Top Online Community Colleges for 2018
Some community colleges offer a handful of online programs and courses. Others go above and beyond, with strong collections of distance learning options, hybrid programs, technological resources and faculty with experience delivering lessons to and engaging with students remotely. Furthermore, these schools keep their commitment to the community intact, with tuition, fees and support services that help students move their higher education in the right direction. See which online community colleges truly stand out for the 2018 school year.
Accredited public or private not-for-profit institution
At least 10 online associate degrees or certificate programs
Annual in-state tuition below $5,000
Colleges receive a total score based on performance in the following categories:
Average in-state net price for first-time/full-time undergraduates
Count and breadth of online programs available
% of beginning, full-time undergrads receiving scholarship/grant aid from the college
Average $ of financial aid students receive directly from the college
Availability of academic/career counseling services
Availability of job placement services for students and graduates
3-year loan default rate
AC Online Peer-Based Value (PBV)*
*PBV is a proprietary metric that compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or a similar) qualitative score. It also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same (or similar) cost. In short, the PBV calculation denotes the overall value – or ‘bang for your buck’ – of an online degree.
Our college rankings are backed by data collected and analyzed from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a program managed by the National Center for Education Statistics. Surveying over 7,500 colleges annually, it is among the most longstanding and trusted providers of U.S. postsecondary information.
Most recent “Final Release” data available as of October 2017
|Rank||University||Location||Score||Annual Tuition||# of Online Programs||Financial Aid %||Student-Teacher Ratio||Credit for Experience||Placement Services||Counseling Services||University Information|
|1||East Mississippi Community College||Scooba, MS||99.07||$2,200||67||66%||13:1||yes||yes||yes|
In addition to serving a number of counties in the east central part of the state, East Mississippi Community College provides more than 450 distance learning classes during the fall, spring and summer semesters. As one of the 15 community colleges in the state that make up the Mississippi Virtual Community College, students at EMCC are able to take classes at all participating institutions while being enrolled at just one school.
Online students living in one of the six counties served by the school can take advantage of a tuition guarantee program, which makes attending the school completely free for four consecutive semesters. Degree seekers completing distance education courses outside that area can apply for a range of institutional scholarships based on merit, need and specific degree topics. Students can rest assured knowing the school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
|2||Western Texas College||Snyder, TX||96.33||$1,950||14||48%||16:1||yes||yes||yes|
As the name suggests, Western Texas College serves approximately 2,300 students living in the western part of the state. In addition to a variety of campus-based classes, the school also has a flourishing distance learning department that caters to students both locally and out of state. Degree seekers can visit MyWTC, the college’s online learning platform, to see which distance classes are offered each semester. Those learners who need a class that isn’t offered at the college can take advantage of coursework on Virtual College of Texas. This consortium of other Texas community colleges makes it possible for students from any of the member schools to take online classes.
Students who need financial aid can apply to the school for a number of institutional and programmatic scholarships offered to local and online students alike. Education attained from WTC is well respected - the school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and has also been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
|3||Western Wyoming Community College||Rock Springs, WY||96.20||$1,992||40||62%||12:1||yes||yes||yes|
In partnership with the University of Wyoming, Western Wyoming Community College offers a select number of certificates and associate degrees. The school’s selection of online certificates and degrees is expansive, with programs in fields such as criminal justice, sociology, emergency management and digital design technologies being offered alongside more traditional studies in areas like accounting, business administration and computer information systems. All online programs have been reviewed by the Higher Learning Commission as part of the school’s institutional accreditation.
In addition to providing teaching by the same faculty members leading brick-and-mortar classes, distance learners can take advantage of reading and writing support, online tutoring and technological assistance. Students on a budget will be happy to know the school also provides significant support via scholarships, grants and loans. During the most recent school year, WWCC awarded more than $8 million in financial support.
|4||Arizona Western College||Yuma, AZ||95.78||$1,824||23||16%||21:1||no||yes||yes|
Arizona Western College has been providing certificates and associate degrees for more than 60 years. Most recently, the school began providing distance learning options for students who needed more flexibility or were living too far away to attend the brick-and-mortar campus. As of 2018, AWC offers more than 250 online courses each semester. Students interested in learning via the latest digital education technologies will be impressed by AWC’s department of distance education - curriculum incorporates video on demand, podcasts, interactive TV networks, live streamed videos, web conferencing and cloud services.
Funding is available to students on the basis of merit and need, with aid coming from both the AWC Foundation and the institution itself. The school also provides a list of potential external funding sources. Aside from supporting learners looking to offset costs, AWC also works to provide other types of online student assistance, such as tutoring, tech support and career services.
|5||Allen County Community College||Iola, KS||95.75||$1,824||76||72%||16:1||no||no||yes|
As one of the oldest two-year colleges in Kansas, Allen Community College maintains campuses in Iola, Burlingame and online. In addition to providing general education courses in areas ranging from accounting and physical sciences to art and theatre, the school also provides studies in allied health, addictions counseling, business, criminal justice and early childhood education. Students looking to take advantage of distance learning can feel confident in their decision, with 90 percent of ACC’s current students stating they found online coursework rigorous and would recommend the school to friends and colleagues.
ACC also places great emphasis on ensuring students have access to the resources needed to succeed. Online students can take advantage of the same resources as traditional students - library support, a writing center, career advising and tech support. Degree seekers who need help with paying for college can apply for numerous institutional scholarships and grants. The Presidential Scholarship, for example, covers all tuition, fees and book rentals for learners who have a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
|6||Hutchinson Community College||Hutchinson, KS||95.35||$2,432||25||65%||15:1||yes||yes||yes|
Hutchinson Community College started with less than 200 students enrolled at the Kansas campus in 1928, but today, the school is home to nearly 14,000 learners taking courses on campus and online. Aside from a range of traditionally delivered programs, online degrees are also available in general education, accounting, business, early childhood education, administrative technology, office support, health information management and paralegal studies. Certificates are available for students looking to learn about business tech, accounting, office support, early childhood education, health coding, healthcare IT, medical transcription, pharmacy technician or paralegal studies.
HCC makes sure online students feel just as connected as those based in Kansas by providing technical support, information about proctors, library services and an online bookstore. The school as a whole is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, but numerous degrees also hold programmatic accreditation.
|7||Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||Cincinnati, OH||95.26||$3,567||28||9%||13:1||yes||yes||yes|
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is a great fit for students seeking a two-year degree, regardless of whether they’re based in Ohio or somewhere else. Aside from the four campuses located throughout the city and surrounding areas, CSTCC offers more than 200 fully online and hybrid degree and certificate programs. Examples of the associate programs offered include accounting technology, financial services, computer programming and database management, health information management and legal administrative assistance. Certificates programs range from computer applications to homeland security.
CSTCC prides itself on providing a full complement of services for online students, including scholarships, online orientation workshops and tech support. CSTCC also maintains state reciprocity agreements with select counties in North Kentucky and southeast Indiana, which means these residents can take advantage of in-state tuition rates. The school also has various reciprocity agreements in place to help ensure students interested in earning a four-year degree can transfer applicable credits smoothly. CSTCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
|8||College of Southern Idaho||Twin Falls, ID||95.26||$3,760||19||45%||19:1||no||yes||yes|
Through a partnership with a number of four-year colleges in the state, the College of Southern Idaho is able to offer a limited number of bachelor’s degrees alongside its associate degrees and certificates. Many of these options are offered as online programs for students who need flexibility or aren’t close enough to attend the Twin Falls campus. Some of the degrees available include general business, entrepreneurship, early childhood education, surgical first assisting, liberal arts, library and information science, and criminal justice. Certificates in related areas of study are also available. Classes are offered via the online course management system, Blackboard, and students are allowed to log in and listen to lectures, turn in assignments and converse with their professors and peers at times best suited to their unique schedules.
CSI maintains an absolute devotion to academic rigor and intellectual growth and holds accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
|9||Yavapai College||Prescott, AZ||95.16||$1,896||23||17%||23:1||yes||no||yes|
Yavapai College has campuses in Prescott, Clarkdale, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Sedona, Arizona, for learners living throughout the state who want to complete a degree or certificate in a traditional learning environment. For degree seekers looking for a more flexible option, the college provides a number of degrees and certificates that can be earned anywhere via distance learning. Some of the associate programs include business, accounting, administration of justice, paralegal studies and the innovative video game development degree. Examples of certificates include advanced bookkeeping, law enforcement and corrections, and screenwriting.
No matter which path an online student chooses, each can rest assured knowing qualified faculty lead the class and dedicated administrators are on hand to provide support. Some of the services available include academic advising, career services, tech support and access to library and bookstore resources. The school maintains accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.
|10||Barton County Community College||Great Bend, KS||94.92||$1,984||33||55%||23:1||yes||yes||yes|
Rounding out the top 10 best two-year schools in America for 2018 is Barton Community College, a public institution located in Kansas. BCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and recently expanded its online offerings to serve even more students outside the brick-and-mortar campus. The school currently makes available more than 50 associate degrees and certificates via BARTonline, the distance learning wing of the school. Examples of programs offered include finance, networking specialist, math education, dietary management, anthropology and cultural studies, chiropractic, hazardous materials management and wildlife science. If the program you want isn’t available, have no fear because BCC also maintains partnerships with six other Kansas-based community colleges. Some of the services offered to online degree seekers include IT support, counseling, disability support, academic advising and tutoring. Library and book services are also available.
|11||Mississippi Delta Community College||Moorhead, MS||94.78||$2,490||67||54%||18:1||no||yes||yes|
The programs offered at Mississippi Delta Community College academic division are designed to fulfill the first two years of a four-year degree. Like all accredited colleges in the state, Mississippi Delta Community College participates in an articulation agreement with other higher learning institutions in Mississippi. There are also workforce training programs and career-technical programs, as well as options for law enforcement and health science students. Distance learners at Mississippi Delta have the advantage of the Mississippi Virtual Community College, which is a consortium of 15 statewide community colleges. Online learners receive support services from Mississippi Delta, but can take courses from schools across the state. The college also provides several ways for students to access financial aid, provided they're pursuing a degree or certificate.
|12||Holmes Community College||Goodman, MS||94.31||$2,000||69||38%||18:1||no||yes||yes|
Holmes Community College, a school centered around community and flexibility for its students, offers associate degree programs, certificate programs and occupational skills training. Students can pursue associate degrees in fields such as nursing, psychology and athletic training. Those hoping to pursue bachelor’s degrees can rest easy knowing that Holmes Community College makes it easy for students to transfer college coursework to Mississippi universities. The college’s certificate and career and technical programs can also transfer to outside baccalaureate programs. Holmes Community College’s eLearning is part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College consortium, which opens the door for distance learners to take courses from 14 colleges across the state. Dual enrollment/dual credit programs allow some advanced high school students to earn college credit before they graduate. Tutoring, counseling, disability services and a range of other student support services are available to both online learners and traditional students.
