General Questions about GVTC
The Georgia Virtual Technical College brings together the resources of numerous technical colleges and institutes to expand program offerings giving you more technical educational options than ever before. You get the same high quality instruction and course content that these technical colleges and institutes provide to traditional students, minus the barriers of time and place that prevent so many from pursuing educational opportunities.
GVTC allows you to register at one of our colleges, while taking courses online. In most cases, you never have to go to the campus, however, please check the course details to check for proctored exams or other possible campus, or software requirements. First, a student submits a GVTC Application. Then you will be emailed details on how to complete the application process. GVTC will assist you with any questions you might have along the way. The home college will provide assistance with the admissions process as well. After acceptance to a participating college, you can register to take courses online. After you have finished your course(s), your grades will be transcripted by the college you enrolled with for the course., not by GVTC.
GVTC courses cost $(US)26.00 per credit hour. Books and materials are additional and there may be additional fees for some courses. Tuition rates are double for non-Georgia residents.
GVTC is not a college and therefore is not eligible for accreditation. However, all of our participating colleges are accredited by theirnational and/or regionalaccrediting agency. If you have questions about a specific college, you should contact them directly.
You can find a list of available courses on the Course Catalog page.
GVTC courses are 10 weeks long. The course structure will require that you keep to these schedules in order to successfully complete the courses. If you feel you will need more time, you should contact your instructor about getting an "Incomplete" grade for the course. Finishing earlier than the scheduled time can only be done with the permission of the course's instructor.
You can find a list of available programs on the Program Descriptions page
Courses start in the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
Yes. Although the GVTC does not administer financial aid, we can facilitate your contact with our participating institutional financial aid offices. Our guidelines should help you in your search for financial assistance. For details, please visit our Financial Aid information page.
You should not have to go to campus when taking GVTC courses. However, if you are taking a course that requires a monitored lab, you may have to go to campus. In some occasions, the instructors require proctored test at the nearest Technical College to you. Also, you may want to go to campus to take advantage of the services available there. As a GVTC student, you can use the services available on-campus.
We are always looking to add more courses. However, because GVTC stresses instructional quality over quantity, there can be a considerable development time in bringing new courses online. You should check the web site periodically to look for new courses and degree programs.
Yes, you can take on-campus and online courses at the same time. However, please remember that online courses are as rigorous as on campus courses, and you should expect the same level of work or more.
You can take up to the maximum number of courses allowed by your home college (advisor) through GVTC. However, these courses are as rigorous as on campus courses, and you should expect the same level of work or more.
For a complete list of contacts for GVTC, visit the Contacts Page on the GVTC website
No, you will not have to be online at a specific time. Access when its convenient and from a place that's convenient! Learn what you want, when you want, from a location that's convenient to you. You choose the hour of the day (or night) to attend classes. Except for turning in assignments when they are due, your schedule is totally up to you. You can review lectures, ask questions, and participate in discussion groups at a time and from a place that's convenient to you.
Technical Support Questions
First you must download either Netscape or Internet Explorer. You can add the Netscape Navigator or the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser to your AOL software and use it for your browser while online with AOL.
Once you have installed either Netscape's Navigator or Microsoft's Internet Explorer, the following procedure should be used:
Review and compare your computer with listed Technical Requirements to make sure your computer and web browser are compatible for GVTC courses. Also download any plugins you may not have installed by checking the download section on the GVTC website.
You should see the name of your class under the "My courses" box (in this example, the course is named Internet 101). If you do not see the course you should be enrolled in on the list, please contact the college offering your course to find out how to email the instructor. Let the instructor know your login is incorrect or not associated with the course.
It is normal not to have access to your online class until the first day of the quarter. If you want early access, your instructor is the only one that can allow you to see the class before the first day of classes.
The only way to get a test reset is to email or call your instructor. GVTC cannot reset it for you.
You cannot add the link to your favorites or as a bookmark after you have accessed the website. You can type the URL in the address line and in the future, use the drop down arrow to access the URL on the history listed of web pages visited recently. You can add a bookmark or favorite for the URL if you edit the highlighted part of the URL to follow not to include the highlighted portion: http://gvtc.blackboard.com/?bbatt=Y
You should email the instructor to make sure you are using the exact username and password given to your account. The password IS case sensitive. Your instructor can handle the issue and this is not considered a technical problem.
