Coronavirus Status at OTC

TO:  All Ohio Technical College Students, Staff, Visitors and Their Families

Update:  June 3, 2020 at 9:30 am Eastern:

Responsible Restart Ohio continues again this week with many new openings planned (for additional information, please visit the Ohio’s COVID-19 website at coronavirus.ohio.gov which contains many helpful links such as  Youth Services, Mental Health & Addiction Services, Resources for Parents and Families, just to name a few. ) 

With this phase of Ohio’s restart, OTC is excited to announce the planned re-opening  for our current students only on Monday, June 29th so they may resume their training.  As you can imagine, there are many guidelines that need to be adhered to in order to comply with state standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For example, classrooms and shop areas will need to be sanitized daily, masks and face shields will be necessary for students and staff in designated areas of campus, hand sanitizer will be available throughout campus, and social distancing will be required for students and staff. So, although it won’t be “business as usual” here on campus, our goal will be to provide the same high level of training despite some minor inconveniences.

Please note that all currently enrolled students should have received an email from Bonnie LaCorte.  If you are a CURRENTLY ENROLLED student and did not receive an email, please contact Bonnie  at blacorte@ohiotech.edu.

As of June 2, a final decision was made to defer all new students anticipating a July 6th start.  An email went out June 2 to that effect.  The only exceptions will be Custom Paint and Power Generator Systems, which is able to accommodate new students beginning July 6.  We do not take this decision lightly, and recognize its magnitude.  But OTC is seeking to resume training initially with a smaller number of students to allow safer, more socially-distant teaching practices.  We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we keep everyone’s safety foremost in our planning.  As soon as we have additional updates, we will provide them.  We are aiming to reach out to all new students with another update by July 15.

We also would like to remind you that the Career Services department at OTC remains open and is ready to help OTC alumni find employment in the many needed essential positions OTC trains for.  You can contact them at careerservices@ohiotech.edu 

 


Original Post:  March 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm Eastern, item in green updated April 3, 2020.

As you know, pursuant to federal guidelines and a state of Ohio Department of Health Order, Ohio Tech has suspended its campus activities indefinitely.  In order to centrally answer a number of questions that students and parents may have, we have prepared the following responses to these Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Has Ohio Technical College (OTC) closed? No, although all classes have been suspended, we are maintaining an off-site operational staff to carry on business operations and communications.
  2. When is school starting again? We do not expect to resume classes until we are cleared to do so under Ohio Department of Health orders and in accordance with CDC guidelines.  Due to the ever-changing nature of this pandemic, we can’t yet establish a firm date to resume, but when we do know we will convey this information to all students/families with as much advance notice as possible.
  3. How will I be notified? OTC will post relevant information and any announcements to its Coronavirus web page (OhioTech.edu/virus).  We will also use the College’s Text Message System (if you are not already signed up, you may do so at www.OhioTech.edu/text).
  4. Will this suspension of classes extend my graduation date?   At present, we will resume each program at the same point where it was interrupted, and in general the expected graduation dates will be extended accordingly.
  5. Do I need to make payments to the school while classes are suspended? Payments are deferred until classes are permitted to reconvene.
  6. Will student loan refund checks/VA Benefits be issued during this suspension?   Just as the school will not collect payments during this period, it will likewise issue no refunds.  Any veteran receiving BAH (Basic Housing Allowance) who would have ended a quarter on March 26th should have received payment April 1st for the month of March.  Any veteran receiving BAH who was in the middle of the quarter that started February 17th will get paid for 28 days after training was suspended (on or about April 14).  Because graduation dates will now be extended (based on the amount of time classes are suspended), the VA has reassured veterans that housing allowances will extend over the full term of their program as extended.  Questions regarding this matter my be directed to Taylor at tmezacapa@ohiotech.edu.
  7. What about my student housing? Since all student housing at Ohio Technical College is provided through third parties (including Collegiate Housing and other independent landlords), all questions in this regard should be directed to the appropriate provider. Collegiate Housing may be contacted via phone at 1-800-U-MOVE-IN and email at general@housingservices.com.
  8. How can I contact the school with additional questions? During this period of suspension, the best way to contact the school is via email:  CoronaInfo@OhioTech.edu.  You may also leave a voice message at 216-881-1700 Ext. 139.

Please take every precaution to remain healthy and protect the health of your family and friends.  We look forward to welcoming you back to Ohio Tech soon.