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Southwest to host first virtual town hall for legislators

By Sherman Greer
August 21, 2020

President of Southwest Tennessee Community College, Dr. Tracy D. Hall, has invited elected officials to the College’s first virtual Town Hall – Legislative Edition. The Town Hall assembly will take place via MS Teams on Aug. 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m... Read the full article


Students’ Teams chatter show enthusiasm to begin fall semester

By Diana Fedinec
August 20, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College’s senior leadership held its second virtual Town Hall – Student Edition on Aug. 18 to update students for fall semester. Classes start Aug. 24 with the reopening of two more campus locations – the Maxine A. Smith and Whitehaven centers – under the Back to Campus Plan - Phase II... Read the full article


Campus Child Care Centers reopen for fall semester

By Suzanne Gibson
August 16, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College will reopen its Campus Child Care Centers, located on the Macon Cove and the Union Avenue campuses, Monday, August 24, for the start of fall semester classes.


Openings are available for child care on a first come, first-served basis, however, space is limited due to COVID-19... Read the full article


Southwest opens new laptop loan program portal

By Daphne J. Thomas
August 13, 2020

Students who don’t have a laptop can now apply for a device through the My.Southwest portal. Registered full time and part-time students are eligible to borrow devices for the semester.

Devices will be loaned out on a first-come, first served basis. Preference will be given to full-time students who have completed a financial aid packet.... Read the full article


Southwest to help students get ready for college this fall with special onsite registration August 17-28

By Diana Fedinec
August 13, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College is hosting an in-person, onsite fall registration event August 17-28 at the Bert Bornblum Library on the Macon Cove Campus and Parrish Building on the Union Avenue Campus. Appointments for the event will be assigned between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day, except Fridays, which will end at 4:30 p.m... Read the full article


Southwest launches online campus ID program

By Daphne J. Thomas
August 10, 2020

Now getting a campus ID just got a lot easier. No PPE or social distancing required. Thanks to a new online application program, all new students and employees can apply for their campus ID by uploading a photo of themselves to their My.Southwest portal dashboard. The ID will be prepared and mailed using the photo and address provided... Read the full article


Southwest adopts safe community pledge

By Cynthia T. Graham
August 10, 2020

The College believes strongly in the concept of education as a method for encouraging and maintaining a supportive and safe community. Each student, faculty, and staff member plays an integral part in supporting core principles to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. While the institution can do its part in minimizing risk on campus, everyone must do their part to support efforts to minimize exposure and spread to peers and colleagues... Read the full article


Town Hall and Convocation prepare students and employees for fall semester

By Diana Fedinec
August 6, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College’s senior leadership will host a virtual Back to Campus Town Hall for students and the first virtual Fall Convocation for employees August 18 and 19, respectively. The online forums will provide an update on the College’s ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and an overview of what to expect for fall semester under Phase II of the College’s Back to Campus Plan... Read the full article


Self-reporting a positive COVID-19 test just got easier with new online form

By Diana Fedinec
August 3, 2020

To ensure the safety of students and employees and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the community, Southwest has launched a new COVID-19 self-reporting form. The College is asking all students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 to immediately self-report by completing the online form. The self-reporting form is a short questionnaire that can be filled out on a PC or mobile device, even a cell phone. The form is accessible on the College’s... Read the full article


FDA warns consumers of toxic hand sanitizers

By Diana Fedinec
July 31, 2020

The increased sale of hand sanitizers during the COVID-19 pandemic has public health officials both pleased and worried. While more people are following the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention’s recommendations to use hand sanitizers to slow the spread of the virus, some companies are manufacturing hand sanitizer products that contain toxic ingredients... Read the full article


Keep our campuses safe and well – self report!

