Online Learning

Learn Online

Do you want to take classes, but aren’t able to come to campus? Midlands Technical College offers over 450 academic and training courses students can take online. Offerings range from courses that can be applied to our certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs to courses for industry certifications, college transfer, or personal enrichment. Also, MTC offers online courses in several different formats to meet the needs of students: traditional online courses, virtual classes, and hybrid classes.

Modes of Online Delivery 

Online courses are delivered via the internet do not have a set daily class schedule. However, you will likely have regular deadlines you must meet each week during the semester.

Virtual courses are delivered online, through free, downloadable web conferencing software and allow you to see, hear, and speak with your instructors in real time. These courses meet at set times during the week, similar to a traditional on-campus class.

Hybrid courses feature both on-campus and online learning. Some learning activities will take place online, but classes will meet on-campus on regularly scheduled days and times as well.

Academic Courses

Academic courses receive traditional academic credit that can be applied to our certificate, diploma, and associate degree program and transferred to four-year colleges and universities. To browse all academic online classes, choose "Online" for the location on the class search page.  

Online Programs (Academic)

Although many of our academic programs have online offerings for a portion of the program requirements, the academic programs listed below can be completed entirely online through select course offerings:

Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) Training Courses

Training courses, also known as Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE), offers classes and nationally-recognized career certifications that can be completed more quickly than an academic credit program. Our CCE online courses are the perfect way to learn new skills and further develop existing ones if you do not need college credit.  

Online CCE classes are offered in these categories:

  • Business
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Creative Careers
  • Employee Leadership and Development
  • Health Care
  • Industrial Technologies Trades, and Manufacturing
  • Personal Enrichment

Online Programs (CCE)

Need to complete an entire program online, not just some of your classes? Below are our programs you can complete online:

Browse our online CCE training classes.

D2L Brightspace

D2L Brightspace is MTC's online learning platform. It's used mostly for academic students, although some training classes use D2L Brightspace as well. Students can access D2L Brightspace and the D2L Brightspace Helpdisk via MyMTC.

Virtual Backpack 

Students who have not yet successfully completed an online class at the college, will first need to complete the short, free, and fast Virtual Backpack course to be able to register for traditional online classes. It is not required for virtual or hybrid courses, but we strongly recommend you complete it before registering for those courses too. This short online course will help introduce you to the structure of online courses and give you some of the technical knowledge you will need to succeed in online classes. Once you have been assigned a D2L account you will automatically be enrolled in the course, so you can the Virtual Backpack by logging into D2L.

 

Completing the Virtual Backpack means you are ready to take online classes.

Are you a prospective MTC student who is interested in taking online courses? Use the following credentials to demo the Virtual Backpack. Keep in mind that if you enroll at MTC at a later date you will need to complete the Virtual Backpack under your own account prior to enrolling in online courses.

Pre-Registration Information

Every online and hybrid course at Midlands Technical College has a Preregistration Information Page linked on the Class Search Registration page. This page includes information about each course such as technical requirements, orientation requirements, on-campus/off-campus requirements, etc.

There are many benefits to taking online and hybrid courses, including less trips to campus, flexible scheduling, and a relaxed learning environment. However, keep in mind that online and hybrid courses demand that you be self-motivated and proactive. Also, online delivery does not mean the workload is less than a face-to-face course nor does it mean that there are no due dates or attendance requirements. There will be an assignment schedule to follow and instructors will verify attendance through the assigned online activities.

You must have access to reliable internet service to take online or hybrid courses. It is also imperative that you have basic computer skills, such as navigating the internet, sending emails, using D2L Brightspace, and using common computer software such as Microsoft Word.

Four days before the semester begins, be sure to log into D2L Brightspace to access your course syllabi, assignments, and all other information related to the course. Unless otherwise noted, it is very important to have the textbook and all required class materials by the first day of class.

To find the class preregistration pages, please search for your class here.

If you have any questions regarding your class, contact your instructor immediately.

If you are an otherwise qualified student with a documented disability, please contact Counseling and Career Services as soon as possible prior to the first day of class to request accommodations. 

Student Complaints

In compliance with U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) rules, an institution offering distance education must provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student's state. Please visit the Student Complaints page for information about the student grievance process.

D2L Brightspace

D2L Brightspace is MTC's online learning platform.

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Online Learning

College courses to fit your needs

SC Tech Connect logoOnline courses provide a high-quality, low-cost, convenient option for completing your first year of college. The 16 state technical colleges have come together to offer the best of online learning through SCTechConnect, where your courses will seamlessly transfer to South Carolina’s public colleges and universities.

For more information, contact Chanda Booker at 803.790.7578 or bookerc@midlandstech.edu.

NC-SARA

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

Midlands Technical College has been approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements - approved institution

Learn more about NC-SARA

FAQ

Am I a Training or an Academic student?

Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

Training students—sometimes called Continuing Education students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They can register directly for courses online. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

How much can you save?

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MTC can save you

8,198

In your first year*

* Total tuition and fees (most current data available as of August 2018). Source: U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings and "IPEDS Student Financial Aid Component Overview Public Academic Reporters."

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