The Washington Community and Technical College System (WCTCS) established the WCTCS Online Consortium (Washington Online) to meet the needs of Washington State students for greater access to educational programs at the associate's degree level. WCTCS currently offers online associate degree programs in four areas: general studies, arts and sciences, business administration and web design. The arts and sciences and business administration degrees are transfer degrees. The web design program leads to a vocational competency-based degree. Washington Online develops and delivers online courses that can be shared by the 32 member colleges. Washington Online itself does not enroll students nor grant degrees. Students enroll in one of WCTCS's colleges. The college provides financial aid to the qualified distance education students and awards their degrees upon completion of the program. The Washington Online web page serves as a portal for information about the courses available on line, admissions and registrations, library resources and other student services.
In addition to providing online associate's degree programs, WCTCS is collaborating with Washington State University (WSU) to facilitate students enrolling in WSU's distance education bachelor's degree completion programs. These programs are designed primarily for Washington students who have received associate degrees from or completed courses at one of the WCTCS colleges. WCTCS and WSU are partners in the Distance Education Demonstration Program and will seek ways of streamlining administration of Title IV student financial assistance for WCTCS students enrolled in prerequisite courses at community colleges.
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