|13||Cowley County Community College||Arkansas City, KS||94.10||$1,922||15||65%||23:1||yes||yes||yes|
With more than 80 programs to choose from, Cowley College students can pursue certificates or four separate two-year degrees: Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts and Associate of General Studies. Certificate programs include cosmetology, welding and automotive technology, while degree seekers can choose from majors like early childhood education, mathematics and graphic design. Distance learners can pursue their education through Cowley College Online, which offers courses and programs that are accredited across all 50 states. Most online courses are transferable bachelor's degrees, and distance learners can choose from more than 600 courses, 70 majors and 30 degrees and certificates completely online. Several financial aid and scholarship programs are also available to students who need them, whether they study on campus or online.
|14||Three Rivers Community College||Poplar Bluff, MO||94.05||$4,320||44||17%||21:1||no||yes||yes|
Three Rivers Community College, located in Connecticut, offers its students 100 programs of study across several subjects. As part of the bachelor’s degree completion program, students can satisfy freshman and sophomore requirements at Three Rivers and then complete a four-year degree at a university, all for about a third of what the first two years would have cost at a four-year school. There are also workforce development options like training consortiums, retention training and new job training, as well as continuing education programs for those looking to learn a new skill or improve job performance. Three Rivers also accommodates students with tight schedules by offering evening and accelerated classes and over 300 online classes. No matter which path they choose, all Three Rivers students will have access to student services and support programs, including academic advising, transfer planning, registration assistance, disability services and opportunities to work on campus.
|15||Tulsa Community College||Tulsa, OK||94.04||$2,103||26||41%||18:1||yes||yes||yes|
Tulsa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Students can pursue an associate degree and immediately enter the workforce after graduation or use the degree to satisfy the first two-years of a four-year degree after transfering to a four-year school. Students can also get hands-on training through TCC’s workforce certificate program, which can help them learn new skills, transition to a new career or earn a promotion. The Success and Career Center helps students through their academic journeys as well as after they graduate with career and job placement services. Individual courses, degrees and certificates are available completely online for distance learners, and for those who prefer some face-to-face instruction, blended courses offer a hybrid of online and traditional learning.
|16||Seward County Community College and Area Technical School||Liberal, KS||94.04||$1,632||10||68%||14:1||yes||yes||yes|
Seward County Community College is ranked in the top 5 percent of U.S. accredited community colleges. With over 45 programs of study to choose from, students who attend SCCC can pursue a variety of degrees, including an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of General Studies and Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies. No matter which degree they earn, graduates can use their degrees to enter the workforce right away or to transfer to a four-year school to complete a bachelor’s degree. Online learning at the college is delivered through EduKan, which includes six colleges in Western Kansas. Distance learners who participate in the program can earn an associate degree from any of the six participating schools. SCCC also works to helps students secure outside financial aid, to earn scholarships or grants and has partnered with a loan-assistance program called Incepta.
|17||Kansas City Kansas Community College||Kansas City, KS||94.03||$2,190||29||21%||13:1||yes||yes||yes|
More than 100 degrees and certificates are open to students at Kansas City Kansas Community College. There are four different options for associate degrees, each of which contains at least a dozen courses of study, and more than two dozen certificates. The college maintains transfer and articulation agreements with at least 30 colleges and universities, all of which guarantee transfer to KCKCC graduates provided they meet the individual program requirements. Students who choose to study online can be sure that they will be receiving the same rigorous academic requirements as their on-campus counterparts. Distance learners are required to log in at least three times a week and spend at least six hours per week on every course they take. For students who need flexibility but still want to meet in person, blended and web-enhanced courses are also available.
|18||Williston State College||Williston, ND||93.82||$3,235||14||87%||23:1||yes||no||yes|
Williston State College offers pathways to both Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, as well as certificate programs across 12 courses of study in five different academic departments. WSC students can choose from areas of study like nursing, massage therapy, accounting, welding technology and medical coding. WSC Online provides distance learners with the opportunity to pursue one of 12 different degree or certificate programs online. The school recently switched from the Moodle learning system to Blackboard, and distance learners have access to tech support and the same student services available to their on-campus counterparts. Student services include counseling, academic advisement, IT services, tutoring and career services. For students who need assistance paying for their education, Williston State College offers financial aid services, help with payment plans and veterans services.
|19||Casper College||Casper, WY||93.82||$1,992||10||46%||13:1||no||yes||yes|
Established in 1945, Casper College was the first junior college in the state of Wyoming. Students enjoy a small 14-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, and three out of four instructors have advanced degrees. The college’s university partnership program offers students access to 11 advanced university degrees on campus. There are also workforce training programs, continuing education units and online learning. Distance learners get a special tuition rate exclusive to online education and have the opportunity to begin coursework three times a year. All online courses and programs have the same accreditation as those taught on campus. Hybrid degrees are also available, which allow students to complete course mostly online with some face-to-face instruction.
|20||Highland Community College||Highland, KS||93.75||$2,112||12||62%||20:1||yes||yes||yes|
Highland Community College offers associate degrees, technical programs, health science programs and certifications as well as degree completion programs. Athletic awards, technical center awards, academic department awards, regional scholarships, foundation scholarships and other financial awards are all available along with other tuition and financial aid programs. HCC Online provides distance learners not only with flexibility in scheduling, but also with reduced tuition rates and other cost-cutting measures, such as textbook rental programs. HCC also offers adult education options and the opportunity for local high school students to achieve college credit before they graduate. Whether they pursue their education online or on campus, all students will have access to a range of services and support, including IT help, counseling and advisement.
|21||Tyler Junior College||Tyler, TX||93.72||$2,310||18||20%||20:1||no||yes||yes|
Tyler Junior College has grown to be one of Texas’ largest community colleges since its founding in Tyler, TX 90 years ago. Approximately 11,000 students are enrolled in over 120 degree and certificate programs held on campus and online. More than 30 degrees and certificates are offered entirely online or in hybrid class format, blending short campus visits with online instruction. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Tyler among the top 150 community colleges in the nation for 2018. The college is known for its nurse training degree programs which first began in 1951. Nursing students can choose the online accelerated LVN to ADN hybrid program to prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam. Tyler graduates have an average 96% passing rate on the national examination.
|22||Odessa College||Odessa, TX||93.51||$3,240||34||22%||19:1||no||yes||yes|
Odessa College was established in Odessa, TX in 1881 at a popular railroad stop midway between Fort Worth and El Paso. Today, students choose among more than 120 Associate degrees and certificates, with career, technology, workforce and college transfer programs growing the fastest in the most-recent decade. The college was named an Aspen Prize Top-10 Community College and recognized with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Award of Excellence. Online students can complete one of 15 associate degrees in the arts and sciences, or nine Career, Technical, and Workforce Education programs. Popular online majors include associate degrees in the STEM fields, education, office systems and criminal justice. OC’s online students can qualify for the same financial aid programs offered to campus attendees as well as apply for one of more than 50 foundation scholarships at the college.
|23||Laramie County Community College||Cheyenne, WY||93.48||$1,992||42||43%||14:1||no||no||yes|
Founded in 1968, Laramie County Community College today offers degree and certificate programs at campuses in Cheyenne and Laramie, and online. LCCC’s 6,000 students can choose from 168 Associate of Arts degrees, 119 Associate of Science degrees, 232 Associate of Applied Science degrees, and 88 Certificates of Completion. More than 15 degrees and certificates can be completed entirely online in programs accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Through an articulation agreement, graduates of the online Associate of Arts in Education program may transfer to Valley City State University. And graduates of the Associate of Science Degree in Accounting program can transfer seamlessly into the University of Wyoming College of Business.
|24||West Kentucky Community and Technical College||Paducah, KY||93.20||$3,528||27||N/A||18:1||no||yes||yes|
With history dating back to 1909 in Paducah, KY when it was a teacher-training college for African-Americans, West Kentucky Community and Technical College was officially formed in 2003 when the Kentucky Community and Technical College System merged West Kentucky Technical College with Paducah Community College. For more than 20 years WKCTC has offered online classes. Today’s students can choose from one of nine wholly online associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. WKCTC offers credit for previous experience through its Prior Learning Assessment program that evaluates your volunteer service, leadership roles in organizations, apprenticeships, industry certifications, self-taught knowledge/skills, and travel. In lieu of testing for credit, students can also submit portfolios that demonstrate their abilities.
|25||Central Wyoming College||Riverton, WY||93.15||$1,992||11||66%||13:1||yes||no||yes|
Central Wyoming College, located in Riverton, was founded in 1966 to serve students in Fremont, Hot Springs, and Teton Counties. CWC currently offers its 2,000 students a choice of degrees and certificates in 36 academic areas, along with more than 125 scholarships to offset the cost of education. Classes are intentionally kept small, with a student/faculty ratio of 16:1. Distance students can pursue five associate degrees conducted entirely online. There are technical studies Entrepreneurship (AAS) and Homeland Security (AAS) as well as an online AA degree in Criminal Justice, a degree in Business Management (AAS), and a Meta Major Associate in Social Science. Online degrees feature the same academic course materials as their campus-based counterparts and require a weekly time commitment of between three and 12 hours per course.
|26||Rose State College||Midwest City, OK||93.11||$2,595||22||32%||18:1||no||yes||yes|
The first classes at Rose State College began on September 21, 1970 at its campus in Midwest City, OK -- just east of Oklahoma City. RSC serves more than 13,000 students each year, offering more than 60 two-year associate degree programs through its five divisions: Engineering & Science, Business & Information Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Health Sciences. Associate degree programs at RSC are designed for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Its Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree programs are tailored to prepare students for entry into a wide range of technical careers or for career advancement. Students may complete classes online via the Brightspace (D2L) integrated online learning platform. Online students have full access to the college’s Computer Lab, Math Lab, Writing Lab, and Multimedia Computer Labs.
|27||Northwest Mississippi Community College||Senatobia, MS||93.11||$2,550||18||28%||25:1||yes||yes||yes|
Northwest Mississippi Community College, founded at Perkinston, MS in 1912, offers two-year academic transfer programs or workforce training programs. The college has been recognized by the Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence and is among the top-100 associate degree producers in the United States. Students can pursue certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees that comprise the first two years of studies towards a baccalaureate degree. The college makes no distinction between online or classroom studies on student transcripts. Online associate of arts and science degrees for baccalaureate transfer include the fields of American Studies, Education, Office Systems Technology, Business Management Technology Concentration, Accounting, and Business and Marketing Management. Academic Excellence Scholarships are available to entering college freshmen who have a minimum ACT score of 20.
