CAPA Online: Building Community
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The Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) at Bennington College is proud to offer this new series of online classes for learners at every stage—from high school seniors to retired professionals—who want to engage with the most pressing issues of our time. The purpose of these courses is to empower students with the tools to build community and take meaningful action at the local, national, and international level.  

Bennington College is distinguished by its self-directed and interdisciplinary education, with the close guidance of teacher-practitioners who are experts in their fields. These classes are a blend of theory and practice, building capacities of research, collaboration, and communication. CAPA's mission is to respond to the urgent problems of the world, to take action to confront these problems, and to generate solutions for a vision of the future. Each of these classes addresses these problems and offers a way to engage in this important work together. 


Registration has closed for Fall 2021.
Please check back later this fall for information on Spring 2022 courses.



  • Members of our community, alumni, friends of the College, and other lifelong learners can take classes at a reduced cost relative to our normal per-credit fee: $400 per credit (for credit and a transcript) or $100 per credit audit fee
  • High school juniors and seniors in Vermont may be eligible to take up to two courses with tuition fully reimbursed through VT’s Dual Enrollment Program. If you are not eligible, tuition is: $400 per credit (for credit and transcript) or $100 per credit audit fee


CAPA Online is part of Bennington+, a suite of distance learning programs. Learn more about the opportunity for anyone to take classes from Bennington core curricular offerings on the Bennington+ website.