North Georgia Technical College offers a number of online courses to its students. Online courses provide students with course content and instruction while allowing students to overcome the barriers of time and geography.
The goal of distance education and online studies at North Georgia Technical College is to provide our students the opportunity to access quality instruction anytime, anywhere. Such access facilitates a barrier-free delivery of instruction through technology. NGTC offers a quality technology-based learning environment that is not bound by traditional time and space limitations.
North Georgia Technical College delivers courses and programs through Georgia Virtual Technical Connection (GVTC), an innovation of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
Access to an online course will be available on the first scheduled day of class and students must log in to Blackboard and access all online courses on the first day. Though online courses may be accessed at any time, students are still required to check in on a regular basis. The course syllabus will contain detailed information about attendance requirements and a timeline of assignments for that class.
Students who take online courses need a computer with Internet access. Good study habits and reading comprehension skills are also necessary to be successful in the courses. Online students need to expect to commit a minimum of 15 hours per week for each online course. Skills specific to individual courses may be required; for example, proficiency with a word processing package may be needed for an online course.
There are also specific computer hardware and software requirements associated with online education at North Georgia Technical College. You are responsible for obtaining and installing any supplemental software required for your course. Students who need laptop computers may contact the NGTC Foundation for potential assistance.
Students participating in a fully online course must complete a proctored event. Students will need to use a webcam, microphone, and a computer in order to complete their proctored event in fully online courses. Please review the course syllabus and communication from your instructor for detailed information. Additionally, some courses will require the lockdown browser, ProctorU. The ProctorU test taker tips for Blackboard can demonstrate how this process works. Students are advised to visit the ProctorU Auto Resource Center and review the videos and system requirements there.