Distance (Online) Learning

Online Learning

For many students, educational success is possible through an online learning environment. 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.

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 completely online. The start and end dates for online classes are the same as Columbus Tech’s on-campus classes.


Many online programs can be completed in one semester. What better way to invest in yourself this summer than by earning a credential that will make you more marketable and "hireable"?


Program Area Time to Finish
Early Childhood Exceptionalities 11 credit hours
Child Development Specialist 14 credit hours
Early Childhood Care & Education Basics 9 credit hours
Early Childhood Program Administration 9 credit hours
Accounting Clerk Assistant 10 credit hours
Entrepreneurship 12 credit hours
Entrepreneur Management 12 credit hours
Organizational Leadership Basics 12 credit hours
Organizational Leadership Specialist 12 credit hours
Service Supervision Specialist 9 credit hours
Supervisor/Management Specialist 12 credit hours
Microsoft Excel Application Specialist 9 credit hours
Microsoft Excel Application Professional 13 credit hours
Microsoft Word Application Professional 14 credit hours
Microsoft Word Application Specialist 9 credit hours
Network Support Specialist 10 credit hours
Criminal Justice Fundamentals 12 credit hours
Criminal Justice Specialist 15 credit hours



100% Online Programs

Columbus Technical College is always updating its list of online offerings. For the latest, visit the Georgia Virtual Technical Connection website and click on Columbus Tech in the college dropdown.

Getting Started 

If you think this is a real possibility for you, be sure you have a basic understanding of computers and the technical requirements needed for success, a regularly-accessible (not public) computer, reliable internet access, and a Blackboard-supported browser.  You can also check out SmarterMeasure™ – an assessment to help determine if you are prepared for this learning environment. If you are still comfortable with the requirements, students should review the instructions for logging into Blackboard, Columbus Tech’s learning system. For more details on Online Learning, please call 706-649-1846 or email abeveridge@columbustech.edu.

- 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

- 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.