Online Learning at Southwest Tech offers you flexibility. Whether you are a working adult looking to obtain a degree, or a high school student needing to pick up a few college credits, online learning can work for you.
Requirements for an Online Student
Chromebooks are not compatible with some testing features within Schoology (our Learning Management System.) Southwest Tech recommends not to use Chromebooks for classes.
Cable/broadband/DSL internet with a minimum speed of 1.5Mbps. You can test your local internet speed at
www.speedtest.net. Run this test from the location you will be working from.
Higher bandwidth and speed will greatly assist you in your online learning environment, so where possible, a faster internet speed is recommended.
Cable internet tend to be faster than DSL or 4G wireless, although DSL or 4G wireless may also work depending on other factors. Your computer, other software (such as anti spyware), other users on the system, and system configurations can all influence your ultimate line speed. Many instructors use videos as a part of their instruction, as well as synchronous meeting times (Skype, Adobe Connect, etc). Having an acceptable internet connection speed will be important to your success.
Online Students have access to the same services as on-campus students.
An online fee of $10 per credit is added to tuition for each online course. With the addition of this fee, online course tuition is still comparable to face-to-face course tuition. Financial Aid is also available for online courses. For specific tuition and financial aid information go to
Financial Resources. Book Info
Distance Education Conducted Across State Lines
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (Southwest Tech) participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). As a member of SARA, any current or former student of a distance education program offered by Southwest Tech may file a complaint with Wisconsin’s Distance Learning Authorization Board (DLAB) for Southwest Tech distance education activity conducted across state lines under specific and limited circumstances. For more information on the types of complaints handled by DLAB, steps to be taken before filing a complaint with DLAB, and the process to file a complaint with the DLAB, see DLAB’s
student complaint process.