VHS Collaborative Expands Elective Course Offering

VHS expands partnership with Connections Learning to offer more online course options for schools and students.

July 10, 2012, Maynard, MA — The VHS Collaborative (VHS), the nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, today announced they have expanded their partnership with Connections Learning to offer more options for middle and high schools worldwide. Starting in the fall, VHS will offer five sought-after courses from Connections, including Japanese I and II, Sign Language I and II and Driver’s Education.

“Our member schools have shown interest in unique and interesting courses that they are not able to offer locally,” said Liz Pape, President & CEO of VHS. “We are continually looking for ways to meet the needs of our member schools, and our partnership with Connections Learning is a convenient way for schools to access a wider variety of programs through a single provider.”

Connections Learning, a division of Connections Education and sister to the widely known Connections Academy network of virtual K-12 schools, offers a range of quality, affordable digital learning options.

As a nonprofit collaborative of schools, VHS’ mission is to provide students with access to high quality online learning experiences and courses not offered at their school, while supporting educators with the professional development and services they need to provide an effective 21st century education to every student. VHS member schools have access to a range of collaborative core, elective, enrichment and AP® courses that inspire, ignite and deepen learning as well as enable students to develop digital literacies and independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, try interesting electives, earn credits, participate in global classrooms and get the opportunity to take advanced courses not offered at their school. Courses are taught by active classroom teachers who are specially trained in online teaching best practices, highly qualified, and certified in their subject areas.

Japanese I and II, Sign Language I and II and Driver’s Education will be offered to VHS member schools starting in the fall for an additional, discounted fee. VHS member schools will be able to register their students for these courses directly through VHS started today. To register or for more information go to

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About The VHS Collaborative (VHS) Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Maynard, MA, The VHS Collaborative (formerly Virtual High School Global Consortium) is the pioneer of K-12 online learning, having first brought online learning into secondary education. Since then, the organization has been setting the standard for quality online education. VHS helps schools by providing co-synchronous courses for secondary school students taught in global online classrooms, online professional development in 21st century teaching best practices for educators, support with blended learning initiatives, custom course development and private offerings to meet unique educational needs. Their design and delivery standards were the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. In addition, VHS has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit www.TheVHSCollaborative or call (978) 897-1900. Press Contact: Carol Arnold, Arnold Communications,, (877) 718-4604 x2.

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