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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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