Distance Education
Virtual College of Texas

 Overview

The Virtual College of Texas (VCT) is a collaborative of Texas' fifty community college districts and the Texas State Technical College Systems sharing distance education capabilities. Through the VCT, students may register at their local college to take credit and non-credit distance education courses from other colleges throughout Texas and receive support services from the local college.

 

Students must meet all El Paso Community College requirements including pre-requisites. Please check with your counselor to ensure your are eligible to enroll in courses offered through the VCT.

 

Virtual College of Texas Website

Frequently Asked Questions

What it is and How it Works

Tips for Successful VCT Students

 

 VCT Course Approval Process

 

The VCT course approval process can take up to ten working days. There are 4 steps in the approval process; the Advisor verification, Discipline course approval, Dean approval of faculty credentials, and payment of the provider college’s course fee which typically ranges from $150- $300 dollars per student, per course by the Distance Education department. Each step in the approval process must be met. If the course or faculty credentials are not approved, the student may request a different course from another school or instructor, and the approval process is restarted.

 

Students are emailed getting started and student support information from the Distance Education office after enrollment. Getting started information is available on the VCT and Distance Education web site. On successful completion, the course is listed on the students EPCC transcript.

 

The steps in the approval process are listed below. Please direct any questions regarding this process to the Distance Education Program Manager.

 

VCT Course Approval Process

 Getting Started

Access the course details  and syllabus from the VCT website for each course you plan to take.The course details page will give you the course web address, start and ending dates, information on testing method, textbooks, and the teacher contact information.  The syllabus contains course objectives and information on assignments, attendance, calendar, communication, evaluation, exams, and instructor.

 

Please contact the DE Office to receive information on how to get started enrolling for a VCT course. To learn more, please read the section entitled "VCT Course Approval Process" on this page. Once you are registered for your course, you will receive an e-mail from the EPCC Distance Education Office telling you that a reservation has been made for you in the course. You can pay the tuition once the five-digit course record number (CRN) has been issued. You may contact the Distance Education office at 915.831.3111.

 

VCT Course Information

Continuing Education VCT Course Information

Sample VCT Course Approval Form (PDF)

 

 

 

 Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that you meet the technical requirements for each course. You should follow the instructions provided in the course details page on the VCT web site for logging into your course and contacting your instructor. If you need technical assistance or training, contact the Distance Education Office who can arrange support for you.

 

 

 

 Additional Course Information

Textbooks  

Textbook information is listed on the VCT course details page. You can check with our Valle Verde Campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore Manager, Patricia Rodriguez, at 915.831.2629 to see if the required text is available through them. If not, plan to contact the bookstore at the college providing the course to obtain your course textbook and materials and be sure you can get the materials in plenty of time to be ready for the start of your course.

   

Testing  

Be sure that you can adhere to the testing requirements for each course. It may be necessary for you to come to campus for proctored testing if that is what your course specifies. You can work out those arrangements with the Distance Education Office at 915.831.3111.

 

Withdrawal from Course  

If you find that it is necessary to withdraw from the course, the EPCC calendar withdrawal dates apply to the VCT courses. Contact the Distance Education Office and your instructor if you plan to withdraw from the course.