|28||Taft College||Taft, CA||93.10||$1,380||18||80%||28:1||no||yes||yes|
Taft College, founded in Taft, CA in 1922, offers 50 associate degrees along with 50 certificate programs. Popular fields among its students include Criminal Justice, Dental Hygiene, Engineering, Early Childhood Education, Industrial Health and Safety, and Energy Technology. In 2004, the West Kern Community College District began work on a $39.8 million plan for building facilities and upgrading existing campus resources. Twelve of the college’s associate degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in the California State University system. Taft College Distance Education enables students to pursue online studies in a unique option of either Distance Learning Offline or Distance Learning Online. The offline option plan delivers assignments for the week ahead by email. The online option uses the Canvas course management system where students meet regularly scheduled classes from their location of choice.
|29||Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College||Perkinston, MS||92.98||$2,300||21||43%||21:1||yes||yes||yes|
The history of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College dates back to humble beginnings as Harrison County Agricultural High School in 1912. Today, MGCCC educates students at its home campus in Perkinston, MI, and campuses in Gautier and Gulfport. Students can complete selected certificate, diploma, and associate degrees entirely online. The campus faculty teaches the more than 350 online courses conducted by eLearning and the Canvas class management system. MGCCC is part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College consortium which provides another selection of 3,500 online courses for credit in degree and certificate/diploma programs. The college was recognized by Accredited Schools Online among the nation’s Best Online Schools. Top-rated programs at MGCCC include Veterinary Science, Culinary Arts, Education/Secondary Education.
|30||Southwest Virginia Community College||Richlands, VA||92.98||$3,060||15||54%||22:1||yes||yes||yes|
Southwest Virginia Community College, located in Richlands, VA, was founded in 1966 to serve the residents of Tazewell, Buchanan, Dickenson and Russell counties. SVCC has received recognition for its veterans’ services in The Military Times Best Colleges, 2018. The college offers studies that lead to associate degrees in the arts and sciences and career certificates. The Workforce Solutions Department offers continuing education in the building trades, technology and manufacturing. Nearly 20 degrees and certificates are offered entirely online or with minimal campus visits. Popular SWCC-Online programs lead to associate degrees in accounting, business administration, early childhood development, information systems technology, management, and psychology. Many of the degrees are designed for transfer to participating Virginia colleges and universities. Every year, graduating students can take field trips to gather information at those campuses.
|31||Jefferson State Community College||Birmingham, AL||92.68||$3,390||13||15%||20:1||yes||yes||yes|
Established in Birmingham, Alabama in 1965, Jefferson State Community College has created additional campuses in Shelby-Hoover, St. Clair-Pell City, and Chilton-Clanton to accommodate an ever-growing need for post-secondary education. Jefferson State leads Alabama in granting Associate Degrees in Nursing, graduating 250 students a year. Its online programs also gained recognition by the Center for Digital Education which ranked JSCC in the top ten digital colleges in the nation. Online courses are available in wholly digital or hybrid formats requiring minimal campus or laboratory participation. Online students can complete associate degrees for transfer credit to four-year baccalaureate programs or complete two-year career/professional preparation studies online. Most popular associate transfer degree programs include biology, business information systems, communications, liberal arts, and math/engineering/physical sciences.
|32||Albany Technical College||Albany, GA||92.66||$4,005||26||4%||16:1||yes||yes||yes|
Albany Technical College began serving its initial 175 students in 1961 as the Monroe Area Vocational-Technical School. A member of the Technical College System of Georgia, Albany Tech today offers studies that culminate in the award of technical certificates of credit, diplomas and associate degrees in 70 fields of study. Its two-year Pharmacy Technician degree program was named among the best in the nation by the Community for Accredited Online Schools (CFAOS). Programs offered by Albany Tech’s divisions, include Carlton Construction Academy, Early Childhood Care and Education, Healthcare Technology, Public Safety; Technology, Business, and Personal Services. Albany Tech associate degree graduates have transfer pathways to six universities: Valdosta State University, Albany State University, Southern Polytechnic and State University, Mercer University, Georgia Southwestern State University, and Middle Tennessee State University.
|33||Trinity Valley Community College||Athens, TX||92.60||$960||21||31%||24:1||no||yes||yes|
The first classes as Trinity Valley Community College, founded in Athens, Texas in 1946, met at Athens High School. As it grew, other campuses were opened in Palestine and Terrell, Texas in order to serve five county areas. Today, TVCC offers 43 degree and certificate programs through its five schools: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business and Technology; Science, Engineering and Math; Health Sciences; Public Services; and Service and Production Industry. TVCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Online students can pursue freshman and sophomore academic courses to complete an Associate of Arts Degree and qualify for transfer to a four-year college or university. TVCC’s Associate of Applied Science degree programs can be completed online in two-years to qualify graduates for the workplace. Eight TVCC degree programs are available entirely online. Financial aid is offered to 63 percent of undergraduates in the form of grants or scholarships with an average award of $3,806.
|34||Iowa Lakes Community College||Estherville, IA||92.43||$4,960||13||52%||15:1||yes||yes||yes|
Iowa Lakes Community College was established in January of 1967 to serve the educational needs of 26 community school districts and two parochial school systems. Today’s students can attend classes online, by television or at campuses in Emmetsburg, Estherville, Algona, Spencer and Spirit Lake. ILCC began its commitment to distance students in 1983 with the establishment of what is now a four-channel instructional television system that airs 35-40 live college courses a semester. Students can earn a two-year Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), a vocational diploma, or certificates of completion. Online/Distance Learning can include television classes, online classes or hybrids featuring face-to-face and online instruction. More than a fourth of all ILCC students take at least one online class each semester. Through its affiliation with the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC), ILCC accepts over 300 online consortium courses that apply to your degree.
|35||Mid-Plains Community College||North Platte, NE||92.32||$2,370||12||68%||9:1||no||no||yes|
Mid-Plains Community College became a reality in 1975 when the Nebraska legislature approved the merger of McCook Junior College, North Platte Junior College, and Mid-Plains Vocational Technical School. In 1926, McCook became the first two-year college in the state. With its 18-county service area, Mid-Plains today serves students at campuses in McCook and North Platte, with satellite campuses in Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala and Valentine. The college awards degrees and certificates in 11 major fields. Students enjoy small class sizes and personal attention, with classes averaging a student/faculty ratio of nine-to-one. MPCC Online degree programs lead to an Associate of Arts degree for transfer in Liberal Arts, Criminal Justice, and Library Technical Assistant. There is also an Associate of Sciences degree online in Criminal Justice. Finally, two-year students can complete an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration entirely online. Online user support is available by telephone or email.
|36||Carl Albert State College||Poteau, OK||92.22||$2,073||12||34%||24:1||yes||yes||yes|
Carl Albert State College first opened its doors to Eastern Oklahoma students in Poteau during the Great Depression in 1933. Today, the college delivers its courses at campuses in Poteau and Sallisaw, and via an extensive online component. Online courses through Carl Albert State College’s Virtual Campus are presented by the Blackboard course management system that integrates video, recorded lectures, and live chat. Courses are in eight or 16-week formats, depending on the student’s objectives. Online associate degrees and certificates are available in general studies, business administration, computer technology child development, sociology/ psychology, or social science. For students planning to transfer to four-year institutions, all general education requirements can be completed entirely online. Distanced students enjoy full-access privileges to all student services of the college.
|37||Pulaski Technical College||North Little Rock, AR||91.60||$2,850||17||24%||21:1||no||yes||yes|
Originally established in October 1945 as a vocational school in North Little Rock, University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College has grown to add a south campus, a businesses and industry center, an aerospace technology center and, in Benton, an adult education center. PTC’s 6,000 students can pursue 27 academic degrees. Some programs such as those leading to Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences and Associate of Arts degrees are designed for transfer to four-year institutions. Other students looking for workplace training can choose between 32 technical certificates and 36 certificates of proficiency in more than 17 major fields. Popular options for working students include a wide choice of evening courses or classes online through the Blackboard class management system. The most-popular programs are in technology, hospitality/culinary arts, healthcare, education, industrial and manufacturing technology. Online students may qualify for grants and scholarships.
|38||Bluegrass Community and Technical College||Lexington, KY||91.41||$3,528||33||2%||19:1||yes||yes||yes|
As one of the largest two-year community and technical colleges in Kentucky, Bluegrass Community and Technical College recently celebrated 75 years of serving the greater Lexington area. Students can take classes online or at campuses in Cooper, Danville, Lawrenceburg, Leestown, Winchester, or Newtown. BCTC offers more than 200 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Wholly online programs are offered for associate arts and science degrees for transfer, along with online associate degrees in business management and marketing, computer information and technology, Education 2+2 teacher preparation, interdisciplinary early childcare, library information technology, administrative office technology, and medical information technology. Online students may qualify for the same financial aid programs extended to on-campus students. In the 2016–2017 academic year, the college awarded $246,972 in student scholarships.
|39||Columbus State Community College||Columbus, OH||91.34||$3,808||41||16%||20:1||yes||yes||yes|
Columbus State Community College was founded in 1963 and today offers Central Ohio students two-year transfer degree and career programs at campuses in Columbus and Delaware, at six regional learning centers, and online. CSCC partners with more than 40 Ohio schools in the College Credit Plus program, allowing students to earn college credit along with their high school studies. Online learning at the college is managed through the Blackboard digital course system, providing students with access to degrees and certificates in accounting, architecture, arts and sciences, business management, office administration, criminal justice, digital design and photography, sustainable building, finance, geographic information systems, health information management, hospitality management, marketing, healthcare management, supply chain management, and sport and exercise studies. Some online courses are presented in a hybrid format, requiring minimal on-campus meetings.
|40||Southwestern Oregon Community College||Coos Bay, OR||91.32||$3,915||14||47%||15:1||yes||yes||yes|
Founded in Coos Bay, Oregon in 1961, Southwestern Oregon Community College today serves 14,500 students each year. The college awards one-year certificates of completion and articulated two-year associate degrees for transfer to Oregon four-year institutions. Career/technical programs lead to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Administrative Office Professional, Business Management/Entrepreneurship, Childhood Education and Family Studies, Computer and Information Science (CIS): Digital Design, Medical Assisting, and Nursing. More than 55 percent of Southwestern students have enrolled in an online class. Online courses follow the same formats of campus-based equivalents, with live lectures replaced through podcasts, videos, textbook readings, multimedia presentations, and interactive websites. Students taking online classes receive free writing tutoring with Skype and have unrestricted access to a digital library stocked with ebooks, practice exams, and scholastic writing guides.