This is called an access code. It is required for courses in which the instructor has adopted the course content directly from the publisher. You should have been instructed to purchase a book that comes with the user access code included. This may be sold separately in come cases. Again, your instructor is who you should contact if you receive the second code window. This issue is not handled by technical support because GVTC does not have access to additional codes for students.
In most cases, you can access your course at any time and any place you have Internet access. You may have times when you are asked by your instructor to access the course for a chat session or other type of interactive communication. This depends entirely on the instructor for the course.
You should contact the Student Services office at the college offering the course to inform them that you have not been able to communicate with your instructor.
Depending on your location, it could be the network. It could also be an unscheduled maintenance issue, but these occurrences are rare. You should double check to make sure you have typed the proper URL in the address line.
AOL and CompuServe use a specialized browser. This browser does not work well with the application Blackboard. Blackboard does not recommend or support these browsers. You can use them to dial into your Internet Service Provider and then use the Internet Explorer or Netscape browser to access Blackboard. The only problem with that is that the Internet Service Provider may not see you are still online working and will disconnect you after a period of idle time (no activity). you must use the Internet Explorer or Netscape browser to access Blackboard to ensure proper interaction between you and the Blackboard server.
Questions About Admission and Registration
To apply for GVTC, you should go to the Application Page. Then, follow the on-screen instructions
Anyone, 16 years of age or older, can take courses through GVTC. There are no specific admission requirements to take courses through GVTC. However, some courses may require that you have had previous college or work experience. You should check the Admissions Process page for more information.
You can register for courses online or at your home college campus. If this is your first quarter, after acceptance to a participating institute, you should receive information on how to register with an advisor.
No. You can live anywhere and take courses through GVTC. As long as you have access to the Internet, you can participate in our courses. Out of State students will pay twice the In State tuition.
GVTC is an open enrollment program. That means that anyone, 16 years of age or older can take courses through GVTC, regardless of citizenship. However, individual courses or degree programs may have requirement for specific educational background.
GVTC in-state students pay tuition of $(US)26.00 per semester credit hour. Out-of-state students taking courses through GVTC pay $(US)48.00 per credit hour. Even at twice the price of in-state tuition, GVTC out-of-state tuition is extremely reasonable.
Anyone 16 years of age or older can take courses through GVTC. However, if you are a current high school student, you should check with your parents and/or high school counselor before taking any college level course. Students under 16 years of age are generally not allowed to take GVTC courses.
While GVTC courses start frequently, you will need to wait to start your course until the next quarter begins.
To transfer credit earned through GVTC to your institution, you will need to request an official transcript from your GVTC home college. There may be a small charge for the transcript.
Yes. If you have completed a GVTC application in the past, you will need to complete another application for future quarters. You may access that form by linking to https://www.gvtc.org/app/application1.asp.
You can find a listing of required courses for your degree program on the Program Descriptions page. For a list of individual courses available go to the Course Schedule page. If you are still unsure about what courses to take, you should contact an academic advisor at your home college.
After you have registered for your course, you will receive a Username, Password, and a web address from your instructor. Courses are accessible at the web address (URL) on the first day of that course's session. You will need your Username and your Password to get access to your course. It is recommended that you access your course within the first couple of days of the start of your course's session.
After you are registered for a course, you will receive an e-mail from your instructor including your Username and Password, as well as the web address (URL) where you will begin your course.
Please contact the home college and call the institute's Registrar offering the course you need to drop to request that the form be mailed to you. GVTC is planning to add a Drop/Add form online to facilitate this process in the near future. You should be able to locate the form under student services.
Lab courses are also done online through the use of CD ROMS and laboratory kits that are mailed to your home. Although, some courses may require you attend a supervised laboratory setting, these courses will be minimized and all students will be advised of this requirement at the time they register.
Once the quarter begins, you will have access to your course wit the information provided by the instructor for the course. Click on a course link to enter that course. Once inside, you will see a menu that will allow you navigate around your course. You will be able to communicate with your instructor through e-mail, and virtual chat sessions. You will also be able to post questions and comments to your course's, asynchronous threaded discussion forum. This forum allows you to hold virtual conversations with other classmates and your instructor, without having to be online at the same. You will also be able to post assignments through your course's web site and read lessons. You may have to visit other web sites and even participate in online labs! Finally, you will be able to take exams online and get feedback from your instructor through your course's grade book.
Instructors can be contacted by e-mail or through the courses online, web forum. GVTC instructors have developed a great reputation for being responsive to student questions and they will usually get back to you within 24 hours.