Some community colleges are offering a handful of online programs and courses. Others go beyond and beyond, with a strong collection of distance learning options, hybrid programs, technological resources and a faculty with experience teaching and engaging students remotely. In addition, these schools keep their commitment to the community intact, with the provision of education, fees and support services.
Best Online Community Colleges
East Mississippi Community College
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.
Western Texas College
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.
Western Wyoming Community College
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.
Arizona Western College
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.
Allen County Community College
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.
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 a programmatic accreditation.
Cincinnati, OH 95.26 $3,567 28 9% 13:1 yes yes yes
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is an excellent 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 assistants. 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 Northern 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, earn scholarships or grants, and has partnered with a loan-assistance program called Incepta.
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.
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 degrees 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.
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 courses mostly online with some face-to-face instruction.
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.
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 a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in Virginia colleges and universities. Every year, graduating students can take field trips to gather information at those campuses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 distance education classes even if they live outside of Tennessee.
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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.