|41||Northeast Community College||Norfolk, NE||91.30||$2,475||18||34%||17:1||yes||yes||yes|
More than 12,000 students attend Northeast Community College. The majority of these students take classes on a part-time basis. Credential program options at Northeast Community College include certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. Undergraduates seeking a two-year degree can earn an associate in nursing, science, arts or applied science. On-campus locations are in Norfolk, West Point, O'Neill and South Sioux City, Nebraska. The college operates an early college entrance program for high school students. First time students must be 18 years of age or older. High school transcripts, college entrance exam scores and an admissions application are required documentation to get into the school.
|42||State Fair Community College||Sedalia, MO||91.18||$3,288||25||15%||17:1||yes||yes||yes|
State Fair Community College places a strong focus on career-centered training. Study areas at the college include engineering, chemistry, accounting, agriculture and education. Associate degrees at the college are designed to be easily transferred into bachelor's degree programs at four-year schools. At the college's Small Business & Technology Development Center, students and small business owners conduct market analysis work, learn about financing options, receive continuing education training and attend business related events. Online and on-campus courses are both taught at the center. Among those courses are human resources, nonprofit management, new media marketing, leadership and health and wellness.
|43||Mesa Community College||Mesa, AZ||91.09||$2,016||26||23%||21:1||yes||yes||yes|
Mesa Community College is part of the Maricopa community colleges network. Through Career Pathways, high school students take college preparatory courses. Career Pathways programs include courses in business management and administration, education, finance, health science and technology— many of the disciplines that are available to students seeking associate's degrees. Students can choose to work towards Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Science degrees in several specialties, including agriculture, animal science, biomass energy and dental hygiene. MCC offers student support resources at the college including academic and career counseling, adult education and literacy, and disability services. TRiO is the resource used to prepare graduates to enter four-year schools.
|44||Owensboro Community and Technical College||Owensboro, KY||91.06||$3,528||25||7%||17:1||yes||yes||yes|
Owensboro Community and Technical College operates on an open admissions policy. Accreditation to award two-year degrees is given to the college from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. A majority of the students attending the college are from Kentucky or nearby Ohio. As part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, the school confers associate degrees in healthcare, medicine, business, technology and human services. The bridge to a bachelor's degree is through Transfer Framework agreements. To be eligible to graduate from the program, students need to complete a minimum of 60 hours of coursework at Owensboro Community and Technical College. The school has a transfer agreement for 16 associate's degrees.
|45||Arkansas State University-Mountain Home||Mountain Home, AR||90.85||$2,136||13||21%||17:1||yes||yes||yes|
Arkansas State University-Mountain Home was founded in 1995. ASUMH is a two-year campus of the Arkansas State University system that covers 140 acres and awards more than 50 degrees. About 1,500 students attend the two-year school where degrees and majors are offered in are arts and sciences, business and technology and health sciences. Since 2005, the university has offered advanced academics to high achieving students through the Fran Coulter Honors Program. The program is open to full-time students who earn at least a 3.5 GPA. Online and paper admissions applications are accepted for both the honors and traditional programs however, students must meet with an academic advisor before starting classes.
|46||Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor, MI||90.74||$3,576||14||9%||18:1||yes||yes||yes|
Washtenaw Community College provides on campus, online and blended classes. Majors are offered in advanced manufacturing systems, nursing and health sciences, professional communication, digital media arts and criminal justice and law enforcement. WCC also offers an 18-day digital photography study abroad in Spain course during the summer. Adults interested in gaining a global education can also participate in the college's global studies program. Classes in the program cover anthropology, language, culture, geography and history. The MACRAO transfer agreement and the MTA transfer agreements support transferring credits from any of the WCC majors into bachelor's degrees at four-year schools.
|47||Metropolitan Community College Area||Omaha, NE||90.70||$2,385||21||28%||15:1||yes||yes||yes|
Founded in 1974, Metropolitan Community College Area offers classes at ten locations, including the Applied Technology Center, Elkhorn Valley campus, Fremont Area Center and South Omaha campus. About 33 percent of the student population attend classes full-time and more than 26,000 of the students are enrolled in credit awarding classes. Major study areas offer undergraduate training in health sciences, technology, arts, business, culinary arts, and industrial and construction technologies. Online and in person classes are taught at MCC. Accelerated courses move through the material quickly and take fewer weeks to complete. As with other classes, accelerated courses are offered online, on-campus and in a blended environment.
|48||Meridian Community College||Meridian, MS||90.69||$2,100||12||33%||18:1||no||yes||yes|
Academics at Meridian Community College are provided through one of three pathways. These pathways include community and business development, honors college and the university transfer program. The university transfer program is built for students who want to earn a bachelor's degree. University transfer degrees are awarded in fine arts, math, science, language and literature, social science, business, and wellness and fitness. A minimum 3.5 GPA and two recommendation letters are needed to get into the Phil Hardin Foundation Honors College. Regular classes and those in the honors college are taught on a semester schedule. Online classes are delivered with proctored exams, ebooks and Canvas, an intuitive virtual platform.
|49||Walters State Community College||Morristown, TN||90.62||$3,528||10||15%||18:1||yes||yes||yes|
Walters State Community College is located in Morristown, Tennessee, a small town in Hamblen county. Prior learning credits can help adults complete degree requirements in shorter time frames. College Express is a fast track program that also allows students to earn a degree at an accelerated rate. Approximately 68 study areas in eight academic divisions are available at Walters State Community College. Academic divisions are behavioral/social sciences, business, health programs, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, public safety, and technical education. For mobile learning, adults complete classes on tablets and smartphones. Distance education programs are delivered at training centers off the college's main campus. These programs are part of Tennessee's State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. Through the agreement, students can take the distance education classes even if they live outside of Tennessee.
|50||Pamlico Community College||Grantsboro, NC||90.51||$2,304||24||21%||9:1||yes||yes||yes|
Pamlico Community College started as an industrial education center. Since it’s launch in 1962, the college has transitioned from an industrial education center to a two-year community college. Through its agreement with East Carolina University, adults can transfer from Pamlico into a four-year institution. Two-year academic programs fully taught at Pamlico include accounting, technology, human services, medical office administration and criminal justice. Non-degree training is offered through the school's continuing education division. Students log into Moodle to access online course materials. Each of the college's online programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Where flexibility and affordability meet
Like for-profit schools and non-profit universities, community colleges across the country have added distance learning to their program and course lists, helping students earn credits and work toward a degree with maximum flexibility. Yet one important thing sets community colleges apart: affordability. Using insight from distance learning experts and online students, the following guide examines how (and why) community colleges hit the cost and flexibility sweet spot.
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As the cost of tuition and fees at colleges and universities continue to rise, students are looking for creative ways to keep expenses down. Traditionally, community colleges have provided students the opportunity to pursue a certificate or degree at a low financial cost. Whether students wish to pursue an associate degree, receive training to enter the workforce, or earn a two-year degree to transfer to a four-year institution, community college can be an effective solution.
The increase in the number of online degree programs in the U.S. makes attending community college even easier. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are over 1,655 community colleges in the country, many which offer distance learning programs and courses. By making online classes available, community colleges are able to reach students located close by and in remote areas.
Distance learning has many benefits, including flexibility, fewer expenses and the ability to continue working. Of course, it is important for students to make sure the school they attend is accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized agency.
Distance learning gives students the opportunity to pursue a certificate or degree without being physically present in the classroom. Instructors utilize a variety of formats when teaching classes online. Some classes require students and instructors to be online simultaneously (synchronous), while other classes provide more flexibility, allowing students to log in within a certain period of time (asynchronous). Hybrid courses are a combination of in-person instruction and online learning.
Instruction takes place through interactive videos, digital textbooks and virtual learning software such as Blackboard. Students interact with instructors and peers via e-mail, online discussion boards and Skype.
Advantages of Distance Learning
Flexibility: Students can complete coursework from any location where there is a computer and internet connection, allowing them to fit classes around busy family and work schedules.
No commuting: Location flexibility allows students to save money on the costs associated with commuting, such as gas and wear and tear on a vehicle.
Greater choice: Prospective students who live in small communities without nearby schools can attend online degree programs even if there is not a community college located nearby.
U.S. Distance Learning AssociationNonprofit association that supports Distance Learning research and development across the complete arena of education, training and communications
Distance Education Associations and Professional OrganizationsLinks to associations and organizations compiled by the University of Wisconsin-Madison
A community college is a two-year institution of higher education that offers different levels of instruction. Generally, community colleges are open to everyone, providing a quality learning opportunities with low tuition and fees. Students attend community college for a variety of reasons:
Career education: Students complete a two-year degree or certification program that allows them to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. There are numerous career options for students to pursue in these programs, depending on the school. Here are some examples:
- Accounting Certificate (entry-level accounting)
- Automotive Technology Certificate (automobile repair technician)
- Dental Assisting (Dental Assistant)
- Early Childhood Education: (Preschool or daycare employee)
- Information Technology (entry-level IT position)
- Nursing (Certified Nursing Assistant)
- Paralegal Studies (Paralegal)
Transfer education: After completing a two-year degree program, students can transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a BS or BA degree. For example, University of California Board of Regents reports that 30 percent of UC graduates attended a community college before transferring to the university. Many colleges and universities have articulation agreements with community colleges that clearly spell out what students need to do in order to transfer. FinAid.org provides a list of schools with articulation agreements.
Developmental education: High school graduates who are not academically ready to enroll in college-level courses can take remedial education classes at community colleges. For example, Columbus State Community College has a Developmental Education Department with the goal of providing an educational opportunity for each learner to assist the college with the retention of students. Students take basic level courses and receive special support services.
Industry training: Local companies contract with community colleges to provide specific training or courses for their employees. Many community colleges have a Center for Workforce Development that provides training on-site or on campus by experts to enhance employee skills. Services may include consultation and planning development and continuing professional education. Some examples of industry-specific skills are:
- Electrical Pre Apprenticeship
- Construction Estimating
- Computer Skills
- Project Management
- Technical Writing
Continuing education: Individuals can take non-credit courses for personal development and interest in continuing education programs at community colleges, which can include courses, conferences and certificate programs. Students have the opportunity to refresh their knowledge and skills in self-directed and group-based classes. Individuals pursue continuing education to:
- Earn a GED
- Receive on-the-job training
- Participate in corporate training
- Gain English as a Second Language (ESL) experience
- Build a business
- Strengthen basic skills
- Enjoy personal development
Department of Developmental Education, Columbus State Community CollegeAn example of a comprehensive developmental education department, including goals
Developmental Education Aligned to the Common Core State StandardsArticle about the connection between Common Core State Standards and developmental education
Developmental Education in Community CollegesAn in-depth examination of developmental education programs offered by community colleges
Tips for Transferring from a 2-Year to a 4-Year CollegeTimeline for transferring to college or university along with suggestions for making the process run smoothly
UC Seeks to Increase Transfer Students from Community CollegesArticle about California’s goal for transferring community college students to University of California schools
Students save a considerable amount of money by attending classes at community colleges. According to The College Board, the average tuition and fees at community colleges are less than half that of public four-year institutions and one-ninth that of private four-year institutions.
