Updated 7/31/20 - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Message from Dr. Buckles
An Encouraging Message from Dr. Pate
Troubleshooting Blackboard: a guide for students new to Learning in an online format
This guide is designed to help you navigate some of the technical concerns you may have as your college transitions from in-person courses to those offered remotely through Blackboard. This guide is not designed to cover every topic, but to help you gain some familiarity with help resources if you find things don’t go as you expect them to.
ECTC Assessment Center
- Effective immediately, the Assessment Center is unavailable to deliver in-person services.
- If you have questions about your exam, email Eltesting@kctcs.edu or call 270.706.8492.
For Students in Lab and Practicum Courses
Students can expect message from instructors via student email or Blackboard. If you have not received a message by Monday, March 23rd, please contact your instructor immediately. If you have additional concerns, please contact Dale Buckles at 270-706-8431 or email@example.com.
We understand that there are many questions about details surrounding the transition to virtual instruction, financial implications, commencement and other topics. Our first priority is the health and well-being of the ECTC community, and we are immediately focused on ensuring our students are safe and in a position to successfully continue their academic careers. We are working through these important questions and will share information as we have it. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time. If you have questions, please call the college at 270-769-2371.
Make an appointment when you’re ready to enroll (files complete; holds removed)
The health and well-being of our students is our main priority. ECTC recognizes that the current situation and the transition to alternative teaching methods are difficult for many students. Social distancing can also leave students feeling isolated from others. If you need to talk to someone, here are some resources available to you:
- Communicare - 24/7 crisis line 1-888-344-8066
- Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health - 24/7 free, confidential assessments 1-800-274-7374
- The National Suicide Prevention and Lifeline - 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK; speech and hearing impaired 1-800-799-4TTY
- The ultimate guide to hanging out virtually with friends (news release - published March 19, 2020) ...and with family.
ECTC has established two parking lots around campus that have strong enough WiFi to use a personal computer, tablet, or phone from the safety of your vehicle.
Ten spots have been reserved in Lot B (between JSO and the Library) and in Lot H (Between OTB and RPC) for use, but other surrounding spots could be used as well!
In the interest of exercising safety precautions, services to students will be available by phone and email until further notice.
Open Access Tutoring
- The WIN Center
For writing assistance, email any papers and assignment requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once emailed, a tutor will read over the assignment and get to you via email, phone, and/or Zoom/Skype.
Watch for incoming emails about signing up for collaborative sessions to receive tutoring in anatomy and physiology, math, FYE 105, and other subject areas. These sessions will be provided by the WIN Center tutors (or we will find the appropriate tutor) and offered online through Blackboard Collaborate.
Follow @TheWINCenter on Instagram for updates!
Check out our "How-To" Tutorial Videos designed to walk you through the various resources that are available to you as an ECTC student.
- ECTC Writing Lab
Yvonne Morris will provide feedback on your writing assignments via E-mail:
Monday -- Friday, 8:00 -- 4:30, at email@example.com.
Please give her 48 hours to respond with comments and suggestions for your paper’s revision. To assist you effectively, please include your professor’s assignment requirements with your paper. Please identify your course and professor’s last name in E-mail subject line (ex. Smith,ENG102paper)
- Educational Excellence Center
Tutoring sessions will be available remotely depending on tutor availability and subject matter. Please call (270) 706-8434 to make arrangements.
- SMILE Lab (Math)
Math tutoring is available online. Go to rmd.at/smilelab or send a text to 81010 and put @smilelab in the message box. (Ms. Judy)
- Student Support Services
Eligible students (first-gen college students, considered limited-income, or have a documented disability), please call (270) 706-8465 to make tutoring arrangements.
24/7 HELP DESK: (855) 746-3282
The library is closed but will be providing virtual services during this time. See Library Services & Sources for Online Learning for more information.
As we continue to think about the most prudent steps to limit COVID-19 exposure to our students, faculty, staff, and communities, we have elected to implement a new policy for on-campus events. Therefore, all in-person student activities and organizational meetings scheduled between Monday, March 16, and Sunday, April 5, on any of our campuses, must be postponed, cancelled, or moved to an online format. It is important for all students to practice social distancing and implement the practice into all activities.
Students currently participating in the Federal Work Study program are asked to not report to their FWS assignment until further notice. You will continue to be paid your regular work study wages, and the college Federal Work Study Coordinator, Ann Knopp, will report your time to payroll when required. Supervisors have been notified of this action.
The college will reevaluate the COVID-19 response and will notify all students by March 27 if there are changes to this plan.
Please direct all FWS questions to Ann Knopp, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue to check your student email account for updates.
ECTC student support services will be available to students and prospective students.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. As a reminder, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- VitalSource - Free digital access to course materials for displaced students/faculty
A college email address is all that is needed to gain access and students can download up to 7 titles at no cost. Students simply log into the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can then find and view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf. (news release - published March 16, 2020 10:00 AM EDT) If you need assistance gaining access to the site or have questions, please visit VitalSource Helps: Student and Instructor Frequently Asked Questions.
- bartleby is offering free digital tutoring and writing services. When visiting the site,
click the callout at the bottom left to sign up. Providing a mobile number gives
access to a free bartleby Q&A account allowing 10 Q&A homework questions per month
through June 15th. (news release - published March 17, 2020)
- Dell has a special offer for KCTCS students on their Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 laptop,
which is a significant discount. To purchase, visit www.Dell.com/DellU/KCTCS and click “Shop Your Standard Configuration” for the deal.
- ABC Eyewitness News - Coronavirus: Charter, Comcast offer 60 days of free internet
service to homes with students (Friday, March 13, 2020 9:00PM)
- Charter Communications will provide free broadband for two months, beginning March
16, to households nationwide as schools are shutting down because of concerns about
the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To enroll in Charter’s free-broadband program,
eligible consumers must call (844) 488-8395. (news release - published 7:53 p.m. ET March 13, 2020)
- Physical distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. Here are some fun ways to stay connected with family and friends. (news release - published March 19, 2020)