New Student Information

View the NEW 2015-16
Online Student Guide Book!


View the Summer 2015
Online Student
Welcome Letter



Are you considering online courses at NWCCD?


Take 10-20 minutes to complete the SmarterMeasure assessment. SmarterMeasure is a Web-based assessment tool for determining students’ level of readiness for taking online or hybrid courses.

Log in to SmarterMeasure:
Username = nwccd
Password = nwccd


1. Are you interested in completing a degree online?

If the answer is yes, we have a number of programs that can be completed fully online. In addition, more and more programs are moving their courses online.

View the list of fully online programs on the Distance Learning Options page.

2. Search for the course(s) you are interested in.

Search the WebAdvisor course schedule site by clicking the Students link and then Search for Sections. Once on the Search for Sections page, select the Location of Distance Learning and make any other selections including searching by course title or instructor and clicking Submit.

The Tuition and Fees page also has information on room and board costs.

Are you an out-of-state student residing in another state?

Please view this page for important information.

2. Apply online to Sheridan College or Gillette College.

If you are a degree/certificate-seeking student or taking a class for credit, apply to Sheridan College or Gillette College online.

If special admissions criteria exists for your program, you will need to follow those specific program guidelines in addition to the application and admission.

3. You are admitted, what’s next?

Once you have completed the online application for admission, please access either the Sheridan College or Gillette College What’s Next? pages for information relating to financial aid, costs, placement exams, costs, and more.

4. Access the MyNWCCD Portal.

Once you have been admitted to Sheridan College or Gillette College, you will be given an account with username and password to access the MyNWCCD portal. You will receive a letter in the mail with a PIN# to access your account and create your password. The MyNWCCD portal allows you to access such tools as Blackboard, Microsoft Outlook e-mail, and WebAdvisor. You will not be able to log into Blackboard until you have a username and password.

5. Complete an Online Learning orientation option.

Whether you are new to or have taken online classes, an orientation to online learning will provide you with useful information, tutorials, and self-assessment tools that will help you succeed in an online or hybrid course. NWCCD offers three (3) options for you to choose from depending on your experience and comfort level with online learning.

6. Purchase your textbook(s).

Sheridan College and Gillette College each have their own online and on-site bookstores for course textbooks, software and supplies. For your convenience, students taking multiple online courses can choose one bookstore for their primary point of contact.

7. Log into Blackboard and access your class(es)

(Courses will not be visible until the first day of classes.)

On the first day of regularly scheduled classes, you will be able to login to Blackboard and see your courses.