Are you ready to find a career, or take your current one to the next level?
Are you a high school graduate who wants take general ed requirements online instead of commuting out of the county?
Are you a parent or working professional trying to compete for a better job or a promotion? Or have you always wanted to finish the college degree that you began a long time ago?
People of all ages choose distance learning for all of these reasons, as well as the savings in time and money. Whether it is transportation issues or working full-time with no time for commuting, online classes and distance learning bring college to you
What is distance learning/online classes?
Distance learning refers to any class that is taken at some distance away from the actual college campus. Examples of distance learning can include simulcast classes (watching the class live on a special TV monitor) or online classes, which are classes that are taken electronically, on a computer.
Online classes allow a student to work anywhere they have access to a computer, at any time of the day or night. Books and other materials must still be purchased, and homework and test deadlines must still be met, but all coursework is done online. For more about how distance learning/online classes work, scroll down.
Some of the distance learning options available through Amador College Connect include:
- Earning a Certificate of Completion in a wide variety of subject areas
- Earning a two-year (AA or AS) degree
- Completing some or all required general education units needed for transfer to a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system.
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To enroll in online and local college programs, schedule an appointment with our staff for hands-on assistance.
Available Colleges and Programs: Certificates, two-year, and four-year options!
No matter what your education goals are, Amador College Connect can help. We partner with four California Community Colleges that offer distance education classes. Three offer online classes: Allan Hancock College, Coastline College, and Foothill College. Columbia College offers simulcast classes at our center in Sutter Creek. Finally, Arizona State University Online (ASU) allows us to help students enroll in its four-year online degree program.
Note: If your goal is to transfer to a four-year college in the UC or CSU system, you can check the course requirements for doing so (called IGETC, which stands for Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) by following the links below:
To find out more about ASU’s degree programs, admission and enrollment, tuition, and other costs, click here.
More about how distance learning/online classes work…
Both simulcast and online classes work much the same way as in-person classes on a college campus, except that all interaction with the instructor and classmates is done electronically (over the computer or TV monitor), and all assignments are turned in electronically as well.
At the beginning of each semester, during registration, a student chooses a class with a specific instructor. That instructor then shares all information, including lecture materials, homework, and messages with all the students enrolled in that class in a private student area of the college’s website (student portal) that is accessible only with a password. All assignments must be completed by specific due dates and are graded by the teacher. Required books and other materials must be purchased by the student. Each teacher will have different requirements, due dates, grading policies, etc., just like at a traditional college. So, if you have three different classes, you will have three different teachers, all with different styles of teaching and requirements.
Simulcast classes have the extra requirement that you are watching the class at the designated video conference location (in this case, our center in Sutter Creek) at a specific day and time each week.
Tests for online classes are taken electronically as well, but occasionally a teacher will require that students take tests at a specific testing center, monitored by an authorized person, called a proctor. Proctoring is a free service available to enrolled students through Amador College Connect