Transition Hub
Ogeechee Technical College



The purpose of this page is to provide assistance to our students during the transition to online courses and other processes that have been affected by the COVID-19.

Click the sections below to view detailed information regarding these areas.


ACCOUNT ASSISTANCE INFORMATION

Student Email - Microsoft Office 365

Ogeechee Technical College uses Microsoft Office 365 email accounts to communicate securely with students. Your student email account is the primary method of communication for your instructors. Additionally, routinely checking your student email will keep you informed on financial aid and/or admission requests, and student activities.   

Visit the Student Email

  • User ID: Enter your entire student email address  
  • Password: Your default password is your upper case first name initial, lower case last name initial and your date of birth combined (example: Ima Student born April 13, 1974, would use the following password: Is041374).  

Blackboard - Access to Online Classes

Blackboard is Ogeechee Technical College’s online portal for all online coursework. You can access your online assignments, discussion boards, quizzes, and turn in your assignments.  

Visit Blackboard

  • User ID: first part of student email address
    • Example: login for istudent@student.ogeecheetech.edu will be istudent  
    • If you do not know your student email address, you can find it using the Look Up OTC Credentials Form
  • Password: Your default password is your upper case first name initial, lower case last name initial and your date of birth combined (example: Ima Student born April 13, 1974, would use the following password: Is041374).
  • For more information on how to navigate Blackboard, visit the tutorials page. If you have questions about your specific class, please email your instructor.   

Trouble Accessing a Student Account

 
If you are having trouble accessing our Banner Web, Student Email, and/or Blackboard accounts you may submit an Account Assistance Form.
  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Choose From These Topics:

Academic Continuity

Academic Support

Admissions & Financial Aid

Adult Education

Business Office 

Campus Status 

Commencement  

Health & COVID-19

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Student Support Services 

Contact Us 

Other


Academic Continuity

How will my classes be impacted?

Please monitor your email and www.ogeecheetech.edu/covid19 for current information on the status of classes.
 
Spring Semester Students

Students who have lab requirements to complete in order to satisfy course requirements from Spring Semester 2020 will be scheduled to come back to campus beginning May 18th. Each faculty member will work with his/her class to schedule the required lab time. Please contact your faculty member for details.

We are working with our clinical/practicum partners to determine when students will be permitted to return. Program Directors will communicate to students as these sites allow students to return.

Summer Semester Students

On May 18, Ogeechee Technical College’s Summer Semester 2020 will begin. All classes will be online for the first two weeks of the term.

On June 1, students who are enrolled in a Summer Semester 2020 course with a lab component will begin lab instruction on campus. Faculty will notify students of those courses with dates and times for labs through Blackboard and student email.

Fall Semester Students

At this time, all classes are scheduled to begin as planned.

How will final exams for the 2020 Spring semester be administered?

Students should contact their instructors in regards to final exams.

Will students still graduate and receive their awards?

Yes, any student who completes requirements for his/her award at the end of a semester will graduate and receive his/her diploma.

Applications for Graduation should be submitted by midterm of the semester for which you are completing program requirements. Students who are finishing incompletes or have transient/transfer work pending should still submit the application for graduation by the appropriate deadline.

Will summer semester still go forward?

Yes, the College will be offering classes during the summer semester. Current and new students can be advised for both summer and fall semesters now by emailing their advisor. Advisor contact information is available through Banner Web and the online directory.

When will spring semester end?

At this time, the spring semester end date will remain the same (May 5). College leaders are monitoring the situation and will adjust for the effective delivery of instruction, if needed. 

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Academic Support

What if I don’t have the technological support or equipment at home to participate in alternative modes of learning?

The College is working on a plan to make internet and computers available after spring break (March 30) for current students. Monitor www.ogeecheetech.edu/covid19 and your student email account for details once they become available. 

What library resources are available for students?

Please visit www.ogeecheetech.edu/library for available services. You may also contact the library directly via email at library@ogeecheetech.edu

How do I return a library book?

Books cannot be returned to the Ogeechee Tech Library at this time. The library staff will extend due dates until the library is accessible to prevent late fees from accruing. If you have any questions, you may email library@ogeecheetech.edu

Is tutoring available?

