carolina Community College System
 
McDowell County
 
McDowell Technical Community College
We have expanded our (free) WiFi area to better serve our students and the community. See photo to left.
 
March 14, 2020
 
Very important message from Dr. John Gossett, MTCC President (8:22 pm):
 
In the ever-changing environment which we are living through, things seem to be changing at an increasing rate. The world is facing an unprecedented challenge of which we have rarely seen. Your Leadership Team at MTCC has spent the weekend staying abreast of latest data and information from reliable sources (CDC, WHO, NCDHHS) and have taken direction from SACSCOC, the System Office and Governor concerning the health and well-being of you and our students.
 
This afternoon (Saturday, 3/14) the Governor declared all K-12 school systems to close for two weeks. As a result, we have made the following decisions:
 
- Spring Break will begin Monday, March 16th and continue for two weeks through the 27th.
 
- All classes (credit, non credit, HRD, Adult HS, CCP) will be canceled during this time.
 
- Faculty and staff will be allowed to work 1/2 a day on campus with the flexibility to take work home the other 1/2 where applicable. This will give faculty and staff time to prepare for the remainder of the semester as well as to aid in social distancing.
 
- Because they are self-contained, the Daycare will remain open as scheduled.
 
We will work with the appropriate agencies to help determine the completion of the semester once we return. When we return the expectation will be that online course will remain online. Hybrid courses will convert to a completely online methodology. Courses with substantial lab/shop/clinical hours will remain as is. We will take these next two weeks to discuss with the faculty our concerns about converting face-to-face course sections to completely online sections. I know that is easier said than done and do not want to put our faculty or students in a situation where completing the semester is unattainable.
 
Again, your health and safety is our major concern. While this is inconvenient for us all, these steps are in the best interest of the school, the county, the state and the country. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.