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Career Online High School Highlighted as an Example of a Successful Employee Corporate Education Program at Learning 2015 Conference
November 18, 2015
Orlando, FL, November 18, 2015- Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the world’s first accredited AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district announced today that Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School was highlighted as an effective corporate employee education program at the November “Learning 2015” conference in Orlando, Florida.
Over 2,000 learning professionals attended the conference, which is considered one of the foremost annual workplace education events in the United States. A major topic of focus during the conference was the responsibility of companies to provide opportunities for all employees to advance through education. Both McDonald’s and Walmart were cited as primary examples of companies who have made this commitment by launching education programs that offer their employees the ability to earn an accredited high school diploma and advanced career certificate through Career Online High School.
President Obama Announces New Actions and Highlights SHCOE
November 04, 2015
Washington, DC, November 4, 2015- Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced new initiatives that promote rehabilitation and reintegration for the formerly incarcerated. Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and Cengage Learning were highlighted as an example of a private sector commitment and national program that supports re-entry for inmates.
SHCOE launched an inmate education program in 2012 with the Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC), which enables inmates to earn a SACS/AdvancED accredited high school diploma and entry-level workforce certificate. The program was recently cited in a Department of Education report as a primary example of “Successes of Early Implementers” for online-based educational programs in correctional facilities.
Full Sail University Announces 7th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Class
October 22, 2015
Full Sail University is proud to announce the 2015 Full Sail University Hall of Fame induction class comprised of six graduates recognized for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, media, and the arts. The induction of this new class of honorees will occur during Full Sail’s 7th Annual Hall of Fame Week, to be held in February 2016.
The 7th Annual Hall of Fame schedule will include a weeklong series of campus-wide events featuring VIP speaking engagements, guest lectures, and live musical performances, including several events that will be open to the public and made available via streaming - culminating in an induction ceremony to celebrate and recognize this latest class of inductees.
Parallel Path Program Enables At-Risk Student to Graduate High School On Time, Enroll in Nursing School
October 21, 2015
Rosa Mercado left high school a few months early when she had a difficult time juggling her work and her studies. She wanted to become a nurse, needed to make money for her family, and she was already working in the health care field at a local clinic, serving as the referral contact.
Her high school recommended Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s Parallel Path Program, which enables at-risk students to stay on track to graduate on time with their local school district. Rosa enrolled, without skipping a beat, and completed her remaining credits online with Smart Horizons. She started in March and finished in June, the same time she would have graduated with her peers at her former high school. She is proud to be the first in her family to graduate from high school.
For-profit college seeks access to Florida dual enrollment program
October 16, 2015
Ever since taking over Rasmussen College's Land O'Lakes campus, former Pasco County high school principal Steve Knobl has looked for ways to attract more students to his doors.
Over the past several months, he's talked with Pasco school district officials about getting juniors and seniors from nearby Sunlake High School to participate in Rasmussen's early honors program. The teens would take one college course per quarter at no charge, with the district covering the instructional materials costs.
Knobl envisioned the process working withing Florida's dual enrollment model. That's where students substitute state college or university courses for high school classes, free of charge to the students.
Sacramento Public Library Celebrates First Graduates of Career Online High School Program
September 16, 2015
Pensacola, FL, The Sacramento Public Library celebrated the first graduates of their Career Online High School (COHS) program last night at a graduation ceremony attended by Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s (SHCOE) Superintendent, Dr. Howard Liebman, who conferred the diplomas. Also on hand to congratulate the new COHS graduates was George Miller, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of California and current Senior Education Advisor for Cengage Learning. The COHS program at the Sacramento Public Library was launched last August and last night’s graduation celebrated the first 10 graduates of the program; currently the Sacramento Public Library has 75 students enrolled in COHS.
“I try to attend as many of our graduation ceremonies as possible because it’s always such a gratifying experience and I’m very honored to have been a part of last night’s Sacramento Public Library COHS graduation,” stated Dr. Liebman. “When I see firsthand how excited and proud these graduates are and how their COHS diplomas will change their lives, it always reaffirms our mission of changing lives for the better through education.”
Florida Technical College Contributes to Imagine America Foundation's 21st Century Workforce Fund
September 07, 2015
Every donation to the Imagine America Foundation (IAF) takes us closer to accomplishing our goals. Some contributions, though, move us forward in huge steps.
