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Over the next few months, as events unfold, our goal is to keep you informed. With each day, we learn more about COVID-19, its ability to spread, and severity of symptoms in a variety of individuals. State Tech is confident it can resume near normal operations this summer and fall but is prepared to continue operations in a variety of conditions.
Click HERE for our plan for the fall semester.
Updates will continue to be posted on this website.
While Missouri will fully reopen on June 16, Governor Parson emphasized the importance of continuing social distancing and practicing proper hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We must remember that COVID-19 is not gone,” Governor Parson said. “It is still extremely important for everyone to continue social distancing. Be proactive. Avoid large, congested crowds, and if you can’t social distance, take extra precautions to protect yourself and those around you.”
“We all know how to do this now, and it is up to us to take responsibility for our own actions,” Governor Parson continued.
State Technical College of Missouri
Student Guidelines for Returning to Campus
Over the next few months, as events unfold, our goal is to keep you informed. With each day, we learn more about COVID-19, its ability to spread, and severity of symptoms in a variety of individuals. State Tech is confident it can resume near normal operations this summer and fall but is prepared to continue operations in a variety of conditions. The guidelines below represent our plan, as of today, to provide a safe learning environment for our students both now and into the fall. These guidelines could change as local, state, and national COVID-19 guidelines evolve.
Until Further Notice State Tech Will:
Until Further Notice State Tech Students Will:
Returning to Classes
The following outlines a progression of scenarios State Tech could pursue should it be determined necessary to assure the well-being of both students and employees.
Scenario 1) The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is minimal, and large group congregation without social distancing is acceptable.
Scenario 2) The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is minimal, but large group congregations are not recommended.
Scenario 3) The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is still minimal, but social distancing rules apply.
Scenario 4) Increasing number of COVID-19 cases (resurgence), and strict social distancing guidelines necessitate that a progressive approach is required to keep campus open. Scenario 3 a-c plus:
Scenario 5) An active case of the COVID-19 has been detected on campus.
We look forward to welcoming students back to campus while complying with relevant guidelines.
On May 30th, State Tech will have the first and possibly only State Tech Tailgate Graduation!
The change comes after the original date for graduating (May 9th) was pushed back due to COVID-19.
It will be just like a normal graduation but graduates’, their families and friends will be limited to one car, truck, or van. Graduation will take place on the State Tech campus in front of the Vehicle and Power Center. Graduates will be seated in front of the stage 6 feet apart and will then walk the stage, picking up their diplomas, while respecting social distancing. Families will observe graduation from their vehicles.
Graduates and their guests must stay with their vehicles at all times but are welcome to bring food and beverages to “tailgate”. In case of rain, graduates will simply stay in their vehicles.
State Tech President Dr. Shawn Strong states, “At State Tech, we like to do things a little differently. This one is definitely going to be memorable as we do this “State Tech Style. We intend to have a great time!”
State Tech will hold three different ceremonies at 9am, noon and 3pm. More than 650 students will graduate from State Tech this year.
More exact details will follow in the coming days.
All essential employees have received letters allowing them to travel to and from work. If you did not receive a letter and believe you should have, contact Amy Ames. Again, guidance we have received is fairly specific as to who is and is not an essential employee. If you come to campus and you are not an essential employee, recognize we have asked you not to come to campus and reserve the right to ask you to leave.
The campus, including the Activity Center, will effectively be closed and doors locked with the exception of dining which is open for takeout only. If you have critical mail you are expecting, you will need to contact Jenny Jacobs. Please do not order anything for delivery to campus until we are closer to knowing when we will reopen. If you have something ordered for remote instruction, please have it sent to your home.
Osage County has just announced travel restrictions effective 5pm on Friday effective through May 1st. We will send letters to all essential employees which should allow them to travel to and from work. Maintenance, finance, and administration have been identified by the Missouri Department of Higher Education as being essential. Most staff and faculty will not fall under the essential category. More guidance will come forward during the day tomorrow.
Missouri went from 1,327 to 1,581 positive cases. As has been mentioned numerous times, all employees should be prepared for travel restrictions. We have not been told if or when they will be enacted but based upon the actions of adjacent counties, I believe they will.
