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The Virtual High School and Anne Arundel Community College Partner to Offer New Dual Enrollment Program for Students

Boston — Nov. 8, 2017 — Dual enrollment programs provide students with an invaluable opportunity to get a head start on college, earning college credits —but avoiding most of the expenses — while still in high school. The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.), a non-profit organization empowering schools with the industry’s most extensive offering of online learning programs, has partnered with Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) to offer high school juniors and seniors access to select college-level courses.

VHS students can register for the AACC online course PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology, starting in the spring 2018 semester. Deadline for enrollment is January 12, 2018.  Students will survey a vast array of psychology topics ranging from brain function, development, abnormal disorders, motivation, emotions and group behavior, and will be introduced to the field’s central principles and discoveries. Students who enroll through VHS are eligible to earn three college credits for $599.

The Introduction to Psychology course will be delivered through the AACC Virtual Campus platform. Like VHS courses, the Virtual Campus’s programs offer any time, any place accessibility and supports student success with fully integrated and responsive online services. Class size will be limited to 25 students.  This course will be instructed by Dr. Donald Orso.  In 2014, he was named the National Collegiate Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Selectee.

“We chose AACC as a partner for Introduction to Psychology because the AACC Virtual Campus is a national model e-learning provider with a 95 percent success rate in their dual enrollment program,” said Carol Ribeiro, President & CEO of VHS. “Plus, AACC credits are transferable to colleges and universities throughout the nation, including the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. We are pleased that we can give students a jumpstart on college while still in high school, and we look forward to partnering with AACC on additional course offerings in the future.”

Interested parties can learn more information about this dual credit opportunity at:

About Anne Arundel Community College

Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 47,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 50 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. AACC offers national and regional studies leading to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning.

About The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators.  The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development and individualized course offerings. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization 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 or call (978) 897-1900.

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