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.
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.
Instructor selection, student interest, and preferences of community colleges may affect course offerings. All new course offerings are subject to change.
* General Core and transfer elective courses. **Program specific courses (may also be transferrable).