Yes, we have tutoring available for students 24/7 using Smarthinking Online Tutoring. All students can access this FREE resource by logging into their Blackboard account and navigating to the Smarthinking Online Tutoring link under the tools menu on the left side of the screen.

If I'm new to online learning is there someone who can help me?

The Student Navigator is available by text (912.574.2544) and appointment to help students improve their learning experience, navigate the online environment, and develop study habits.

What is a “Z” grade and am I eligible?

In March 2020, the Governor instructed colleges in Georgia to limit instruction to a fully online format in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Ogeechee Technical College recognizes that this change may have impeded students’ ability to complete course requirements. For that reason, Ogeechee Tech has established a new grade category to provide a no-penalty withdrawal for students who were not able to successfully complete course requirements as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The grade of “Z” represents withdrawal from a course before completion and does not have numerical equivalents and will not be calculated in a student’s grade point average. The “Z” grade is effective for Spring and Summer terms during AY 2020 (202014/202016) only.
 
For Spring Semester 2020, a “Z” grade will be issued for students who officially withdraw after March 14, 2020 from a course or do not attend class within the last two weeks of the term. Also for Spring Semester 2020, if a student attends class after April 21, 2020 and is issued a grade of “F” for the course, the student has earned the “F” grade and will not be issued a “Z” grade. 
 
In addition to the “Z” grade not being included in the grade point average calculation, federal guidelines state that students who withdraw or stop attending classes can have certain regulations waived for those classes. The “Z” grade will not be counted in students’ Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) calculation. If the course is funded under HOPE, the grade will count against the lifetime paid hour limit but will not count against the HOPE GPA.

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Admissions & Financial Aid (Work-Study)

What about my on-campus work that I rely on to pay my expenses (work-study)?

If you receive need-based federal aid and have been working a regular work-study job, you will continue to get paid. Your pay will be calculated as the average number of weekly hours you have worked year-to-date multiplied by the weeks remaining this semester, not to exceed the maximum work-study allocation in your financial aid award. If you have met that cap or you have no earnings you will not receive a paycheck. Email fa@ogeecheetech.edu if you have questions. 

Is placement testing (Accuplacer) available?

At this time, our Assessment Center is closed for testing. We are currently taking appointments on campus beginning May 4. In addition, we are working to make the Accuplacer available remotely using a third party service to proctor the exam. Information will be updated as plans are confirmed. 

Will information sessions and tours continue?

Tours and information sessions are suspended through May 1st. Please email enrollmentservices@ogeecheetech.edu with questions. 

Will acceptance letters still be sent on time?

Yes. Acceptance letters will be generated as scheduled but will initially be sent to a student’s email address. Printed letter generation has been suspended until April 1st.

What is the deadline to submit required competitive admission information?

Fall 2020 Programs:
Diagnostic Medical Sonography - June 30, 2020
Echocardiography - June 30, 2020
Practical Nursing – July 29, 2020
Surgical Technology – July 29, 2020

Spring 2021 Programs:
Radiologic Technology – July 29, 2020
Practical Nursing – December 8, 2020

When will selection be completed for my competitive admission program?

The selection process for all competitive admission programs will take place 3-4 days following the submission deadlines listed above.

When can I take the PSB exam?

Students may complete the required PSB exam up until the respective competitive admission program deadline listed above.

How do I submit my letter of interest?

Students can submit an online letter of interest by completing one of the following forms.

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Students can also access the letters of interests here, and email completed forms to enrollmentservices@ogeecheetech.edu.

How can I attend a competitive admission workshop?

The mandatory competitive admission workshop sessions are available online only. Attendees must register to attend event.

Competitive Admission Workshop Sessions

May 25 at 5:00 p.m. - Click here to attend.

June 4 at 9:00 a.m. - Click here to attend.

June 10 at 4:00 p.m. - Click here to attend.

What is the CARES Act and how will it affect OTC students?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is a federal stimulus package that includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund provided to U.S. colleges and universities. At least half of the funds provided will be grants given directly to students. OTC is currently developing a distribution plan to use these funds to financially assist as many students as possible. More information will be posted here soon.

If you are in need of emergency assistance, please complete this application.

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Adult Education

Are Adult Education classes being held?

All Adult Education offices will be closed to students, the public, and all nonessential personnel until further notice. All Adult Education on-campus classes in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties have been canceled. This includes classes taught at the college's instructional centers and offsite locations. Instructors will be available to assist via email (ged@ogeecheetech.edu) and the online learning platform. 

