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Please review our technology requirements. If you have difficulty with our online resources, or have any questions, please contact our technical helpdesk.

Internet Connection

As long as you have Internet access, you can take courses with VLACS. Broadband is recommended but it is possible to access our resources with dial-up connectivity, however it will take a little longer for pages to load. You might want to print a few lessons and work offline. You can then save and upload work when you are finished.

*Note: At this time, not all of our courses are supported on tablets or Smartphones.

Headphone/Microphone Requirement

Many students own headsets that are used with MP3 players or gaming systems. In most cases, these headsets are also compatible with desktop and laptop computers. If you don’t own one you can purchase a basic headset for as little at $8 at discount department stores. Be sure to purchase a headset that is compatible with your computer.

Click on the links below to see sampling of available headsets.

Please know that we can assist families who cannot afford to purchase a headset. If you would like us to send you a headset, please include the text below with applicable information filled out in an email addressed to our guidance department.

Dear VLACS Guidance Department:  We are not able to purchase a headset at this time. I understand that the headset which I will receive from VLACS will become my property and that VLACS will not be responsible for repairing or replacing the headset and/or computer to which it is attached.

Parent/Guardian name:
Student name:
Course(s):
Mailing address:

Once we receive your request, we will send a headset to  you as soon as possible. We ask that you request only  one headset per family.

*Note: The request must come from a parent or guardian.

Internet Browser

Adobe Flash

PC Requirements

  • Dual-core or modern single-core CPU (1Ghz minimum, dual-core and faster recommended)
  • Minimum of 6G free HDD space
  • 56k internet connection. A broadband connection is highly recommended
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), or Windows 8.0/8.1 (32-bit/64-bit)
  • Microsoft Office or Open Office
  • 1 Gb RAM for Vista or 7, (2Gb or more is highly recommended)
  • 12x CD-ROM (CD/DVD Recommended)
  • Display setting 1024×768 resolution
  • Printer required
  • Internet Explorer (web browsing software) – Latest Version
  • Mozilla Firefox, Latest Version (click here to download)
  • Flash: latest version  (click here to download)
  • Students need a method to save work to a removable disk (Floppy, CD/DVD, USB Flash Drive)
  • Audio: Headset with microphone
  • America Online and KOL are not recommended

Macintosh Requirements

  • Intel Core 2 Duo or later
  • Mac OS X 10.4.9, 10.6.x or later highly recommended
  • Microsoft Office or Open Office
  • Students need a method to save work to a removable disk (USB Flash Drive or CD/DVD)
  • 1Gb of RAM minimum, unless running 10.7.x which should run 2Gb (4Gb recommended)
  • Minimum of 5 gig free HDD space
  • 12x CD ROM (CD/DVD Recommended)
  • 56k internet connection. A broadband connection is highly recommended.
  • Display setting 1024×768 resolution
  • Printer required
  • Mozilla Firefox, 12.0 or later is highly recommended (click here to download)
  • Flash: latest version (click here to download)
  • Audio: Headset with microphone
  • America Online and KOL are not recommended

Chromebook

Chromebooks will work with most of our courses with the exception of a few courses that require a download. Please contact our office for course specific materials.

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