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Bluegrass Community and Technical College Distance Learning

Thank you for your interest in Distance Education at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). We offer a wide variety of online classes in support of over sixty different programs of study. Our fully online programs allow students to earn credentials without ever having to step foot on campus.

While online learning offers students the flexibility to complete coursework in the comfort of their own homes, distance learning students do need to be comfortable using computer technology and working independently. Students should set aside at least 10 hours per week per online class. Students are strongly urged to complete a digital literacy course or First Year Experience (FYE 105) before taking an online class or as their first online class. Learn more about requirements for distance learning in the Blackboard Student Support tab.


Students pursuing degrees offered by BCTC should enroll in BCTC classes. In order to receive a degree from Bluegrass, 25% of all courses must be BCTC classes. There are other benefits as well: Students gain access to instructors who also serve as academic advisors and help place students in internships. Books for BCTC online classes are available for purchase in the Cooper Campus BCTC bookstore. Finally, if there are problems with your class, students can receive local support through BCTC student support services and BCTC Distance Learning.


Use the BCTC Class Schedule Search to locate online classes; remember to limit "Format" to "Online".

Students enrolled at BCTC may also take classes offered by any of the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. This option provides our students with a deep inventory of online classes. *Important* to receive a BCTC degree, 25% of classes must originate from BCTC. Non-BCTC options include:

  • Learn by Term. Learn by Term Classes are offered by any one of the 16 KCTCS colleges. Instructors may be housed at any of the state's 16 colleges. Locate Learn by Term classes using Student Self-Service, Class Search. Leave the "College" field blank. Set the "Search for Online Classes" field to "Online with Possible Proctored Exams".
  • Learn on Demand. Learn on Demand classes are self-paced and are offered by one of the 16 colleges in KCTCS. Locate Learn on Demand classes using the Self-Service, Class Search. Leave the "College" field blank. Set the "Search for Online Classes" field to "Online Learn on Demand/Self Select Start Date".

Enrolling at BCTC is your first step toward taking online classes. Once admitted, students meet with a BCTC Academic Advisor to plan classes. You and your academic advisor can decide what form of online learning is best suited for you.