For Staff and Faculty
- Gig Harbor and Tacoma campuses are closed, but we are teaching online and working remotely to serve you. Get in touch with us.
- Summer Quarter starts Monday, June 29. Online instruction only.
- Last day for 100 percent refund is July 6. See entire Summer Quarter schedule here.
This fall quarter, to keep our community safe and healthy, TCC will change its classroom experience. Fall quarter begins Sept. 21.
- Majority of instruction will be online.
- Some on-campus instruction will be allowed.
- Required labs will be allowed on-campus
- New instructional modalities have been developed to increase student-faculty engagement.
- Some critical student services (i.e. computer labs, tutoring, eLearning, library) will offer limited on-campus student support.
- Additional technology trainings will be offered to assist students to navigate the online environment.
- For more information, visit our Fall Quarter Learning Plan page.
Application for Summer CARES Act Funds Opens June 29
TCC students with financial need are invited to apply.
- Funding for the CARES Act is available - read here for more information about how students qualify and how TCC has other emergency funds to support all enrolled eligible students.
- TCC will hold its summer quarter online.
- On April 6, spring quarter began with all instruction online. Campuses are closed. But we are open remotely and ready to support students and the community. We offer plenty of resources to help you. Get help - connect here and explore our resources.
- TCC Tacoma and Gig Harbor campuses are closed to students and the community. Only exception is the Early Learning Center, per the Governor's order. The Governor has also outlined his four-phase process to slowly re-open Washington's businesses and activities. Here is the plan.
Summer Quarter starts June 29
Here are resources to help you get started!
- Effective March 17, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee has directed all public and private colleges and universities to restrict in-classroom instruction and shift to online learning. Hands-on instruction, such as labs and clinical training, can continue, but colleges must provide an employee to ensure students are working six-feet apart, per social distancing measures. Under this directive, college campuses can remain open, but with instruction to be held online. TCC decided to hold spring and summer quarters online for the safety of our community.
- TCC is offering most instruction online. Campuses are closed to the public during this time. If you need to contact a department or program, please refer to the Help Center. Many of us are working remotely and here to serve you.
- We are practicing social distance and other health guidelines, including wearing masks, to support the safety and health of our community.
If we have suspended operations, you will be notified through our Omnilert system that sends out calls, emails and text messages. Now is a great time to sign up for Omnilert or check and make sure your notification settings are correct. We also post messages on Facebook and Twitter, update the website, alert the news media, update the hotline and send out emails. Please be aware of these communication channels.
Maintaining a Healthy Community
Practice social distancing - six feet apart from others. Wearing a mask is required. If you are sick, please stay home. If you have a fever, stay home until your temperature has stayed below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours without the help of fever-reducing medicine. Please also encourage sick students to stay home and, when possible, consider providing them with ways to complete work from home. This is good advice no matter what illness is going around.
To prevent the spread of any respiratory diseases, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue away
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water
The proper way to wash your hands is for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, but using soap and water is preferable.
What should students, staff and faculty do if they think they have been exposed?
Health care officials are urging community members to contact their health care provider first before going to the hospital. This prevents further exposure to other people, lessen the impact of high patient volumes in hospitals and gets you to the right place of care.
Please refer to these guidelines:
- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
- You can also call the Washington State Department of Health hotline about the virus if you have questions at 800-525-0127 and press #.
Stigma Related to COVID-19
Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. We’re stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. Discrimination based on ethnicity or ancestry will make the situation worse. Having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not make a person more vulnerable to this illness. Coronavirus doesn't recognize race, nationality nor ethnicity. Please help stop fear and discrimination by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. You can read more about this here and help fight stigma.