Getting Started Checklist


I've registered for an online class - now what? The online classroom is different from attending a class on campus. Complete the following tasks to get started in your Online, Hybrid/Online or Accelerated Online course.


Important Dates

  • June 1st: Summer 2017 courses starting on June 5th become available in Blackboard to students
  • June 1st: Instructor-led orientation sessions will be held in the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) building from 6:00-8:00 PM.
    Click here to see if your instructor is holding a mandatory orientation session.
  • June 5th: First day of the Summer 2017 semester
  • June 5th: First day of Summer 2017 online and hybrid courses

Full Semester Courses

Full semester (10-week courses) begin for the Summer 2017 semester on June 5th. If your course starts after this date, it is considered an Accelerated Course.


Accelerated Courses

All courses that begin after the beginning of the semester (June 5, 2017) or end before the official end of the semester are Accelerated Online courses. Students registered for an Accelerated Online course will have access to the Blackboard course site 4 days prior to the start date of the course. (For example, if your course starts on June 5th, you can access your course in Blackboard on June 1st.)


Your Course Start Date
Date Your Course is
Available in Blackboard
June 5
June 1
June 19
June 15
June 20
June 16
July 11
July 7


Unsure what day your course starts? Check individual course start dates here. Don't see your course listed? Check here.




Take the READI Assessment


READI is the Readiness for Education at a Distance Indicator. READI is an indicator of the degree to which online learning will be a good fit for you. READI will help you prepare to be successful as an online student. This online assessment will help you determine your strengths and weaknesses as an online student. You will need to use the following login:


READI Login Information:

Username: onlinestudent

Password: pgcc


Click Here to take the READI Assessment Test.

All first-time online and hybrid/online students should complete orientation. There are two Online Student Orientation Options:

on campus and online. To see which orientation session is right for you, click here.


Some instructors also conduct mandatory Instructor-led Orientation sessions.  Be sure to check the Orientation page to verify if you must attend a Course Orientation session.

Orientation contains information about:

  • The basics of online learning and your online course(s)
  • On-campus requirements for online students
  • Online student responsibilities
  • How to determine if your computer has the minimum hardware and software requirements
  • The learning and technical skills you will need to be a successful online student
  • How to log in and use Blackboard
  • The virtual campus and resources available to online students




You must set up your Owl Mail account. Once your course begins, the ONLY way the college and your instructor are allowed to communicate with you is through your Owl Mail account and all email sent through Blackboard goes to your Owl Mail account.


Please note: if you have an existing Hotmail account you MUST sign out of your Hotmail account in order to log in and view your Owl Mail email. Click here for information about Owl Mail.


Online classes are conducted through Blackboard, the college’s online classroom platform.


Students will be able to access their course in Blackboard 4 calendar days prior to the start date of the course. (For example, if the course begins on February 2, students will be able to log in and see their course on January 28.)


If you are uncertain about the exact start date of your course, please check Owl Link or visit the Class Schedules page on the eLearning website.


You can access Blackboard in a variety of ways:



You must have your Owl Link account set up in order to access Blackboard. Use your Owl Link username and password to log into Blackboard. Click here for information about Owl Link.


All online classes have due dates and deadlines just like campus classes. It is important that you log in to your course as soon as it is available so that you can begin your course work.


Once you log in to your course, if you have any questions about the course be sure to contact your instructor immediately!


obtain your id

If you have to visit the campus, you must have a PGCC Student ID. Click Here for information about where you can obtain a PGCC student ID, lanyard and ID holder. Students must keep their IDs current by requesting the appropriate sticker each semester from the Admissions & Records Office or extension centers. Students taking tests at the Student Assessment Services Testing Center MUST have a current college ID card to utilize that service.



Have a Great Semester!