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- Our accrediting agency is the Higher Learning Commission. Its certification assures students of the college's achievement in meeting the rigorous standards that govern our commitment to learning.
Course Delivery Methods at NPC
Northland Pioneer College uses multiple methods for delivering classes at its campus and center locations, educational sites and area high schools through dual enrollment programs. Some courses are also offered online via the Internet.
● Stand-Alone Learning Environment (SALE)
Stand-alone courses with the instructor present in the classroom for traditional lecture, discussion, and/or hands-on laboratory or studio.
● Connected Course Learning Environment (CCLE)
NPC expands course offerings by using interactive instructional video and multimedia technologies linking all NPC campus and center locations and some area high schools. In CCLE courses, the instructor may or may not be in your actual classroom. Many instructors do travel during the semester to be present with students at distance locations. An academic adviser can answer questions about the CCLE delivery method before registering for these classes.
● Multi-Course Learning Environment (MCLE)
This type of nontraditional instruction allows a single teacher to instruct 16 to 18 students in several courses at once. In these classes, students work at their own pace with individualized instruction materials. The teacher becomes a facilitator working with each student, one-on-one, as the need arises.
MCLE classes allow the teaching of subjects where there are often only one or two students at any given time. At NPC, "MCLEs" are used in studio art, business, computer science and several other subjects.
● Online Courses
A variety of Internet classes are available through NPC. In these classes, students learn course material presented via the Internet. These classes are great for those who have busy schedules or difficulty commuting to an NPC campus or center.
Some NPC Online Courses use a hybrid format, where the lecture portion of instruction is offered via the Internet, and students travel weekly to a campus or educational site for hands-on instruction to reinforce the skills learned.
Requirement: Prior to enrolling in online classes, students should have access to a computer and should have an email account. (All NPC students are given an email account, which is used to officially communicate with students.)
Students must also demonstrate computer competency (exempt if enrolling only in POS 221 or 222) through successful completion of an opt-out test or completion of Skills for Online Learning – ICT 095. (See Proof of Competency)
For information on online classes, including prerequisites and registration instructions, visit the Online Classes page.
● Alternative Learning
NPC offers alternative learning methods that allow you to earn course credit. A dean-approved individual learning contract, negotiated with faculty, can meet your specific degree completion requirements.
NPC can also evaluate your prior learning certified through military, industry, business or trade school training programs to assess if this education is applicable toward an NPC degree program. For more information, contact your academic adviser. If you do not have an academic adviser, call the campus or center where you plan to attend and ask to speak with the adviser.
Note: Additional fees may apply for credit evaluation. Ask your academic adviser for details.
● Course Offerings Limitations
NPC offers courses at a number of locations throughout the district utilizing college-owned or leased facilities. Through its regular offerings and alternative study programs, NPC attempts to provide as many courses as possible for completion of degrees and certificates at each learning site.
However, many vocational programs require specific tools and equipment that may not be available at all locations. Prospective students should check with the academic adviser at the NPC location they plan to attend to determine which programs are available. Housing assistance scholarships may be available for students needing to relocate for a specific vocational degree program.
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