All sixteen KCTCS Colleges are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the recognized regional accrediting body in the 11 southern most states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia). KCTCS colleges are the largest higher education provider in Kentucky, offering students the opportunity to take individual courses or earn a degree at one of our many convenient campus locations as well as through our innovative online learning program. As a pioneer in online education, KCTCS colleges have one of the most established and innovative online initiatives in Kentucky: KCTCS Online.
While online education isn’t for everyone, many students who cannot attend classes on campus due to scheduling conflicts, childcare, work or other commitments find that KCTCS Online makes quality higher education highly accessible, affordable, and flexible. KCTCS Online courses require a computer with Internet access and an e-mail account. In addition, online learning requires a certain amount of computer savvy. Learners should know basic word processing, how to send and receive e-mail, and how to make attachments. KCTCS Online classes require communication with faculty and other students via e-mail or discussion groups, taking online tests or proctored tests, and submitting various assignments via attachments.
KCTCS Online offers two convenient online options: Learn by Term and Learn on Demand. Both of these online opportunities offer numerous program and course options. Students must designate a KCTCS college as the Home College, and the Home College accepts all system-wide online courses delivered by other KCTCS colleges. The KCTCS Home College must have program approval to award the program credential.
A revolution in online education, Learn on Demand offers both full courses (rolling out starting spring 2011) and bite-size classes. Bite-size classes are about 3-5 weeks long and are called “modules”. Learn on Demand full course offerings are 15-weeks long and include all modules required in a full course. You can start on a schedule you choose. Modules build toward complete courses for accredited, affordable degrees, certificates, and diplomas. While these offerings are primarily offered online, some require exams and lab activities that may take place at an approved location convenient for the student.
Every full course in Learn on Demand is also offered in smaller chunks broken down into three or more modules. For example, the course BA 283 "Principles of Management" is composed of the following individual modules:
The unique thing about Learn on Demand is that you have the choice of signing up for the whole course at once or module by module.
We call them modules because they're, well, modular. This means that a module can function as a standalone class or be combined with other modules to build courses and earn degrees, certificates, and diplomas.
Yes, modules count for credit at Learn on Demand at any of the 16 Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges.
The flexible nature of the start-anytime system lets you quickly acquire the skills you need to earn a promotion or professional certification. Or you can earn a fully-accredited degree, certificates, or diploma. With Learn on Demand, you're free to pick and choose the courses or modules that meet your educational goals. If you want to learn a specific skill for your job, then you only have to register and pay for that one module that teaches that skill. You save money by only paying for the modules that you need. If you want to earn an associate degree in Business Administration, then you have the power to build your degree course by course or module by module.
With Learn on Demand, you'll never have to rehash material you already know. If you can test out of a parent course or module, you'll earn the credit for the same tuition rate without having to do all the coursework. We call it credit for prior knowledge. You'll call it awesome.
With Learn on Demand, you can begin a new course whenever you're ready. Unlike other online colleges with fixed course schedules, we offer the first truly on-demand education.
Example 1: Let's say you're a newspaper journalist who wants to switch over to the Web, but all of the jobs require basic knowledge of HTML. Instead of spending several hundred dollars and six months completing a course on Web Page Development, you can sign up for a specific module called HTML Concepts. In three to eight weeks, you'll have the skills you need just in time for that new job.
Example 2: After two years writing for the Web, you decide that you really want to help design web sites as well. With the flexibility of Learn on Demand, you can go back and take the other three modules to complete the Web Page Development course.
Example 3: After a few more years, you find yourself even more interested in the technologies that make the Web work. Your company has a position open in IT, but you don't have the necessary training. With Learn on Demand, you can apply the credit you've already earned from the Web Page Development modules toward a 24 credit hour Information Technology Fundamentals Certificate. You can sign up for the rest of the required credits via modules or parent courses.
Follow our easy, step-by-step admission process to join Learn on Demand today. Once accepted, you can register for your first class and start working immediately.
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