We now have online proctored Accuplacer Testing! If you have students in your enrollment funnel who need testing, they can now take their needed tests online. To register for an exam, students just need to go to: https://www2.registerblast.com/statetechmo/Exam/List If students have questions they can email email@example.com .
From a faculty standpoint, student engagement will perhaps be the most impactful thing you can do for the next 5 weeks. Also, please encourage students to visit our social media sites and participate in activities like Social Distancing Bingo.
Starting next week (Monday April 6th) we will begin to lock all doors with the exception of the ITC and Activity Center. Students should have their tools and personal belongings out of the buildings by the end of this week.
Beginning tomorrow the library will go all virtual as a result of travel restrictions of library staff.
Effective at 5pm on March 28th, Cole County has issued a stay-at-home order. Any non-essential personnel will not be allow to travel to campus. Essential personnel includes IT, Finance, Leadership, Housing, and Custodial/Maintenance. If you live in Cole County, as many of you do, and fall into one of these essential categories you will need to send Amy Ames an email asking for a letter indicating you are essential personnel. As we understand it, this will allow you to travel to and from work.
All other personnel living in the impacted areas need to remove anything they need to work from home from the campus before 5pm tomorrow. If you need any assistance, email your supervisor and Amy Ames ASAP.
There are no confirmed cases in Osage County, this ban does not impact employees living in Osage County. We are keeping in contact with the Osage County Health Department and will let you know immediately if we think that will change.
Summer Classes We have decided to move forward with a similar process with the summer schedule as we just went through for moving classes to remote teaching this semester. We will ask all faculty to assume we will not have students on campus before June 1st but summer remotely taught classes should start on May 14th. We will ask what are those courses that could be taught by remote teaching until that date. First eight week sessions will be taught completely online. Academic Affairs will be reaching out to faculty and chairs to work through this.
Tools and Personal Belongings need to be removed from campus by the end of next week. At some point in the near future, we will no longer allow non-employees to campus. Students should have all belongings off campus by April 3rd, or they run the risk of not being able to get their belongings until later this summer. We will provide further direction on 2nd year uniform drop-off early next week.
Recording Labs Coronavirus cases were up 40% yesterday and 42% today. If you happen to be a faculty who is trying to make recordings in our laboratories, I highly encourage you to get that footage taken now should a statewide travel ban be enacted.
Student Fees In regard to student fees: State Tech students, as you know, are temporarily remotely teaching courses online in response to the Coronavirus. At many colleges, online courses are charged at a significantly higher rate than on-campus courses. This is also true at State Tech; however, we are not passing that additional cost onto students. State Tech is investing heavily to remotely teach courses. In this time of crisis, we have made the decision to reallocate student fees to assist us with our ability to help you complete your degree program. Given this information, if you would still like to apply for a refund of student fees, please refer to our refund policy: https://www.statetechmo.edu/tuition-fees/refunds/
Graduation We will postpone graduation until May 30th. If we cannot have it at that time we will cancel it. Graduation gowns were ordered before the crisis began. If graduation is cancelled, students will be able to pick gowns up on-campus, the graduation program and diploma would be mailed to students. At this time, with limited ability to predict the future, we believe May 30th is the earliest realistic timeline for an on-campus graduation. Please save the May 30th date.
Summer Classes Discussions on summer classes started today. This will take a few more days to give better answers.
Enrollment and Admissions Admissions is doing some great work moving towards online registration and working our fall recruitment funnel. We believe we have an opportunity for some very positive messaging regarding our graduates being “essential”. We can all be proud that if you look through the lists of “essential jobs” most of our majors are included. If you look at our social media channels you will start to see that message.
The new “Live Chat” feature went up today on the statetechmo.edu website! This will allow anyone visiting the website to chat directly with someone from admissions. Over time we will add other areas to the chat. Great things happening @statetechmo!
Springfield and Columbia announced 30 day travel restrictions today. I reiterate, I believe we are in this for the long haul. Our daily Coronavirus Crisis Management Team meeting, will move to how we handle the start of summer classes at tomorrow’s meeting.
