The Experiences Pathway allows students to demonstrate mastery of competencies and earn credit through experiences, such as internships, travel, service learning, entrepreneurship, or independent study. Students may elect to meet all competencies in a particular competency group (i.e., English 1 or Economics) or they can master competencies in multiple discipline areas. Once a student enrolls, a VLACS instructor will work with the student to refine the Experience, identify the competencies that will be met, and determine products that will demonstrate mastery of each competency.
In Experiences students will:
- Use google drive.
- Meet weekly or every two weeks with their instructor.
- Secure an outside expert.
- Plan the experience prior to completing it. (Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.)
Here is how to enroll in an Experience.
- Identify the course(s) that matches most closely with your Experience.
- Click “Enroll Now” from www.vlacs.org or from our learning catalog.
- From the enrollment page, navigate to the course that matches your Experience.
- Select all competencies that you hope to meet through your Experience. Do not worry if you are unsure of the exact competencies, they can be adjusted.
- Select the Experience bubble.
- If there are additional competencies from other discipline areas you hope to meet, enroll in these in the same manner.
- Your parent/guardian will receive an email asking for approval of your enrollment. This must be completed before we can assign you an instructor.
- You will receive a welcome email from your instructor within five days, given that space is available.
By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you mastered your learning objectives.
Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career, while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.
While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real world experiences to the learning that you seek.
In Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline specific content so that learning can takes place through problem solving and collaboration.
Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.