Coronavirus: News

Governor Bill Lee issues statewide safer-at-home order

By Sherman Greer
March 30, 2020

Citing “the speed by which the virus (COVID-19) is moving,” Governor Bill Lee on Monday issued Executive Order 22, implementing statewide safer at home guidelines in effect until April 14, 2020.

The order, applicable to businesses deemed as non-essential (barber shops, salons, and recreational and entertainment establishments) mandates the closure of businesses rather than directs the movement... Read the full article


Use Microsoft TEAMS for Free!

By Suzanne Gibson
March 30, 2020

Southwest has recently acquired Microsoft TEAMS licenses so that faculty and students can connect online, in real time, without using data from cell phones or home internet plans... Read the full article

 


TDHS offers financial support to families impacted by coronavirus-related job loss

By Sherman Greer
March 30, 2020

Tennessee Department of Human Services has made emergency financial assistance available for families impacted by job loss resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Families can apply for up to two months of emergency cash assistance online at https://tdhs.service-now.com/relief?id=relief_registration. This assistance is provided in addition to any unemployment benefits individuals in the family may be receiving... Read the full article


New law allows veteran education benefits to continue

By Daphne J. Thomas
March 30, 2020

Congress signed into effect March 21 a new law that authorizes the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to extend educational assistance to veterans through December 21, 2020, for education programs that are now delivered online due to an emergency or health-related situation. The guidance applies to the current academic terms only... Read the full article


Congress approves third round of stimulus funding

By Sherman Greer
March 27, 2020

On March 27, the United House of Representatives followed the Senate’s action and unanimously passed in a voice vote a third economic stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump signed the bi-partisan measure into law only a few hours later... Read the full article


Hacking, phishing and spam during these times

By Michael Boyd
March 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, organizations are busy adjusting to how they serve customers. Individuals are adjusting, too. Working from home is now a way of life for many, including Southwest students and employees.

There are others who are just as busy and making as many adjustments. They are the hackers. These individuals attempt to gain access to personal and business computers and servers without permission. They use a variety of techniques... Read the full article


Nursing and allied health sciences respond to medical supply shortage

By Diana Fedinec
March 26, 2020

Southwest’s nursing and allied health sciences departments teamed-up to gather medical supplies in response to local public health officials’ call for equipment in treating Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.  Area hospitals are gearing up for an expected surge in patients, given the escalation of cases in Shelby County and shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in clinics and hospitals across the nation... Read the full article


Deferred payment deadline extended

By Suzanne Gibson and Sandra Wallace
March 25, 2020

Due to recent circumstances with the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline for deferred payment plans has been extended to April 15. Campus buildings are now closed; payments must be made online... Read the full article


tnAchieves waives community service hours for spring and summer

By Diana Fedinec
March 25, 2020

Due to the current state of emergency across Tennessee related to COVID-19, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) have made the decision to waive the April 1, 2020, community service requirement. Further, a Tennessee Promise student enrolling at an eligible institution for the summer 2020 term will not be required to complete and submit community service hours to maintain eligibility for that term... Read the full article


Southwest assists with community food prep

FeedWells volunteers prepare packaged meals for Shelby County Schools at the Macon Cove Campus cafeteria.

By Robert Jackson
March 25, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College is partnering with Shelby County Schools (SCS) and FeedWells to provide packed meals to SCS students during the Coronavirus pandemic. Food insecurity has become a heightened concern, especially for many students who will no longer have access to meals during the district’s closure of schools. FeedWells is a team of culinary skilled, nutritional, fitness and health experts who provide children with meals to promote better performance in the classroom and improve their overall well-being... Read the full article


Southwest Workforce & Community Solutions classes on pause

By Suzanne Gibson
March 25, 2020

Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Southwest Workforce & Community Solutions, a division of Southwest Tennessee Community College, has canceled all continuing education classes through April 30, until further notice. Classes that were in session are on pause until faculty and students are allowed back on campus... Read the full article


MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Help TBR choose the next LMS vendor

By Suzanne Gibson
March 24, 2020

Your voice, your vote, is needed by the Tennessee Board of Regents to select the next Learning Management Systems vendor.  This critical decision will affect every TBR institution including Southwest.  All faculty, staff, students and stakeholders are encouraged to weigh in on this important decision... Read the full article


New information on Coronavirus symptoms

By Diana Fedinec
March 24, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19 across the globe, health care professionals are noticing and reporting new symptoms associated with those infected by the infectious disease. COVID19@southwest.tn.edu... Read the full article


Self-reporting Coronavirus to the College

By Diana Fedinec
March 24, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and welfare of the Southwest community and beyond, the College is asking students and employees to self-report a positive COVID-19 test or possible exposure to COVID19@southwest.tn.edu... Read the full article


tnAchieves cancels mandatory meetings

By Diana Fedinec
March 24, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, tnAchieves has canceled the remainder of its mandatory TN Promise meetings scheduled after March 11, 2020, until further notice. To satisfy their meeting requirement and remain TN Promise eligible, students (not parents/guardians) MUST watch a 37-minute team meeting webinar prior to April 3, 2020... Read the full article


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