President’s Message to Students | Technical College of the LowCountry

President’s Message to Students

March 31, 2020

Dear TCL Students,

Richard Gough

I want you to know the faculty and staff at the Technical College of the Lowcountry care about your safety, well-being and success.

This is an extraordinary time for us all and a difficult time for you, your families and our college community. Many of you are facing real and immediate financial challenges due to no fault of your own. The loss of time to gather with family, friends and community increases our anxiety.

With classes moving to online delivery, you need to adapt to new ways of learning. It would be tempting to drop out, to withdraw and not finish the Spring 2020 semester. Perhaps you have the idea that you will return to your studies when “things are back to normal.” This impulse is very understandable.

My message to you: Don’t do it.

Stay in school. Complete this semester. Stay on track to earn your degree or certificate.

You have invested a lot in this semester. You are well down the path to a life-changing accomplishment – an accomplishment that gives you your best future. Some of you are only six weeks away from graduation. All of you are on your way to a credential that will put you in a better position to weather the next crisis.

The faculty and staff at the Technical College of the Lowcountry are committed to supporting you. We want you to succeed. All services are available online and by phone. We have provided new resources and enhanced many existing resources such as:

  • The new Student Resources site lists services and resources provided by our community such as medical and health resources and food and financial assistance.
  • The Guarantors Fund through the Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation helps deserving students who are faced with financial challenges to stay in school.
  • Student Services staff are available via email, chat, and all social media platforms during normal business hours (8 am-5:30 pm, M-Thurs, 8-11:30 pm Friday).  They can also be reached by email at admissions@tcl.edu or accessing the NEW live chat option on any of the following websites: TCL Admission, TCL Registration and TCL Student Records.
  • Beginning April 1, the TCL Library and Tutoring Center are available to you online.
  • And, in the weeks to come the College will host a number of forums and activities online. Please watch social media and your email for notices.

For the short term, attending class online and studying remotely will be a disruptive but temporary break in routine.  The long-term rewards for completing your degree will last a lifetime, long after the coronavirus pandemic fades.

My message to you: Stay in school. Complete this semester. Stay on track to earn your degree or certificate.

Dr. Richard Gough

President

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