During this time, students are encouraged to continue their studies using the college's Adult Education online learning platform. Instructors will be available next week to assist students with online learning, and the Adult Education office will be open to receive phone calls and to help as needed.

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Business Office

Where can we make tuition, fees, or graduation payments?

Payments for tuition, fees, or graduation can be made online by check or debit/credit card through your Banner Web account by selecting the Pay by check or credit card option under the Business Office menu. You will need your Banner Web PIN to log in and make payment through this account. Contact the Business Office with student account questions by emailing cashier@ogeecheetech.edu.

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Campus Status

Are buildings open?

Monitor www.ogeecheetech.edu/covid19 for current information about access to campus facilities.

All public spaces on Ogeechee Technical College’s campus will remain closed until July 6, 2020. These spaces include, but are not limited to, the Library, Bookstore, Cattails Café, Print Center, computer labs, Student Success Lab, Academic Enrichment Center, student lounges, and Enrollment Services. Students can contact any of the offices/services for assistance. Contact information is available online on the Transition Hub website.

For information about purchasing textbooks and supplies, please review the purchasing options.

Spring Semester Students

Students who have lab requirements to complete in order to satisfy course requirements from Spring Semester 2020 will be scheduled to come back to campus beginning May 18th. Each faculty member will work with his/her class to schedule the required lab time. Please contact your faculty member for details.

We are working with our clinical/practicum partners to determine when students will be permitted to return. Program Directors will communicate to students as these sites allow students to return.

Summer Semester Students

On May 18, Ogeechee Technical College’s Summer Semester 2020 will begin. All classes are online for summer semester, except for those with a required lab component.
On June 1, students who are enrolled in a Summer Semester 2020 course with a lab component will begin lab instruction on campus. Faculty will notify students of those courses with dates and times for labs through Blackboard and student email.

Fall Semester Students

At this time, all classes are scheduled to begin as planned on August 17, 2020.

Will students have access to teaching and learning spaces?

Monitor www.ogeecheetech.edu/covid19 for current information about access to campus facilities.

All public spaces on Ogeechee Technical College’s campus will remain closed until July 6, 2020. These spaces include, but are not limited to, the Library, Bookstore, Cattails Café, Print Center, computer labs, Student Success Lab, Academic Enrichment Center, student lounges, and Enrollment Services. Students can contact any of the offices/services for assistance. Contact information is available online on the Transition Hub website.

For information about purchasing textbooks and supplies, please review the purchasing options.

Spring Semester Students

Students who have lab requirements to complete in order to satisfy course requirements from Spring Semester 2020 will be scheduled to come back to campus beginning May 18th. Each faculty member will work with his/her class to schedule the required lab time. Please contact your faculty member for details.

We are working with our clinical/practicum partners to determine when students will be permitted to return. Program Directors will communicate to students as these sites allow students to return.

Summer Semester Students

On May 18, Ogeechee Technical College’s Summer Semester 2020 will begin. All classes are online for summer semester, except for those with a required lab component.
On June 1, students who are enrolled in a Summer Semester 2020 course with a lab component will begin lab instruction on campus. Faculty will notify students of those courses with dates and times for labs through Blackboard and student email.

Fall Semester Students

At this time, all classes are scheduled to begin as planned on August 17, 2020.

What are the guidelines for returning to campus for limited lab time?

