OXFORD (WWJ) — The Oxford Virtual Academy and Kettering University have partnered to provide expanded and improved services to students. A second learning lab located on Kettering’s campus in Flint opened last week.

“We formed a partnership with Kettering as a result of their sponsorship of the Oxford Robotics team,” said Janet Schell, Lead Mentor Teacher.

The Kettering drop-in lab will feature 35 readily available computers, as well as both wireless and hardwire internet access. Two highly-qualified staff members will be available to assist students daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. OVA Director Andrew Hulbert said Kettering took an undesignated room and created a dynamic learning environment, all in an effort to partner to benefit the Flint community.

“Like OVA, Kettering University is a progressive institution that understands students come first, and that in order to meet each student’s needs they must be individually educated,” said Hulbert. “The opportunities for students in that area are now endless. They will be able to take 19 different AP courses, six different foreign language courses… a whole host of new classes to meet their needs.”

Students will have the benefit of a classroom in order to receive in-person instructional and mentor support. The lab will service the communities surrounding the Flint area. In addition, a homeschool network is currently working with OVA to bring a new homeschool location to the Flint area in the near future.

The Oxford Virtual Academy offers more than 180 different courses including international classes in real-time. Enrollment is open to all K-12 students. There is no cost to students in the contiguous counties of Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Livingston, Genesee and Washtenaw. Summer school is tuition-based.

In addition to the Kettering University Campus, OVA also offers four mobile labs in Oxford, Farmington Hills, Royal Oak, and Ann Arbor; as well as an additional Learning Lab in Oxford. For more enrollment information, contact Registrar Katherine Caron at (248) 969-5009 or Katherine.caron@oxfordschools.org.

Oxford Community Schools has more than 5,000 students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. There are 9 schools that comprise the district: five elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, one early learning center and one alternative high school. Oxford is also home to the Oxford International Residence Academy, the Oxford Virtual Academy, the Oxford Arts Conservatory and the Oxford Academy of Engineering & Technology.

More at http://www.oxfordschools.org. More about the Oxford Virtual Academy at http://www.oxfordschools.org/section_display.cfm?section_id=1777.


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