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Virginia Western Online

Welcome to Virginia Western Online

Online learning at Virginia Western delivers courses and programs to where you are, when it is convenient for you, providing flexible high quality learning opportunities that support the college’s mission and meet the needs of our students and our community.

Online Programs & Classes

Fully Online Programs:

These programs are delivered via the internet using online technologies including Canvas (our campus LMS), email, and web conferencing services without having to come to our campus. Courses in these programs may require students to complete proctored assignments at an approved testing location or through an online test proctoring service.

Hybrid programs: (Mostly online)

Hybrid programs consist of certificates and degrees that can be completed taking mostly online and a few face-to-face, on-campus courses.

Business & Professional Services

Management: Entrepreneurship Plus C.S. Cert

Liberal Arts & Social Science

Social Sciences: Education Specialization A.S. Degree
Liberal Arts: Fine Arts Specialization A.A. Degree

Online Classes

If you're looking to take an individual class to keep up or get ahead at another school, we offer a wide variety of classes that you can take online without being enrolled in a specific program of study. Below is a select list of Engineering classes. To see a full listing of our online classes, visit the class schedule and choose "Online" from the Instruction Mode dropdown menu.

Haven't found what you're looking for yet?

If you need a class that's not on the class schedule for this semester, ask your Program Advisor about taking an SSDL class. Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL) courses allow Virginia Western students to earn credit while taking an online course taught by an instructor from another Virginia Community College, while using testing centers near them to complete any required proctored assignments. This allows Virginia Western students to take advantage of a variety of specialized courses that may not be offered on campus, or help students meet course requirements to complete a degree or certificate in a more timely manner.

General Info & Becoming a Student

In order to take online courses you need to apply to Virginia Western:

For registration information and dates, please consult the Class Schedule and Academic Calendar.

Have a question about admission or a specific program? Contact our Enrollment Center at 855-874-6690 or for more information.

What do I need to be an online student?

Aside from your self-discipline and willingness to succeed, the following technology are the minimum requirements for your Online Courses:

  • • Reliable access to VCCS email.
  • • Reliable high speed access to the Internet (with a current browser).
  • • MS Office software - VWCC provides access to a free subscription-based Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for active students. Click here for more information.
  • • Access to additional software such as Adobe Reader, RealPlayer or Windows Media Player, etc.
  • • Complete the Online Readiness Assessment.

> What is Online Learning?

Online learning provides educational opportunities of rigor and quality equivalent to traditional classroom delivery, providing flexible and accessible lifelong learning opportunities that serve our diverse community population.

All online courses and programs at Virginia Western meet academic standards established by the Virginia Community College System State Council on Higher Education in Virginia, SCHEV and are accepted as part of the graduation requirement for an approved degree, diploma, or certificate. Curriculum credit for online learning courses is equivalent in credit hours to on-campus sections of the same courses listed in the College catalog.

> How does online learning work?

Virginia Western online courses are presented through Canvas, a centralized student friendly learning management system. Students log in with their MyVWCC username and password, and access course content through Canvas (announcements, syllabus, assignments, course materials, exams, discussion forums, and grades).

Online programs are tailored to be adult learner-centered and more interactive and dynamic.

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National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements NC-SARA

Virginia Western Community College is an approved institution of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Click here to learn more about how VWCC's participation in NC-SARA benefits you as a Distance Learning student.