Expanding high school offerings to include accredited career training courses

July 1, 2019 | Edmentum/Smart Horizons Career Online Education

Edmentum, a global leader and the original pioneer in online teaching and learning programs, announced a new partnership with Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first accredited online school district. Edmentum will launch EdOptions Career Academy to prepare older youth with vocational skills and entry-level training in a trade. The partnership brings together SHCOE’s experience in re-engaging at-risk students into the education process with Edmentum’s extensive expertise delivering educational products and services to school districts and students.

“At Edmentum, we are committed to providing innovative education solutions to all learners,” said Ryan Hagedorn, Edmentum chief operating officer. “We are thrilled to expand our portfolio to include career courses in growing entry-level skills and trade fields. EdOptions Career Academy offers a unique way of learning for students.”

EdOptions Career Academy will be delivered through school districts throughout the country and will also be incorporated into correctional facilities serving older learners. Students can choose from 10 vocational areas such as home care professional, office management, customer service, hospitality, food services, commercial driving, and more.

The data for the SHCOE program, which will power EdOptions Career Academy, evidences strong student outcomes since its launch in 2009. Upon completion, 81% of students have enrolled or plan to continue their education in a range of post-secondary programs including technical schools, community colleges, and other career training institutions.

“As Edmentum works with more than 8,000 school districts and over 14 million students, this strategic national partnership has the potential to impact significant numbers of struggling and at-risk learners,” said Dr. Howard Liebman, SHCOE chief executive officer. “Partnering with Edmentum will provide more students with a pathway to greater skills/jobs and educational outcomes.”

About Edmentum

Edmentum, Inc. is committed to making it easier for educators to individualize learning for every student through simple technology, high-quality content, and actionable data. Founded in innovation, Edmentum’s powerful learning solutions blend technology with individual teaching approaches. Edmentum is committed to being educators’ most trusted partner in creating successful student outcomes everywhere learning occurs. Built on over fifty years of experience in education, Edmentum solutions currently support educators and students in more than 8,000 school districts nationwide. For more information, visit edmentum.com.

About Smart Horizons Career Online Education

Smart Horizons Career Online Education, founded in 2009 and based in Pensacola, Florida, is a private, AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited online school district. District accreditation signifies that SHCOE and all of its schools are fully accredited and that SHCOE is recognized across the nation as a quality school system. SHCOE offers 18-credit, career-based high school diploma programs that are designed to prepare students for entrance into the workplace. Career certificate offerings include Home Care Professional, Child Care, Office Management, Protection Services, Homeland Security, Commercial Driving, Retail Customer Service, Food and Hospitality, and General Career Preparation. For more information, visit shcoe.org.

Sources:
81% College Plans: Smart Horizons Career Online Education, Graduate Exit Surveys, 2011­–2019
Range of Programs: National Student Clearinghouse, April 2019

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