I would like to thank our friends at the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) for making available a series of live workshops that start tomorrow and occur daily for placing content online. Free registration is required, see: https://www.mccatoday.org/covid19-webinars
We received notice this afternoon from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) granting permission to expand the number of online courses. This permission will allow expansion of online offerings until September of this year. We also received notice from the FAA today that will allow us to teach lecture portions of Aviation Maintenance online. We have also received guidance for all healthcare programs.
The College will follow its established policies with regard to all refunds. https://www.statetechmo.edu/tuition-fees/refunds/
Thank you for participating in today’s virtual meeting. I was thrilled with how well it worked! We had 130 participants and lots of questions. We have answered a few of them below....
Will we extend the withdrawal date beyond April 8th? A. While we are well past the drop date we will extend the withdrawal date to April 23rd. All spring classes will have the same date regardless if they are 8 week or 16 week classes.
Will the referral process change? A. Referral criteria should not change. We will try to maintain our current processes and procedures as much as possible.
How will finals be handled? A. We will not have on campus finals. Finals should still be held. In the early days of online education there was much discussion about academic dishonesty online. Most faculty have figured out ways to maintain academic integrity. We will add tips on this to the website. Faculty should have significant discretion on assessment of student learning in individual courses. We are still discussing if and how end of course assessments will be held.
How will mail be handled? A. From this point forward and until further notice, mail will be delivered to the Business Office. You will be able to leave outgoing mail in the Business Office.
Can we take computer equipment home? A. After some discussion about security, we have less concern about employees taking computers home than using personal computers with a VPN connection. If you would like to take your computer home, send a help desk ticket so we can track the location of the computer and accessories. If you would like to use a personal computer and VPN onto the State Tech network, we would like you to bring your computer to campus or allow us to remote into your computer and check your virus protection.
What if a student doesn’t have a computer or have internet access? A. If a faculty member identifies a student who does not have the means to have internet access, please contact your Department Chair, who will contact Shannon Grus in Advancement. We will buy a few computers and hotspots that can be checked out in the Library. Three will be ordered tomorrow to get them coming.
What if a student’s internship falls through as a result of changing events? A. Students should reach out to instructors and then Career Services. If a student can’t find an internship, the student needs to work with the faculty to find creative solutions.
Is graduation cancelled? A. We are still assessing but we will not have graduation on May 9th.
Are we going to continue 4DX? A. We do not want to break this cycle. We will plan to restart 4DX on April 6th unless something changes
As a result of the Social Distancing Mandate sent yesterday from Governor Parson and the guidance we received this afternoon from Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development, we have made the difficult decision not to allow students back to campus this week for classes. No students will be on campus for any lecture or lab classes this week.
Online classes will begin March 30th. We have not made a decision about on campus classes the following week but the likelihood seems to be decreasing. Auxiliary services such as the student housing, food service, and the Activity Center will remain open with social distancing rules in effect. If you are on campus or in town, I encourage you to utilize our food service and order from local restaurants during what will be a very difficult time for these establishments.
Employees should follow the work protocol agreed to last week. If you have changed your mind, please work with your supervisor and Amy Ames to modify your agreement. At this point, for those who can, we are encouraging working virtually. If you come to campus, please have a plan in place to work from home if travel restrictions are put into place as this seems to becoming more likely. This plan should include everything you need to work from home in a box at the end of each work day. Please clearly label everything you need to work from home. This will allow us to bring your belongings to your vehicle should a point come when you don’t feel comfortable on campus or we don’t feel comfortable having you on campus as a result of a possible exposure.
Tomorrow, at 3 p.m. we will have the monthly Cabinet meeting virtually with some of leadership physically present at the OCCC Function Room. We are going to use this meeting as a network “stress test”. Everyone will receive a Microsoft Team meeting request for 2:10 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. I encourage you to participate in this meeting either on campus or from home. We will have a Q&A session in addition to regular report out from leadership and faculty and staff senates. Please attempt to participate as we need do find out if we have any issues with large virtual meetings.
We expect a number of students will move from on-campus housing and the Linn area this week. Many of them will want to take their tools. Department Chairs need to contact your students early this week, on how you would like to have tool pickups completed following social distancing guidelines.
