In 2004, SVETN launched Elite Learning, a program of asynchronous online courses in its thirteenth year serving the students of southwestern Virginia. Elite is an acronym for Experience Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence. SVETN serves the educational needs of learners in Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe, and the cities of Norton, Bristol, and Galax. Most courses offered by Elite Learning are dual-enrollment, meaning students receive both high school and college credit for the same coursework. Elite Learning provides SVETN member high schools with a selection of courses taught by college adjuncts who use an Internet based Learning Management System (LMS), called Moodle. Moodle supports a combination of rigorous collaborative and self-paced activities conducted at the learner’s computer. Classes are asynchronous. That is, students may proceed at their own speed, on their own time within a flexible calendar framework. Thus the scheduling of in-school work time also is conveniently flexible. Benefits of participation in Elite Learning are tremendous. Most courses offered by Elite Learning are dual-enrollment, meaning students receive both high school and college credit for the same coursework. This also helps students achieve college credit requirements of the Early College Scholar program. The asynchronous method of delivery allows each student to participate in the coursework at a convenient time throughout the school day. Any school schedule can be accommodated since Elite Learning classes are offered in both semester and yearlong formats. Twenty-two fully developed and tested online courses approved for Virginia high school graduation and community college credits will be offered during the 2017-2018 school year.


2017-2018 Course Offerings

Upon successful completion, students will receive college credits from the community college affiliated with their high school. Participating community colleges include Southwest Virginia Community College, Wytheville Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, and Mountain Empire Community College. Students must complete an application and placement examination at their local community college before enrolling in Elite Learning courses. Other requirements may be established by each school and/or community college. Students should speak to their community college representative to learn more about transferability of courses as Elite Learning cannot guarantee transferability of any course. Students may wish to speak with their intended four-year institution regarding appropriate classes for their transfer major.

  • NEW! Developmental Psychology (PSY 230)*  3 credits
  • NEW! Medical Terminology I (HLT 143)**  3 credits
  • NEW! Survey of American Literature I & II (ENG 241 & ENG 242)*  6 credits
  • NEW! International Relations I (PLS 241)*  3 credits
  • NEW! Introduction to Conflict Resolution (PLS 250)*  3 credits 

Instructor selection, student interest, and preferences of community colleges may affect course offerings. All new course offerings are subject to change.

  • English I & II (ENG 111 & ENG 112)*  6 credits
  • Creative Writing (ENG 211)* 3 credits
  • United States History I & II (HIS 121 & HIS 122)* 6 credits
  • Civil War & Reconstruction (HIS 269)* 3 credits
  • Civil War & Reconstruction & America in the Gilded Age (HIS 269 & HIS 270)*  6 credits
  • United States Government I & II (PLS 211 & PLS 212)*  6 credits
  • Introduction to Business (BUS 100)** 3 credits
  • Principles of Sociology (SOC 200)*  3 credits
  • Personal Finance (FIN 107)**  3 cred
  • Business Law I & II (BUS 241 & BUS 242)**  6 credits
  • Survey of Criminal Justice (ADJ 100)** 3 credits
  • Survey of Criminology (ADJ 107)** 3 credits
  • Introduction to Elementary Statistics (MTH 146)* 3 credits
  • College Algebra (MTH 158)* 3 credits
  • Principles of Psychology (PSY 200)* 3 credits
  • Economics and Personal Finance (High School Credit Only)

* General Core and transfer elective courses. **Program specific courses (may also be transferrable).