Community college students who enroll in online degree programs, or who take online classes, can save even more money because of the cost-saving benefits of distance learning, such as:
- No commuting and parking fees
- Ability to eat meals at home
- Fewer childcare expenses
- Uninterrupted work schedule
Even students at four-year institutions are beginning to understand the financial benefits associated with online community college classes. In some cases, students are taking online classes at community colleges and applying the credits to their bachelor’s degree requirements, saving hundreds of dollars per course.
Distance Education Training CouncilDETC is a private, nonprofit organization that operates as a national accreditor of distance education institutions
Get 4-Year Credits with Online Community College ClassesArticle about how students at four-year institutions are taking classes at community colleges to save money
Why Distance Education?The benefits of Distance Education by the Career Institute
The flexibility of distance learning means students can create their own timelines in many cases. However, the following schedule illustrates how some students approach an online program from start to finish.
Most schools have an online application link on their website. In some cases, students must print out the application and mail it in. Applications are also available at high school guidance offices, libraries and human service agencies. In addition to submitting an application, students must send or fax their official transcript or a copy of their GED diploma and scores to the college. If applying for financial aid, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).
In order to graduate with an associate degree in two years, students must take five classes per semester, or 15 credit hours. During the first two semesters, students enroll in core general education courses.
- Career Education: You have some time before you need to begin actively searching for a job. However, the first year is a good time to begin to investigate places where you would like to work. Seek internship and volunteer opportunities to build your resume.
- Transfer Education: If you plan on transferring to a four-year school, meet with your transfer advisor during the first semester. Begin researching colleges and universities that interest you so that you can become familiar with their transfer policies. Begin to visit each school and talk to the transfer coordinator in the admissions office.
The second year at community college involves taking classes within a student’s major. These classes prepare students to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution.
- Career Education: Students who will begin working after graduation need research job opportunities early. Each school has a career development center where students can receive guidance during their job search, including resume assistance, mock job interviews and job leads.
- Transfer Education: Students planning to transfer to a college or university need to take entrance exams, fill out applications, and update FAFSA® forms. Many community colleges have articulation agreements with four-year institutions, so it is important to speak with your advisor.
Questions to Ask Before Enrolling
- Does the institution have a special transfer relationship with any four-year colleges?
- Will the institution accept all of my earned credits if I transfer?
- Do I need to earn a minimum GPA to transfer?
Online Degree Profile: Associate of Arts in Business Administration
Although each school is different, these courses exemplify what’s typically found in an Associate of Arts in Business Administration online degree program.Required Hours: 60 credit hours Time to Complete: 2 years (4 semesters)
Business Administration Courses:24 credits total BUS 100- Introduction to Business (3 credits) BUS 185- Business Law I (3 credits) BUS 220- Introduction to International Business (3 credits) BUS 101- Principles of Management (3 credits) BUS102- Introduction to Marketing (3 credits) BUS 106- Human Resources Management (3 credits) ACCT 131- Principles of Accounting 1 (3 credits) ACCT 132- Principles of Accounting 11 (3 credits)
General Education Courses:36 credits total at 100 or 200 level
English CompositionWRIT 120 College Writing (4 credits) WRIT 130 Research Paper (2 credits)
MathematicsMATH 160 College Algebra (3 credits) MATH 180 Applied Calculus (3 credits)
SpeechSPC 101 Fundamentals of Oral Communications (3 credits)
SciencesSCIE 112 Intro to Human Biology (4 credits) SCIE 211 Understanding Science: Principles, Practice & Theory (2 credits)
Social and Behavioral SciencesECON 210 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits) ECON 220 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits) PSYCH 110 General Psychology (3 credits)
Arts and HumanitiesHUMN 211- Intro to Ethical Analysis and Reasoning (3 credits) HUMN 232- Introduction to Literature (3 credits)
10 Tips for First Year Community College StudentsSuggestions for making the first year of community college successful from Folsom Lake College in Folsom, CA
College InsiderTips for transferring from community college to a four-year college
Federal Student AidOnline FAFSA® form
Internship ProgramsWebsite with information and resources for finding internship opportunities
Tips on Transferring from a 2-Year to 4-Year CollegeIncludes interview with Stephen Handel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Community College Initiatives, The College Board
Community college distance learning programs are ideal for many situations, from students who have just graduated from high school to working professionals seeking greater job security. There are online programs for people of all ages who wish to learn for personal advancement, degrees and pleasure.
[Community college students] come from all types of backgrounds — recent high school graduates, men and women employed full-time, women returning to school after raising children. Community college — and online programs in particular — is ideal for so many situations.
Jennifer S. Distance Learning Instructor Tompkins Cortland Community College Dryden, NY
Working Professionals: Job Security and Advancement
Unemployment is on the rise, and competition for available jobs is high. Professionals with advanced training and education have an advantage when it comes to keeping their jobs or getting promoted to higher roles. Additional training can also increase an employee’s chances of receiving a raise in salary.
Next Step: Contact your local community college for information about their continuing education classes and certificate programs that you can complete during your free time. Your employer may even reimburse you for taking classes.
I didn’t go to college after high school because I wanted to start working right away. Last year I started thinking about going back but didn’t think I could make it work with my schedule. Turns out my employer helps out through the tuition assistance program and I schedule classes around my work schedule. So in the end it was an easy decision.
Mark Thompson Florida Tech Online Student
Benefits of Continuing EducationDescription of the benefits for full-time employees who take continuing education classes
Continuing Education Programs Benefit Employees and EmployersArticle about the success of continuing education programs in the workplace
National Council for Continuing Education and TrainingOrganization committed to providing benefits that keep members up to date on new trends, help them to maintain a personal and professional network, and give access to leading-edge programs.
Peterson’s Education and Career CenterEducational opportunities at all levels, including distance education for continuing education
Working Professionals: Changing Careers
According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Americans change jobs an average of every five years. For those professionals interested in making a career change, education can be the key to success. Community colleges offer online certification and training programs that ease the transition between careers. People can keep working their existing jobs while training for their career move by scheduling online classes around work hours. In fact, The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) found 21 percent of full-time community college students also work full-time.
Next Step: Schedule an appointment with the Career Services department at your local community college. They have career assessment tests to help you identify your strengths and interests.
FOCUS2 A career and education planning system for students
Keirsey Personality Test More than 40 million people have taken the Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS-II) to assess personality types
O*NET Online Free database that contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors
The Meyers & Briggs Foundation The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality inventory assessment based on the theories of C.J. Jung
US Bureau of Labor Statistics Information about working conditions, training and education, and job prospects for a wide range of occupations
Traditional Students: Living in Remote Locations
Even though community colleges strive to be accessible to all members of the community, it is not always easy. For people who live in remote areas, it can be tough to attend classes on campus. Online programs at community colleges make it possible for these students to pursue certifications and degrees from home as long as they have access to a computer and an internet connection.
Next step: Call the nearest community college to inquire about their online programs. Many schools will even allow you to take placement tests from a remote location so that you do not have to travel to the campus.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Learning Article CUNY Queensborough Community College
Distance Education Survey Results Instructional Technology Council article part of Trends in eLearning: Tracking the Impact of eLearning at Community Colleges
Community College FAQs Questions and answers
Advantages of Attending a Community College Texas Southmost College
Traditional Students: Needing a Flexible Schedule
Flexibility is one of the biggest benefits of distance learning. Over 60 percent of community college students are over the age of 22. Many of them hold full-time jobs and families. For these students, the availability of online programs makes it easier to schedule around their responsibilities.
Next step: Visit the website for your local community college for information about their distance learning programs.
Why did you choose distance learning at a community college?
Community college was the most affordable way for me to start my degree program. It was about half the price of a four-year college. I chose online education because of the flexibility. At the time, I had an infant and two dogs and needed to study at odd hours like when my daughter napped. The self-paced program made it much easier for me to juggle everything.
What was your biggest fear and did you overcome it?
Two things really worried me. First, I had been out of school for six years, so I was scared that I’d be really rusty with basic skills. I was a little, but soon got in the groove. Second, I had never taken a class online before. How did it work? Was it the same as a traditional class? After talking to the counselors at the school and to a few other students, I had a lot more confidence. Third, I was taking courses to be a veterinary technician, a very hands-on profession. I was skeptical how an online program would handle this. I learned that academic coursework took place online (email, chat, Blackboard) and hands-on activities at clinics and offices that had relationships with the school.
We know some of the differences between online and traditional courses and programs. How are they similar?
The work. I’ve taken classes in both formats, and each one still had work to complete, tests to take, and people to communicate with. I needed to be organized and disciplined. Having a schedule helped, although maintaining it could be tough at times.
What factors were the most important to you when searching for an online program?
Three things really stood out. (1) Accreditation. I wanted to make sure the program I chose had been accredited by a government-approved agency, especially with my first time learning online. (2) Cost. I needed a program that fit into my budget, especially with a family. (3) Job placement. I wanted to attend a school with a good job placement program. The last thing I wanted to do was earn a degree and not be able to find a job afterward.
4 Types of People Who Benefit from Community CollegeHow older and younger students benefit
Community College Spotlight Flexibility of community college programs
Community College vs. 4-Year College Examination of
Community Colleges Need You American Psychological Association
The Need for High Speed: Online Course Taking Behavior among Community College Students Jillian Gross Molly Kleinman University of Michigan
There are numerous myths associated with both distance learning and community colleges. Let’s take a look at some of the most common assumptions.
1. Community colleges are for people who can’t gain admission to four-year institutions.
Many people believe that students attend community college because they can’t get into a four-year college or university. Community colleges play a significant role in the U.S. educational system. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, almost half of undergraduates in the country attend community colleges. Millions of learners would not be able to access the education they need to be prepared for the workplace without the existence of community colleges. Accredited community colleges meet rigorous quality standards. In addition, instructors at community colleges come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialties.
2. Distance learning programs are not as good as traditional programs
It is important for students to research their options before choosing any program. There are hundreds of community colleges with top-notch distance learning departments. Many times the courses offered online are the exact same courses offered in a traditional classroom. Students interact with expert teachers as they build skills, develop a portfolio and advance in their careers.
3. Community colleges are for people who pursue vocational careers
Although many community colleges have excellent vocational programs, that is only a small part of what they offer. Community colleges allow students to transfer after two years to a four-year institution for further education. Community colleges have continuing education and training programs for people of all interests and backgrounds.
4. Transferring to a four-year university is complicated
Most community colleges have a support and transfer system in place to make the transition to another college or university a seamless process. Many four-year institutions have articulation agreements with community colleges to guarantee transfer credit. Distance learning credits transfer just as easily, as long as the community college is accredited by the proper regional agency. It is essential that students meet with their academic advisor on a regular basis to ensure they are taking the appropriate classes.
