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Online Learning

Are you too busy to take a traditional on-campus course? Would you like to learn from anywhere at anytime?

Our Online Learning options provide you with alternatives to traditional courses taught in an on-campus classroom setting. Online courses are fully accredited and transferable, fulfill many program degree requirements, cover the same learning objectives, and are offered in 5, 8, 10 and 12-week options. You register for online courses in the same manner as our other courses. 24/7/365 Online courses are always available! Sign up today to experience learning in a whole new way with our Online Courses.

Our Center for eLearning is available to assist you with technical support, questions, training and anything related to online courses.
Phone: 859-815-7780 

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So you are interested in exploring the possibility of taking courses online? Thousands of students are enrolled and enjoying the convenience it offers. 

You may be wondering if you can be a successful student in the online classroom. There are many questions to consider, launch an online readiness questionnaire that will rate your readiness.

2 classes every 8 week session for 2 years = Graduation!

2|8|2 is an accelerated Associate of Arts or Associate in Science degree offered 100% online. Your SMART Plan takes the guesswork out of which classes you need and when. Taking two classes at a time through the 2|8|2 program, gives you better school-life balance, setting you up for success. After completing your admissions steps and orientation, you’ll have a one-on-one advising appointment.  

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WHAT IS 2|8|2?

We offer quality online courses with multiple start dates.

Benefits of Online Courses:

  • Local Center for eLearning support services
  • Consistent policies, procedures, and academic calendar
  • Access to local, Gateway resources: admissions, financial aid, tutoring, counseling
  • Quality courses that follow national standards of excellence in online education

Other online courses are available through KCTCS Learn by Term or Learn on Demand if we don't offer a particular course you are looking for.

How does online learning work? 
You attend courses on the Internet using Blackboard Learn. You will also need access to the appropriate technology and a dependable Internet connection.

What kind of technology do I need?
A computer with Internet access and other software may be needed, depending on the course requirements. You should know basic word processing, how to use email, and how to attach documents. You will communicate with faculty and students in discussion groups, journals, blogs, and announcements.

How do online courses work? 
You read materials on the Internet and/or in a textbook, as well as view interactive lectures. You will take part in class discussions via discussion boards, journals, blogs. You get assignments from your instructor via Blackboard. Specific technical training is available from the Center for eLearning and from the Blackboard technical support page.

How do I take tests or submit assignments? 
You take tests and quizzes online, depending on the course and the test. You submit various assignments in Blackboard.

Where do I go to log into Blackboard?

The Center for eLearning and Blackboard Student Support is available to assist you with online learning troubleshooting or questions you may have. 

Submit an eLearning Ticket

The Center for eLearning 
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday 

Blackboard Student Support 
Student Support 
1-855-3GO-GCTC (1-855-346-4282) 

Training opportunities will be provided by the Center for eLearning. Watch for information on the Blackboard homepage.

All in-person and online courses at Gateway use Blackboard which is a learning management system. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that all Gateway students have a computer with reliable Internet access. Smart phones, tablets and/or Chromebooks may not provide reliable access. 

A computer with the following specs should be sufficient for online learning:

  • Macintosh OS X (10.12 or higher) or Windows PC (8 or higher)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GM RAM or more is highly recommended)
  • 20 GB of available hard-drive space
  • Screen resolution set to 1280 X 1024
  • Broadband/high-speed uninterrupted Internet access; minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps download, 750 Kbps upload
  • Webcam, microphone, and speakers

The Help Desk is available to answer your questions about Blackboard. Contact the KCTCS Online Technical Help Desk at any time 24/7.


Gateway Community & Technical College has been approved by Kentucky to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.