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Mountwest Community and Technical College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

Mountwest offers more than 100 online courses every semester in a wide variety of subjects. These online courses allow Mountwest students an affordable and convenient way to take courses at our college.

What is an Online Course?

At Mountwest, online courses are asynchronous and offered completely electronically with no face-to-face meetings. This means that all course activity occurs in an online environment.

Another alternative to completely online courses are hybrid courses, which have at least one face-to-face meeting with the entire class in a classroom setting. The majority of the course material and assignments, however, are accomplished electronically.


Are Online Courses right for you?

If you are looking for flexibility in your schedule, then online courses may be right for you.

Consider exploring an online learning course if:

  • You are self-motivated, self-disciplined and can usually get things done ahead of time.
  • You have easy access to a computer with a high-speed Internet.
  • You are comfortable with technology and are familiar with word processing, Web browsers and other basic computer applications. If you are not familiar with the technology, consider taking IT 101 as a traditional course first before signing up for an online course.
  • You are comfortable with following written instructions and rarely need instructor input.
  • You have strong written communication skills.
  • Your personal schedule allows for extra time to spend online.


National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering postsecondary distance education. For more information please visit the student section of

For questions about how to pick the correct online program please visit:


How to I Access Online Courses?

All online courses at Mountwest are delivered through Blackboard. To access your courses in Blackboard, log in to MyMCTC Self-Service.

Current students needing assistance with Blackboard should contact the IT HelpDesk.

Link: Student Complaint Process


General Mountwest Blackboard Information

As of August 3, 2020 at Mountwest, we are running Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2019. It is highly recommend that you use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser when using Blackboard. You can download Firefox or Chrome for free.

Because browsers update regularly it is best to run the Blackboard browser checker to test your browser and your operating system.

If you have questions regarding Blackboard on your personal computers, office computers, or lab computers on campus please contact the WVNet HelpDesk.


Blackboard Support

If you are having trouble with email, MyMCTC, IDs, computer login, password reset, or Wi-Fi setup please contact the Mountwest HelpDesk.

Mountwest Blackboard Documentation

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