The Virtual College of Texas is a collaboration of many community and technical colleges in Texas where online courses are shared in a provider-host model.
Note: Cisco College charges a non-refundable $50 VCT fee in addition to standard tuition and fees for each seat reserved in a VCT course.
VCT Reservation Procedure:
Reservation requests may be submitted for online courses offered through the Virtual College of Texas (VCT) by following these instructions:
- You must be a Cisco College student (you can easily complete CC's online application and enrollment checklist). Your high school transcripts and any college transcripts may be faxed to: (254) 442-1449/Attention: Diana Clark. Signed request forms may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Cisco College, Attn: Transcript Clerk, 101 College Heights, Cisco, TX 76437.
- Check the Cisco College course schedule for available courses to determine if Cisco College is offering the course you need.
- Requests for online VCT courses will NOT be processed if Cisco College is offering the same course online and space is available. If Cisco College is not currently offering the course online or it is offered but is full, then you may request a reservation in a course offered through the Virtual College of Texas.
- Select a course from the Cisco College approved VCT course schedule - VCT courses available. Check the drop down box at the top of the page to see the semester needed. Because these courses are already approved, requests for courses from this list can be processed quickly.
- Or, select a course from the VCT statewide schedule. Requests for courses from this schedule are subject to approval which may take several days to obtain. Note that the course must be listed in the Cisco College catalog. Students will be notified via email when the reservation is made or in the event the course is not approved.
- Verify that you have met all of the course prerequisites and make note of textbook information, orientation dates, or requirements to contact the instructor.
- After finding the VCT course you want, please submit the VCT Course Reservation Request Form. For VCT reservations, students will receive several email messages:
- A message stating that a VCT reservation has been made.
- An email stating that the VCT course has been added to your course schedule through Campus Connect.
- Textbooks for VCT classes are not available in the Cisco College Bookstore. Textbooks can be ordered through the Provider College' bookstore or any outside source that stocks the book. If you have financial aid, the Cisco College Bookstore will purchase the textbook from the Provider College's bookstore and sell it to you with additional cost. Please note that the textbook should be ordered at least 2 weeks prior to the first class day to allow for shipping time.
- Deadline for VCT submission for a reservation is one week prior to the first day of class. (i.e. deadline for Fall 2014 classes is Monday, August 18, 2014.)
- If you must withdraw from the VCT course, you must email the VCT Coordinator or call (254) 442-5008. Just withdrawing from the class on Campus Connect does not withdraw you from the VCT. Dropping the class through VCT will let the instructor and the provider college know that thet course has been dropped.
- If you have any questions, email the VCT Coordinator or call (254) 442-5008
- Review Frequently Asked VCT Questions for additional information.
- Attention Cisco College Staff - VCT classes are not available for the Staff and/or Dependent Scholarship. If you want to take a VCT class, you will need to pay the full tuition for the class.
VCT Host-Provider Model:
Member institutions of the Virtual College of Texas share distance learning courses under the terms of a statewide VCT Memorandum of Understanding, which is based upon an operational model referred to as the Host-Provider Model.
The host (local) college:
- Enrolls students locally to take courses from remote (provider) colleges
- Provides VCT-enrolled students with the same slate of student services it provides its other students
- Administers tests as directed by provider colleges' instructors
- Awards course credit
- Includes the courses on its own transcripts
The provider (remote) college:
- Provides instructors who define course content and instructional methodologies; directs all class activities, including assignments and tests, and awards final grades
- Establishes the academic calendar for courses it offers through VCT
For the provider's instructional service, the host college pays the provider a per-student instructional fee, which typically does not exceed the contact-hour reimbursement it receives from the state. The instructional fee is paid by the institution, not the student.
The Host-Provider Model, created by CEO's of VCT member colleges, makes it possible for VCT member colleges to leverage their distance learning resources--including faculty, courses, support services, and technology--to benefit students throughout Texas.
Benefits to students:
- They have access to a statewide online distance learning course schedule created by VCT's member colleges, making it less likely that they will not be able to take a critical course at a critical point.
- They are supported with quality, locally-delivered student services.
- They pay in-district tuition if they are in-district students, irrespective of which colleges provide courses taken through VCT.
- While courses from multiple colleges throughout Texas may be taken through VCT, all courses are maintained on a single transcript at the host college.
The Virtual College of Texas' Host-Provider Model of operations has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting agency for higher education institutions in the southern region of the United States.