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Welcome to Distance Learning

Dear Online/Distance Learning Students, 

Welcome to McDowell Technical Community College Distance Learning homepage. Please feel free to explore the options and information.

The Online and Distance Learning program provides access to quality education and instruction for both traditional and non-traditional students through various Distance Learning methods.

Though distance learning provides increased flexibility, it requires personal skills such as time management, which, directly relates to awareness, organization, and commitment to your studies. Assignments and examinations are completed within a scheduled time frame, just as in on-campus courses. Online classes are just as demanding as their on-campus counterparts. In fact, it often takes more self-discipline to succeed in an online learning environment due to the absence of face-to-face interaction and mandatory physical attendance that you have in on-campus courses. If you aren’t sure if you are ready for an online class, feel free to take the eLearnReady Assessment Survey at the link to the right. You will receive a report with study tips to help you be more successful in your classes. 

Support services for Online / Distance Learning students are very important and we want to make certain that you have the assistance you require when you need it. Distance Learning faculty members provide their students with a syllabus on the first day and inform students of the requirements for the class. Please adhere to the dates and times for all assignments.

MTCC’s orientation link will provide answers to most frequently asked questions about Distance Learning, as does this website. However, instructors, faculty, as well as myself, may be contacted should you have concerns or questions.

The online learning experience platform is “Open LMS”. You will receive your login info for this system via email. It is recommended that all students attend one of the face-to-face orientations or you may complete the online orientation course in Open LMS. All students will be automatically enrolled in this course so that you can reference it as needed for additional help throughout the semester.

If you have any questions, feel free to email [email protected]

All courses will be available by 8:00 am on the course’s start date. Course start dates vary, so be sure to check your course schedule in WebAdvisor.

It is our desire that you succeed in your experience with Distance Learning. We wish you the very best this semester.


Joan Weiler
Coordinator of Distance Learning
(828) 652-0651
[email protected]

Quick Links

Virtual Learning Community North Carolina Community College System

Students can search available online or hybrid courses offered by the 58 North Carolina community colleges.

If you find a course you need, you can sign up at the NC community college offering it and have the credits transferred to your community college or university. Contact your advisor before you register for courses at another college