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Michigan Virtual named Educational Program of the Year

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Lansing – Michigan Virtual® was named Educational Program of the Year at the Ninth Annual Awards Gala in Detroit on Friday, Sept. 25. Michigan Virtual® offers online learning courses and services to both Michigan students and educators through its Michigan Virtual™ and Michigan LearnPort® divisions.

“Michigan Virtual offers students across the state the unique opportunity to enroll in a variety of core academic and enrichment courses,” said Ken Rogers, executive director of Automation Alley. “Their technology tools and resources are an integral element of their sophisticated learning environment.”

Since its inception in 1998, more than 64,000 students have enrolled in middle school and high school courses through Michigan Virtual. Additionally, nearly 50,000 educators are registered with Michigan LearnPort, the state’s online learning portal for professional development. These numbers are indicative of the growing popularity – and importance – of online learning to both students and educators.

“Michigan Virtual is proud to be a recognized leader in the state, and in the nation, in delivering online learning opportunities to the K-12 educational community,” said Rossi Ray-Taylor, Ph.D., President & CEO, Ray.Taylor and Associates, LLC, and Chair of the Michigan Virtual Board of Directors. “This award acknowledges the central and growing role of online learning to achieving our mission of excellence in teaching and learning for Michigan’s K-12 education system.”

The other two finalists for the Educational Program of the Year award were Davenport University and Genesee Intermediate School District. Past winners of this award include Southeast Michigan Community College Consortium Centers of Expertise Program (2008), Hustle & TECHknow Preparatory High School (2007) and Oakland University (2002).

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.