UPDATE: March 25, 2020

Where possible, remote coursework will continue while the Southwest Tech campus is closed from March 30 – May 1. Temporary plans for high school and adult students have been put together for all programs:

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During this period March 30 – May 1, 2020:
• Southwest Tech facilities are closed to the public
• Student Services is available by phone (435-586-2899) and email (info@stech.edu).
• Faculty and administration are available to answer questions via phone/email
• All community education is postponed until further notice
• Café is closed
• Testing center is closed to the public


PRIOR UPDATES:

Coronavirus Update: In-class Instruction Suspended from March 30 until May 1
UPDATE: March 23, 2020

On March 23, 2020, Governor Herbert released a notice extending the closure of K-12 schools through May 1st and included the closure of all in-class coursework at Utah Technical Colleges. Click here for the full release from the governor.

Coursework will continue for those classes that can be done remotely. Some exceptions will apply. Additional details per college program will be added to this update as it becomes available.

All Southwest Tech buildings will be closed to the public from March 30 – May 1. However, information and questions can be obtained through our website at stech.edu/contact or calling us at (435) 586-2899.


Coronavirus Update: PARTIAL CLOSURE through March 27, 2020
UPDATE: March 14, 2020 – PARTIAL CLOSURE through March 27, 2020

Dear Southwest Tech Community,

First, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to minimize the spread of COVID-19. As part of those efforts, Governor Herbert and State Superintendent Dickson announced on Friday, March 13, the dismissal of all Utah K-12 public school students from school for two weeks, beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, 2020.

Similarly, all Utah technical colleges were directed by the system board of trustees, in consultation with the Governor’s Office and state health department, to implement a partial closure for the same time period. This means that during this time, Southwest Technical College is limiting face-to-face instruction, and will deliver online and hybrid instruction to the fullest extent possible, beginning March 23, 2020.

Southwest Technical College was already scheduled for Professional Development Days on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 with all programs closed. Southwest Tech will extend all programs closed Wednesday through Friday, March 18-20, 2020. This will permit time for faculty and staff to prepare and modify instruction and to contact students to explain how this applies to their specific programs of study.

Specific updates are as follows:

Facilities

⦁ Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 Southwest Tech expects that all of its facilities will be open throughout, and all student services will be available.

⦁ Culinary services to the public are closed.

⦁ All tours and use of facilities by external groups are canceled until further notice.

⦁ All community education classes are postponed until later in the spring.

Students

⦁ All new student start-dates are postponed until further notice.

⦁ Work that can be done at home, online, or by other means should continue.

⦁ You will be contacted through your college email or Canvas, by your instructor, prior to March 23, 2020 on ways you can still participate in learning and maintain progress towards your certificate of completion.

⦁ Instructors will notify students if there are any changes to clinicals or externships.

⦁ Please contact your instructor or student services if you are experiencing illness or other challenges that limit your ability to participate in instruction remotely. Instructors will be flexible.

⦁ If you have questions, please contact your instructor or student services through email or phone.

Faculty

⦁ Unless prior arrangements have been made, all faculty are expected to work their regular schedule.

⦁ Please contact your immediate supervisor if you cannot work due to illness, caring for an ill family member or caring for family members as a result of public school closures.

⦁ Preparation for online and hybrid instruction will be held on-campus through Friday, March 20, 2020.

⦁ Contact each student by email or Canvas prior to Monday, March 23, 2020.

⦁ Online and hybrid instruction begins Monday, March 23, 2020.

Staff

⦁ Unless prior arrangements have been made, all staff are expected to work their regular schedule.

⦁ Please contact your immediate supervisor if you cannot work due to illness, caring for an ill family member or caring for family members as a result of public school closures.

⦁ During this partial closure, please coordinate your schedule with your supervisor.

Reminder: If you have reason to suspect that you could potentially have been exposed to COVID-19, your first step should be to contact your local health department and medical provider.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together. Even in challenging times, Southwest Technical College remains committed to build a prosperous community by creating a technically-skilled workforce, one student at a time. Our talented, dedicated faculty and staff will continue with that charge to help each student succeed.

Please continue to check your email and stech.edu for updates. If you have any questions, please contact your instructor, student services, or supervisor.

Regards,

Brennan M. Wood
President

Click here for ongoing information and updates about the COVID-19.