In today’s update I will give more definitive guidance regarding on-campus versus online education and several other topics. Please keep in mind as Coronavirus testing becomes more widespread and more people are identified with the virus, the ability to conduct any on-campus activities may end. This situation is continuously moving.
Starting next week, visitors to campus are asked to stop at the ITC and stop at the front desk first. There will be a sign and list of phone numbers there for visitors to call.
Students in the their first year of a two-year program will have the entirety of their program delivered online and will receive a grade at the end of the semester. Very few exceptions will be granted for this rule. Next fall, missing hands-on experiences will be incorporated into second year classes.
Faculty with second year or graduating students should exhaust all opportunities to conduct hands-on experiences without making students come to campus. If a student is employable without the on-campus hands-on experience they should not come to campus to complete the hands-on experience. Should students have to come to campus, those experiences should be condensed into a short time period, preferably the week of March 30th. A few programs have decided to bring students back next week and have been talking to the impacted students. Academic Affairs will be reaching out to faculty who have requested on-campus experiences over the weekend and early next week to work through those details.
We are getting questions from students about their tools and possibly picking them up. Department Chairs who’s students have tools, should send an email to their students with directions on how they would like to handle that.
Students who lived on campus, have paid through May, and decide to move out before March 28th will be eligible for $500 that will be applied to their account.
To go meals will be available starting next week in the Main Street Café at normal times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
We have been getting questions on travel. As a reminder, employees who do not feel well or have traveled where they may have been exposed to the Coronavirus should not return to campus until discussing with Human Resources. Students should contact Dr. Chris Bowser if they do not feel well or have traveled where they might have been exposed to the Coronavirus.
At this point all faculty should be thinking “what do I need next week to get my course content online?” We plan to have several rooms available on campus to record lectures. All employees need to be thinking about how to work remotely. I suspect most of us will need teleconference capabilities. What does the background of the room you are in look like? We need to start thinking about the little details. If you need a PC and have program budget the campus standard is the Surface Pro 7, these can still be purchased and should be coordinated with IT. If you were planning on borrowing or buying a webcam, they are hard to come by. If you wait until next week to figure these things out you will be behind.
We have several websites going up to help with new processes that are changing by the hour including resources for moving classes online and teleworking. Normally we wouldn’t roll these out until they were finished but we don’t have that kind of time… Draft Online Coursework Link Draft Telework Link
As we work through this you will inevitably ask questions that will take some time to get answers. We will get the answers as quickly as we can, this will be further compounded as students return in a new virtual environment. A few that have come up recently…
Until tomorrow, stay safe…
All employees need to complete the Spring 2020 Corona Virus Alternative Work Schedule Request. You need to discuss this with your supervisor before submitting and talk through how your job duties might or might not be completed remotely.
All on campus events and meetings until further notice need to be approved by the President’s Office. The only non-academic event that have been approved for the next 30 days includes Eaton Training for Diesel Technicians.
If you have reason to believe you or a family member has been exposed to the Corona Virus or are on voluntary quarantine do not come to campus. We cannot stress this enough, do not come to campus.
We will be sending an email and Rave Alert to all students by the end of day Thursday indicated individual instructors will be reaching out to them by email with instructions on how to move forward with there classes.
I would also like to thank faculty who are moving towards online and alternative experiences in place of on-campus education. Aviation and EDS are now both working towards not bringing students back to campus. I know these are difficult decisions.
As we looked at the hands on experiences needed for students to graduate we realized we have some work to do either to get the students the hands-on experience in as short of a period as possible or eliminate the need for students to come to campus. Our priority is safety, followed by the need to graduate students. Yesterday it became clear we have a few programs that absolutely need to have on-campus experiences for students to graduate and be gainfully employed. For example: CDL Training, FAA requirements for Aviation Maintenance, and Electrical Distributions Systems for Poletop Rescue. Next week we will look at bringing back a small number of students to start to complete these essential labs. We know there may be others, but we don’t expect anyone else to be on campus next week. Administration will work through the logistics of this and how to minimize the number of students on campus at any given time and the priority.
Updated March, 16th, 2020
State Tech will extend our Spring Break for one week.
