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Online Requirements

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have access to a computer that meets the minimum hardware and software requirements to participate in an online course. Keep in mind that the minimum system may be slow and cause some frustration.

Note: Some courses may have additional hardware/software requirements. Please review each course listing for special requirements.

Minimum Hardware Requirements
Windows 95, Pentium® processor, 200 MHz or greater, 16 MB of RAM or more, 28.8 kbps modem or faster, sound card and speakers.

Internet Service Provider
An ISP is a company that can provide you with the software necessary for getting onto the Internet. Contact your local ISP to set up your personal account. Without an ISP, it is impossible to take online courses. Students have reported numerous problems when using AOL to access online courses. If you use AOL, you must be able to access Netscape or Internet Explorer. Do not use the AOL browser!

Email Account
Since it is our primary form of communication, you must have an email address prior to applying for registering. Generally, your ISP will give you an email account. Please contact your ISP if you are unsure of your email address. Free email accounts are readily available on the Internet. You may register for free email at any of the following websites:

Java™ Compliant Web Browser
You will need a Java™ compliant Browser. For the Java™ capable browser, we recommend Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.0 (or higher) or Netscape® Communicator 4.0 (or higher). If your browser is older that IE 4.0 or Netscape 4.0, you may download a current version by visiting the links below.

Other Software
Some online classes require or recommend software packages. We have gathered the most common ones here for your benefit.


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