As blended learning and digital education become a part of the new normal, we have a variety of learning options this Fall to serve your needs. And whether you’re taking your first college class, studying at the undergraduate level, or transferring to finish your degree, PVCC is here to help you receive the best education possible.
You may be ready to return to in-person learning at one of our two campuses, and we can accommodate you. Nearly half of our Fall classes will be Face-to-Face on the main and Black Mountain campuses. Check here to see if any of your classes are offered in person. Please note: PVCC has reinstituted the requirement that all individuals -- faculty, staff, students, and visitors to both of our PVCC campuses -- wear masks or facial coverings while indoors at any of our facilities, buildings, and classrooms. Masks or facial coverings will not be required outdoors. We will continue to implement safety protocols and 3-feet social distancing for all Face-to-Face classes in the Fall 2021 semester.
At the same time, many of our classes will remain in virtual formats. This means you can study from home, an office, a park, or the coffee shop - anywhere you have an Internet connection. With this flexibility, you can accomplish your educational goals while balancing your life.
We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 in our community and beyond and will be prepared to shift our plans as public health conditions require. Any changes will be communicated as soon as possible as the Fall semester approaches.
It's simple, convenient, and straightforward. I enjoy the live interaction with my professor and classmates and the structure of lectures. Online classes have made it easier for me to balance all the different aspects of my life.
The Fall 2021 semester offers five different learning options to keep you on track with your educational goals. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions our students have about our courses.
Why should I take Face-to-Face classes?
Research shows the best learning occurs with students physically present in the classroom. In-person learning is active and involved, allowing for meaningful connections with faculty and classmates. Whereas virtual classes allow for virtual participation, in-person classes urge you to be active and alert during class time.
What safety protocols will be in place if I am scheduled for a Face-to-Face class on campus?
PVCC’s priority during the pandemic has been to protect the safety, health, and well-being of our students, employees, and visitors. Even as students, faculty, staff, and visitors return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, everyone is REQUIRED to wear a mask or face covering in all buildings and classrooms at all times. Masks and face coverings will not be required outdoors. If you do not have a mask or face covering, one will be provided. Classrooms and other spaces have also been set up to allow for social distancing.
What’s the difference between Live Online, Online, Hybrid/Virtual and Face-to-Face classes?
For the Fall 2021 semester, nearly half of PVCC’s classes will be taught in Live Online, Online, a combination of Live Online and Online, and Hybrid/Virtual classes. The other half will be taught in a Face-to-Face format with appropriate safety protocols and social distancing.
With Live Online, you will meet weekly with your instructor at your scheduled class time, allowing you to interact with your instructor and classmates. With Online classes, you have no set time in which you need to be in front of your computer. You’ll still participate – only instead of in-person lectures, it will be through weekly online assignments. For Hybrid/Virtual, part of the class will be held online without a set time to attend; the other part will occur at the time listed in the class schedule, either in a Face-to-Face format on campus or in a virtual format using a virtual platform.
Face-to-Face classes will meet in-person and vary by course, so the best way to see if you will be required to be in-person is through searching on Find A Class. [link to: https://classes.sis.maricopa.edu/?institutions%5B%5D=PVC09]
Are Live Online, Online or Hybrid/Virtual classes harder than Face-to-Face classes?
Online classes are no more or less difficult than campus classes – you’re just spending more time on your computer. From the support of your academic advisors and instructors to tutoring services, and even our Technology Help Desk, we’re here to help when you need it.
Are there benefits to taking Live Online, Online or Hybrid/Virtual classes?
There are many benefits to enrolling in these learning options. PVCC believes in providing affordable, accessible education catering to your own schedule that helps you stay on track with your educational goals. Our online platform allows you to personalize your college experience to how you learn best. What’s more, these learning options allow you to stay motivated and learn more, while still balancing other life priorities.
To learn more about Live Online, Online, and Hybrid/Virtual formats, visit the Getting Started with Online Learning webpage.
Do online classes cost more?
No. PVCC’s tuition is the same for all learning options and is very affordable. In fact, the average annual tuition for a full-time student attending one of the MCCCD's ten community colleges is about $2,070 ($85 per credit hour/24 hours/2 semesters). Earning scholarships, grants and other aid can also help you lower your costs.
Are all of PVCC’s classes offered online in Fall 2021?
For now, nearly half of PVCC’s classes will be offered in a Face-to-Face format at both the main and Black Mountain campuses. The other half of the courses will be taught in Live Online, Online, Hybrid or Hybrid/Virtual formats.
What are the minimum system requirements to take Live Online, Online or Hybrid classes?
To participate in PVCC's Fall 2021 classes, we have free resources available to download or for web access. In addition, you may need a working camera and microphone for your computer. For more information, please visit our technology training page.
Textbook and course materials fees are contributing to the rising cost of higher education. To address this challenge, PVCC provides a resource where you can now pursue an entire degree program that offers no cost or low cost (less than $40) textbooks throughout all courses within the program
I love the flexibility I get from taking online classes. The ability to completely schedule my own day has taught me accountability and time management skills. I've been able to take more credits this semester towards completing my degree and getting ahead.
Being a mom means I juggle a lot. Live Online classes give me the remote socialization I need, plus I love the immediate feedback from my professors. I am able to engage with other students on camera or in the chatbox. I feel connected even though I am at home.