Online Programs FAQs

If you're considering taking online courses for the first time you probably have a few questions.  We've assembled answers to the questions most frequently asked by online students. 

What does the online classroom look like?

What interests you? There are a lot of factors that go into deciding which career is right for you.

First, you want to consider your interests, abilities, and values. Take the Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) career assessment. Click here to login. Once you are logged in, create a portfolio account and take the assessments. It is important to create your own account so you can save your assessment results.

Login information and brochures outlining MCIS instructions are also available at the Career Services and Academic Advising Center at SCTCC. Complete the MCIS assessments, review your results, then save and print your results.

Brief descriptions of the MCIS assessments are below:

Interest Profiler - This assessment can help you identify your interests and match them with a wide variety of careers. It doesn't tell you what you should be but organizes your interests in six broad categories of work.

SKILLS – This assessment helps you explore occupations that match your self-assessed skills. It also helps you recognize how you can transfer your skills between occupations.

Occupation Sort – This assessment is designed to let you say what you know about yourself, your likes and dislikes, and creates a list of occupations that match your preferences.

Work Importance Locator – This assessment can help you learn more about your work values and help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you might want to explore.

Workplace Employability Skills – This assessment can help you evaluate your employability skills.

Reality Check -  As an adult, you need to pay for housing, food, clothes, transportation, and other items. Find out how much money you need to earn to cover your expenses. Then find out which occupations support this lifestyle.

Combined Report of Assessments – This is a report that combines the results of all your assessments to identify a pattern and narrow down particular career options based on your overall response to each assessment.          

How do I interact with the instructor and other students?

Part One:

Start researching what potential careers would suit your interests, values, and passions based on your MCIS results and reflection. The following resources offer valuable information on potential careers:

At the same time, explore the 90+ program options that SCTCC offers while reviewing your assessment results and other research: Degrees & Programs at SCTCC

Part Two:

Are you interested in one or more degree(s) or program(s)? Attend an information session to learn more about the program, courses, and meet faculty.

Consider conducting an informational interview with a faculty member or an employee in the career of your interest to discover a first-hand experience of what daily life is like in a job in your career of interest. Download a How-To guide on informational interviews.

Are you considering transferring?

Visit prospective transfer schools and meet with Admissions staff to discover transfer and program requirements. Admissions staff members from various transfer schools will also be on SCTCC’s campus throughout the year to answer your questions. Download a guide on how to approach transfer schools and items to consider when transferring.

Are online courses more work than being in the classroom?

After the first two steps, assessing yourself and researching, now what? It is time to evaluate and reflect on everything leading up to this point. You are now at the most important part of career exploration.

Take time to review all research and assessment results. Contact a career adviser if you need help or would like to schedule an appointment:

  • Prospective students:

  • Current students:
    • Bretta Edwards, Academic Advising Center
      Phone: (320)308-5734
      Email: bedwards@sctcc.edu
      *Please use Starfish to make appointments with Bretta

Can I take part in student activities?

What interests you? There are a lot of factors that go into deciding which career is right for you.

First, you want to consider your interests, abilities, and values. Take the Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) career assessment. Click here to login. Once you are logged in, create a portfolio account and take the assessments. It is important to create your own account so you can save your assessment results.

Login information and brochures outlining MCIS instructions are also available at the Career Services and Academic Advising Center at SCTCC. Complete the MCIS assessments, review your results, then save and print your results.

Brief descriptions of the MCIS assessments are below:

Interest Profiler - This assessment can help you identify your interests and match them with a wide variety of careers. It doesn't tell you what you should be but organizes your interests in six broad categories of work.

SKILLS – This assessment helps you explore occupations that match your self-assessed skills. It also helps you recognize how you can transfer your skills between occupations.

Occupation Sort – This assessment is designed to let you say what you know about yourself, your likes and dislikes, and creates a list of occupations that match your preferences.

Work Importance Locator – This assessment can help you learn more about your work values and help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you might want to explore.

Workplace Employability Skills – This assessment can help you evaluate your employability skills.

Reality Check -  As an adult, you need to pay for housing, food, clothes, transportation, and other items. Find out how much money you need to earn to cover your expenses. Then find out which occupations support this lifestyle.

Combined Report of Assessments – This is a report that combines the results of all your assessments to identify a pattern and narrow down particular career options based on your overall response to each assessment.          

How flexible is the course schedule?

Part One:

Start researching what potential careers would suit your interests, values, and passions based on your MCIS results and reflection. The following resources offer valuable information on potential careers:

At the same time, explore the 90+ program options that SCTCC offers while reviewing your assessment results and other research: Degrees & Programs at SCTCC

Part Two:

Are you interested in one or more degree(s) or program(s)? Attend an information session to learn more about the program, courses, and meet faculty.

Consider conducting an informational interview with a faculty member or an employee in the career of your interest to discover a first-hand experience of what daily life is like in a job in your career of interest. Download a How-To guide on informational interviews.

Are you considering transferring?

Visit prospective transfer schools and meet with Admissions staff to discover transfer and program requirements. Admissions staff members from various transfer schools will also be on SCTCC’s campus throughout the year to answer your questions. Download a guide on how to approach transfer schools and items to consider when transferring.

What happens when it's time for graduation?

After the first two steps, assessing yourself and researching, now what? It is time to evaluate and reflect on everything leading up to this point. You are now at the most important part of career exploration.

Take time to review all research and assessment results. Contact a career adviser if you need help or would like to schedule an appointment:

  • Prospective students:

  • Current students:
    • Bretta Edwards, Academic Advising Center
      Phone: (320)308-5734
      Email: bedwards@sctcc.edu
      *Please use Starfish to make appointments with Bretta

Do employers think differently of students who graduate from online programs?

Prospective students: Apply to SCTCC, research the academic coursework that is required of your program or degree, take the Accuplacer,

Once accepted to SCTCC, meet with an adviser from the Academic Advising Center to discuss courses.

Current students: Meet with an adviser from the Academic Advising Center to discuss courses, research the academic coursework that is required of your program or degree, take the Accuplacer (if needed).

What is the time committment of an online course?

As you start your journey to your career, it is important you to set yourself on the path to success. SCTCC offers several programs and resources, listed below, that provide additional support for students to be successful.

What skills do you need to acquire for your career?

Thank you for participating in the Five Steps to Thrive! Click here to fill out a short questionnaire and provide feedback on how we can better improve this experience.

 

Admissions staff are available to answer your questions.  Admissions: SCTCC Main Building Room 1404