Online learning at Gaston College offers students educational opportunities that would not be available otherwise; programs are offered to students who are separated from the instructor by time and/or physical distance. General information about distance learning and its requirements is provided on the introductory webpage and links are present for ‘getting started’ as well as technical support, platform login and more. Online associate’s degrees are available in arts, computer programming, general education and web technologies. Additionally, Gaston College offers diplomas and a wide range of certificates completely online. Gaston has developed its SAIL (strengthening academic internet learning) program to promote excellence in distance education and high quality learning experience. The 3-fold benefit of SAIL is to promote student learning, respond to increased demand for distance education and expand the school’s commitment to online course excellence.