TC’s Status At A Glance

As of Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • As of Monday, July 6, Texarkana College will enter Phase 4 of its Return to Campus Protocols. This allows for limited access to campus, including partial work crews in select buildings. Students and the public will be allowed on campus for limited instruction and by appointment only in specific departments.
  • Return to Work Protocols outlining Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 of our return to campus have been distributed to all college employees.
  • Texarkana College is weighing state guidelines to determine on-campus and online courses for Fall 2020. All students registering for fall must have access to a laptop with a camera and microphone in order to participate in fall classes. Tablets (including iPads), Chromebooks, and smartphones do not meet the minimal requirements for completing online coursework. Dell Laptops are available in the TC Bookstore for $600 and may be purchased using financial aid.

Texarkana College will provide students with very important information about topics such as cancellations and closures, accessing your courses online, working remotely with your classmates and professors, technology tips, and support services you can access while the campus is closed for visitors. These emails will come from alerts@texarkanacollege.edu.

Campus Access During Phase 4

During Phase 4, the campus will continue with limited on-campus instruction. Instructors will contact students as needed to schedule on-campus instruction time. All spaces have been evaluated to ensure that the campus continues to adhere to the social distancing guidelines as established by local and state authorities. Individuals in an instructional space will be required to wear masks. Gloves may be recommended for some classes.

Visitors will be seen in the following departments by appointment only:

  • Testing Center
  • Tutoring
  • Enrollment Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Business Office
  • Human Resources
  • Community & Business Education
  • Help Desk

All visitors will be required to go through screening prior to entering any campus building. No walk-in traffic will be allowed inside campus buildings.

Screening Stations

Screening Station Hours

  • Robison Road – 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Career Education Center – 6:30 a.m.-9 a.m. (beginning July 13)

Screening Questionnaire

In addition to taking your temperature, our screening station staff will ask you the following questions. Anyone answering yes to any of the following questions will need to refer to information on positive screening below prior to returning to campus and/or entering the building.

  1. Are you having flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, muscle pain, headache, diarrhea, sore throat or loss of taste or smell?
  2. Have you experienced any flu-like symptoms in the last 5 days?
  3. Have you received a positive result for a COVID-19 test within the past 14 days?
  4. Have you been in close contact with someone confirmed or is being evaluated for COVID-19 (including someone residing with you)?
  5. In the last 14 days, have you or anyone residing with you, traveled to or been on a cruise to any high-risk areas for transmission of COVID-19 within the US or other countries, including China, Italy, France, Spain or Iran?
  6. Is temperature at or above 100.0F? (taken during screening)

Information for Students & Employees On Positive Screening for COVID-19

A student or employee who answers yes to screening questions or who has fever (100.0º F or above) upon being screened (will be checked twice), will be sent home and must inform their Instructor (student) or Supervisor/Human Resources (employee may call 903-823-3017) that they were sent home.

It is the student or employee’s responsibility to follow-up with their primary care physician if needed.

Return to Campus Criteria

  • The student/employee certifies in writing that he or she is fever-free and has been completely symptom free (no cough, chills, or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19) for at least three days; and
  • At least 14 calendar days have passed since the person first exhibited symptoms.

OR

  • The person provides documentation from a medical provider confirming that he or she can return to class/work, and that the student/employee had a negative test for COVID-19. Even with a medical release, the student/employee cannot return within 72 hours of being screened with fever.
  • If the person lives with someone who tests positive, the student/employee must remain quarantined until the person he or she resides with tests negative or 14 days have passed since the person first exhibited symptoms.
Enrolling in Fall Classes

Enrolling in Fall Classes

TC academic advisors and financial aid specialists are available to help you by phone, email or through a virtual online meeting. Beginning July 6, they will also be available to meet on campus by appointment only. Please note that all campus visitors will be required to go through screening prior to entering any campus buildings.

The Student Tab on the TC website has a lot of information and quick links to help you. Be sure and take a look at the bottom of the page to view the Pathways for each degree plan. Find your pathway and click on the link. This tool will help you plan your schedule for the upcoming semesters

View the Fall Course Schedule.

