At VLACS, students have the opportunity to learn through experience as they participate in internships, travel, work, independent learning, entrepreneurship, service learning and more. Students can enroll at any time, and work and learn at a pace that meets their needs.
During the “design” phase you’ll refine your ideas and connect your activities to our academic competencies.
During the “learn” phase, you will be involved in your internship, travel or other independent study, while documenting what you’ve learned. Your VLACS instructor will support you throughout your experience.
During the “assess” phase, you’ll demonstrate what you’ve learned and participate in a discussion-based assessment with your VLACS instructor. The learn and assess phases will occur as needed throughout your experience until you’ve achieved competency.
Leverage existing interests, talents, and passions
Students are able to explore their interests, talents and passions, making learning fun and engaging. Learning through experiences expands horizons and opens students to a world filled with learning opportunities.
With Anytime, Anywhere learning, students can learn at their own pace and in the setting that makes the most sense for their preferred style of learning.
Efficiency of Learning
Students can weave multiple competencies from the entire VLACS catalog into their unique experiences to accomplish academic goals efficiently and inline with their vision. This will depend on the Experience, and how many competencies you wish to earn. It may take about four weeks to complete an experience that satisfies a single competency or 32-36 weeks to master the competencies for a full-credit (~8 competencies).
Students gain experience in real-world settings, connect with an expert in the field, with the support and guidance of a VLACS Instructor.
A student interns at a private restaurant chain based in her community, whose owner wanted to expand advertising via the web and social media. The student helped design a social media marketing campaign and helped build a new website. She contacted a number of marketing firms and website designers to learn more about marketing and web development. By the end of her internship, the restaurant not only had a new website but also a thriving social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This student was able to master several competencies that included persuasive writing and HTML5 coding.
No. At VLACS, you can earn a credit in English through a variety of options as long as you master all of the competencies for that English credit. For example, you could master two English and two science competencies during an internship. If needed, you could then take care of the rest of the English and science competencies by enrolling in a portion of each course.
This depends on the experience that you design and the amount of time you have to commit to your experience. It may take about four weeks to complete an experience that satisfies a single competency or 32-36 weeks to master the competencies for a full-credit.