Students

  • The campus will not be open to the public until July 6. Only students who are registered for a class with a lab component are allowed on campus during the specified times given by the faculty member.
  • Students must sign a Student Laboratory Participation Waiver and Medical Certification prior to beginning lab activities. Review a copy of the Student Laboratory Participation Waiver and Medical Certification prior to attending the approved lab session. Faculty members will require students to review and sign the documents prior to beginning lab activities.
    • Dual enrolled (high school) students will be required to bring the signed Student Laboratory Participation Waiver and Medical Certification to the first lab session signed by their parent or legal guardian.
  • Students will enter the assigned building through a designated entrance and proceed to the assigned lab space.
    • Joseph E. Kennedy Building: North entrance located near the welding lab
    • Health Science South Building: East entrance by the Health Science South parking lot
    • Health Science North Building: East entrance by the Health Science North parking lot
    • Occupational Studies Building: East entrance by the Cosmetology lab
    • Industrial Technology Building: Main entrance
    • Natural Resources Building: Entrance under the breezeway
    • Evans Technical Education Complex: Front entrance by the parking lot
  • Students will exit the building and leave campus once the designated lab time is over.
  • Students will have access to bathroom facilities but will be requested to limit the number of people inside the facilities to two at a time.
  • Students will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks. Students should supply their own masks. The CDC advises using simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help prevent people who unknowingly have the virus from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home may be worn. Information from the CDC on cleaning masks and making your own can be found at CDC Face Covering Guidance.
  • Students must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from any other person to abide by appropriate social distancing requirements. If a lab activity prevents a student from maintaining appropriate social distancing, PPE must be worn.
  • Students should not come to campus if any of following statements cannot be answered TRUE :
    • I have not had a fever or any other symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • I have not visited a doctor for symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • I have not been tested for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • I have not had contact with any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • I have not had contact with any person who has been tested for COVID-19 within the last 14 days and is awaiting the result of that test.
    • I agree I will not come on to the campus of Ogeechee Technical College should I present with any symptoms of COVID-19 during the period of the approved limited lab work.
    • I agree if I begin to feel ill during any approved lab work, I will promptly leave the campus of Ogeechee Technical College and will not return until all previous statements can be answered TRUE.
  • Students will not be allowed to gather in groups unless directed by a faculty member.
  • Handshaking and other forms of physical contact are prohibited.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer often, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.

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Commencement

Will spring commencement be held?

In accordance with the latest public health guidelines regarding travel and interpersonal contact, we are postponing commencement events, including cap/gown pickup and all scheduled pinning ceremonies, until further notice.

We are committed to celebrating the accomplishments of our many talented and deserving students. We are currently exploring dates in late summer and early fall.

 For all other graduation information, visit www.ogeecheetech.edu/graduation.

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Health & COVID-19

What should students, faculty, and staff do to minimize the risk of transmitting the disease on campus?

The College strongly recommends following CDC prevention guidelines, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

If other members of the Ogeechee Tech community test positive for COVID-19 after the campus is closed, will students, faculty, and staff be notified?

In the event of a positive test, the health department will follow up with anyone identified as a close contact of the infected individual.

What to do if I think I may have COVID-19?

If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and you develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have been in contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your primary care provider or local health department right away. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room or urgent care center and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. If you are not symptomatic, it is not necessary to reach out to a health care provider at this time.

If you are an OTC student, staff, or faculty member and have questions or concerns and think you could have COVID-19, please contact our Exposure Control Coordinator, Felicia Barefoot, for guidance at 912.688.6011.

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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

How much will I receive from the HEERF if I am eligible?

Based on guidance from the Department of Education (ED) and to impact as many students as possible, the College’s plan distributes HEERF funds through a financial aid grant to eligible students equally no matter the number of hours they are enrolled in. The College based the initial distribution on the price of technology required for most students to transition to wholly online courses, more specifically an entry level laptop. Students can use funds to cover expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

The College will distribute a financial aid grant of $400 to each eligible student enrolled for Spring Semester 2020. The financial aid grant will be applied to a student’s account and issued as a refund. 

Am I eligible to receive the HEERF financial aid grant?

Eligible students as outlined in the Higher Education Act include:

  • Students enrolled after March 13, 2020 in at least one (1) credit hour for a Title IV eligible program that leads to a certificate, diploma, or degree.
    • Title IV eligible programs are listed HERE and are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  • Student has submitted and the College has received an approved FAFSA for the 19/20 award year and has no outstanding verification requests.
  • Student has met all admission requirements including: Obtaining a HS diploma, GED, or equivalency.
  • A student’s Spring Semester Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is under an eligible status (Good Standing, Warning, or an approved SAP appeal).

Students who are not eligible for the HEERF Grant include:

  • Dual Enrolled (High School) Students
  • Foreign Students
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students
  • Transient Students
  • Students who have defaulted student loans, overpayments, or other eligibility restrictions
  • Students enrolled only in part-of-term that ended prior to March 13, 2020
  • Students enrolled exclusively in online courses for Spring Semester 2020 

What Emergency Assistance is available to eligible students?

