The Virtual Academy (VirtAc) is part of the Department of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in the Volgenau School of Engineering located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University (GMU). It is the first training academy in GMU that offers all of its courses via asynchronous and synchronous distance education modes. Due to its specialization with distance learning teaching methodologies, VirtAc attracts students from all over the world significantly enhancing GMU’s global outreach. Many of our students work full time either in private industry, federal government agencies or non-profit organizations. We also have full time students who attend our classes to enhance their knowledge toward earning industry-recognized certifications. Some of our students are serving in the armed forces and are stationed all over the world.
VirtAc is unique because the director and founder has two decades of industry and academic experience, and the advisory board members form a group of diverse highly educated individuals with experience in academia and the industry. All of us dedicate our experience and expertise assuring to improve the quality of VirtAc so our students learn from the best instructors teaching rich content that is in high demand. We monitor the needs of employers and offer preparatory courses for certifications that are popular in the ever-changing world of Information Technology.
Upon successful completion of the course, students of VirtAc earn a certificate of participation issued by GMU.
We are certain your learning experience in our fully online academy will be a good and productive one.