Online courses are a convenient way to take courses and work towards an educational goal; however, the online course format may not be a good fit for everyone. Successful online students are self disciplined, organized and have good time management skills.
Learn if online courses are a good choice for you.
Step 1. Apply for Admission and Financial Aid
- Apply Online You will receive a letter in the mail with further admission requirements based on the type of student cohort you have chosen.
- Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.gov/.
Step2. Contact John Dershem-Bruce for general online questions – speak with him about your online future!
406-377-9409 / email
Step 3. Contact an Advisor
- AA or AS Degree
Todd Knispel 406- 377-9414 / email
- Business Management
Gail Ring 406-377-9436 / email
- Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Holly Dershem-Bruce 406-377-9432 / email
Step 4. Take a Compass Placement Test for all degree seeking students and if you are taking an English or math course.
Contact Kortney Diegel at 406-377-9417 or by email.
Step 6. Fee Payment
Contact DCC Business Office by phone 406-377-9400
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For a list of CCC online courses being offered, click here.
If you are wanting to complete your degree fully online or thinking of transferring to a four year institution, DCC Online can provide you with quality programs to fit your needs.
Online courses are not easier than on-campus courses. In fact, many students will say it requires much more time and commitment. Although taking online courses does allow you to study at home or the office and you have access 24/7 during the semester, it takes a real commitment and discipline to keep up.
CCCOnline courses are not self-paced or independent learning. Students are required to complete course work by the due dates indicated by the instructor within the course.
Online courses use technology for teaching and communication. You will need to be comfortable with up- and downloading your assignments, as well as moving them in and out of your word processing software.
Some students prefer the independence of online learning; others find it uncomfortable.
Some people learn best by interacting with other students face-to-face rather than electronically; online courses do not afford the opportunity of face-to-face interaction.
You must be willing and able to commit your time – approximately 8-10 hours of work per week, per course – this includes at least 5 hours of work online per week.
You must be self-motivated and self-disciplined.
In other words, understand that the requirements for online courses are no less than that of any other quality educational program. The successful student will view their online courses as a convenient way to receive their education – not an easier way.
There is a flat per credit fee of $150 for each course you take with a $30 per course fee. This does not include textbooks or other supplies.
Several courses now have a digital content fee, which replaces the need to have to order a physical book. The content fee is added to the tuition and for those courses. To see if your course has a digital content fee, please click here.
Prior to classes starting, you will need to order your course materials so you will be ready on the first day of class.
See what materials you need
Cost of textbooks vary dependent on course(s). Several courses now have a digital content fee, which replaces the need to have to order a physical book. The content fee is added to the tuition and for those courses. To see if your course has a digital content fee, please check the list: Summer 2015 CCCOnline course listing. The same is true for lab kits. Lab kit fees are now added to your tuition so you will be sent the kit when you register and pay for the course.
For courses that do not have a digital content fee, you will need to order your book. You can order books online through Pikes Peak Community College (the DCC Bookstore does not carry CCCOnline materials).
Regardless of financial aid, books MUST be purchased with a credit or debit card online ONLY.
1. How much does it cost?
Each credit is $150 with a non-refundable $30 per course fee. There is no differential tuition based on residency. Ergo a student from Timbuktu pays the same as a Montana student.
2. Can I get financial aid?
Yes, online classes are eligible for financial aid (FAFSA) but not for scholarships or tuition waivers. Financial aid can take up to six weeks to process so if you are planning on applying, do so early.
3. How do I order my books?
http://www.ccconline.org/books/ Several of the courses now have a digital content fee, that is built into the course. This means this will be included in your tuition and you will not have to buy a hard copy of the book.
4. How and where do I pay?
Payment in full is due by the last day to add a class. Payment is done through the business office at (406) 377-9400.
5.Who do I talk to about what classes to take?
If you are degree seeking, you will be assigned an academic advisor to work with you on your educational plans. If you are non degree seeking, you can visit with one of our advisors:
- AA or AS Degree – Todd Knispel
- Business Management – Gail Ring
- Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement – Holly Dershem-Bruce
- Early Childhood Education – Brenda Stockert
6. Do I have to take a placement test?
Classes requiring pre-requisite scores will need a placement test. Kortney Diegel can set up the placement test.
7. Do I have to know a lot about computers to take an online class?
You certainly don’t have to be a computer “genius,” but you do need to know the basics about your computer, how to get around on the Internet, how to create and download documents, etc.
8. Do I have to log on at a certain time?
No, online courses are asynchronous (meaning you can log on at any time). However, you do need to submit coursework (assignments, exams, etc.) by the due dates indicated by the instructor within the course. Courses are NOT self-paced or independent learning!
9. How do lab courses work online?
The science courses do not require attendance at a local campus for laboratory work. Some courses, including biology, chemistry, and geology make use of laboratory kits, which students are required to purchase along with texts. Other courses may use “virtual labs” Some courses may also require special supplements such as Thinkwell disks or CDs. Lab assignments, when required, are performed in the home or outdoors.
The student interacts with a sophisticated program in which she or he instructs the program to perform certain sequences of events, which the student can watch occurring on the screen as though taking place in a laboratory. Experiments done, for example, in a physics virtual lab can have far more impact on the student than working in a “real” lab. The consequences of error can be very strikingly portrayed on the screen, but without the risk of injury, making such labs potent learning tools.
10. Do I need to apply if I am only taking one class?
Yes, all students need to apply. Admission applications must be on file by the first day of classes or you will not be able to register for that term.
11. Do I have to send my immunization records if I am taking online classes?
No, however your account will be placed on hold every semester without proof of two vaccinations against measles and rubella.
12. Is tutoring online available?
Yes, 24×7 web-based tutoring services is available through NetTutor. This service supplements our existing academic support services by offering real-time online tutoring and homework help for core courses and skills 24 hours a day, seven days a week. NetTutor is not an answering or proofreading/editing service. Students can access live tutorials in writing across many subjects, including math, accounting, business, statistics and economics, science, world languages, English, and social sciences. In addition, students can submit writing projects to the NetTutor Paper Center.
13. Who do I go to if I am having technical difficulties?
Contact DCC’s help desk.
14.How much time do I have to spend online?
You should expect to spend at least 5 hours per week, per course, online. But remember, this does not include time spent offline doing work. For that, you should expect at least 3-4 more hours per week, per course. Online courses are as rigorous as on campus courses, and you should expect the same level of work or more.
15. Why do I have a ‘D’ username instead of an ‘S’ username as indicated on the log in screen?
Dawson Community College students are issued a D username that begins in the format (D00000xxx). This D username is different from the student id issued to you as a DCC student. That number will begin with D16 and is used only on the www.dawson.edu website. The D000000 username is to be used to log in to www.ccconline.org
16. How do I drop an online course?
Send an email to [email protected] with your username, the course and the reasons why you are dropping it.
The Virtual Campus offers flexible learning formats to make it possible for any learner to have access to needed or desired education.