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.

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

  • Mac: Chrome is highly recommended
  • PC: Chrome is highly recommended

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)
  • 1 Gb RAM for Vista or 7, (2Gb or more is highly recommended)
  • 12x CD-ROM (CD/DVD Recommended)
  • Display setting 1024×768 resolution
  • Students need a printer or the ability to edit a PDF file
  • Google Chrome is highly recommended
  • Students need a method to save work to a removable disk or cloud storage 
  • 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
  • Students need a method to save work to a removable disk or cloud storage 
  • 1Gb of RAM minimum, unless running 10.7.x which should run 2Gb (4Gb recommended)
  • Minimum of 5 gig free HDD space
  • 56k internet connection. A broadband connection is highly recommended.
  • Display setting 1024×768 resolution
  • Students need a printer or the ability to edit a PDF file
  • Google Chrome is highly recommended
  • Audio: Headset with microphone
  • America Online and KOL are not recommended

Security

Basic security recommendations:

  • Keep web browsers updated to the latest version
  • Install and regularly run malware detection
  • Keep all passwords secure
  • Logout of all VLACS systems after each session

Chromebook and Tablet

Chromebooks and tablets will work with most of our courses with the exception of a few courses that require a download. Please view the learning catalog for course specific materials.

Contact Us

Have a question about the curriculum, tuition, or how VLACS can give you more freedom to pursue an education? Reach out to us, we can help.