Middlebury Interactive Languages’ VT Initiative to Reach Up to 10,000 Students at 26 Schools

Partnership with Middlebury College delivers affordable, top-quality language education to Vermont students

June 20, 2013, Middlebury, VT – The Vermont World Language Initiative (VWLI), an innovative partnership between Middlebury Interactive Languages and Middlebury College, next fall will begin providing cost-effective, high-quality world language courses to 26 Vermont schools with a combined enrollment of more than 10,000 students. 

“We’ve been delighted with the response from Vermont’s students, teachers and school leaders,” said Middlebury Interactive Languages CEO Jane Swift.  “This initiative levels the playing field to provide more Vermont students with access to top world language education and better prepares them for college and career success.”

The successful first year enrollment was announced during a training session in Middlebury for dozens of Vermont world language teachers.  The VWLI provides participating public or private secondary schools (list attached) with deeply discounted, unlimited access to Middlebury Interactive’s web-based world language courses in Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish for only $6000 per year.  Middlebury Interactive is granting participating Vermont schools with deep discounts to access these courses.  In addition, Middlebury College is providing $3,000 for course content and $2,750 for on-site teacher professional development training for each participating school on an annual basis.

“We are very pleased to help Vermont students and teachers access the latest educational tools and training,” said Middlebury College Vice President for Finance Patrick Norton.

Swift noted that the company plans to expand the program to reach more Vermont schools and students in future years.  The VWLI was announced in January at Middlebury Interactive’s new headquarters grand opening, which was attended by Governor Peter Shumlin, Middlebury College President Ronald Liebowitz and other political, education and business leaders.  

About Middlebury Interactive Languages
Middlebury Interactive is the academic leader in world language instruction for K-12 students. A joint venture between Middlebury College and K12 Inc., Middlebury Interactive provides access to superior language programs and prepares students with the skills and cultural understanding to compete in the 21st Century global marketplace. Middlebury Interactive has taken Middlebury College's renowned world language curriculum, developed and refined over the past 100 years, and translated it to the digital and K-12 setting.  Middlebury Interactive also offers in-person language immersion summer academies for middle and high school students.

Schools Participating in the Vermont World Language Initiative:
Bridge School, Burr & Burton Academy, Clarendon Elementary School, Essex High School, Fairfield Center School, Folsom Educational and Community Center, Green Mountain Valley School, Grand Isle School, Harwood Union Middle-High School, Lyndon Institute, Middlebury Union Middle School, Middlebury Union High School, Mount Mansfield Union High School, Otter Valley Union School, Rutland High School, Rutland Town School, Shrewsbury Elementary School, St. Albans City School, St. Mary School, St. Johnsbury Academy, Thaddeus Stevens School, Vermont Academy, Waitsfield Elementary School, Wallingford Elementary School, West Rutland School, Westford Elementary School

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This initiative levels the playing field to provide more Vermont students with access to top world language education and better prepares them for college and career success.
- Jane Swift, CEO Middlebury Interactive Languages