Director, Indiana Virtual Academy
Director Allynn “Ally” Swensen began working for the Indiana Virtual Academy (IndVA) when it started in 2002. She was promoted to Director in 2010. The Indiana Virtual Academy opens its “virtual doors” to all Indiana high schools and students. Any student in the state of Indiana can take a course with Indiana Virtual Academy with the approval from the student’s “home” school. Indiana Virtual Academy, formerly the Ripley County Learning Network (RCLN), is an initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation enabled through a Community Alliances to Promote Education (CAPE) grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Indiana Virtual Academy was established to achieve a “virtual consolidation” of Ripley County’s four school corporations as well as the Career Center in the county.
In 2008, Indiana Virtual Academy was certified by the Indiana State Board of Education as an Interlocal Cooperative to allow schools to become members and have discounted tuition for students. In 2011, Indiana Virtual Academy was approved by the NCAA as a non-traditional course provider. The program has served over 35,000 students since it started.