Education now more accessible via Virtual Community College
2017-07-04 14:22:41 -
By Austin Anderson

Higher education options and continuous professional development are now more easily available to all through An Cosán’s Virtual Community College (VCC).

The online college works with community organisations that support disadvantaged communities in Ireland, such as those who didn’t finish school, ex-prisoners, ethnic minority groups, members of the Traveller community and single parents, among others.

“VCC is working to create a future in which further and higher education can become a reality for those affected by injustice and inequality and all those who wish to continue their education in an accessible and affordable way,“ says An Cosán, the adult education service for marginalised communities.

VCC uses various teaching methods like live lectures, independent activities and assignments, online and face-to-face sessions, making learning more accessible and flexible.
Programmes offered address issues involving community education such as social enterprise development and community leadership, with many accredited by IT Carlow.

“We cater for learners who have not benefited from mainstream education and offer additional supports to all learners so they can achieve their full potential,” says An Cosán. “Our vision is to reduce the digital divide and support learners to achieve academic excellence through the use of online educational technologies.”

Accredited programmes last 10 weeks and cost €300 while unaccredited programmes last six weeks and cost €200. Some bursaries are available to help with costs.
To learn more about VCC and see the full list of classes, visit or email
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