Resources for Online Courses

Using Microsoft Teams

Your Texarkana College instructors will be connecting with you through an online app called Microsoft Teams. This is an easy-to-use app that will give you a way to join online chats, calls, video-enabled meetings, as well as manage projects, upload files, and pretty much conduct your course work in a completely virtual format.

Please download Teams and be prepared to begin your coursework on Monday, March 30. Your instructor will send you direct links and information about how to access your coursework online. If you have questions, contact your instructor directly or contact the TC Helpdesk.

Transitioning to Online Courses

Check out our 13 tips for being switching to an online course format.

Technology Requirements and Technical Support

All students must have access to a laptop with a microphone and camera, as well as high speed internet. Dell laptops meeting the minimum requirements are available in the TC Bookstore for $600, and students may use financial aid to cover laptop purchases. Please note that Chromebooks, tablets (such as iPads), and smartphones do not meet the minimum requirements to complete coursework online.

If you are having trouble accessing your myTC account or need to reset your password, contact the TC Help Desk.

The Help Desk is open Monday through Friday to assist you.  Beginning March 30, the hours will be 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

If you are trying to reach someone on campus, the TC switchboard is open. You can dial (903) 823-3456 during business hours for assistance or to leave a message for a faculty or staff member to return your call.

Internet Services and Access

If you are having problems with access to internet or technology, please notify your instructors immediately. They may be able to connect you with the resources you need to complete your coursework online.

The Federal Communications Commission has an agreement which states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots for increased accessibility to the internet

Please visit the following websites for the latest details on how to sign-up and leverage these services.

  • Cox Communications offers a range of services and packages for the next 60 days (for ex, free access to over 650,000 Wi-Fi hot spots; residential customers in the company’s Starter, StraightUp Internet and Connect2Compete packages will be automatically upgraded to speeds of 50 Mbps).
  • Comcast offers free Wi-Fi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time.
  • AT&T offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families.
  • Verizon is not providing any offers, but is following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint is providing unlimited data to existing customers. Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Sprint will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile is providing unlimited data to existing customers. It will soon allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
Registration

Fall registration is now available. Browse classes and learn more.

You may email or call your faculty advisor to schedule a call or a virtual meeting. If you don’t know their email address or direct number, search the faculty/staff directory.

Students without holds can register themselves online via myTC. Learn how to access your student tab and register via myTC.

If you have questions about Admissions, Advising, or Registration, call the Office of Enrollment Services at (903) 823-3012. You may also email admissions@texarkanacollege.edu or advising@texarkanacollege.edu with specific questions.

If you have a question about Transcripts, call (903) 823-3357 or email registrar@texarkanacollege.edu.

If you need assistance with Financial Aid, call (903) 823-3267 or email financial.aid@texarkanacollege.edu.

You can contact Student Accounts at (903) 823-3331 or business.office@texarkanacollege.edu.

The Educational Opportunity Center is available to assist you remotely with your ApplyTexas and FAFSA applications. You can reach the EOC by phone at (903) 823-3106 or email eoc@texarkanacollege.edu.

You may also use the chat box from any page on the TC website to ask questions.The chat is monitored during business hours, and you may leave a message after hours to receive a response via email.

Payment Deadlines
SessionPayment DeadlineClasses Start
May Mini 2020May 6, 2020May 18, 2020
Summer Workforce 2020May 6, 2020May 18, 2020
Summer 10-Week 2020May 20, 2020June 1, 2020
Summer I 2020May 20, 2020June 1, 2020
Summer II 2020June 24, 2020July 6, 2020
Fall 2020August 5, 2020August 19, 2020

All students must pay or set up a payment plan by the payment deadline. If you register for a session after the payment deadline, you must pay or set up a payment plan on the same day.

Payment Options

  • Pay in full. You can pay online using myTC or call Student Accounts at (903)823-3331 to pay with a debit or credit card.
  • Set up a payment plan. You can set up a payment plan online using myTC. This option requires 25% down plus a $30 enrollment fee.
  • Use financial aid. Your FAFSA must be submitted, processed, and applied to your student account.
Food Pantry & Care Closet

Texarkana College has a Food Pantry and Care Closet for personal items if you are needing support in this way. Contact: tonja.blase@texarkanacollege.edu or phillip.parrish@texarkanacollege.edu for assistance with this program.