How am I going to complete my internship requirements?
Internship requirements vary per program, but all students will receive information from their academic leadership team to address specific circumstances. In many cases, the internship experience may be completed with the Career Exploration Capstone course that is its equivalent. Students may go on an external internship experience upon returning to campus. Some programs have remote internship opportunities that are permissible. Programs may utilize combinations of these options. The Culinary, Healthcare, and Nursing programs have specific programmatic accreditation requirements that prohibit the implementation of the Career Exploration Capstone course, so your education leadership will address the relevant internship options with you.
I am required to complete clinical hours in order to graduate. What happens now that I cannot accumulate the necessary hours?
In many cases, virtual simulation can replace face-to-face clinical experiences, although this is not possible for all programs or courses. The plan to complete clinical hours will vary by program. Your academic leadership team is best equipped to address specific circumstances.
I am scheduled to graduate at the end of the April-July quarter. Will that still happen?
Students who have successfully completed all of their program requirements will graduate as scheduled on July 8, 2020. All July graduates, as well as those who graduated in January and April, are invited to participate in a virtual commencement ceremony on July 8, 2020. Links to the ceremony will be provided. Graduates who have not had an in-person ceremony are also invited to participate in PTC’s next in-person commencement ceremony.
How are we going to acquire the hands-on skills that we are missing in the virtual environment?
The PTC virtual education structure, implemented during this unprecedented time, will continue to provide quality academic experiences that ensure you reach your learning goals. The education team is focused on reviewing the curriculum to bring forth the components that are most conducive to the virtual environment. The hands-on portions of the curriculum will be taught in their entirety when we resume on-ground classes. It may be necessary, in some circumstances, to award incomplete grades until all hands-on competencies are completed and assessed. Though portions of your coursework may be delayed, your education is moving forward in other ways, and you will ultimately receive all of the required training that you anticipated.
I am having computer issues. How can I deal with – poor service in my area, bad WIFI, a broken computer, etc?
First notify your education team so they are aware of the challenge(s) and may be able to offer solutions. Secondly, contact the PTC Helpdesk at 412-809-5397 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in troubleshooting your issue.
How can I overcome a lack of motivation during this period?
It is not unusual to feel less motivated when experiencing large changes in routine, as well as when facing the uncertainty and fear caused by a traumatic event like the coronavirus pandemic. Please keep the following in mind:
- Don’t lose sight of your goal to graduate on time – moving to a virtual environment has been a big change for both you and your instructors, but your instructors and education leadership are working hard to make sure that you still get the skills you need to graduate and obtain the job that you desire.
- Get back into a steady routine by setting up a schedule that you follow Mondays through Fridays. Block out time for your regularly scheduled classes, as well as time to study, relax, and get enough sleep.
- Participate in the online student activities or set up online events with friends via online platforms. Social distancing does not mean stopping all human contact – we all need each other now more than ever.
- Reach out to your education leadership and instructors with questions and concerns. You also can utilize the counseling services provided by PTC at no cost by calling 1-800-647-3327 to set up a telephone appointment. Our counselors, Elizabeth and Patti, are scheduling phone appointments Monday through Friday 10 am – 2 pm. The same phone number also serves as a 24/7 hotline.
- Remember that working together, we will get through this!
Is the class start on July 23, 2020 going to proceed as scheduled?
Yes, all students, current and those starting classes for the first time, will begin classes as scheduled. All students have been notified whether they can expect to begin classes virtually, or through a hybrid of on-ground lab work and virtual coursework.
How can I get books/supplies for the July 2020 quarter?
Unless you are a housing student, your hardcopy textbooks and additional course materials (if applicable) will be shipped to the mailing address that you provided, and PTC will pay the shipping costs. All electronic codes that allow you to access any digital resources will be emailed to your PTC student email address. Students moving into housing will be provided with instructions for picking up books/supplies from the Bookstore.
