- Return to campus plan
- Safe health practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic
- Campus planning for COVID-19 positive testing results
- Tech answers the COVID-19 challenge
- CARES Act
- UPDATED State Travel Guidelines
- Travel Guidance from ULS
- COVID-19 ULS Directives
- Guidance from Louisiana Department of Health
- Online instruction considerations
- Guide for Teleworking
Good Thursday morning. As we near the end of advising week, I hope you have had time to meet with your advisor and select classes for summer and fall. This time gives us an opportunity to look ahead when – we hope – things are closer to normal for all of us. There are many online opportunities for the summer, including scholarship support. We are planning to be back with face to face classes this Fall Quarter. We will make adjustments as necessary to comply with federal and state orders and to protect the health and safety of our Tech Family.
CARES Act funds
Yesterday, I shared an update on the CARES Act funding that is available for students who have experienced economic hardship as a result of the campus closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I know that many of you have already completed your applications in AcademicWorks. Many more of you have asked great questions of our financial aid counselors, and we’ve shared some of those questions in our CARES Act FAQ on the Louisiana Tech website. Just remember to reach out if you need assistance by emailing CaresActGrant@latech.edu or visiting latech.edu/cares-act for more information.
Within the CARES Act, Congress limited the students who would benefit from these federal funds, not allowing us to allocate them to international students or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. We were hopeful this would not be the case with these funds. Our goal is to distribute the CARES Act funds to all students who qualify. Be sure to apply!
Our Student Advancement team is working with many others throughout the University and the community to find assistance for this group of students. If you are an international or DACA student in need of assistance, please contact Jay Ligon with the International Student Office so that we can make a record of your need. I am hopeful we will be able to offer some relief to our international students soon.
COVID-19 and your job search
This pandemic has created challenges for many of our students in regard to finding internships and jobs. Our Career Center continues to innovate, providing advice, seminars, and job counseling online. I appreciate their continued dedication to helping our Bulldogs find meaningful career opportunities.
Our Career Center has created a resource for job and internship hunting during this crisis time. We’ve posted this student guidebook to Graduating in the Age of COVID-19online, and it’s linked on the Career Center’s website as well. If you’re planning a job search, please take a look and reach out to the Career Center for guidance and advice. They’re here to help you find your future career.
As we wind the quarter down, please remember that our challenges have worked to bring us together as a stronger Tech Family. Stay the course, and we’ll soon be on the other side of this mountain. Thank you, as always, for your commitment to your academic goals. This quarter has made me so very proud of all our Bulldogs.