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Update: Hybrid/Remote option is now available

Sangamon Valley VA Academy

Twelve-week training program to work from home as a virtual assistant

What is a VA (virtual assistant)?


A virtual assistant is an independent worker who assists with administrative, business development, social media, marketing or other tasks. By taking on recurring tasks and administrative work, they free up time for small business owners, entrepreneurs and managers. The virtual assistant works remotely, often from a home office.

What does the SVVA Academy do?


It's a VA training facility to train community members in the skills they need to own and operate a VA business.

*Participants will become business owners and have the pride of owning their own business, supporting their family, and being a contributing member of the community.
*Participants will not be held back by issues of race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.

*Our community will consist of an increasing number of small business owners.

*Our community will benefit from less poverty. Students have another Vocational Tech option.

Sangamon Valley Virtual Assistant Academy
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Program Information


Tuesday Evenings 7-8:30 PM September 7, 2021-November 23, 2021




Illiopolis Christian Church, 304 Anne St., Illiopolis, IL

What do I need?

A laptop, basic computer skills, and a basic understanding of Google Docs and MS Office

Who is the trainer?

Training in each area of expertise is provided by an expert in that particular area.

Other info

The curriculum is still in development but will include instruction on website building and design, email integration and marketing, calendar integrations, Instagram for businesses, design programs, funnels, Quicken basics, and business funnels. Also, part of the curriculum will be instruction on how to market and run a VA business. Each week, there will be a 90-minute instructional session. The participants will have a 90-minute project at home to practice the skills learned that week.


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