Michigan Virtual University Expands Online Learning Options

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A new law in Michigan allows students from grades 5 through 12 to take two online courses per academic term. To better assist schools as they implement the online course options, Michigan Virtual University, a private, nonprofit corporation released a “tool kit” today that features sample guides and forms as well as policies to get the schools started.

“The new legislation generated requests for support from school districts so we developed a set of practical resources  to support schools as they implement expanded online learning options for students,” says Jamey Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of Michigan Virtual University.

Each PDF within the tool kit contains a link to a Word document that can be modified to suit the individual needs of each school. To access the kit, click here.

In related educational news, five Michigan community colleges — Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College, Delta College, and Montcalm Community College — have collaborated to create a pilot program that allows students in automotive technology programs to transfer among the schools without losing credit or repeating course work.

“Students attending community colleges at times face employment and life changes that require them to move to other areas of the state, creating barriers to successful completion of their education,” said Christine Quinn, director of the Michigan Workforce Development Agency.

“The cooperation among these five schools will enable automotive technology students who need to relocate to continue their education, and have a seamless transition, in this high-demand field. Our goal is that this program will serve as a model for other fields of study, and that more community colleges in the state will participate, with the common focus on supporting student success.”

To learn more about the collaboration, click here.

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