Reach Your Goals Online

Advance your education and career with one of 11 online associate degrees or five online certificate programs from JCC.

The flexibility of JCC’s online learning program helps you pursue your educational and career goals while balancing family and work time.

You can earn a degree 100 percent online from JCC. You might also consider taking courses for personal interest, to jumpstart a new career, or to use as credit when transferring to another institution.

Learn more:

How online learning works

Learning online means all instruction is provided through the web, and you engage with it on your schedule. This provides a great deal of freedom to organize your day as you see fit. It also places more responsibility on you as a learner.

At JCC, instructors primarily deliver instruction and course content through a learning management system called Blackboard. Within Blackboard, you will be able to see links to all your online courses. There, you will find your syllabus, course readings, assignments, grades, video clips, and many other resources.

You will also participate in classroom discussions, many through the written word. On occasion, you will participate in a webinar where you can see your classmates and hear their voices.

JCC courses offered online are usually available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Like traditional on-campus classes, online courses have start and end dates according to the college's calendar. Your instructor will provide a course schedule for you to follow along with dates and deadlines for assignments.

Typically, students should plan on 3-4 hours of work per week per credit hour. For a 3-credit course, you should set aside 9-12 hours per week. While course requirements vary, you should also plan on interacting in your course several times during the week.

How to know if you're a good fit for online learning

Learning online requires a lot of self-motivation and it is different from normal face-to-face classes. Answer the questions below to see if you are suited to an online environment:

  • Am I self-motivated and self-disciplined or do I procrastinate?
  • Can I stick to a schedule of tasks?
  • Do I have good reading and writing skills?
  • Do I have access to a computer and possess basic computer skills to navigate the Internet?

If you want to know if you are a good fit for online learning, you should complete the Open SUNY readiness assessment. It is a thorough self-assessment that will check your readiness for online learning. The results will provide you with a detailed road map to help you succeed in your online learning program.

Frequently asked questions

Can I earn a JCC degree online?

Yes, SUNY JCC currently offers 11 degree programs and 5 certificate programs. See the complete list on our Earn Your Degree or Certificate Online page.

Will I be able to transfer the course credits to my degree program?

It is possible for credits to be used toward earning a degree at JCC. The Transfer to JCC page provides more details. Credits from JCC are also transferrable to other partner institutions. For more information, please contact admissions.

What online courses are offered by JCC?

To see what courses are currently being offered by JCC, visit the Online Course Catalog. Please note that new courses are being added on a regular basis, so make sure to bookmark the catalog and check back.

How do I know that I'm ready to take an online course?

Online courses are as challenging as face-to-face courses, but also require a certain level of comfort with working with technology.  Explore our Are You Ready? page to see if are prepared to take courses online. Open SUNY provides additional tools for assessing your skills and preparedness for taking online courses.

How do I get advising before I register for an online course?

You can find information for both new and current students on our advising page. Before registering for a class, you should contact your department and speak to the department advisor or chair.

How do I find and register for online courses?

Visit the Credit Course Schedules page to learn what courses are being offered and to download registration forms.

How do I find out whether or not a specific course is still accepting students?

Online courses are popular and fill up quickly. If you are concerned that the course you are interested in may have already filled up, the most up-to-date information can be found by calling the Registrar’s Office at 716-338-1018.

Can I get financial aid for online courses offered through SUNY?

Different types of financial aid are available to online students, but they depend upon many factors. You may be able to receive financial aid, apply for grants and scholarships, or take tax deductions for your tuition and school costs, depending upon your personal situation. Some factors that affect your financial aid status are whether you are a full-time or part-time student, and whether you are studying for credit or non-credit. For general information about financial aid options, please visit the Cost and Financial Aid pages. 

How much does an online course cost?

Tuition costs vary depending on residency status. For detailed information on course costs, please visit the Tuition and Fees pages.

What if I want to add or drop an online course?

Visit the Add/Drop Course page for more information.

Will I get a refund if I drop a class?

The deadline for dropping the course without penalty is prior to the first day of class. Visit the Tuition Payment and Course Withdrawal page for more information.

Where do I find my online courses?

Online courses at SUNY JCC are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system.  You can access your courses at  https://jcc.open.suny.edu.  

How do I get logged into my online course?

Visit the Accessing Your Online Course page for more information.

How often can I login and work on my online course?

JCC courses that are offered online are usually available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Like traditional on-campus classes, online courses have start and end dates according to the college's calendar. Your instructor will provide a course schedule for you to follow along with dates and deadlines for assignments.

Do I have to sign on at one particular time? Or place?

The SUNY JCC Blackboard system is always available. You can arrange your schedule based on your own availability and the course expectations set by your professors. Courses are semester-based, which means that they have start and end dates. These dates are shown within the course listings in the Online Course Catalog.

How do I get my online course materials?

Your online course materials are stored with JCC’s learning management system, Blackboard. Information about course materials is provided by the instructor to the student. Please contact your instructor to find out about any books, supplies or course requirements.

How do I find the textbooks I will need for my online courses?

Information on textbooks and course materials for online courses can be found on the SUNY JCC Bookstore website.

How much time should I devote to my online course?

Typically, students should plan on 3-4 hours of work per week per credit hour. For a 3-credit course, you should set aside 9-12 hours per week. While course requirements vary, you should also plan on interacting in your course several times during the week.

What if I delayed getting online and my login is not working?

Online courses have start and end dates which you can see in the course catalog. If you are having problems accessing your course, please contact the Help Desk. You will want to resolve the login issue as quickly as possible as students who have not logged into their courses will be dropped by the census date for inactivity.   

What hardware and software will I need to take an online course?

The primary hardware you will need will be a computer with a reliable connection, access to your student Gmail account and an up-to-date browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. Safari is not recommended. Click on the link for questions on the browser compatibility. Depending on the course, there may be additional hardware or software requirements. Please check the course description, the course syllabus or with your instructor if you have any questions.

Can I use my smartphone or iPad to access my online courses?

A full-size computer either PC or MAC is recommended for your online courses. You should have access to a computer with a high speed, broadband or DSL internet connection. Dial-up connections are not recommended, due to the nature of downloading and viewing rich media. You should also be using an internet browser that is supported by the Blackboard Learn Management System.  Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets  can be used in conjunction with a full-sized computer by downloading the Blackboard app available on Apple iTunes or for Android on Google Play

Is there training available for students in how to use Blackboard?

Training for students in how to use the Blackboard learning management system is available online through the OPEN SUNY Student Orientation.  The Open SUNY Student Orientation provides information on the navigation and functionality of online courses offered through Blackboard  You can access the Open SUNY Student Orientation by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the link found in the Student Resources area at the top left of the screen.

If I am a fully online student, what support services or assistance can I expect?

Visit the Support Services page for more information on online learning support, training and tutorials on how to contact your online instructor, access your online grades and log into JCC Gmail.

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Contact Online Learning

Apply and enroll in a degree or certificate program

800.388.8557 or 716.338.1001
admissions@mail.sunyjcc.edu

Advisor for Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology

716.338.1312

Advisor for Individual Studies

716.338.1007

Advisor for Business Administration

716.338.7591

Director of Technology Enhanced Instruction

716.338.1256

Coordinator of Academic Technology Support

716.338.1255