The Imagine America Foundation is pleased to announce Florida Technical College's Platinum Level contribution to the 21st Century Workforce Fund. This is a continuation of Florida Technical College's support to the 21st Century Workforce Fund. This contribution not only helps us commission valuable sector research – but it also allows us to provide scholarships for education and grants to career college students.
Please join me in thanking Florida Technical College for their support of the Foundation.
Taco Bell Features Career Online High School in Education Campaign and Fundraising Effort
September 02, 2015
Taco Bell and the Taco Bell Foundation recently featured Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School (COHS) in the center of a campaign and fundraising effort named #SeeMyPotential aimed at helping America’s teens and young adults reach their full potential through education. The #SeeMyPotential campaign recognized teens and young adults who have pursued their passions through education and highlights the fact that it takes a community to help these individuals stay on the path to graduation.
Taco Bell and the Taco Bell Foundation have a vision of seeing 100 percent of high school students graduate and they have supported this vision by offering COHS scholarships to employees who have not yet completed their high school education. The #SeeMyPotential campaign was launched, in part, to highlight these students and their successes and raise awareness and funds for more COHS scholarships and education initiatives.
PlattForm Changes Its Name to Keypath Education
August 31, 2015
PlattForm, a partner for higher education institutions around the world, will now be known as Keypath Education. The new Keypath Education name directly communicates our sole focus on the higher education vertical.
This new name builds on Keypath Education’s success working with more than 250 college and university partners, supporting their marketing and enrollment needs over the last 26 years. The name also draws attention to the expansion of our core service offerings, including:
• End-to-end services, such as online program management (OPM), whereby Keypath Education invests capital in partner institutions to launch, grow and optimize academic programs for online, ground and hybrid delivery
• Seelio, Keypath Education’s proprietary technology for connecting education to enhanced career outcomes
• Full-service international locations in both London (Coventry), U.K., and Melbourne, Australia, providing OPM services in those markets
Study Reveals What Admissions Departments Can Learn From 5,000 Secret Shopper Inquiry Responses
August 24, 2015
LOS ANGELES – Velocify and Sparkroom just published the results of a secret shopper study on third-party website responsiveness to student inquiries called, “Evaluating the Lifecycle of a Student Inquiry.” To examine the journey of a student inquiry, the study evaluated response to 100 inquiries submitted to third-party sites, and logged more than 5,000 responses in 90 days.
“Our goal was to see how actual communications from third-party providers measured up against best practices proven to maximize enrollment yield,” said Martin Lind, director of the education vertical at Velocify. “We found a number of surprises, including the volume of inquiry re-selling to non-EDU companies by the third-party sites.”
Library Journal Magazine Features Career Online High School and its “Success”
August 21, 2015
I’s only been 18 months since Career Online High School (COHS) was first made available in public libraries around the country but the impact to both students and the public library sector overall has been considerable. Recently, Library Journal, the leading library trade publication in the United States, published an in-depth article on COHS in public libraries, providing a status report of the program and its impact on the entire public library sector as it continues to grow and expand into new state and local public libraries and systems across the country.
In the article, reporter Lisa Peet details how Smart Horizons Career Online Education partnered with Cengage Learning and Gale, a leading educational publishing and research company for public and academic libraries, to introduce COHS to the public library space in January 2014.
Meet the Staff: From “Troubled Teen” to “Academic Coach”
August 18, 2015
Natalie LeBlanc knows first-hand how difficult getting a high school diploma can be. “I myself was a troubled teen,” she says. “In my senior year I was told I had to get straight A’s in order to graduate. I thought I was outsmarting everyone by just barely getting by and being rebellious. I got scared. So I pulled myself together, earned the A’s, and realized that I really needed to start focusing on my future.”
After high school, Natalie attended a technical college. “I still didn’t see myself as college bound.” Much to her own surprise she excelled—and really enjoyed the learning process. She proceeded to go to a four-year college where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, graduating with honors. She started teaching and earned her Master of Science degree—with honors again—in counseling education.
NexPort Solutions Highlighted in U.S. Department of Education Report on Educational Technology in Correctional Facilities
August 14, 2015
Washington, D.C., August 14, 2015 - NexPort Solutions, a leader in the highly secure learning management sector, was highlighted in a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) as a primary example of “Successes of Early Implementers” for online based educational programs in correctional facilities.
