Prospective Online Students
Is online learning right for you?
Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers asynchronous and synchronous online courses delivered through the Blackboard Learn Learning Management System. Although some of our online courses may require periodic on-campus visits, most do not. For details on the requirements for a course, please contact the course instructor or program director.
A list of Programs Available 100% Online can be found in the GNTC Student Catalog. Click on the name of a program to learn more including the name and contact information for the advisor of the selected program.
Steps to Become an Online Student
Before registering for an online course, you should assess whether or not you are ready. Review the following to see if Online Learning is right for you.
To take full advantage of the interactivity of the courses, the following setup is recommended:
- A personal computer with one of the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows OS, Windows 10 or above); Apple Mac OS 11 or above
- While a tablet or phone may be used for some aspects of online courses, it is not recommended for completing assignments. Access to a computer is necessary for completing assignments and tests.
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster; RAM: 2GB or higher; Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher
- An Internet connection speed of 5 Mbps or higher
- A supported browser: the most recent versions of Chrome and Firefox (Safari and Microsoft Edge are supported, but are not recommended). Chrome and Firefox are the recommended browsers by the Blackboard LMS.
- Sound card and speakers (microphone may be needed for courses with synchronous class meetings – please contact your instructor for details)
- Additional requirements including supported browsers, a browser check, media downloads, and recommended software are located on the Blackboard Browser Support Site or the Blackboard Browser Check Site.
Do you have the necessary computer skills to complete an online course?
- Familiar with the operating system of the computer being used to access the Internet course
- Understand terms such as a mouse, drag, open, select, file, choose, double-click, download, upload, send, etc.
- Save, copy, and find files/folders on discs and hard drives
- Navigate between two or more applications without closing and re-opening (multitasking)
- Minimize/maximize Windows
- Send, open, reply to, and forward a message
- Enter a message subject
- Send an attachment
- Open and/or save an attachment
Web Browser Skills
- Go to a specific URL
- Print a page
- Follow a hypertext link
- Conduct a basic search using a search engine
- Download and install plug-ins
Word Processor Skills
- Open a new file
- Open an existing file
- Save a file
- Rename a file (Save As)
- Cut, paste, and format text
- Print a document
Interested in Enrolling in Online Classes?