While anyone can benefit from distance learning, some people are better suited for it than others. It is a good idea to think about your personal learning style before enrolling in a program. The following questions can help you decide whether you are a good match for online community college classes.
|Do you have a computer and internet connection?||Students are required to have a computer with a reliable internet connection. They must also be comfortable communicating via email and chat.|
|Can you invest time in the course?||Online classes are not easier than on-campus classes. Students must still perform research, complete assignments and interact with other students. These tasks require students to log in everyday.|
|Are you self-motivated?||Self-discipline is important. Although online classes are flexible and convenient, students must be motivated to complete coursework on time and to meet the instructor’s expectations.|
|Are you a procrastinator?||In order to have a successful experience at an online community college, students must not leave work to the last minute. In fact, it is important to log in routinely to check for new assignments and instructions.|
|Do you enjoy reading?||Online classes require students to do a large amount of reading and students need to keep on top of reading assignments. The volume of reading required can be overwhelming if students don’t keep up with it on a regular basis.|
|Are you confident enough to speak up?||The only way an instructor will know if there is an issue is if the online student shares concerns. Students need to have the confidence to address questions and concerns as they arise.|
|Can you communicate clearly in writing?||Online students need to be able to communicate effectively through their writing when contributing to online discussions, sending emails to the instructor, and completing coursework.|
|Do you have strong time management skills?||Experts list time management as the number one skill necessary for a successful online learning experience. There are numerous apps and software programs that can help you strengthen your time management skills.|
|Are you able to communicate without face-to-face contact?||Some people have a hard time communicating without being in the same room as the other person. Due to the nature on online learning, contact will be over Skype or through email.|
10 Ways to Ensure Distance Learning Success Tips for succeeding as an online learner
CNM Community College Online Resources Website with a wide range of Distance Learning resources including a fact sheet with tips and suggestions
What Every Student Should Know about Online Learning John E. Reid, Jr. PhD. Coordinator of Distance Education Technology at Kennesaw State University addresses ways to ensure a successful online learning experience
Accreditation ensures that schools maintain academic programs, faculty and resources (physical, technological and financial) dedicated to high quality higher education. Both government and private educational agencies work together during the accreditation process. The U.S. Department of Education, for example, does not accredit programs directly, but does endorse the entities responsible for conducting the examinations, all of which must be listed in the Federal Register. The six most notable accrediting bodies in the nation work on a regional basis, each covering a specific set of states and sovereign territories. For a detailed breakdown of the accreditation process, the criteria and the players, including profiles on each major body involved, please visit our complete guide to college and university accreditation.
At the two-year college level, accreditation varies by location. For example, in the western region, governed by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a special sub-division of the WASC handles quality assurance. This Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges examines all campus-based, online and hybrid programs and courses designed for completion in two years or less. In other regions, the parent agency the one that accredits universities may vet community, junior and sometimes vocational education. Before enrolling at an online community college, make sure to research its accreditation status thoroughly.
Other Accrediting Agencies & Resources
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges Accreditation of postsecondary, non-degree and degree-granting institutions organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical careers, including distance education.
Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training Accreditation of institutions of higher education that offer continuing education and vocational programs that confer certificates or occupational associate degrees, including those programs offered via distance education.
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools Accreditation of private postsecondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, and postsecondary institutions offering associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical, or occupational careers, including those that offer those programs via distance education.
Council on Occupational Education Accreditation throughout the United States of postsecondary occupational education institutions offering non-degree and applied associate degree programs in specific career and technical education fields, including institutions that offer programs via distance education.
Distance Education and Training Council, Accrediting Commission Accreditation of postsecondary institutions in the United States that offer degree and/or non-degree programs primarily by the distance or correspondence education method up to and including the professional doctoral degree, including those institutions that are specifically certified by the agency as accredited for Title IV purposes.
Distance learning programs at community colleges provide students with many opportunities. The benefits of online education include flexible scheduling, affordability and greater choice. Online programs at community colleges combine these benefits with the advantages of attending a two-year program.
In addition to giving students the opportunity to take affordable classes before transferring to a four-year school, community colleges have programs for people exploring new careers, building new skills and exploring personal interests.
With careful planning and research, students can find the best online community college program for their needs to ensure their future success, no matter what their future career plans include.
Top Online Community Colleges
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|1||East Mississippi Community College||99.83||$||78%||70||12:1||27%||
East Mississippi Community College serves students in East Central Mississippi. Online classes are taught through the Mississippi Virtual Community College. Associate of Applied Science degrees are conferred in 20 fields, including nursing, automotive, medical billing and coding and banking and finance. Fully and hybrid online degrees are available. Minimum college entrance exam scores and writing tests are required to enter some degree programs. Virtual learning is administered through the learning management system, Canvas. Through Canvas, students complete activities like class registration, tutoring and scheduled online class discussions. Students also view live video conferences, upload completed assignments and check their grades in Canvas. The READI Assessment is an online tool that the college uses to help adults determine if they are ready to pursue online learning.
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|2||Western Wyoming Community College||98.90||$||39%||32||16:1||53%||
As many as 11 online associate degrees are offered at Western Wyoming Community College. The school operates on a semester basis. Accounting, business administration, social science and information systems are some of the subjects that two year degrees are offered in. Certificate programs and bachelor and master degrees are also conferred. The school's online degree programs follow a similar schedule as its onsite programs. Although online courses offer flexibility, for a three credit course, students must log into online classes at least three days or nights a week. Minimum study time per course is 9 hours a week. Mustang Cruiser houses school announcements, student work opportunities, school policies, webmail and Blackboard. Signing into Blackboard is a one-step process. Once logged into Blackboard, students review class schedules and complete course projects.
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|3||Holmes Community College||98.51||$||37%||55||18:1||25%||
Holmes Community College offers opportunities to earn dual associate online degrees. The degrees are earned in technical and administrative fields. Most of the college's online associate degrees require adults to complete a minimum of 62 credit hours. About 35 of these credits are in core courses. To graduate with some degrees, students need to pass proctored exams. MyHolmes, Canvas and MS Virtual Community College are online platforms that students log into to register for classes, watch instructional videos, review their grades and participate in class discussions in real time. Live technical support is available on both platforms. Holmes Community College also uses the video based resource, Community College Network (CCN). The network links community and junior colleges and two universities located in Mississippi. After accessing CCN, students watch live video conference and seminar events that are hosted by member CCN schools.
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|4||Mesa Community College||96.88||$||25%||24||20:1||12%||
Mesa Community College has three campuses located in Mesa, Arizona. Headquarters for its online college is at 1833 West Southern Avenue, the same address as the college's main campus. The college is part of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). Online degrees place an emphasis on areas such as retail management, music business, general business and administration of justice studies. Some programs allow students to choose a specialization. Student email, Canvas and MyMaricopa are primary tools used by adults taking online classes. A help center, online tutoring and training on how to get the most out of video instruction are support resources designed for students enrolled in virtual classes. There is also an online orientation for new students.
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|5||Tulsa Community College||96.81||$||39%||21||17:1||14%||
Tulsa Community College was founded in 1970. The school serves Tulsa and the northeastern part of Oklahoma and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. In addition to three certificates, 17 online associate degrees are conferred. These 20 programs are taught fully online. Other programs are taught via a combination of classroom and online learning environments. It is necessary to take some exams at a proctored location. Prior to starting online classes, students must complete an online orientation. The orientation is accessed through MyTCC, the same utility that's used to access online courses, exams and interactive discussions.
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|6||Kansas City Kansas Community College||96.80||$||22%||24||13:1||20%||
Kansas City Kansas Community College is a two-year college located in the Northeastern part of Kansas. Supplementing its main campus are a technical education center and a career center. A 2.0 GPA or better is needed to graduate. Certain degree programs may require that students maintain more than a 2.0 in core courses. It takes approximately three days for the college to process admissions applications. Adult learners log into MyDotte, WebAdvisor and Blackboard to view class syllabuses, connect with academic advisors and complete assignments. Through the college's transfer agreements, students can earn a four-year degree at select schools without losing credits that they earned at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Articulation agreements allow high school students to start taking the college's courses before they graduate with a diploma.
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|7||Barton County Community College||96.78||$||71%||33||25:1||30%||
Since July 15, 1965, Barton County Community College has taught postsecondary classes to adults living in Central Kansas. Primary counties that the college serves are Stafford, Ellsworth, Rice, Rush, Pawnee, Ellis and Barton. Nearly 17,000 students take online and onsite courses at the college. More than two dozen online programs are available. BartOnline is the platform that students pursuing fully online or blended degrees log into. General education courses are taught through eduKan, a consortium of six Western Kansas Community Colleges. Within MyBarton are Cougar email and access to instructors and faculty. All school platforms require a user ID and password.
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|8||Allen County Community College||96.76||$||68%||94||20:1||23%||
Allen County Community College confers more than 39 associate degrees. Associate of General Studies degrees are built with elective options. Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees are available in 39 degree tracks. Online options are completed fully online. The programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. At Allen County Community College, students log into MyAllen to keep up with campus announcements, admissions information, webmail and course schedules. Blackboard is also housed within MyAllen. In addition to undergraduate degrees, the college teaches classes that lead to 14 certificates. A total of 12 programs that lead to licensing are available.
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|9||Pamlico Community College||96.57||$||11%||31||9:1||67%||
Pamlico Community College first opened its doors in 1962. The college started as an industrial education school. The school was renamed Pamlico Community College in 1987. The two-year postsecondary institution is authorized to teach online courses to adult learners in 23 states. Many courses are taught as part of the Southern Regional Education Board's electronic campus. In addition to a high school diploma or equivalent, placement tests are required to get admitted to some degree programs. Each student is assigned a counselor who can let the student know if they need to take a placement test. To earn an associate degree, students must generally finish 60 to 65 credit hours. Web Advisor, Campus Cruiser, campus email and Moodle are resources for students taking online classes. Online orientation and online technical support are also open to students who complete degrees via distance learning.
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|10||State Fair Community College||96.12||$||14%||41||17:1||21%||
State Fair Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Adults residing in a total of 14 counties located in the Sedalia, Missouri area are educated at the school. Annually, the college teaches approximately 5,000 students. More than 2,000 of these students take one or more online courses. Two fully online associate degrees are available. These degrees are in medical assisting and business management. The same amount of credits and course material required with face-to-face classes are needed to pass online courses. Online services that students pursuing the two degrees can take advantage of are tutoring, the Donald C. Proctor Library, the bookstore and student advisement.