NexPort Solutions, in partnership with Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), was cited in the USDOE report for providing a highly secure AdvancED/SACS accredited online high school diploma and entry-level workforce certificate program to incarcerated adult inmates within the Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC).
L2L: LIVE2LEAD Simulcast Event Featuring Leadership Expert and Author, John C. Maxwell to be held at Full Sail University
August 13, 2015
Debi Markland, a John C. Maxwell Team Certified Member, in collaboration with Full Sail University, is proud to host the worldwide leadership simulcast event L2L: LIVE2LEAD at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL on October 9, 2015.
The L2L: LIVE2LEAD at Full Sail University event is designed to deliver the very best leadership content while inspiring and motivating participants and their teams. Additionally, this event will help attendees to connect with other influencers in their community and expand their business network with relationships that produce tangible results. The simulcast is designed to allow local leaders to be "in the room" with internationally recognized and respected leaders including:
U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education Report Highlights Smart Horizons Career Online Education
July 30, 2015
Washington, D.C., - Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, announced today that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) issued a report highlighting SHCOE as a primary example of “Successes of Early Implementers” for online based educational programs in correctional facilities.
The report, titled Educational Technology in Corrections 2015 (see page 14) and released this week, was designed to aid federal, state, and local corrections staff and correctional education administrators as they explore ways to use advanced technologies in corrections securely and cost-effectively. SHCOE’s internet-based workforce online high school, offered through the Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC), was highlighted as an example of a successful internet-based education program offered to inmates at correctional facilities.
“We are very proud to be acknowledged for our groundbreaking partnership with FLDOC, which offers inmates the ability to earn an accredited high school diploma and an entry-level workforce certificate,” stated Dr. Howard Liebman, SHCOE Superintendent of Schools. “Education is the pathway to advancement in our society and by offering inmates the opportunity to enroll in SHCOE they can earn a brighter future upon their release, while also cutting the rate of recidivism for correctional facilities in a very cost-effective manner.”
From Nearly Dropping Out to Graduating With His Class
July 28, 2015
“If it weren’t for your program, our son Jordan would not have a high school diploma,” said Sharon Murbarger.
At 18-years of age, Jordan Murbarger was 2 years behind his class and he was going to fail out of high school. Instead, said his mother Sharon: “thanks to Smart Horizons Career Online High School, he graduated half of a semester earlier than his original class, finishing high school in just 3 ½ years! If not for Smart Horizons, the best we could have hoped for was a GED.”
Jordan had struggled with school since he was 8-years-old, around which time he was held back a grade. Sharon and her husband are both highly educated, very involved parents who did whatever they could to help Jordan succeed. They tried public schools, private schools, private tutors, and finally a different public school—everything they could think of. Jordan was fortunate to have parents kicking and fighting for him the whole way. But it just wasn’t enough.
Payano vs. Warren: Premier Boxing Champions
July 20, 2015
Winter Park, Florida – Payano vs. Warren: Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round on Bounce TV debuts Sunday, August 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET on Bounce TV from the state-of-the-art performance venue, Full Sail Live, on the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida with tickets on sale for the event now.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Warriors Boxing and Sampson Boxing, are on sale and priced at $50 for reserved seating and $25 for general admission and can be purchased by calling Warriors Boxing at (954) 985-1155 or by visiting warriorsboxing.com. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticket Force by calling (877) 840-0457 or by clicking HERE.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education Partners with Hamilton County ESC to Re-Engage High School Students
July 14, 2015
Pensacola, FL, - Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, announced today a partnership with Hamilton County Educational Service Center (HCESC) in Ohio to re-engage high school students and prepare them for careers and/or college.
SHCOE, Rock and Roll Academy, and Usher’s Music Industry Leadership 101 were selected by HCESC, in partnership with Beanstalk Innovation, as part of the HCESC’s Learning RE-Engineered program funded by a Straight A Grant. Offered through the Ohio Department of Education, the Straight A Fund supports ideas from local educators that promote academic achievement and economic efficiencies within schools and districts. The HCESC’s Learning RE-Engineered program uses these three innovative programs to re-engage struggling learners by redesigning the classroom to incorporate 21st century learning. The programs use blended learning practices to help engage students and keep them in school.
Second Chances: Meet Smart Horizons’ New Academic Coach, Koleena Schmidt
July 10, 2015
“The mission of Smart Horizons Career Online Education is a passion of mine,” says Koleena Schmidt, MA. “I relate to second chances—both giving them and receiving them. I needed a great deal of help to find the successes in my life that I have, and I’m always looking for opportunities to give back to our community.”
