Online degrees and certificates offered by Tidewater Community College can be earned fully at a distance; no on-campus presence is necessary through the entire course of the programs.
Some courses require proctored exams that can be completed at one of numerous approved locations, from the TCC campus to another college's testing center, or at a military location.
As of 2013, 18 universities and colleges offer online or hybrid (online and campus-blended) programs as bachelor’s, master’s or specialty degrees.
Additionally, over 20 community colleges provide online associate and diploma programs.
Associate degrees and certificates can be earned fully online, and students can take individual courses online as part of a traditional degree program as well.
Students can access resources like library services, counseling, and tutoring from home.
Course participants are encouraged to communicate with each other and with their instructors through email and online discussion forums.
Distance advisors are available to help with questions on degree requirements and graduation, with set hours each weekday that they are online for live chat.
Many students at the school pursue an associate degree online and then continue their studies at a four-year school after graduation.
When it comes to higher learning, the colleges and universities located in Virginia recognize the importance of distance education—which is why more than 18 colleges and universities and more than 20 community colleges throughout the state all offer a mixture of online learning options.
Both hybrid and fully-online programs are offered by many of the public and private colleges located throughout the state.
Additional services provide assistance to veterans, students with disabilities, and transfer students.
Distance students should note that some online classes do require a visit to campus for meetings.