General Information

What if I have a medical condition that requires I take medicine during the day at the Academy?

Just bring your medication with you during the day and please let us know about your requirement on your Medical Release Form that will be sent to you. If you have medicine that needs refrigeration and you must take it during the day, we can make arrangements as long as we know ahead of time.

 

When do I need to withdraw from the course so that I do not receive a “Withdraw/Fail” (WF) or a “Fail” (F) from Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC)?

The VESSS/TNCC drop date is January 14, 2019. You must give Joyce H. Corriere (jcorrier@odu.edu) notice in writing before January 14, 2019. After the Course Drop deadline, you will receive a “F” on your TNCC transcript. If your assignments are not current by the drop date, you will be removed from the credit-earning part of the course, but you can continue in the course for no credit and still be considered for selection for the Summer Academy.

 

Why are there two different enrollment processes for the VESSS course?

While it is not required to enroll for College Credit in VESSS, we encourage students to choose to receive the college credits from Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) as part of their online course participation. A student can’t be registered for the GOL 195 at TNCC without first being enrolled in the VESSS online program. The college is a separate entity from the VESSS program, so all transcript requests must be made directly to TNCC. See the TNCC Transcript Request page for details. VESSS has a partnership with TNCC to offer the college course free of charge to accepted students.

 

If this is a dual enrollment course, why do I not automatically get high school credit from my school?

Dual enrollment means you are enrolled in high school and a college course at the same time. VESSS does not have a formal agreement in place with every school division in the state to provide high school credit as well. Therefore, you will need to talk with your guidance counselor to determine if the VESSS online course meets any of your school division’s requirements for a science or elective course. We send a letter to your parents and your school providing the course description and syllabus to help you in this endeavor. But it is up to you to talk to your counselor, and many schools need this process to start no later than December in order for you to receive high school credit.

 

What is the enrollment process for the VESSS course if I do want to receive college credit?

1. You must first apply to the VESSS program using the application link found on this website.

2. Should you be accepted to the program, you will receive an official invitation via email, text and U.S. mail. The invitation will give you instructions on how to complete the mandatory pre-course requirements which involve logging in to the course website, creating a profile, completing the pre-assessment survey, and signing and returning to us the necessary forms and paperwork.

3. You will be given instructions on how to enroll in Thomas Nelson Community College and how to register for the GOL 195 course.

4. Once you have completed the pre-course requirements, you will be formally accepted into the VESSS program and will begin your coursework.

Is there a cost associated with the online course or the Summer Academy?

No. We receiving funding that provides the entire VESSS experience to you free of cost! We even pay for your college credits. VESSS provides your housing, food, and transportation at the Academy.

 

Where will I stay during the summer program?

You will be housed two to a room (same sex) at a local college dormitory. All meals will be provided, and you will be chaperoned at all times.

 

What if I have a medical condition that requires I take medicine during the day?

(Summer Academy only) Please bring your medication with you during the day and please let us know about your requirement on your Medical Release Form that will be sent to you if you are accepted into the Summer Academy. If you have medicine that needs refrigeration and you must take it during the day, we can make arrangements as long as we know ahead of time.

 

Can my parents visit during the week?

No. Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony at the end of the week on Friday afternoon. Students will arrive on Saturday and leave on the following Friday. Parents who drive students and need a place to stay Saturday night, or plan to attend the closing ceremony and stay over the following Friday night, will need to make their own arrangements.

 

How are students selected for the summer program?

Each of the seven modules and final project will be graded using the rubrics at the end of each module. Students are selected for the Summer Academy program based on completion of modules, quality of work and timeliness. This is a very competitive, proprietary process performed by a committee of VESSS staff.

 

What software should I use to submit my assignments?

Students chosen for the program will be provided a log-in to the VESSS Online Course “Moodle” site. Through this system, students will have access to the lesson material and can submit assignments in the file formats requested in each specific assignment.

 

The following formats are required for various assignments throughout the Online Course: Microsoft Word document (*.doc or *.docx), Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (*.xls or *.xlsx), JPEG Image (*.jpg or *.jpeg). Submissions in Adobe PDF file format are preferred in place of Documents or Images, but not for spreadsheets.

 

When are my online assignments due?

Assignments should be turned in (in sequential order) as you complete them. One module of assignments will be due every two weeks. The first module is due Saturday December 29, 2018 at 11:55PM. The module due dates are under Important Dates.

 

Students who do not successfully complete all assignments will not be invited to participate in the Summer Academy. Student assignments and final project will be graded by teachers who will send you their comments via the Moodle online course system, which will forward to your email address.