Koleena is a new academic coach at Smart Horizons. She is responsible for guiding students through their time at the school, monitoring their progress, and offering support academically, technically, and personally.
New Season of WWE Tough Enough® To Be Produced at Full Sail University
June 19, 2015
Full Sail University is proud to announce the new season of the hard-hitting reality series, WWE Tough Enough, will emanate from Full Sail University located in Winter Park, Fla. Premiering Tuesday, June 23, at 8/7C on USA Network, live segments direct from Full Sail University’s professional production studios will be featured during the broadcast each week. Outside of the U.S., WWE Tough Enough airs live on OSN Sports 2 HD across the Middle East and North Africa, Ten Sports in the Indian subcontinent, Cielo in Italy and on YouTube around the rest of the world.
“Through our continued collaboration with WWE, Full Sail University is proud to have been selected as the professional production facilities to host live, weekly segments of the WWE Tough Enough series,” said Ken Goldstone, Chief Operating Officer of Full Sail University. “We greatly look forward to our students learning from WWE’s commitment to the innovative use of social media and fan engagement in tandem with WWE’s broadcast delivery of exceptional entertainment to their global fan base.”
Mother Earns High School Diploma to Inspire Her Struggling Daughter
June 19, 2015
“I don’t need a high school diploma. You don’t have one. Why should I bother?”
It was Angela Entz’s worst nightmare. Her 14-year-old daughter was telling her that she was a poor example for getting an education. Angela’s regrets about dropping out of high school starting coming back to her.
She had to do something to change the situation to help her struggling daughter before it was too late.
Angela got remarried and moved to Florida. Her new husband is educated, smart, and a hard worker. He encouraged her to finish her high school education, not just to set a good example for her daughter but also to prove to herself that she could do it.
“Going back to high school brought up a lot of emotions,” Angela said. “I didn’t have involved parents. And that means so much in a child’s education. I moved away with my now ex-husband when I was just 16, and he never encouraged or supported me in going back to school. I enjoyed raising our daughter and being a stay-at-home mom, but as our life became more unstable, I realized that I needed the foundation of a solid education.”
SHCOE CEO and Founder Dr. Howard Liebman to be the Featured Keynote Speaker on “Educational Trauma” at READ San Diego’s 25th Annual Tutor Conference
June 12, 2015
San Diego, CA, - Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the world’s first fully AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, announced today that CEO and Founder Dr. Howard Liebman will be the featured keynote speaker at tomorrow’s READ San Diego 25th Annual Tutor Conference held at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.
Dr. Liebman’s keynote address will be delivered to hundreds of educators, teachers and literacy teachers and professionals from across the state of California and is titled “Better Understanding and Addressing Educational Trauma to Re-Engage Older Youth and Adults Back into the Educational System.”
SHCOE has a partnership with the San Diego Public Library where Career Online High School is offered to residents through its partnership with Cengage Learning and Gale, one of the largest library resource companies in the world.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education Launches New Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) Commitment to Action
June 09, 2015
Denver, CO, – Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world's first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, announced today the launching of a new CGI America Commitment to Action at the 2015 CGI America meeting. Partnering with social services organizations and education and business leaders such as Cengage Learning and McDonald's, SHCOE commits to address education issues in Detroit. The “collective impact” initiative intends to support the city’s recovery from bankruptcy by re-engaging disconnected adults and out-of-school youth with online education and training programs, centered on its Career Online High School (COHS), an accredited online high school program for adults and out of school youth.
“The ‘Detroit Collective Impact’ initiative is intended to mitigate the consequences of chronic high unemployment in a large city that has a workforce with profound skills gaps,” said Smart Horizons founder and Superintendent Dr. Howard Liebman. “Our participation at CGI America provides an incredible opportunity to move this work forward as we have made connections with partners who are equally as passionate about improving educational opportunity.”
Virginia College showcases new campus
May 21, 2015
Pensacola, FL- Virginia College celebrated the grand opening of its campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 21.
The event at the new 43,000 square foot campus, 312 E. Nine Mile Road, Suite 34, also served as the Greater Pensacola Chamber’s May BusinessAfter Hours networking event.
The private institution outgrew its 25,000 square foot campus, sparking a move to a larger building.
