PARAMUS, N.J. – With the inaugural classes of the Bergen Community College Center for Online Learning beginning next month, the institution will offer two information sessions for prospective students on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at noon and 6 p.m. The sessions will take place online; guests can register at Bergen.edu/COL.
Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, students have sought flexible offerings in higher education - especially those with fully online options. As such, developing robust online education options became a key takeaway in Bergen’s newly established academic master plan and annual goals. Though Bergen has offered online classes for nearly 20 years, the center represents the first time the College will offer entire programs online. Program requirements remain the same as Bergen’s in-person offerings - 60 credit hours - and College faculty will teach all courses.
The fully virtual center will launch with two degree-granting programs, psychology and business administration, and a complete complement of online services, resources and assets. To ensure the highest quality online experience, Bergen will replace its online course delivery platform with the industry-leading “Canvas” environment - a technology-enhanced student-centered learning tool.
Students enrolling in courses through the Center for Online Learning will have access to online tutoring, advising and career services, while also benefiting from a completely virtual registration, financial aid and bursar system. To make the most of the fully virtual programs, students should have access to a personal computer, high-speed Internet, a webcam and microphone. Tuition remains the same as in-person Bergen classes.
Unique to the center, each enrollee will work with a dedicated student success coach. The coach will provide guidance on coursework and transitioning to a fully online program. The College has also prioritized providing faculty with access to skill development workshops on best practices. The pandemic saw the institution enhance those efforts through its Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
Classes begin on January 17, 2023 as part of Bergen’s spring semester. For more information, or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (201) 879-8652.
Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.
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