Youth in Government Day

Students in United States Government class, PLS 211-212, at Tazewell High School participated in Youth in Government activities at the Town of Tazewell on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The event was held in observance of Local Government Education Week in Virginia. More than 40 students from Tazewell High School who are enrolled in PLS 211-212 through the Southwest Education and Training Network which sponsored this event in cooperation with Tazewell High School and the Town of Tazewell. Students spent the day shadowing a variety of Town of Tazewell employees from the town manager through many department heads and other essential members of the town's workforce. Those departments included administration, finance department, public works department, water department, waste water department, recreation department, fire department , and police department. Students are pictured throughout the day as they explored the functions of the various Town of Tazewell departments and discussed the role of town governments in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Tazewell is one of 191 towns in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of five such towns in Tazewell County. The Town of Tazewell is also the county seat of Tazewell County.








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AAF Awards presented to Elite Students

 The AAF Student American Advertising Awards were held at Emory & Henry College on Saturday, February 27, 2016. This competition is held to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. Six awards were given to students from our region, three of which were awarded to Elite Learning students. The Elite Learning students that received awards are as follows:

Haley S. --Silver in Logo Design, Abingdon High School

Sabrina H. --Gold in Website Design, Marion Senior High School

Lindsey R.--Silver in Website Design, Twin Springs High School

Dawn Stafford, Executive Director, presented the students with the awards at the SVETN/Elite Learning Board of Directors meeting held March 10, 2016.  Sabrina H. was unable to attend.  Terry Hawthorne, Board Chairman, accepted the award on her behalf.



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2016-2017 Course Offerings

2016-2017 Elite Learning 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. Please consult colleges to inquire about transferability of courses.  Note:  Some courses may require two class periods due to college credits given; school counselors will determine scheduling needs.

English – ENG 111-112 Fall, Spring, or Yearlong
• Introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing. Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes. Writing activities include exposition and argumentation with at least one researched essay.
• Continues to develop college writing with increased emphasis on critical essays, argumentation, and research, developing these competencies through the examination of a range of texts about the human experience. Requires students to locate, evaluate, integrate, and document sources and effectively edit for style and usage. Prerequisite: Students must successfully complete ENG 111 or its equivalent to enroll in ENG 112.  6 credits.

Creative Writing – ENG 211 Spring only
• Introduces the student to the fundamentals of writing imaginatively. Students write in forms to be selected from poetry, fiction, drama, and essays. Focuses on personal writings, short stories, poems, and non-fiction writings.
• Prerequisite-ENG 111/112 or written approval from current DE English 112 instructor of capability.    3 credits.

U.S. History – HIS 121-122 Fall, Spring or Yearlong
• Surveys United States history from its beginning to the present. 6 credits.

Civil War & Reconstruction/America in the Gilded Age – HIS 269-270 Spring only
• Studies the division between the States, examines the war, the home fronts, and the era of Reconstruction.  Studies in detail American history during the years from 1870-1900 - The Gilded Age, emphasizes the relationships between various aspects of American life and identifying themes that helped define the era.  6 credits.

U.S. Government 1-11 PLS 211-212 Fall, Spring or Yearlong
• Teaches structure, operation, and process of national, state, and local governments. Includes in-depth study of the three branches of the government and of public policy.  6 credits

Introduction to Business – BUS 100 Fall or Spring
• Presents a broad introduction to the functioning of business enterprise within the U.S. economic framework. Introduces economic systems, essential elements of business organization, production, human resource management, marketing, finance, and risk management. Develops business vocabulary (Foundation course for all college business majors). 3 credits.

Personal Finance--FIN 107 (Dual Enrollment) Fall or Spring
• Presents a framework of personal money management concepts, including establishing values and goals, determining sources of income, managing income, preparing a budget, developing consumer buying ability, using credit, understanding savings and insurance, providing for adequate retirement, and estate planning.   3 credits.

Economics and Personal Finance--(High School Credit Only) Fall, Spring, Yearlong
• Presents a framework of personal money management concepts, including establishing values and goals, determining sources of income, managing income, preparing a budget, developing consumer buying ability, using credit, understanding savings and insurance, providing for adequate retirement, and estate planning.  

Business Law I-II – BUS 241-242 Fall or Spring
• Develops a basic understanding of the U.S. business legal environment. Introduces property and contract law, agency and partnership liability, and government regulatory law. Students will be able to apply these legal principles to landlord/tenant disputes, consumer rights issues, employment relationships, and other business transactions.
• Focuses on business organization and dissolution, bankruptcy and Uniform Commercial Code. Introduces international law and the emerging fields of E-Commerce and Internet Law.  6 credits.

Survey of Criminal Justice – ADJ 100 Fall only
• Presents an overview of the United States criminal justice system; introduces the major system components--law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections.  Students will learn the techniques in which crimes are scientifically solved by using of modern technology and investigative techniques.  3 credits.

Survey of Criminology -- ADJ 107 Spring only
• Surveys the volume and scope of crime; considers a variety of theories developed to explain the causation of crime and criminality.  Studies current and historical data pertaining to criminal and other deviant behavior. Examines theories that explain crime and criminal behavior in human society.             3 credits.

Introduction to Elementary Statistics--MTH 146 Fall only
• Introduces the methods of statistics including sampling from normally distributed populations, estimation, regression, testing of hypotheses, point and interval estimation methods.            Prerequisites: a placement recommendation for MTH 146 and Algebra I or equivalent. 3 credits.

College Algebra – MTH 158 Spring only
• Covers the structure of complex number systems, polynomials, rational expressions, graphing, systems of equations and inequalities and functions, quadratic and rational equations and inequalities.              Prerequisites: a placement recommendation. 3 credits.

Principles of Psychology – PSY 200  Fall, Spring or Yearlong
• Surveys the basic concepts of psychology. Covers the scientific study of behavior, behavioral research methods and analysis, and theoretical interpretations. Includes topics that cover physiological mechanisms, sensation/perception, motivation, learning, personality, psychopathology, therapy, and social psychology. 3 credits.

Principles of Sociology—SOC 200 Fall, Spring or Yearlong
• Introduces fundamentals of social life by presenting significant research and theory in areas such as culture, social structure, socialization, deviance, social stratification, and social institutions. 3 credits

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Introduction to Business Students Attend Workshop

The Introduction to Business class had the opportunity to attend People, Inc.'s Business Basics Workshop.  This is information they provide to small business owners in our area.  Some of the topics include:  Why a business plan, financing your business, financial responsibility within an organization, elements of creditworthiness, and the importance of credit reports.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about business while networking with each other.  Each student has been developing a business plan most of the semester, and they were given the opportunity to summarize their ideas.  In addition, they each received a gift associated with their business idea to remind them that we believe in their success. 










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Elite Learning Student Wins Competition

Elite Learning business law student Lauren M. competed in the Annual Concord Business Challenge hosted by Concord College in October.  Lauren won first place in the Business Law competition.  Lauren attends Richlands High School which placed second in the overall team competition.  Students were selected from the school's FBLA chapter to attend and compete against 13 other schools.  The Concord Business Challenge allows high school students to put their business knowledge to the test.  Congratulations to Lauren!

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