Online Classes

Online education offers you the opportunity to study whenever it fits into your life—whether that’s at 5 am before the kids wake up, on your lunch hour, or for a few hours at night. Online education allows you to fit education into your life instead of re-organizing your life around education.

We offer many online degree programs that are available completely online that are designed to seamlessly transfer to a 4-year degree. More than 100 of our for-credit classes are available online, too.

Requirements for online classes

You must meet some requirements to take online classes. Why? Because we want you to succeed. We have found that students who don’t meet the requirements frequently have trouble with online classes.  Please complete the Registration Request for the Introduction to Online Learning Class form.

In order to register and take online classes at WCC, you must meet 1 of these 2 criteria:

You can confirm that you meet the criteria by checking you account in MyWCC.

Note: If you’re a United Association member, additional class and registration information is available on the UA page.

How to register

  1. Enroll in your online class during the registration period through your MyWCC account.
  2. Test your access to the Blackboard class management system. If you’re reasonably comfortable online, you should have no trouble with Blackboard. It’s the class management system that you’ll use to watch video lectures, submit assignments, take tests, and more.
  3. While you’re in Blackboard, click on the My Courses panel and select the Online Prep Site to see what books or other materials you need. You also can find your required books and materials by checking the class schedule.
  4. If you’ll use financial aid to pay for your books, authorize a financial aid transfer to WCC’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore. To do this, log into MyWCC and click on the  Financial Aid tab › Bookstore Information › Barnes & Noble Transfer Authorization.
  5. Order your books and any other materials through the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. You can order online, by phone, or at the on-campus store.
  6. Pay your tuition by the deadline.

Computer requirements and skills

You can access your classes and course information at any time, as long as you have a Windows PC or equivalent Mac computer with a high-speed internet connection, such as a DSL or cable connection.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Macintosh OS X (10.12 or higher) or Windows PC (7 or higher)
  • 4GB RAM  (8GB RAM or more is highly recommended)
  • 20GB of available hard-drive space
  • Screen resolution set to 1280x1024
  • Broadband/high-speed uninterrupted Internet access; minimum speed of 2 Mbps download, 750 Kbps upload
  • Webcam, microphone and speakers (a wearable headset is highly recommended)

How to check your computer specifications

Browser Compatibility

It is extremely important that you use a supported browser when taking classes online so that all course content and the course tools display properly and to avoid usability errors related to browser configurations. For the best experience, please ensure that you have the latest versions of:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer and Apple Safari may also be used with an understanding that you may experience unexpected challenges.

Note: Please make sure Pop-up Blocker is disabled in all browsers

System Requirements for Additional Online Tools

Your instructors may elect to use a number of additional software services within your courses for online delivery. Please refer to the system requirements below for each of the services your instructors require you to access within your courses:

Note: It is important that you look at your instructor’s syllabus to see if there are 3rd party resources that the course may use that may have its own technical requirements.

Google Chromebook and Mobile User

The College is making every effort to make course as mobile compliant as possible. Your Google Chromebook and/or tablet such as an iPad will most likely work well for most work. However, based on the technical specifications of your course, you may experience some challenges without a Windows or Mac computer.

To participate successfully in an online or blended class, you should be able to:

  • Perform basic word processing.
  • Use a web browser to visit websites and print web documents.
  • Use email to send and receive messages, reply to messages, cut and paste text between messages, open attachments, and attach files to messages.
  • If your computer skills aren’t at the level needed, WCC offers non-credit classes where you can get up to speed on everything from word processing to using the web.

Online class grievance procedure

We are committed to resolving concerns and complaints in a timely, fair, and amicable manner. If you ever have a problem with an online class at WCC, review your Student Rights and Responsibilities described in the Board of Trustees Policy 4095 . For questions or concerns regarding your Student Rights and Responsibilities, contact the Dean of Students .

If you reside outside of Michigan while taking a WCC online class and are unable to resolve any issue by contacting the Dean of Students, you may contact the appropriate office in your state. That information is provided in the List of State Offices . For additional assistance, you may contact our accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission .

Additional information is available for out-of-state students.