Starting Monday March, 23rd, the State Tech campus and all offices will remain open.
Student housing will remain open for students living on campus, but the commons will be closed.
At this time the State Tech Activity Center will work on on reduced schedule. The new hours will be Monday-Friday 5a-5pm Saturday-Sunday, 7a-5pm. We will also be eliminating day passes.
Additionally, State Tech’s Spring Open House scheduled for March 28th has been postponed.
The Missouri SkillsUSA Contest scheduled for April 3rd, 4th and 5th on the campus of State Tech has be postponed.
As of 4pm Monday this is the tentative plan. Offices will open for business after Spring Break, students will not return at that time. Faculty will take the week of the 23rd to move classes online. We will create an online resource early this week to help with that process. We recognize with school closures employees may have some issues fulfilling work duties and employees with underlying conditions or family with underlying conditions may not physically be able to be at work. We will address this on a case by case basis through working from home, alternative work shifts, and sick leave. Please direct all questions to your direct supervisor and all alternative work schedules need to be approved by Amy Ames (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The week of the 30th we will offer classes online and start to offer some laboratory classes live. Faculty are encouraged to start this process ASAP, we will provide guidance for those who need it by Wednesday AM. In the meantime direct questions to Aaron Kliethermes (email@example.com). We will work with faculty over next week to figure out what lab classes will be offered and when. Be thinking about offering labs over a shorter timeframe, assume you will not have the remainder of the semester to complete your laboratories. This will allow us to try to limit the number of students on campus at any given time.
Please check your emails several times a day. We are putting up a website for students and the general public at www.statetechmo.edu/covid-19. As we all know, this environment is changing by the hour. Thank you for your assistance thus far, we are just getting started in what will be a challenging few months. I know we will be better for it.
Our strategies to deal with this crisis changes by the hour. I have consulted with the Board of Regents and ultimately public policy may dictate our actions. At this point in time, I predict our students will not be coming back to campus in mass. We will survey program chairs this AM and ask if there are things that can’t be left out of the curriculum or simulated online that has to be completed on campus. We will look at ways of accomplishing those items. If you have such activities please talk to your chairs today. Our goal is to have a tentative plan by early afternoon Tuesday recognizing the fluidity of the situation.
Due to the evolving nature of this historic event, I ask that you check your email often as we will need your input throughout the week. Thank you for understanding how many moving parts there are in formulating a plan.
Updated March 13th, 2020
State Technical College of Missouri's Crisis Management Core Executive Team was activated on March 13th, 2020.
The team will meet each daily to review the current status of COVID-19 and the impact on students, faculty and staff.
The core team members are:
3pm This afternoon we will send an email to all students asking them to take their books and computers home over break with them. Again, I believe we will be back to campus after spring break but we’d like to be prepared and have options in case that happens not to be the case.
11am It appears we are witnessing history with regard to our nation’s reaction to the Corona virus. The safety of our employees and students at State Tech is my primary concern. Tomorrow will be the last day of classes before Spring Break. Administration will monitor the evolving situation over Spring Break and respond in a fashion that follows CDC higher education and Missouri Department of Health guidelines. According to the Missouri Department of Health website there is only one confirmed case of the virus in Missouri. Unless that significantly changes we will plan to continue normal operations with regard to instruction and public events such as Open House and SkillsUSA. We recognize if the situation changes options exist from isolating infected individuals from campus, continuing classes via online learning, and if necessary, suspending operation.
Updated March 10th, 2020
College issues travel directive
In the next few weeks, many members of our campus community may be traveling for work, school or personal reasons.
Due to the continued spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the college is issuing a travel directive that applies to all faculty, staff and students.
Individuals who are arriving on campus or returning from any country designated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as Level 2 or higher due to COVID-19 contagion risk, must:
Failure to comply with this campus-arrival directive increases the risk to campus and the surrounding community. As a result, any willful disregard or violation of this directive may be subject to college sanction.
Countries with travel restrictions as of March 10, 2020, include China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea.
Use basic protective measures
At the current time, there have not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Osage County. However, as you’re traveling over spring break, it’s still a good idea to take precautions to avoid exposure to any illnesses such as cold and flu.
