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Distance Education

Greetings from the Director

Hello and Welcome to Distance Education!

New River Community College's distance education program:

Linda Claussen Director of DE
  • is part of the college’s effort to increase educational access and student success.
  • is for students who need to pursue academic goals outside the traditional classroom setting.
  • takes advantage of a variety of delivery formats including: telelectures, mixed media, computer/software, Internet/Web-based, and live two-way interactive instruction. The delivery format depends on the individual course and instructor.
  • enables you to achieve your educational goals if you are committed and motivated.

You can earn the following degrees and/or certificates through distance education courses:

  • Associate of Arts and Sciences in Business Administration
  • Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies
  • Associate of Arts and Sciences in Liberal Arts
  • Associate of Arts and Sciences in Science
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business Management with a Specialization in Marketing Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology with a Specialization in Medical Administrative Support
  • Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology with a Specialization in Paralegal Administrative Support
  • Accounting/Keyboarding Career Studies Certificate
  • Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable Career Studies Certificate
  • Administrative Assistant Career Studies Certificate
  • Cost Accounting Clerk Career Studies Certificate
  • Health Information Management Career Studies Certificate
  • Human Resource Practices Career Studies Certificate
  • Medical Office Assistant Career Studies Certificate
  • Medical Coding Career Studies Certificate
  • Paralegal Assistant Career Studies Certificate
  • Payroll Clerk Career Studies Certificate
  • Accounting Certificate
  • General Education Certificate
  • Word Processing Certificate

How to get started in distance education?


  1. Visit Register for Classes to sign up for classes.
  2. Buy books ( Start coursework on the first day of classes.
  3. Ask questions. Student support is available through the Distance Education department or call the Distance Education office 540-674-3614 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., - Monday – Friday)
  4. Once class starts, stay connected with your instructor. Visit, click on employee directory.

In addition to the college’s distance learning programs and support services, New River Community College's Distance Education department also manages our off-campus location at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg.  Several full-time programs are housed there in addition to an array of college transfer courses.  If you have any questions, e-mail the off-campus site at

Wishing you continued successes,

Linda Capone Claussen
Director of Distance Education/Off-Campus Services
540-674-3600 ext. 4364 (main campus)
540-674-3610 (off-campus)