Throughout southwestern Virginia, high school students are participating in an increasing number of online courses. A variety of online curricular opportunities are available to academically advanced students in our region, including A. Linwood Holton Governor’s School, Virtual Virginia, and Elite Learning. Elite Learning was established eight years ago as a service of the Southwest Virginia Education and Training Network (SVETN) consortium. Through Elite Learning, fourteen online courses are available to junior and senior students. Currently, twenty-one high schools participate in this program, including students from the counties of Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Dickenson, Scott, Wythe, Wise, and the City of Norton.
Dylan Reynolds graduated from Abingdon High School in May 2012. During his senior year he completed three Elite Learning courses including United States History, Civil War & Reconstruction/America in the Gilded Age and Sociology. These courses allowed Dylan to earn a total of 15 college credits at Virginia Highlands Community College, the college he will attend during the upcoming school year. The Elite Learning courses gave him a head start on his college career.