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|11||Rio Salado College||95.93||$||4%||44||20:1||17%||
Located in Tempe, Arizona, Rio Salado College has been providing adult learners the chance to earn online degrees for more than 15 years. The college is part of the Maricopa Community Colleges and offers technical support 24/7 to adults taking online courses. Online degrees and certificates are in careers, technical fields and administration specialties like accounting, dental assisting, human development, retail management and digital design. Students can expect to complete 61 to 65 credit hours of study before they graduate. The lowest GPA allowed is 2.0. RioLearn is the tool that is used to review course requirements, class schedules, academic progress and individual lessons. An online demo is available so that prospective students can get a firsthand feel for how the system works.
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|12||Central Texas College||95.90||$||13%||43||18:1||14%||
Through Central Texas College's online programs, civilians and military members living in more than 140 countries have earned undergraduate degrees. The degree credits are transferrable to four-year schools. Several of the school's more than 24 degrees can be completed online. The least number of credits required to earn an associate degree is 60. Similar to onsite classes, online courses are taught on a semester basis. Blackboard and Bio-Sig are available year round, both day and night. Students also have access to Eagle Mail, Pearson, Cengage and McGraw-Hill publisher products like MyMath Lab and CourseMate. Academic support resources and student services that are available to students attending on campus courses are also open to adults taking online classes.
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|13||Frank Phillips College||95.73||$||30%||16||17:1||25%||
Frank Phillips College is accredited to offer online Associate of Art, Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Science degrees. Traditional and distance education options are taught at the college. Online programs are web based, requiring a reliable computer. Several of the programs are offered through the Virtual College of Texas. The student portal and student email are the main resources that connect adults taking online courses to classmates and instructors. Through the student portal, students download assignments, upload exams, check their course registration status and review course schedules. Online orientation teaches students how to use the student portal and campus email.
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|14||Stanly Community College||95.72||$||15%||28||15:1||25%||
Prior to enrolling in an online program at Stanly Community College, students can take a campus tour. A tour can show students local to Albemarle, North Carolina academic halls, the Small Business Center and the Crutchfield Education Center. Online degrees are in business administration, accounting, computer information technology, criminal justice, human services and education. Moodle, campus email, student forms, college catalogs and tech support are found on the main page of the college's website. The college uses Moodle to house courses, class registration forms, online tutoring and course materials. It is the same system that new students use to attend online orientation. More academic options come through certificates and diplomas.
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|15||Lenoir Community College||95.72||$||13%||25||10:1||12%||
Degrees, certificates and diplomas are awarded at Lenoir Community College. Member of the North Carolina Community College System, Lenoir Community College offers a range of online degrees in business, arts, technology, education and social sciences. Administrative oversight for online degrees is managed through the Distance Education division. Updates on class schedules, school events, upcoming exams and individual academic progress are available in LancerAlert, LancerMail and Web Advisor. If students need academic support, they reach out to advisors online via the Tutor interface. Moodle is where adult learners upload their completed papers. Assignments are required to be submitted by set deadlines.
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|16||Northwest Mississippi Community College||95.67||$||26%||18||23:1||18%||
Flexible schedules at Northwest Mississippi Community College are achieved, in large part, through the school's online courses. Degrees are rewarded in eight academic pathways. Among these academic pathways are business, education, fine arts, math and natural sciences. A dozen of the school's majors are taught completely online. An online program that the college is known for is its online associate in business administration degree. Although courses are fully online, adults may have to travel to an approved location to complete proctored exams. Work based learning accelerates the degree process, allowing adults to earn college credits for accepted types of work experience.
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|17||Metropolitan Community College||95.63||$||20%||22||14:1||12%||
Metropolitan Community College is part of the Nebraska community college system. Both a historic virtual tour and a virtual walking tour provide prospective students with a brief history background and visual introduction to the college. Specific study areas range from technology to education to social sciences. Associate degrees and certificates are awarded to adults enrolled in Distance Education classes. Although the courses are flexible, new classes start each quarter. An average of core courses worth 30 or more credits are built into online associate degrees. After logging into MyWay, students can sign up for classes, receive academic support, read messages sent from administrators and instructors and review a course syllabus.
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|18||Truckee Meadows Community College||95.57||$||22%||21||19:1||21%||
Truckee Meadows Community College is part of Reno, Nevada's education system. About 25,000 students attend the school each year, taking credit and non-credit continuing education classes. The school's WebCollege Department offers degrees that are completely online or comprised of a combination of online and face-to-face classes. It's possible to earn online degrees in subjects like dental assisting, business, history and education. Resources developed for online students are campus email, WebCollege and online student support. MyTMCC is the portal that is the gateway into Canvas and the online bookstore.
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Community learning at Ozarka College reaches back to 1975. General education, applied science and associate science degrees are awarded to adults who successfully complete approximately 62 credit hours. Transfer credits are accepted. Through dual enrollment agreements, high school students can take courses at Ozarka College at the same time that they are finishing high school courses. To get admitted into the college, prospective students are required to submit high school transcripts, immunization record, a photo ID and an online application. Admittance into certain online degree programs requires passing placement exam scores. MyOzarka is the system that the college uses to administer online classes through.
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|20||Northeast Community College||95.38||$||38%||20||17:1||43%||
At Northeast Community College, adults can choose between 60 online classes when seeking academic flexibility and online degrees. Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Arts online degrees are awarded with a technical or career focus in areas like education, business and agriculture. Online partner programs are in early childhood education, library and information services and culinary arts. Without leaving home, adults can get a close look at the school's facilities using the webcams. My Account Access provides access to online registration, tuition records, class schedules, course overviews and DegreeWorks Audit. MyClassesOnline leads to actual class assignments. Help with class scheduling is available through the Online Advisor portal.
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|21||Madisonville Community College||95.18||$||22%||25||14:1||30%||
Madisonville Community College is one of Kentucky's 16 college districts. Types of postsecondary credentials that the college awards are online associate degrees, on campus undergraduate degrees, transfer degrees, certificates and diplomas. Local workers have the chance to receive non-degree technical and professional development training at Madisonville Community College. Tests for some online courses are taken at the Proctoring Center. Blackboard, campus email and the user account center are how students watch live video lectures and recorded training seminars. Student Self Service gets students into the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
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More than 45 undergraduate degrees are offered at Odessa College. Distance education degrees are administered several ways, including via online courses, at extension centers or through the Virtual College of Texas. About 60 semester credits are needed to graduate with an associate degree. Six-week continuing education courses are also taught at the college. These courses lead to professional certifications. Academic and technical support are provided via email and chat. In addition to supporting current adult learners, email and chat is how the school responds to questions submitted from prospective students. To view class catalogs, students log into Blackboard with a username and password. Blackboard also supports class discussions, grade tracking and the status of class assignments. Tutoring, ebooks, webcam rentals and computers are located in the Student Success Center.
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|23||Pitt Community College||95.08||$||11%||31||17:1||13%||
Online degrees, certificates and diplomas are awarded at Pitts Community College. The college is headquartered in Greenville, North Carolina and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In-state adults seeking academic credentials in healthcare, technology, education and business can pursue online associate degrees. Adults living outside of North Carolina should contact the college to see if they qualify to take online degree courses. myPittCC serves as the doorway to Moodle, campus email, Moodle and student support services. Instructors teach online classes through Ed2Go. Moodle is the other portal that the college uses to teach virtual classes through.
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|24||Laramie County Community College||95.04||$||31%||17||15:1||14%||
Laramie County Community College is located in Wyoming's capital city of Cheyenne. The college has campuses in Laramie and Cheyenne. It has three outreach educational center, one which is at the F.E. Warren Air Force Base. Online degrees like the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education and the Associate of Applied Science in Business Management can be completed fully online or in the classroom. Online tools that provide assimilated hands-on training, interactive class discussions and digital record management are EaglesEye, campus email and D2L. Dates for upcoming events, access to the bookstore and Wingspan are types of Information stored in EaglesEye. To find direct instructions on future class assignments, syllabuses, recorded lectures and course catalogs, students log into D2L.
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Yavapai College is a community college that awards undergraduate degrees and certificates. Established in 1965, Yavapai College has expanded its catalog to include nine associate degrees and certificates that are taught entirely online. Certificates, like the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) A, B and S certificates require 35 credits to finish. A minimum of 60 credits are generally required for an associate degree. International and domestic students attend the college. To get admitted to the college, adults generally need a diploma from a regionally accredited high school or proof of graduation from an accepted state education agency.
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Crowder College was established in 1963. One year later, in 1964, the college started teaching its first class to a group of 361 students. Presently, the college offers more than 80 degrees and certificates. Blackboard, My Crowder, PowerPoint presentations, video and reading and research assignments are tools used during online courses. It could take six hours a week of study to keep up with the curriculum of a three credit class. Students are expected to log into classes regularly. Minimum scores from placement or COMPASS tests are necessary to enroll. The lowest ACT scores accepted are 18 in English and Reading and 23 in Math.
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Established in 1964, Cochise College teaches approximately 14,000 students annually in associate degree, certificate, professional development and workforce or career focused programs. Liberal arts, business, technology, math and sciences and nursing and allied health are departments that classes are taught within. Twelve of the school's degrees are entirely online. Related course materials for the online programs are stored in Moodle. To get into Moodle, the college's online learning management system, students sign into MyCochise. Although course assignments can be worked on 24/7, the assignments do not become available until 24 hours before a new term starts. Cochise College has articulation agreements with colleges within and outside of Arizona. The agreements make it easier for students to transfer to universities and colleges that offer four year degrees.
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|28||Fayetteville Technical Community College||94.90||$||1%||37||20:1||7%||
Fayetteville Technical Community College was founded in 1961. The two-year educational institution is headquartered in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A total of 15 associate degrees at the college are 100% online. Fully online and classroom training is complemented by non-credit based corporate and workforce development programs. Some certificate and diploma programs prepare students to pass professional licensing exams. To deliver classes in real time and via recordings, instructors and students use tools like Blackboard, campus email and WebAdvisor. Students who have mobile apps, can complete some distance learning class assignments with a cell or smart phone.
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|29||Montgomery Community College||94.63||$||19%||17||8:1||33%||
Academic programs at Montgomery Community College cover major corporate, business, technical, healthcare and education arts fields. Opportunity to earn an associate degree in a fully online learning environment is available in specialties like business, computer science and general studies. Within the online portal, Blackboard Learn, are resources like course assignments, student email, campus contacts and downloadable bookstore materials. Short contact forms to reach out to instructors, academic advisors and tutors are also located within Blackboard. Online orientation is delivered using a video housed in ELITE Distance Education.
