In 2013, ed2go, through Career Online High School (COHS) committed to partner with the Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) school district and four employers to provide high school completion to 200 incumbent employees and/or prospective employees. COHS will identify four employers in key sectors that commonly recruit and hire employees lacking a high school education, and offer each employer 25 scholarships for their employees, requiring an employer match of an equal number of scholarships.
Historically, COHS has partnered with for-profit, postsecondary institutions and the Florida Department of Corrections. With this Commitment to Action, COHS will broaden its client base and provide high school completion to the incumbent employees of partner employers. The COHS program is an 18-month, self-paced, teacher supported, Computer-Assisted Instruction high school completion program. In order to interweave industry-specific needs into high school completion, COHS will offer high school diplomas with 'career certificates' in retail, hospitality and food service, and other key sectors commonly employing high school dropouts. COHS will train each employer on program operations, and then provide them with marketing support, student access to the online learning environment, and continuous reporting. COHS also provides each employer with a dedicated account manager to act as the employer's primary point of contact for program operations.
COHS will recruit and enroll students from partner employers, using each employer's 50 scholarships (25 from COHS, 25 from the employer) as an incentive to participate. COHS works with each employer to develop a recruitment plan based upon specific needs and corporate culture. Upon enrollment into COHS, each student will be assigned an academic coach, who communicates with them proactively to maintain their active participation and engagement. COHS will complete transcript evaluations for each student and awards appropriate high school credits for academic work accomplished prior to dropping out.
Nov 2013. COHS identifies employers in the retail, food industry, customer service, and key sectors and completes operating agreements with them.
Jan 2014. COHS recruits and enrolls students from each business' employees, using each employer's 50 scholarships (25 from COHS, 25 from the employer) as an incentive to participate. Students begin their high school completion programs.
March 2014. COHS completes transcript searches for each student and awards appropriate credits for work accomplished prior to dropping out.
Jan 2015. COHS begins recognizing students that have completed their high school education. (Date is approximate; actual date is dependent upon the number of credits transferred from previous high schools and student effort.).
30 June 2015. COHS program is complete (18 months from start date).
Adult high school completion has become a national crisis as approximately 40 million American adults lack a high school diploma, which decreases their opportunities for gaining family-supporting employment as well as working up a career ladder. Investment in dropout recovery is strategic and supports long-term economic recovery. Each re-enrolled student who obtains a diploma would save taxpayers over $292,000 through lower spending on social costs, such as incarceration, health care, and welfare, and through increased federal, state, and local tax receipts as well as higher home ownership rates and more property taxes (Center for Labor Market Studies).
Career Online High School's (COHS) core mission is to re-engage adults back into the educational system by providing AdvancED/SACS accredited online high school education as part of the Smart Horizons Career Online Education District. SHCOE is the world's first fully accredited private online school district.
COHS is an 18-month, self-directed, and teacher-supported high school program that provides certified academic coaches, certified academic support instructors, and technology support. Specifically designed to meet the needs of adult high school dropouts and address 'educational trauma,' COHS has designed a student engagement and instructional model built for success.
Since many students have been out of school for some time, COHS re-engages them by employing an 'upside down curriculum model' where all students take their high school career certificate elective courses first, and then move to foundational courses, such as Math and English. COHS delivers a master-proficiency based curriculum, in which students build on past success to develop competency and confidence, moving from one lesson module to the next upon successful completion (70% constitutes competency). As students move at different paces, COHS's model is self-paced so that students are never left behind.
ed2go and Career Online High School are seeking additional high school scholarship-matching Commitment to Action partnerships with local, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and private corporations that currently serve and/or employ non-traditional, disenfranchised older youth and adults.
In addition, ed2go and Career Online High School are seeking to take advantage of the 2-day June 23-25 CGI event to speak and network with the best prospects for joining our second round commitment to action. Our Commitment to Action prospect list will be completely updated and in synch with the CGI app complete with contacts, etc. so that we can take advantage of the short span to reach as many organizations and corporations, as possible. In addition, ed2go and Career Online High School will be cataloging all prospects so targeted engagement communiques can be sent immediately following the CGI event.
SEEKING: COHS is seeking employer partners who are willing to invest in their employees' educational attainment. Currently, COHS is in conversation with Taco Bell (and its foundation), Western Association of Food Chains, and Smart and Final Retailers.
OFFERING: COHS is offering Fully AdvancED/SACS accredited online high school diploma and career certificate, customized career certificate curricula for targeted partners (e.g. hospitality and retail customer service), and marketing/media support.