Is the class start on October 22, 2020 going to proceed as scheduled?
PTC’s COVID-19 taskforces meet regularly to monitor the status of the coronavirus and plan in accordance with national, state, and local recommendations. Everyone’s health and safety are our utmost concern. We plan to commence with a hybrid of on-ground lab work and virtual study for designated programs in July while others will continue to progress virtually. This, of course, requires no resurgence of the virus. We will maintain regular communications to keep you informed as to plans for the October quarter.
How are students and parents/guardians receiving updates on PTC operations during the COVID-19 pandemic?
All communications to date can be accessed on the PTC website by clicking the red COVID-19 bar at the top of any page. New communications are initially sent to students via their student email along with a text alert notifying them to check their email. The communications are then posted to the website. Additionally, certain groups, such as housing students, will receive communications specific to them.
Why have my monthly loan payments continued?
Payments will continue as long as a balance remains on your account. These monthly payment plans are a combination of housing, tuition, fees and books. The payments are stretched beyond your enrollment term and you are not paying dollar for dollar as you progress. If you are in housing and are receiving a credit toward your total housing costs for the time you are not in housing due to COVID-19, your payment plan may end earlier than originally agreed.
You are asking me to take out a parent loan for the April 2020 plan however there are housing charges on this plan. Shouldn’t the amount I am borrowing be lower?
Any reduction related to housing charges will be addressed when housing is re-opened. We will ask you how you want to handle the difference.
If you have not yet completed the application and want to borrow less as a result of the reduced charges, you may contact the Financial Aid office for a revised figure.
Did PTC receive funding from the CARES Act for student aid?
PTC received $1.6 Million in education stabilization funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Students who are eligible for these funds have been notified by email and invited to apply. Learn more about this grant designated exclusively for emergency financial aid grants to students.
How are the funds received by PTC through the CARES Act being used?
All CARES Act funds received by PTC must be used for purposes stipulated in the terms of the Act and are tracked accordingly. PTC worked hard to get these funds for our students and will only use the money for its designated purpose.
Do I need to complete the 2020-21 FAFSA?
If you will be enrolled in school for the October 2020 quarter or after, you must complete a 2020-21 FAFSA.
Why can’t I live in my student housing apartment?
There is an elevated opportunity for infection when many people live closely together as in a college residence hall. There is evidence to prove that social distancing, wearing PPEs, and other steps are effective measures to slow the spread of the virus and protect lives. PTC’s priority concern is for the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff, and for the public. Therefore, we are reopening housing on a limited basis while continuing to follow recommended protocols. Certain programs have been identified to return to campus for lab classes, and students in these programs who are unable to commute are being assigned new apartments and will be receiving information on moving back in to housing.
When can I return to PTC Housing?
The health of our students, faculty, staff, and their families is PTC’s first priority. Therefore, PTC is following a phased approach in returning students to school-sponsored housing. Certain programs have been identified to return to campus for lab classes, and students in these programs who are unable to commute are being assigned new apartments and will be receiving information on moving back in to housing. As protocols are tested and modified and the progress of the virus is continuously monitored, our hope is that additional programs and students can be identified and permitted to return to campus. Students will be notified accordingly.
When can I remove my belongings from PTC housing?
The health of our students, faculty, staff, and their families is PTC’s first priority. PTC is monitoring guidance from government and health officials and will notify students when it is determined to be safe for students to remove personal property from PTC student housing.
If the January-April quarter is the completion of your studies at PTC, you will receive further communication from the PTC Resident Life staff regarding when it is determined to be safe for students to remove personal property from PTC student housing.
Since I was unable to live in my PTC apartment at the end of the January – April 2020 quarter, how has PTC adjusted housing charges for that time?
Each housing student will receive a check refunding your housing charges for the time you were unable to live in your school sponsored housing during the January – April 2020 quarter. Some checks have been sent while others are still being processed and will soon be on their way.