Funds not initially distributed through the HEERF financial grant will be available for eligible students based on an Emergency Assistance Application, documentation, and available funds. Emergency assistance funds are not guaranteed. Any student enrolled during Spring Semester 2020 who meets the eligibility requirements previously listed may apply.

How to apply for Emergency Assistance?

Steps to apply for Emergency Assistance (Note: Emergency Assistance can be a need for monetary assistance, technology item, or textbook/course item)

  1. Students can apply for Emergency Assistance by completing the Emergency Assistance/Lending Library application. Be as detailed as possible.
  2. The application will be reviewed by the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.
  3. Within 1-2 business days, the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs will email the applicant with a decision on the Emergency Assistance application or a request for additional information.
  4. If approved, the monetary assistance, technology item, or textbook/course item will be provided to the applicant as soon as possible.

How will I receive my HEERF financial aid grant?

The financial aid grant will be applied to a student’s account and issued as a refund via direct deposit or check. For more information about refund distribution options, click here.

When will I receive my HEERF financial aid grant?

Once a student is verified as an eligible recipient, the financial aid grant will be applied to a student’s account and refunds will be processed every week. Checks will be mailed to the address on file in a student’s Banner Web account. Direct deposits will be submitted to a student’s bank on file and may take a few days to appear based on a bank’s processing procedures. 
Information on how to update your address can be found HERE

Click here for more information about refund distribution options.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my HEERF distribution or eligibility?

If you have questions about your HEERF distribution or eligibility, contact the Financial Aid Department via email at fa@ogeecheetech.edu or call 912.681.5500. You can also chat live with an advisor at www.ogeecheetech.edu.

Federal Reporting Requirements for HEERF Funds

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Student Support Services

This is a stressful time. What counseling and support resources are available?

Here are some tips for managing stress and anxiety brought on by COVID-19: 

  • Reduce exposure to media coverage of COVID-19. 
  • Recognize what you have control over and what you do not. 
    • Though we do not have control over the situation at hand, we do have control over the steps we take to protect ourselves and practice self-care. 
  • Take care of your physical well-being: 
    • Take deep breaths, stretch, and meditate. 
    • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. 
    • Exercise regularly. 
    • Go outside (even if you are avoiding crowds). 
    • Try to get plenty of sleep. 
  • Engage in activities you enjoy and that you normally do. 
    • Maintaining a sense of normalcy is important during times of crisis. 
  • Connect with your family, friends, and others to talk about your feelings. 
  • Practice positive thinking and remind yourself of your resiliency. 
    • Most people overestimate how they will be impacted by negative events and underestimate their ability to cope with stress effectively. 
    • Remind yourself of healthy ways you have dealt with stress before. 
    • Remind yourself that with time the situation will pass and so will your feelings. 
  • Accept feelings of anxiety, worry, and uncertainty. 
    • Describe the feeling in the moment to yourself or others. 
    • Acknowledge how you feel without judging the feeling. 
    • Facing anxiety in the moment will lead to less anxiety over time. 
  • Reach out to professional help if needed! 
  • Check-out our Counseling Department’s Resource Page for local mental health resources. You may also contact our counselor, Nolie Burns, directly at nburns@ogeecheetech.edu

If I am a student receiving accommodations for a documented disability, how will I continue to receive the accommodations online?

Instructors will extend time for timed tests and quizzes for students receiving this accommodation. If you have accommodations other than extended time, please contact Sabrina Burns at sburns@ogeecheetech.edu to find out how you can continue receiving those services. 

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Contact Us

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Admissions: 912.324.3292

Assessment Center: 912.348.8106

Career Services: 912.452.2796

Competitive Admission Advisement: 912.348.5310

Counseling: 912.380.3422

Disabilities & Special Populations: 912.662.0602   

Dual Enrollment: 912.244.7488

Learning Support Advisement: 912.574.2544 

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Other

Can I sell my used textbooks back to the bookstore? How do I return my rented textbooks?

The scheduled textbook buyback on May 5-6 has been canceled. Students will be able to ship books directly back to Nebraska Book and receive a refund by check. Click here for additional details.

How can I purchase my summer 2020 textbooks?

Summer textbooks are fully updated on our website for students to view. Online and call-in textbook orders will begin May 4. For information about purchasing textbooks and supplies, please review the purchasing options.

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