Some students cannot take classes in a classroom due to scheduling difficulties or childcare issues. Other students may need a course not offered at their home college, but that is offered online at another KCTCS college. If attending classes on a regular basis during the day or evening is simply not possible with your busy schedule, we have the solution. Using our distance learning system, you can take classes virtually wherever you want.
You can take online courses with Hopkinsville Community College instructors. Simply find the section you want in your Student Self-serve and then register. Or, through our partnership with the Kentucky Virtual Campus, you can take more than 1,100 classes. Using our virtual library, online bookstore, and 24-hour help, you can finish an entire program from the comfort of your home or office.
You interact with your instructor and other students through a course system call Blackboard. You purchase your texts as for any class, but all your class assignments are provided online. You may take your tests online or you may be required to come to campus to take your tests (proctored tests), so read the course section information carefully!
On-line courses require more commitment and self-discipline than classroom courses because you must take responsibility for doing the assigned work, getting assignments completed and submitted on time, and being prepared for tests and quizzes. You will need to pace yourself, rather than relying on feedback from the teacher or other students. It is easy to put off your on-line course when you are not required to be in a classroom each week.
If you are a self-starter, possess self-discipline, and can work independently on a task until it is complete, then you will be a successful on-line student. The ideal distance learner is able to answer these questions positively:
You should also have easy access to a computer that is connected to the Internet (preferably not dial-up), be able to store information on your hard drive or a storage device, and have the software needed for the course (usually at least a word processor). You should be very comfortable using a computer before taking online courses.
You will need to check your KCTCS email several times a week and manage your email account. Your instructor may use email only to communicate with you.
If it is a Hopkinsville Community College online class, you will purchase your texts through HCC's Bookstore. If it is from another college, you will use the Online Class Bookstore. Either way, click through to the Bookstore webpage.
HCC Advising Center
Phone: (270) 707-3820
KCTCS Blackboard/eLearning 24/7 Help Desk
(traditional online and web-enhanced classes)
"Orientation to Online Classes" Sessions
Students are encouraged to attend an "Orientation to Online Classes" session prior to enrolling in online classes. The no-cost sessions are held at both the Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell campuses each semester/term and typically last a little over an hour. The orientations are advertised via student email, the events section of the HCC website, Facebook (www.facebook.com/hopkinsvillecc), and posters made available prior to the registration rush periods. Topics covered include:
All students enrolled in off-campus or distance learning classes are eligible for library services comparable to those provided to on-campus students.
The library no longer requires a library card. To checkout materials from the library, students must present their student ID.
Students may access HCC Library's online catalog at http://opac.kctcs.edu/. From the library's webpage https://hopkinsville.kctcs.edu/Academics/Library.aspx, you will also find valuable links.
To use the resources available from the Kentucky Virtual Library, go to the KYVL homepage at http://www.kyvl.org. Access to these databases requires a password, which can be obtained by calling270-707-3764. Only students enrolled at a Kentucky college or Kentucky residents may be given the password. Upon verification of your status at Hopkinsville Community College, you will be given the needed password. Residency will have to be confirmed in person. The KYVL site also has a tutorial, which would be particularly helpful to new users.
Interlibrary loan involves borrowing materials from other libraries. All patrons must present a Student ID before submitting Interlibrary Loan requests to receive books or copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan, please review the Interlibrary Loan Fact Sheet. Materials may be picked up at the following locations: HCC main campus library, Fort Campbell Extended Campus Center, Princeton Extended Campus Center, Todd County Public Library, and the Trigg County Public Library. This service is free to all HCC students.
If you are enrolled in an off-campus traditional class, scheduled library instruction is available on-site during class time. Requests for this service should be made by the course instructor. Contact Reese Bailey by email at Reese.Bailey@kctcs.edu or by telephone at (270) 707-3768 for more information.
Public Library Services
Hopkinsville/Christian County Public Library, Todd County Public Library, the George Coon Public Library (Caldwell County), the John L. Street Public Library (Trigg County), and Sink Library (Fort Campbell) all have computers equipped with Internet connections. The computer software packages available vary from library to library. The staffs of all of these facilities will also borrow materials for you through interlibrary loan if you are unable to locate what you need at that specific library.