Distance (Online) Learning

Online Learning

For many students, educational success is possible through an online learning environment.  The Georgia Virtual Technical Connection (GVTC) at Columbus Technical College offers many online courses and even entire online programs!  Online is best for students who are comfortable using a computer and who can work well independently or with limited supervision.  This doesn’t mean fewer assignments or less one-on-one interaction with instructors and peers. Online classes require active participation and a solid sense of time management.

Simply stated… Online, or Distance, Learning provides students with the flexibility to pursue an education around the challenges of everyday life, while maintaining the same level of rigor as its on-campus counterpart.

Columbus Technical College offers a wide variety of online courses allowing students to mix traditional and online courses to complete their academic programs. The College also offers a select group of academic programs that you can take totally online. The start and end dates for online classes are the same as Columbus Tech’s on-campus classes.

If you think this is a real possibility for you, be sure you have a regularly-accessible (not public) computer, reliable internet access, and a Blackboard-supported browser.  For more details on Online Learning, please call 706-649-1846 or email abeveridge@columbustech.edu.  You can also check out SmarterMeasure™ – an assessment to help determine if you are prepared for this learning environment. To view our Procedures for Online Learning, please click HERE.  To view our Proctoring Procedures, please click HERE. For our Proctor Request Form, please click HERE

Getting Started 

Success in an online class or program is determined by several factors. First, students should have a basic understanding of computers and understand the technological requirements needed for success.  Second, they should hold the aptitudes and abilities as determined by the SmarterMeasure™ assessment. Once those two are met, students should review the instructions for logging into Blackboard, Columbus Tech’s learning system.

Portal Login Info


What are online courses?
An online course is one delivered over the Internet using web pages, e-mail, online discussion forums, etc.  CTC online courses cover content like their traditional counterparts on campus. Instructors provide personal interactions through e-mail, discussion forums, or collaborative sessions.

How do online courses work?
Students “attend” online courses by accessing the Blackboard Learning Management System web site and completing assignments according to the class schedule and syllabus.  Online learning is NOT a go-at-your-own pace situation. There is a schedule involved.  Also, some instructors/classes may use additional book publisher sites and content specific to their courses.  Refer to your course syllabus for details concerning any required sites or technologies.  To see if your home computer can support the applications used in online learning situations, visit the Blackboard Computer Needs page.

Do I have to come to campus?
For the most part, no.  Students need to complete their final exams on campus or proctored at a pre-approved location.  Your instructor will inform you of this and other required campus meetings in the course syllabus. CTC will provide a form with required proctor information.

You may also make an appointment to see an instructor on-campus or communicate via e-mail or telephone. If you need face-to-face interaction, it’s strongly encouraged to make an appointment as opposed to dropping by.

Do I have to be online at a certain time each day (or week)?
This often depends on the instructor and his/her preferred style of teaching.  The syllabus is always the best guide to answer what’s due and when.  If you are unsure, our instructors are just an email away.

How do I register for an online course?
Transient students (those who are enrolled at another college besides Columbus Tech) may register for online courses through GVTC (https://gvtc.tcsg.edu). If you are a campus student, please contact either the director of online learning at 706-649-1846 or abeveridge@columbustech.edu or the Academic Advisement Center at 706-649-1113 or aac@columbustech.edu.

How much does it cost?
Online courses cost the same as traditional CTC courses—they are priced according to the number of credit hours.

What student services and resources are available?
Online students have access to the same student services and resources as on-campus students.  Please visit the CTC home page about all of our resources.

How quickly will my online instructor respond to my questions?
The course syllabus lists the office hours for each instructor. Instructors should respond immediately during the posted office hours and otherwise within 24 hours of the sent email message (Monday – Thursday).  If your instructor will be unavailable or has expected delays (i.e. out of town, at professional development training, etc.), he/she will inform the class.

100% Online Programs 

Columbus Technical College is always updating this list. Effective summer of 2020, there are five degrees and three diplomas available COMPLETELY online! For the latest, visit the Georgia Virtual Technical Connection website and click on Columbus Tech in the college dropdown list.