College policy on foreign travel
Foreign travel for college business must be approved prior to making arrangements.
All official college communication from the core executive team will be directed through the division of marketing and communication. Decisions will be based solely on official reports from the CDC and the Osage County Health Department.
Updates will be posted on this website.
The 2019-2020 flu season has been complicated by recent reports of a new coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (factsheet attached) in Missouri. However, we want to assure you that State Tech is closely monitoring the information available from national, state, and local health experts, and we are taking necessary precautions to keep our employees and students safe. We urge everyone to exercise healthy behavior best practices to reduce the risk of getting viral infections, such as:
Thank you for your help in staying healthy during the flu season!
State Tech – Command Center
COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. For more information on COVID-19, visit Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe flu-like illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
Since it is a new illness, much remains unknown. Of confirmed cases, the majority are mild, 20% require hospitalization and 1-2% die.
COVID-19 is a new disease, but form the current cases, the Centers for Disease Control has determined that the virus primarily spreads person-to-person.
It can be spread:
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface that has the virus on it then touching their face before washing their hands. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
No case of COVID-19 has been reported among State Tech students, faculty or staff.
The State Tech Crisis Management Team will continue to closely monitor the situation.
To keep yourself safe from any communicable disease, follow these best practices:
Students, faculty or staff asked to self-quarantine should follow these guidelines:
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease.
Social distancing can take many forms depending on your lifestyle. Remember that the goal is to try to minimize your exposure to environments and situations that could allow for the spread of an infectious disease like coronavirus.
Social distancing can include the following habits and steps:
At that time, our plan is to move all instruction that is able, to online formats. That means many students will not need to return to campus to complete the Spring semester. Unlike other colleges, we have made the decision to remain open because we have students that do not have internet access at home, or their campus address is their home. Our Housing will remain open with modified food service. Our Library will remain open with reduced hours. We will be observing the recommendation of the CDC and the Governor to not allow more than 10 people to gather in those spaces. Our student services offices will remain available via e-mail and phone. As the Governor mentioned, if you do not need to go out, you shouldn’t.
Spring Open House will be cancelled at this time. With over 300 students registered for this event, it is in the best interest of the health of our prospective students and staff that we cancel. Student Affairs staff is working on a virtual tour to allow folks to see campus and all we have to offer. If you are a senior that is still making a decision about where to attend, we still believe State Tech is the best option for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you have for our faculty or staff. At this time, in-person Registration sessions will not take place. We will continue to monitor large group gathering recommendations. Student Affairs staff is working on creating a virtual Registration session that should be completed very soon. You will receive information by e-mail that you would have received in person at Registration. Details will be coming soon, please check your e-mail daily to look for any information coming from our Student Affairs team. REMINDER watch the State Tech website and social media channels for announcements.
Housing will remain open to students who wish to return. We will have modified food service for those who return to campus. Most likely, that means picking up meals and eating them in their cottage rooms during specified times each day. Housing Commons will be locked during the day and we will not allow gatherings of more than 10 students at a time. Staff will be available by phone, GroupMe to answer questions. While on campus, follow current CDC guidelines for social distancing and hygiene.
At this time the Activity Center is operating on a reduced schedule from 5a-5p . While on campus, including the activity center, please follow current CDC guidelines for social distancing and hygiene.
While we believe the safest place for students is at home, if they would like to return to their off campus places of residence, they may do so if they are comfortable. We ask that students use common sense and make good decisions. For example, we believe students should follow the recommendations of the Governor and the CDC to not have social gatherings of more than 10. If you have symptoms (fever, runny nose, sore throat or chest pain), do not return to Linn and contact medical professionals.
We have been in contact with several school districts. They are making plans to be able to send electronic transcripts. While they may not be doing this daily, we are confident school districts will be able to respond to your requests to send us transcripts to make admissions decisions for the Fall of 2020. Our Admissions team is able to process files and make admissions decisions with our faculty remotely. We will continue to admit students to the Fall of 2020! Please continue to submit information to complete your file. Our Admissions team has a plan in place to continue to admit students and be available via phone, e-mail, and text to serve you and your admissions needs.
