“This city has helped support St. Thomas for almost 75 years and at this moment while many are struggling, the University wants to accelerate the way it gives back,” university President Richard Ludwick said in a news release. “This tuition-free semester is one way to help and provide many people in hard hit sectors a chance to reskill in industries that are thriving.”
The programs offer degrees in cybersecurity, networking technology and electronic technology and are designed to get students into the workforce.
While face-to-face is planned to resume in the fall as well, the university will allow students to opt out.
"Safety is our top priority, and we are preparing for every contingency, including accommodations for those who may not feel ready to return to classroom instruction. Our community can rest-assured that when we return, we will be following strict expert advice on cleaning practices, social distancing and contact tracing,” Ludwick said.
The university is also planning to open its presence in Conroe this fall.
Fall classes start Aug. 24.