How is PTC adjusting housing charges for the April – July 2020 quarter and will it affect my monthly payments?
No additional housing charges will be applied to your account until you return to housing. In most cases, monthly payments were stretched out for 36 months initially (up to 17 months beyond graduation) so any credits to your account will reduce the overall amount of the original contract and shorten the term of the original agreement. Payments will continue normally unless an actual credit has been created as a result of the adjustments which is rare in monthly payment arrangements.
When it is deemed that students may return to housing, a prorated charge for the actual time spent will be assessed to the account. Once we confirm total credit we will ask you how you want to handle this.
Can I still live in the Westpointe Apartment Complex?
PTC is ending its lease with Westpointe. Housing will be available at other locations for all former-Westpointe residents. Students interested in living in the Westpointe complex may terminate their PTC Housing Agreements without penalty charges and apply to lease directly with Westpointe or other landlord.
Can I still live in Hawthorne?
At this time, we plan to continue using Hawthorne for school-sponsored housing although we’re leasing fewer apartments in light of COVID-19’s impact on housing demand and safe occupancy numbers. Students may choose to terminate their PTC Housing Agreements without penalty charges and apply to lease directly with Hawthorne or other landlord.
When I move back on campus, will I have the same apartment and roommate(s)?
For social distancing and safety requirements, all students residing in school-sponsored housing will receive new assignments. We will attempt to pair roommates from the same cohort/programs to help minimize interactions. However, Resident Life will do their best to honor specific requests. Additional information concerning assignments and COVID-19 guidelines will be provided.
I’m a housing student but I’m being asked to commute. Do I have to?
No. If you can commute to any required on-ground classes, it is preferred, but you will not be left without a housing option if commuting is not possible.
I’m willing to commute, but it’s a long drive and I don’t want to do it every day. What are my options?
Class schedules are being adjusted to limit the number of times per week students may be required to be on campus.
What assistance is available for alumni who lost their jobs due to the virus?
PTC’s alumni coordinator, Christine Ioli, is available to assist our alumni with job placement just like always. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.
How is the campus being prepared for students, faculty, and staff to safely return?
PTC’s Maintenance and Housekeeping teams have continued to work throughout the closure of campus. Surfaces are being cleaned and disinfected in the academic building, Energy Tech Center, and both on- and off-campus student housing facilities. The closure of campus has limited the presence of staff to essential personnel only, thereby greatly reducing the possibility of contagions being introduced into the school/work environment.
With everything going on, why is PTC planning an inauguration ceremony for the president?
The president’s inauguration ceremony builds community, celebrates the college, and allows for critical fundraising. It has been delayed until 2021 when it is safer to gather as a group.
I have a question(s) that doesn’t appear here, what should I do?
Please reach out to your education leadership team or supervisor if you are in need of additional information.
Will campus tours for prospective students continue?
Prospective students are encouraged to schedule a telephone discussion with PTC’s Admissions department at ptcollege.edu/visit/. Afterward, the Admissions Coordinator can help you select a date and time to visit the campus in person. Safety protocols have been established and will be discussed before your visit. A virtual tour of the campus is available at ptcollege.edu/virtual-tour.
Is PTC accepting applications for upcoming class starts?
Yes. The safety and well-being of our students is always first and foremost in all of our decisions and actions. These are uncertain times, but that does not change the quality of a PTC education. Every effort will be made to continue the programs, style of education, and job placement assistance that has earned PTC its reputation.
I am a future PTC student and need to complete financial aid. How can I do that?
Appointments with Admissions and Financial Aid are being conducted via telephone calls. Calls may be scheduled via the website at https://ptcollege.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-help/ or by calling 1-800-784-9675.
I am a future PTC student and need to tour student housing. When can I do that?
Housing tours are available but on a limited schedule. Please work with your Admissions Coordinator to select a date and time to tour on-campus student housing. Safety protocols have been established and will be discussed before your visit.