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Niagara County Community College

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you track student progress? How do you support or screen potential students?
We can track student progress. We have various methods in obtaining a progress report on a student. For about 65% of courses taken, we can pull an automated report on a student through our registration system. For the rest, we go direct to our content developer and do an individual Progress Report (PR) for that student. We are continuing to work with our content developers to upgrade the means to pull automated PRs in the most expeditious manner. Students are provided a toll-free number that they can call to access live help between 8:00 AM and 6 PM EST. Students (or potential students) can access these tutorials using a current Web Browser at their convenience.
What is the online course refund policy?
Refunds for online courses are only given under the following circumstances: The student/user did not access any portion of the online course and the student/user requests a refund, in writing via email within three business days from the date of the course setup (email notification sent). There will be no refunds for any online courses (or curricula) once a course has been accessed in any manner. If applicable, any shipped or online course reference materials (physical books, eBooks, study guides, CDs, Self-Study Kits, Videos, etc.) are returned, unopened/unused at your own expense if you accept delivery of the package. Please understand that with the enrollment and accessing of your online course, you have read and agree to the aforementioned refund policy. There are no extensions granted for your course. If you do not complete your course by the end-date on your welcome letter, there will be additional fees for extended access to your course and any online reference materials such as eBooks.
What is the minimum course completion requirement to get credit for completion of a course/certificate/certification learning plan?
Course completion requirements differ by course. Majority of courses will require students to achieve a 70 or higher on lesson quizzes and / or a 70 or higher on the end of course examination.
How long does it take to complete a program?
Nearly all of our courses and programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start your training immediately and move at your own pace until completion. Most programs can be completed with-in 4 to 6 months after you register but you are given plenty of time to complete if needed. Course and Program lengths vary depending on the subject matter. All courses and programs list the average number of hours to complete and the length of time you have to access your training. As a general rule, if you spend 5 to 7 hours per week on your studies you should be able to complete your training in the timeframe allotted.
Do I have to buy additional materials?
Most materials that you will need are included. If your materials are included then their cost will be covered by your tuition. For those courses that do not have materials included, you will be told by your Training Assessment Manager (TAM). Also, Software is not included/supplied with any course/program at all. We will ship materials that are included through ground service upon enrollment. Some course and programs contain online material for download only. For these courses shipping of books is not required. Please make sure that you list a valid mailing address and we cannot ship to P.O. Boxes.
Do I have to login and attend class at a certain time or be forced to study on a fixed schedule?
No. Students are encouraged to work at their own individual pace in order to get the maximum benefit from their course. Login when you want (24x7) and start learning. You may progress through your course as quickly or slowly as you wish provided that you finish your training.
What system requirements are needed for these programs/courses?
Internet Connectivity Requirements: Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended. Hardware Requirements: Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended. 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended. 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended. Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions. A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions. Operating System Requirements: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Mac OSX 10 or higher. OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher. Web Browser Requirements: Google Chrome is recommended. Firefox 13.x or greater. Internet Explorer 6.x or greater. Safari 3.2.2 or greater. Software Requirements: Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater. Oracle Java 7 or greater. Adobe Reader 7 or greater. Web Browser Settings: Accept Cookies. Disable Pop-up Blocker.
What are the differences between self-paced, mentor supported, and instructor supported?
A self-paced course means that the student is given all of the resources necessary to study, understand and pass the course. There is not an industry expert available for these courses to help the student understand the content of the course. A mentor supported course functions the same way as a self-paced course does but there is an industry expert available for these courses to help the student further understand the content of the course. An instructor supported course means that the course has an instructor who will dictate the flow of the course. The instructor is also there to help the student understand content related questions of the course and grade turned in assignments from the student.
If I want to purchase an exam, when should I do this? What is the time frame I will need to purchase this exam?
You will want to let your Training Assessment Manager know that you want an exam included with your course. Then you have up to one year after your course expires to get your voucher. Therefore, after your course is complete, you will want to contact your Training Assessment Manager as soon as possible.
Is funding available for training?
We understand that sometimes paying for training can be a financial burden. We believe that no one should miss out on training or obtaining the job of your dreams. If you need a loan for your online certificate or program, our convenient Continuing Education Loan or monthly payment plans may be just the solution you are looking for.
What if I have a question, but don't know who to ask?
During your course, questions will undoubtedly arise. If you do not have an instructor or mentor, your course URL typically will have a 'contact us' option. If you are unable to login to utilize any of the aforementioned options, please call 1.800.371.2963 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST, or send your name, e-mail address, and phone number, along with the name of your course, to techsupport@protrainedu.org and someone will contact you as soon as possible.
What kind of financial assistance does this school or its partner, ProTrain offer students wanting to take a course?
We know that many schools cannot offer any financial aid for CE non-credit programs. Financial assistance like Pell grants and FASA are not available since these are CE non-credit programs. At times, a continuing education department also cannot offer Sallie Mae loans.
Where can I find the hours and access length for a course and what do they mean?
The hours and access length for a course is found at the top of the full outlines underneath the title of the course. The number of hours displayed is the amount of time it should take a normal student to complete that course. Beside the hours is the access length for the course. Most of our courses are 12 months in length so it will display 12 Months. (i.e. 300 Hours / 12 Months Access)
How do I determine my level of proficiency with computers?
If you want to determine your level of proficiency with computers, a great free resource is the https://www.digitalliteracyassessment.org/ provided by the Northstar Digital Literacy Project. Completion of modules one through four would demonstrate enough proficiency with computers to be able to take an online course.
Are these courses ADA and Section 508 compliant?
Disabilities come in many forms, including but not limited to hearing impairment, visual impairment, and cognitive disorders. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate all users who utilize standards compliant web browsers, enabling software, or assistive devices. Accessible Web design provides benefits to both those using assistive technology, as well as others. It provides benefit to users with text-based browsers, low-end processors, slow modem connections, or users who do not have state-of-the-art computer equipment. It also allows for easier access to the Internet via technologies such as internet-enabled phones or personal digital assistants. We strive to ensure the accessibility of our education and training programs students with special needs. We stay up to date on current practices and conduct testing throughout development of the education and training programs as well as when applying new technologies and advancements. ProTrain has submitted and has had continuously approved a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT). A VPAT evaluates the accessibility of our education and training programs are according to the Section 508 Standards.
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