Classes at Your Fingertips

If you work well independently and have good time management skills, online classes may be right for you. Pikes Peak Community College offers a wide variety of online classes, in addition to the PPCC Online Campus, students also have the option to enroll in additional courses though CCCOnline (Colorado Community Colleges Online). In most cases, students need only an up-to-date computer and an Internet connection, and those without a home computer can use equipment and software in any PPCC instructional computer lab as long as classes are in session. Students access online course materials, complete assignments, participate in threaded discussions, and take examinations online. In most cases, no trips to campus are required (noted exception: At least two exams in PPCC Online math classes must be taken in a PPCC Testing Center or other proctored environment.)

Online courses are NOT open entry/open exit or Independent Study. Instructors establish due dates for assignments and examinations. Within those time frames, however, students work at their own pace, with no specific times to be online. Online classes also have the same registration process and maximum enrollment cap as their traditional face-to-face section counterparts, when a class is full, only the instructor can give students permission to enroll.

If you decide to take online classes, get started right by registering in the "PPCC Online Campus (D2L/Desire2Learn) Student Orientation" practice class. Click on Orientations for details and instructions.

Is online learning right for you? Take this Online Learning Readiness Survey to find out.

Before you begin class, please run the browser check tool to test your system's compatibility with the Desire2Learn system

Important Facts about PPCC Online Courses

  • When you register, look for classes with an N in the section number (for example, BUS 115-1N1).
  • Courses follow the standard semester academic calendar, they are offered in full-semester, 10-week late start and bi-semester formats (courses are not open entry).
  • Textbooks are generally the same as for on-campus sections and are available at the PPCC bookstore. A few classes require that students also purchase access to supplemental electronic materials. Please contact the  bookstore for more information. (719) 502-2665
  • First-time online students are strongly encouraged to participate in an orientation. See the orientation page for more information.
  • Special tuition rates apply. Check the online Tuition and Fee Schedule or web registration for details. For questions regarding tuition please contact Financial Services (719) 502-2300 or the Cashier (719) 502-2444.
  • Plan to login on the first day of class. PPCC Online classes are not open entry, and instructors will expect you to begin participating immediately. There are two ways to log in:
  • You may access online course materials through the myPPCC Portal at my.ppcc.edu, click on your Student tab, and within the Student Schedule box, click on the name of the course. You will not have to log-in again, your PPCC Online Campus homepage will open in a new window or tab (check your browser's pop-up blocker).
  • You may also log in directly at online.ppcc.edu. Your user name is your Student Identification Number (your S number), and your password is your myPPCC Portal password (the PIN you use to register for classes).

Out-of-state Students:

Please refer to State Authorizations for information and maps.

Important Facts about CCCOnline Courses

  • CCC Online is a system-wide program, with students and instructors participating from all thirteen Colorado Community College System colleges. Each student must choose a home college to register through, and all earned credits are reflected on the home college transcript.
  • When you register through your home college, look for classes with a C in the section number (for example, HIS 101-C11)
  • Courses are available in 15-week (C11) and 10-week (C21) formats. There are also a limited selection of courses now offered in a 6-week format, using section numbers C41 and C51. There are two different start dates for two 6-week terms running similar to PPCC's first and second bi-semester parts-of-term, look for the start and end dates while browsing the term schedule or registration system.
  • CCCOnline's academic schedule is often different from the PPCC academic schedule, so check the web site (linked below) for details (typically, but not always, running about a week apart).
  • Textbooks may be different than the ones used for PPCC classes. CCCOnline texts are available at the PPCC bookstore (http://www.ppccbookstore.com) or through the CCCOnline web site (http://www.ccconline.org/)
  • First-time students are encouraged to attend the orientation accessed through CCCOnline to become familiar with the online course software (log into the CCCOnline D2L website and self-register using the same process as for the PPCC Online version). 
  • Special tuition rates apply. Check the online Tuition and Fee Schedule or web registration for details. For questions regarding tuition please contact Financial Services (719) 502-2300 or the Cashier (719) 502-2444.
  • Plan to log-in either through the myPPCC Portal and clicking on the name of your CCCOnline course on your Student Schedule or log in directly at online.ccconline.org on the first day of class. Like PPCC Online classes, CCCOnline classes are not open entry, and instructors will expect you to begin participating immediately. Your user name is your Student Identification number (your S number), and your password is your myPPCC Portal password, the PIN you use to register for classes.
  • NOTE: Both PPCC Online and CCC Online use the same software, but they are accessed from different login sites.

To access your course materials in Desire2Learn at CCC Online log in now CCCOnline D2L.