How It Works

  1. Design
    During the design phase you’ll refine your ideas and connect your activities to our academic competencies.
  2. Learn
    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.
  3. Assess
    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 in line 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).

Real-World Experience

Students gain experience in real-world settings and connect with an expert in the field with the support and guidance of a VLACS Instructor.

Case Study

A student interned at a private restaurant chain based in her community. The restaurant’s 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.


Attend an open house

We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.