Contra Costa College students gain access to online courses statewide

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Middle College High School operates at the Contra Costa College campus at 2600 Mission Bell Dr. in San Pablo.

By Kathy Chouteau

Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College—collectively part of the Contra Costa Community College District (4CD)—are among the first 15 colleges statewide to become Teaching Colleges on the California Virtual Campus–Online Education initiative (CVC-OEI) Exchange cross-enrollment platform.

The platform looks to increase access to high-quality online courses so more students can successfully achieve their educational aims and earn their higher education degree or certificate.

Students of the 4CD are now able to easily enroll in online courses offered by other eligible community colleges statewide without filling out another college application, and vice versa, per the district. New processes are also in place that streamline transcripts and financial aid for students as well.

When students are unable to find a class that fits their schedule at their home campus, they can access online options at other community colleges in the system via the CVC-OEI Exchange, said 4CD Dean of Distance Education Joanna Miller.

Miller said the expanded access to online classes will help students “complete their educational goals and advance more quickly toward their careers or four-year colleges.”

Funding for the CVC-OEI—which is a collaborative project among California’s community colleges—has originated via a grant from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. For more info re: the CVC-OEI, click here.