Graduation requirements that cannot be met via online instruction will be rescheduled once the college is able to resume face-to-face instruction and operations. Visit the Moodle page for each of your courses for specific information.
While we are well past the drop date we will extend the withdrawal date to April 23rd. All spring classes will have the same date regardless if they are 8 week or 16 week classes.
Referral criteria should not change. We will try to maintain our current processes and procedures as much as possible.
We will not have on campus finals. Finals should still be held. In the early days of online education there was much discussion about academic dishonesty online. Most faculty have figured out ways to maintain academic integrity. We will add tips on this to the website. Faculty should have significant discretion on assessment of student learning in individual courses. We are still discussing if and how end of course assessments will be held.
From this point forward and until further notice, mail will be delivered to the Business Office. You will be able to leave outgoing mail in the Business Office.
After some discussion about security, we have less concern about employees taking computers home than using personal computers with a VPN connection. If you would like to take your computer home, send a help desk ticket so we can track the location of the computer and accessories. If you would like to use a personal computer and VPN onto the State Tech network, we would like you to bring your computer to campus or allow us to remote into your computer and check your virus protection.
If a faculty member identifies a student who does not have the means to have internet access, please contact your Department Chair, who will contact Shannon Grus in Advancement. We will buy a few computers and hotspots that can be checked out in the Library. Three will be ordered tomorrow to get them coming.
Students should reach out to instructors and then Career Services. If a student can’t find an internship, the student needs to work with the faculty to find creative solutions.
State Technical College of Missouri Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting
On May 6, 2020, the Office of Postsecondary Education published requirements for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) reporting. Reporting for HEERF funds distributed to the State Technical College of Missouri will begin 30 days from the U.S. Department of Education awarded grant documents and each 45 days thereafter.
Reporting: 30-DAY REPORT: MAY 24, 2020
On April 23, 2020, the Certification and Agreement were signed and returned to the Department of Education. Furthermore, State Technical College of Missouri intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The college began awarding Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding on May 8, 2020 and all funds were disbursed as of May 27, 2020.
The total amount of funds that the institution will receive from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $1,364,179.
As of May 27, 2020, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is $682,090.00
The total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 1,216. These students received a survey to indicate they had a need for funding.
The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 628.
The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
The State Technical College of Missouri CARES Act grant provided an opportunity to apply for an emergency one-time grant to full-time Title IV eligible students enrolled in the spring term. Eligible students had the ability to complete a survey weighting the percentage of distribution to each individual students. Only students enrolled full-time as of March 22, 2020 and eligible to receive Title IV aid based on implementation guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education met the criteria to receive the survey
Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
April 22, 2020 and April 30, 2020, students received e-mails explaining the process to receive the grant and the May 1, 2020 deadline to complete the survey. The communications are posted below.
CARES Act Financial Support
Have you been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Were you not able to utilize your meal plan? Did you move home and are still paying rent? State Tech is creating grants for eligible students using funds from the CARES Act.
State Tech has submitted the required Department of Education paperwork to receive CARES Act funding, which will go entirely to students. The amount of money an individual student will receive will be determined based on the total need of our student body. To help us determine the need of our students, we encourage you to answer the questions in this survey by May 1, 2020 at 12:00 noon.
If you do not respond to this survey, you will not receive any CARES Act funding.
After May 1st, State Tech will notify students of the grant amount they will receive through a funding announcement. Funding announcements will be sent to your State Tech e-mail. The CARES Act Grants will be mailed to the address we have on file for you at the college in the form of a check.
If you have any questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to reply to this e-mail.
Sent on behalf of Dr. Shawn Strong, President of State Tech
State Tech Student,
You received a link to the State Tech CARES Act survey recently. If you are receiving this email, you have not filled out the survey. If you feel you have not been impacted by the survey, you do not need to do anything. If COVID-19 has impacted you in any way, please fill out the survey. Everyone who fills out the survey will get some money. This money is from the federal government and does not need to be paid back. Anyone who does not fill out the survey by May 1, will not receive any of these funds. If you want to verify the validity of this email, you may use the chat function on the website.
Please clink on the survey link below.