The California Community College system has rolled out a redesigned “Virtual Campus Website” as part of its online education initiative. It's intended to improve student access to classes and completion rates.
The website is a catalog of more than 19,000 online courses and programs.
New features make it easier for students to find online courses they need to earn certificates, degrees or transfer to four-year schools.
The website is a part of the statewide Online Education Initiative.
"We're creating opportunities and pathways for students to move through the college system more quickly than before,” said Steve Klein, program director for the Online Education Initiative.
Klein said the website includes support services for students, including tutoring.
"The demands of being an online student certainly are different than the demands of sitting in a classroom,” he explained. “So the real goal is to help a student not only find courses that they are interested in and would like to take, but also to help that student be successful in an online course."
Klein said 60 percent of California community colleges offer certificates and degrees that can be earned without setting foot on a college campus.