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New Program Offers Education Credits to Working Youth

Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and Cengage Learning’s ed2go have partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in a special program. This Commitment to Action is a 2-year scholarship program that encourages young adults now working in the retail and hospitality industries to complete their high-school equivalency.

Career Online High School, an accredited, online education initiative that ed2go and SHCOE created in 2012, will offer young employees an 18-credit high-school degree and a career certificate. Under the terms of the CGI partnership agreement, Career Online High School “will identify four employers in key sectors that commonly recruit and hire employees lacking a high school education.”

Retail Customer Service Skills and Food & Customer Service Skills are two available career certificates, according to Howard Liebman, SHCOE CEO and superintendent. “Our initial goal is to enroll 200 to 400 new students,” he says.

Former president Bill Clinton founded CGI in 2005 as a network of leaders who work together to solve global problems, including education-level differences in certain industries. This is one such issue that ed2go and SHCOE want to help solve. ed2go provides adults with continuing education classes from its 2,100-member institutional network; SHCOE is an accredited, career-based online school district for students worldwide.

SHCOE and ed2go are responsible for training the employers in the program and helping students access Career Online High School. Students will have access to academic coaches to guide them through their coursework.

“At a time when millions of jobs are going unfilled because employers can’t find people with the right skills, we believe this innovative program can make a huge and lasting impact,” says Ron Stefanski, ed2go’s chief business development officer.

Source: Cengage Learning

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