Distance learning

Whether you're local, at a distance, or social distancing, 

now you can attend class in a way that works with your life!

What is distance learning?

Distance Learning is (quite simply) learning at a distance! All of our courses are now flexible hybrids, meaning that you can attend in-person OR online. You don't have to commit to either option at the beginning of the year; you can decide week-by-week which form of attendance works best for you* - for no additional cost. 

The team of staff and mentors at FGBC is committed to...

  • Establishing a mentorship network among believers
  • Cultivating authentic community among our students
  • Raising up active disciple-makers in the Body of Christ
  • Developing whole-hearted followers of Jesus

We work and pray hard to ensure that students who are Distance Learning will still experience these crucial parts of discipleship. Read below to discover what our flexible courses might look like for you!

  • on-campus or online attendance

    Classes are taught on campus each week, and all local students are encouraged to attend in-person if they are able.

    Students who can't attend in-person can Distance Learn for no additional cost. All courses are flexible, so local students can alternate between Distance Learning and in-person as needed throughout the year.

  • Live class recordings

    All classes will be recorded LIVE and uploaded to our online college management software.

    If Distance Learning, watch LIVE to participate in class discussions or watch later in the week when it fits into your schedule.

  • Included online account

    We use a secure, web-based college management software called Populi. No need to learn multiple apps - everything from your initial application to your tuition payments, from recorded classes to your quizzes will happen on Populi, whether attending in-person or online.

    Your account is automatically added upon your acceptance in one of our programs - no setup required.

  • required weekly fellowship

    Fellowship is an integral part of discipleship, which is why our programs rely on community-based learning. All students must have LIVE interactions with their mentor groups and instructors on a weekly basis for discussion and prayer.

    Attending class on campus fulfills this requirement! If Distance Learning, you'll check in on Populi at a time that works with your schedule.

  • learning and tech support

    Going to college can be a daunting task, especially when new technology is involved. But no FGBC student is on their own - even if Distance Learning!

    All students will receive as much support as they need to succeed in their classes, whether that's academic coaching, tech assistance, additional materials, or prayer.

student requirements

TECHNOLOGY: All students - whether Distance Learning or attending in-person - must have access to the following materials:

  • Reliable internet access
  • Computer, tablet, or mobile device with a webcam and microphone
  • Working printer (color ink preferred, but not required)
  • Active email address and phone number with voicemail

ATTENDANCE: Attendance with our flexible hybrid courses looks a little different than traditional school and has four required components. Classes are recorded either Monday nights or Tuesday nights (see our Programs for schedule information). Here's what we expect of each of our students:

  1. Learning: Instruction must be viewed within one week of the original teaching date (either in-person, live online, or online later in the week*)
  2. Community: Each student must participate in a weekly class discussion (either live during class in-person/online OR on Populi later in the week*)
  3. Mentorship: Each student must have a live personal conversation with his/her assigned mentor during the week (on class nights or later in the week*)
  4. Communication: All students must communicate with college staff weekly in a timely manner regarding attendance and assignments.*

*The college staff reserves the right to modify, supplement, or increase these attendance requirements on an individual and student-body level as the year progresses in order to better support struggling students. Adjustments will occur with the students' prior knowledge and written agreement and will take student needs, abilities, and limitations into account.