By Suzanne Gibson
July 31, 2020

In an effort to keep our campus community as safe as possible from the threat of COVID-19, Southwest requests that all students, faculty and staff immediately inform the College if they have tested positive for COVID-19 by completing an online self-reporting form... Read the full article


Employee tests positive for COVID-19; College closes three buildings on Union Avenue Campus for deep cleaning

By Daphne J. Thomas
July 30, 2020

A Southwest Tennessee Community College employee that works at night on the Union Avenue Campus has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last visited campus July 23 and identified the workspaces visited.  The College is performing contact tracing and notifying individuals who may have come in contact with the employee... Read the full article


Southwest Athletics announces plan for fall and spring sports

By Keith Gentry and Daphne J. Thomas
July 30, 2020

All Southwest Tennessee Community College fall and winter athletic competitions are moved to the spring semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan follows the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recommendation that colleges shift all close-contact fall and winter sports to the spring semester... Read the full article


Governor Bill Lee to Launch “Face It” Campaign to Promote Face Mask Usage

By Daphne J. Thomas
July 23, 2020

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced earlier today that the state of Tennessee will officially launch the “Face It. Masks Fight COVID-19” public service announcement campaign tomorrow, July 24, to urge all Tennesseans to fight against the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask. The campaigns will feature ads on broadcast and cable television, digital, social media, print, and billboards statewide... Read the full article


Coronavirus Cases on the Rise in Tennessee

By Sherman Greer and Suzanne Gibson
July 17, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to set new weekly records across the Mid-South and the nation, Mayor Jim Strickland extended the State of Emergency for Memphis July 15 in response to the pandemic... Read the full article


“Mask Up Memphis” seeks to slow COVID-19 among African Americans; offers free masks

By Diana Fedinec
July 15, 2020

The City of Memphis and Shelby County have launched a “Mask Up Memphis” campaign to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 among African Americans who have been disproportionally impacted by the virus. Close to 60% of COVID-19 fatalities and cases in Memphis and Shelby County are among African Americans... Read the full article


Southwest adopts infectious disease policy

By Jacqueline Faulkner, Student Affairs
and Michael Neal, Finance and Administrative Services
July 14, 2020

In response to the pandemic’s escalation and Southwest Tennessee Community College’s return to on-campus operations, the College has adopted an infectious disease policy, effectively immediately. The policy aligns with local, state and national orders as well as infectious disease guidelines endorsed by the Shelby County Health Department, State of Tennessee Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Read the full article


Reimagine your home

By Jessica Miller and Christopher Hastings
July 13, 2020

The world has transformed into a global neighborhood. Gone are the barriers of time and space. We are more connected than ever before. As a member of the global community, Southwest Tennessee Community College is proud to have students who hail from near and far... Read the full article



Macon Cove & Union Avenue campuses reopen; student support services remain online

By Suzanne Gibson
July 8, 2020

Nearly 700 students returned to Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses July 8, 2020, to attend summer classes in person. It was the first time students were allowed back to the campuses since the College temporarily closed its locations and moved to an online learning format March 23... Read the full article


Free dairy box distribution July 11

By Suzanne Gibson
July 8, 2020

Prairie Farms and Martin Memorial Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church are teaming together to give away dairy boxes to those in need on Saturday, July 11, at 9:00 a.m. The boxes will include: two gallon cartons of milk (2%, chocolate or strawberry), sour cream, cream cheese, French onion dip and cottage cheese... Read the full article


Virtual Town Hall sessions prepare students and faculty for reopening of campuses

By Diana Fedinec and Suzanne Gibson
July 7, 2020

In preparation for the reopening of its Macon Cove and Union Avenue campuses July 8, 2020, Southwest Tennessee Community College held two virtual, back-to-back Town Hall forums for faculty and students July 7 via Microsoft Teams... Read the full article


Virtual financial aid assistance offers live support for students

By Suzanne Gibson
July 7, 2020

Southwest Tennessee Community College's financial aid office now offers a virtual solution for students who need help getting answers to their financial aid questions from a live representative.  Students are able to speak to a live counselor at Virtual Financial Aid Assistance, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Friday,  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m... Read the full article


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