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MVU Aims To Help Adults Earn High School Diplomas Online

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LANSING (WWJ) – Michigan Virtual University, Ed2go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education Tuesday announced an agreement to explore how to offer an adult career online high school to Michigan adult citizens.

SHCOE and Ed2go joined forces in 2012 to establish Career Online High School. Featuring coursework that is both self-directed and teacher-supported, COHS enables students to earn an 18-credit high school diploma and credentialed career certificate in one, comprehensive online program.

“Too many Michigan adults do not have a high school diploma,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of MVU. “It is imperative that we explore innovative solutions to help these adults gain access to the fundamental career skills needed in today’s global job market. An incredibly important target audience is the thousands of incarcerated individuals, including many who do not have a high school diploma. COHS represents a significant opportunity to do more in Michigan and elsewhere to serve this critical audience.”

The three online education companies have agreed to form a strategic alliance to explore how Michigan citizens without a high school diploma can be served with a career online high school program. The partnership will:

• Create an adult online high school with its efforts on re-engaging adult dropouts back into the educational system
• Extend the high school to Michigan’s correctional institutions to provide inmates with the opportunity to earn an AdvancED/SACS accredited high school diploma and a career certificate while incarcerated
• MVU will identify state-needs and provide advocacy for the program, seek funding sources for adult learners through corporate, nonprofit and foundation partnerships, as well as from state and federal sources
• Ed2go/SHCOE will operate the career online high school

“As a new resident in downtown Detroit, I witness firsthand the challenges adults face in the workplace without a high school diploma,” said Ron Stefanski, chief business development officer for Ed2go. “Unfortunately, our dropout crisis has reached epidemic proportions. I’m so delighted that MVU is once again stepping up to the plate for those who need education delivered differently. Thanks to their leadership and long-established reputation for innovation in education, citizens without a diploma will be the immediate beneficiaries, both in Michigan and beyond.”

MVU is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by state government in 1998 to champion online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual School, Michigan LearnPort and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute. For more information about MVU, visit http://www.mivu.org.

Smart Horizons Career Online Education, founded in 2009 and located in Pensacola, Fla., is a private, accredited online school district. For more information, visit http://www.shcoe.org, call (855) 777-4265, or email info@smarthorizonsonline.org.

Ed2go, a division of Cengage Learning, provides high-quality, affordable online continuing education courses through a network of more than 2,000 colleges and universities. Established in 1997, ed2go is the single largest provider of online adult continuing education with over 2 million students enrolled in various courses. For more information, visit http://www.ed2go.com.

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