Your Safety Is Our Top Priority
As Pierce County attempts to slow the spread of COVID 19, TCC isn’t focusing on how to re-open the campus. Our focus is safely delivering education and services so that you can succeed whether you’re learning on or off campus.
Our teams meet frequently to make key decisions about which services and instructional activities can safely meet on campus and which services should be delivered online. We are guided by:
- The Washington Colleges’ Phased Re-Opening Plan
- Washington State’s Phased Re-Opening Plan
- Recommendations issued by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
- A list of student support and instructional services prioritized by student need for on-campus support
- Internal documents tracking details about which campus locations are being used when, and by how many people
- Customized safety plans for each area where students, staff and faculty meet in person
Our Covid-19 response planning is a nimble process, designed to help us make the best decisions possible with the best data available. We want to move forward, not backwards. We plan for the long-term. So, when we announce that a computer lab will be open fall quarter, we don’t want to close it later in the quarter. Our goal is to not surprise you with major changes in mid-quarter. We’d rather err on caution and keep classes and services online to avoid any confusion. We know that situations beyond our prediction or control may occur. But we’ve planned with an abundance of caution so that you can feel confident that your education will be delivered in a consistent manner throughout the quarter.
With everything disrupted, from employment to K-12 education, our goal is to make the delivery of your TCC education one less thing you need to worry about.
We will keep this page updated as we progress through 2020.
Apply for CARES Funds
Fill out the form to apply for CARES funds. New application date to come soon.
As part of the CARES ACT, the federal response to the COVID-19 outbreak, TCC has been awarded almost $4 million. Half of this award goes directly to students.
Apply for summer quarter funds by July 31. A new application process for Fall Quarter funds will be available shortly.
About the Awards
The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. TCC received the funds of the student portion from the Department of Education (DOE). The DOE provides the guidelines of who is eligible for the awards, and the colleges disburse the funds based on financial need.
Award guidelines are:
- Students will be awarded based on financial need.
- Students who qualify as high-need will receive a $1,000 award.
- Students who qualify as lower-need will receive a $500 award.
- These awards are renewable as funds allow. For example, if you are granted a $1,000 award for spring quarter, you may re-apply for the same award during summer and fall quarters.
- Awards are grants, not loans. You are not required to pay them back.
The eligibility rules listed below were set by the federal government. While we would love for all for our students to be able to apply for this funding, it is not in our power to modify the government’s eligibility conditions. There is limited emergency funds to support all students, whether they are DACA, undocumented, International, or not eligible to apply for federal financial aid. The application has been set up in such a way that students who do not meet the CARES qualification criteria will be automatically directed toward learning more about these resources.
To qualify for CARES Act funding, you:
- Must be currently enrolled as a student at TCC taking college-level coursework in the quarter in which you are applying.
- Must be eligible to fill out the FAFSA or have one on file.
Applications are confidential and secure. Several TCC staff members in financial aid, financial services and student services will review the applications to determine the awards. Applicants will be notified of their award status as quickly as possible.
We hope the CARES funding and our continued Student Emergency Fund program helps our students during this difficult time. We value all of our students, and admire your hard work and commitment to completing your education. In these times, it’s even more admirable that you continue to stay the course with your studies.
Health and Safety: On-Campus Activities
In accordance with Washington State law, mask usage is required for everyone participating in on-campus activities. Masks are available at the Building 14 check-in station.
This procedure applies to students who come to campus for regularly scheduled activities, such as labs or clinicals. It is not required for students who come to campus for one-time activities such as drive-up bookstore pick-up, library visits, or visits to Enrollment Services, eLearning or the Cashier’s Office.
- Before visiting campus for the first time, students must complete the Covid-19 course found in Canvas.
- The day before each visit to campus, students must complete the online Pre-Arrival Health Check Form. A link to this form will be emailed to you by your instructor.
- On arriving on campus, students must check in at Building 14 (or other location designated by program) for a temperature scan.
- After completing the temperature scan, students must complete the online Arrival Health Check Form.
- Before departing, students must complete the online Departure Health Check Form.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
TCC will provide the masks, gloves, and other PPE required for on-campus activities. If the college’s supply of PPE is insufficient for an event, that event will be cancelled or postponed until sufficient PPE can be procured.
We encourage students, staff, faculty, and campus visitors to practice good hand hygiene.
- Hand sanitizer stations can be found at each building entrance.
- Please take frequent breaks to wash hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after eating or using the restroom.
- While gloves may be provided for some activities, remember that glove use is not a substitute for hand-washing.
TCC Safety Plan
Interested in learning more about TCC's Covid-19 response? Explore our Safe Start Plan.
Need help with rent or mortgage, food, power bills, childcare, transportation and other expenses? Explore the Community Resources page.
Information for Current Students
Looking for forms, links, and other resources for current students? Go to Current Students page.