The first annual Elite Learning Conference was held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. We were honored to have Delegate Jeff Campbell speak to the students about the importance of online learning in the State of Virginia. He also shared his experiences as a parent of two children who participated in several online courses. Additionally, the opening session of the conference included a speech by Emma Buchanan, a student from Washington County VIrginia who has completed multiple online courses. Emma highlighted the techniques she's found critical to becoming a successful online student. The Safe Surfin' Foundation finished out the opening session with a presentation titled "Don't be a Care-Less Technology User!" This presentation made students aware of the ever-evolving changes in technology and threats that this poses.
Students and guidance counselors were given an opportunity to meet with Elite Learning instructors. These meetings gave the students a chance to meet their classmates as well as discuss class related topics. Instructors also provided interesting lectures/activities for the students. Some of the topics included Diversity in the Mountains, Personal Writing, Discovering the Real You, People's Inc. Business Basics Workshop, Banking Basics, and Conversational Communication. Community college representatives were on hand to meet with students as well. In addition to the local community colleges, admissions counselors from UVA's College at Wise, Emory & Henry College, Virginia Tech, Bluefield College, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University were on hand with information for the students.