Drop outs get a second chance with online education program

Kinexus Bridge Academy in Benton Harbor has joined in a collaboration that will let high school dropouts be part of an innovative career online high school program.
 
The Bridge Academy was established in 2010 to provide training and education to young adults who do not have a high-school education. The Bridge Academy offers a high school diploma or GED and teaches trainees the skills needed by area businesses in order to address labor shortages and establish a long-term worker pipeline.
 
Now the academy has joined with ed2go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education to offer  high school diplomas and credentialed career certificates in one of several high-demand employment areas, including retail and food service.
 
Bridge Academy students completing the Career Online High School program will attend supervised learning labs on the Bridge Academy campus, providing a blended learning experience that combines online delivery with onsite computers, resources, and teaching support.
 
The program is known as Career Online High School. It provides career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States who lack high school diplomas. 
 
The program is accredited by AdvancEd, which is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.
 
"This partnership is a new solution to ensure that all of our residents--even those who are currently unemployed or undereducated--have the opportunity to contribute to the local economy and to ensure that we help develop talent that’s currently being lost," says Kinexus Executive Director Todd Gustafson. 
 
Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source:  Todd Gustafson, Kinexus