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|30||Maysville Community and Technical College||94.61||$||9%||23||11:1||30%||
Maysville Community and Technical College is a member school in the Kentucky Community and Technology College System. The college was founded in 1968. It provides training that leads to associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Provided learning environments take place face-to-face in a classroom, online and during evening hours. Associate degrees that are fully online are in criminal justice and medical information technology. Distance learning students can order textbooks online. Class schedules, student services support, Blackboard, video tutorials and PeopleSoft are tools used to deliver distance learning programs. College credit for relevant work experience is available. Students wishing to earn a four year degree, can work with the MCTC Transfer Center to get help to ensure that all of their credits are accepted by the new school.
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|31||Gateway Community and Technical College||94.60||$||9%||27||12:1||34%||
Gateway Community and Technical College provides concentrated study tracks that prepare students to enter high-demand and high paying jobs after graduation. Gateway offers many of its courses in both online and hybrid courses, so students who have busy schedules can be sure that they can find time to further their education. Associate degrees at Gateway are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and degree plans can be tailored to result in either transferring to a four-year university or immediate introduction to the workforce. Students who excel in their academics may also be eligible for a number of the scholarships offered at Gateway.
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|32||Central Georgia Technical College||94.55||$||N/A||47||15:1||31%||
Not only does Central Georgia Technical College offer many online courses, but incoming freshman are also able to complete their college orientation without ever being present on the campus. Through the numerous financial aid options offered at Central Georgia Technical College, students can focus on getting an education rather than paying for one. Students have the opportunity to pursue more than 190 degrees, diplomas, and certificates at CGTC, any of which will help to secure post-academic employment. CGTC also offers a number of courses designed to prepare students to earn and renew the necessary licensures for whatever field they may be employed in.
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|33||Hutchinson Community College||94.45||$||59%||18||15:1||29%||
Established in 1928, Hutchinson Community College has been providing students with a quality education for nearly 100 years. Today, more than 250 of the courses offered at Hutchinson Community College are also offered in an online format; this will help to guarantee students can find the necessary time to succeed in their academics. Hutchinson Community College also prides itself on providing a “real” college experience for its students, and rejecting the stereotypes that come with being a community college. Hutchinson is an active community with numerous on campus activities, clubs, and organizations. Student are also provided with all the support services necessary for success.
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|34||Hazard Community and Technical College||94.41||$||19%||22||15:1||28%||
Every student is unique when it comes to preferred modes of learning. That's why Hazard Community and Technical College offers many of its programs in an online and hybrid format, allowing students to create the schedule they feel they will function most efficiently in. The programs offered at Hazard Community and Technical College are designed to either help students transfer to a 4-year university to continue their education, or to allow immediate integration into the workforce. Many of the certificates offered at Hazard are designed to fit directly into associate degree programs, allowing students to complete both programs concurrently and increase their future marketability as an employee.
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Not only does Panola College offer numerous online courses, but it also offers many programs in entirely online formats. With these flexible schedules, even students worried that their busy lives may interfere with their academics will find the time to complete their coursework. Testing centers are available to new and returning students who wish to attempt to place into higher level courses, potentially expediting their academic career. Dining and housing services are offered to all Panola College students, as well as academic advising, tutoring, and disability resources. Students will also be able to regulate their health at Panola's fitness center.
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|36||Somerset Community College||94.27||$||8%||26||18:1||25%||
As one of the quickest growing community colleges in America, Somerset Community College offers the education students need to thrive in a competitive workplace. Students who feel their outside lives may be too busy to earn a degree may be interested in the distance programs are offered at Somerset; the same thorough education is provided, but in a format that allows for more flexibility. Night classes, weekend classes, and multiple campus locations also help students to build the right schedule for themselves. Academic guidance is also offered through Somerset's academic advising offices, which happily helps students to find the quickest and cheapest path to their graduation.
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|37||Diablo Valley College||94.15||$||N/A||37||27:1||39%||
Students looking to complete an associate degree, but are also looking for minimal interference in their day-to-day schedules, may be interested in pursuing one of the online degrees offered at Diablo Valley College. Many of the online credits offered fall under the IGETC agreement that allows them to be transferred to a wide variety of 4-year universities, including Colorado State University. For students interested in immediate post-grad employment, Diablo Valley offers a number of career and technical education programs. In addition to daytime classes, Diablo Valley also offers night, weekend, and summer classes, allowing students to graduate as quickly as possible.
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|38||Wake Technical Community College||94.11||$||2%||38||18:1||16%||
More than 200 associate and certification programs are offered at Wake Technical Community College, making it an excellent environment for any student looking to extend their education. The online programs at Wake Technical Community College are prefaced by the eLearning Intro, which guarantee students will get the most out of their online education. Wake Tech believes extracurricular integration is an essential part of a thorough academic experience, and through Wake Tech XTRA—Wake Tech's club and organization management system—students will be able to become active members of their academic community.
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|39||Bluegrass Community and Technical College||94.06||$||2%||30||16:1||18%||
A student attending Bluegrass Community and Technical College will have the opportunity to pursue an associate degree, diploma or certificate in over 40 subjects. Distance learning at Bluegrass is offered in both hybrid and fully online formats, so students can construct their schedules to be as personally productive as possible. Students from 21 different countries attend Bluegrass at one of their six different campuses, as well as students from 38 U.S. states. The student-run clubs and organizations offered at Bluegrass will also help to enrich students' academic experiences; through these groups, students will find likeminded individuals while also exposing them to diverse new experiences.
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|40||East Arkansas Community College||94.06||$||15%||17||16:1||12%||
As one of the cheapest schools in the state, East Arkansas Community College is an excellent institution to receive an education. EACC is spread out over many campuses, allowing students to attend whichever site best fits their needs. The online courses at East Arkansas Community College are designed to accommodate the busy lives students lead outside of school. Financial aid comes in the form of academic and technical scholarships and is available to all qualifying students; students over the age of 50 also receive tuition discounts. Educational development is further ensured through EACC's student services, which include advising offices, counseling services, and tutoring.
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|41||Guilford Technical Community College||93.94||$||5%||24||20:1||10%||
The third largest community college in North Carolina, Guilford Technical Community College provides the education required for students to achieve their goals. A wide variety of the programs offered at Guilford technical Community College can be completed through fully online courses. After completion of a preparation workshop, students will be officially considered eDegree students; eDegree students are able to access all necessary coursework and resources remotely, and also are granted priority registration status. Paying for school is simplified with GTCC's annually awarded scholarships; more than $200,000 is awarded every year in the form of over 250 awards.
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|42||Dakota College at Bottineau||93.91||$||40%||20||9:1||28%||
Dakota College at Bottineau has been open for more than 100 years and since has been committed to providing a comprehensive education for all of its students. Now, more than 100 classes and 25 programs are provided in an online format at Dakota College at Bottineau. Online students will receive the same individualized educational experiences they would if they attended classes on-campus, but are able to access their courses from wherever they find is most comfortable. Students who wish to achieve employment as quickly as possible may be interested in pursuing one of DCB's AAS degrees, which are designed with career-oriented students in mind.
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|43||Mohave Community College||93.89||$||9%||19||14:1||18%||
Many of the programs offered at Mohave Community College are provided in an entirely online format, including transferable AA degrees for students interested in continuing their education at a 4-year institution. At Mohave Community College, students will be provided with all necessary resources to ensure their success, including disability and veteran services, career counseling, and academic advising. In order to make paying for college more bearable, MCC also provides financial aid to all qualifying students. Dual enrollment is also an option for high school students who wish to get a jump start on their college credits.
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As one of the most prominent sources of online learning in Ohio, Sinclair College is an excellent option for any incoming freshman who is looking for flexibility in their academic schedule. Sinclair College has the lowest tuition in Ohio and offers the fully accredited and transferable credits that student need to meet their goals. The average graduate from Sinclair College can expect to receive a %114 median increase in annual income. Qualifying students may be awarded one or more forms of financial aid, including scholarships, loans, and federal student aid. Academic advising at Sinclair also guarantees students will be set on the cheapest and quickest path to graduation.
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Online learning at Amarillo College is administered in multiple forms: fully online, hybrid, enhanced online, telecourse, and ITV. Paired with traditional learning—100% in in-person—students have a wide variety of options to build the most comfortable schedule possible. The associate degrees and certificates offered at Amarillo college are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and many are designed for students to be able to transfer their credits to a 4-year school. Tutoring and testing centers are also available to help any student that hopes to reach their academic potential.
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|46||Haywood Community College||93.72||$||9%||14||6:1||20%||
Haywood Community College makes receiving an education an achievable goal with its flexible online programs. HCC is also the owner of three forests, each of which is the setting for students in the Fish and Wildlife or Forest Management to receive hands-on educational training. Other field-specific facilities include automotive shops, a greenhouse, and a simulation lab for nursing students. Students who wish to continue their education at a 4-year institution will receive all the guidance they need for a smooth transition, including proofreading of application essays, help understanding which credits will transfer, and assistance in choosing the right school.
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|47||Southwest Virginia Community College||93.71||$||58%||16||24:1||32%||
The teachers at Southwest Virginia Community College are ready to provide a comprehensive education for their students, in whichever format the feel most comfortable. Outside of certain proctored tests, most online courses at SWCC can be completed entirely online, and the faculty is prepared to help students work around their lives outside of school. At SWCC, students can also be certain that if they excel in their academics, they are likely to receive some form of financial aid, be it loans, scholarships, or grants. Students will also be able to focus their studies through SWCC's tutoring centers and writing lab.
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|48||Three Rivers Community College||93.70||$||17%||40||24:1||17%||
Three Rivers Community College is an excellent option for any student looking to further their education, especially students who find they are short on time. With TRCC's distance learning programs, students will be able to meet their goals without interrupting their busy lives. The programs at TRCC are designed to be integrated with one another, making switching degrees a more seamless process. Workforce education programs offered at Three Rivers also allows students to receive customized educational experiences specific to a business or industry. Financial aid at TRCC comes in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and loans, any of which are available to students who meet the requirements.
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|49||Columbus State Community College||93.69||$||20%||28||19:1||8%||
Students who chose to seek an online education at Columbus State Community College have the advantage of being able to complete their coursework at whatever time and in whatever place best fits their schedule. The average class size at CSCC is 19 students, so students won't have to worry about not receiving the necessary attention for their success. CSCC also has transfer agreements with over 35 colleges, guaranteeing students looking to continue their education at a 4-year institution will find a school with which they are comfortable. In addition to CSCC's two primary campuses, the Columbus campus and the Delaware campus, they also teach from five other regional learning centers.
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|50||Southwestern Community College||93.66||$||15%||13||15:1||32%||
Students interested in the online program at Southwestern Community College will have the option to complete orientation in an online format. Similarly, much of the coursework at SWC may be completed entirely from the comfort of one's home. Over 320 associate degrees and certificates are awarded at SWC, so students can be sure they will find the program that will help them achieve their career goals. Students attending SWC will receive a comprehensive education that will prepare them for either immediate integration into the workforce, or for transferring to a 4-year university for further education.
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