Like other Virginia College campuses, the school chose to renovate an existing building to beautify the area and give back to the local community.
The new campus represents an investment of $5.1 million in construction, furniture, equipment and signage costs.
“It’s a pleasure to announce our new location and expanded programs in Pensacola,” said President Kim Coolidge. “The students, faculty and staff are thrilled with the move. The transition to a larger and better-equipped campus will improve the programs offered to our students and help us better serve employers who hire our graduates. We are proud to raise the economic level of the area and to continue our commitment to be an outstanding corporate citizen here in the city of Pensacola.”
Revolutionary Admissions Automation Software Increases Conversion Rates 107%
Victoria, BC - Enrollment Resources is pleased to launch our Virtual Admissions Advisor 3.0. The Virtual Admissions Advisor is a web-based admissions automation software that helps marketing and admissions teams engage prospects throughout the admissions funnel automatically. Using a best-practice “counselor sales” admissions modality, Virtual Admissions Advisor automates a world-class admission experience for key parts of the admissions funnel. It’s like having an all-star admissions rep that never sleeps.
Admissions teams get deep insight into prospective students’ motivations, goals, and fit while prospects get to engage with your school on their terms. As prospects connect with you through this self-assessment, your teams gain in-depth information on each prospect, including their perceived strengths, goals, supporters, perceptions of features of your school and much more.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education Launches New and Improved District Website
May 08, 2015
Pensacola, FL- Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, announced today the launch of a new and improved district website. The new SHCOE website, www.shcoe.org, was completely redesigned by San Francisco-based web design firm Splitpeak and officially relaunched today.
“The new website represents the culmination of a year-long project by the teams at SHCOE and Splitpeak and we are thrilled with the results,” stated SHCOE Chief Operating Officer (COO) Wendy Kauffman. “As the world’s first accredited online school district, our goal was to design a website that not only communicates our mission, values, and culture, but that embodies the spirit of innovation that underscores our approach to helping address America’s upskill training and workforce education needs.”
Smart Horizons Career Online Education and Dr. Howard Liebman Named EdTech Digest Award Finalists
May 07, 2015
Pensacola, FL, - Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) announced today that the company and its CEO and founder, Dr. Howard Liebman, have been named as finalists in four separate EdTech Digest Awards categories, garnering the most nominations of any company in the Education Industry.
The theme of this year’s EdTech Digest Awards is “Continuing a Transformation” and according to EdTech Digest the finalists in each category represent “the best and brightest tools, leaders, and trendsetters pushing forward today’s education revolution. The finalists are part of a greater story of 21st-century education transformation. They are reshaping the education culture, and they are creating a new and better future for students everywhere. We are very excited to recognize them and we salute them for their achievements.”
Career Online High School Highlighted at Today’s White House Upskill America Summit
April 24, 2015
Washington, DC, - Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School (COHS), part of the Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) school district, participated today in the White House Upskill America Summit, a gathering of national business and education leaders who are answering President Obama’s call to action to help equip workers of all ages with the skills they need to advance into better-paying jobs. Cengage Learning’s Ron Stefanski participated in the Upskill America Summit as the Obama Administration highlighted two new COHS commitments with McDonald’s Corporation and Walmart Stores Inc., to offer AdvancED/SACS/NCA accredited high school diplomas and entry-level workforce certificate training to all qualified U.S. employees. These partnerships have the potential to change the lives of up to 10,000 front-line workers in the first year.
“We at COHS are excited and honored to support today’s Upskill America Summit at the White House and talk about the part that Cengage Learning’s COHS can play in 'upskilling' America’s low-income employees,” stated SHCOE’s CEO & Founder Dr. Howard Liebman. “It’s clear that today’s job market is demanding a higher level of education and skills from employees than ever before and COHS offers an accredited high school diploma and entry-level workforce certificate that can help front-line employees land those higher paying positions.”
McDonald’s to Offer Career Online High School to Employees at All Corporate and Franchise Owned Restaurants
April 02, 2015
Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the world’s first fully AdvancED/SACS/NCA accredited private online school district, in partnership with Cengage Learning/ed2go, is proud to announce that the McDonald’s Corporation is offering Career Online High School (COHS) to all eligible employees working in corporate-owned and franchise-owned McDonald’s restaurants. COHS is part of a groundbreaking new employee education program named “Archways to Opportunity” that was announced at the 2015 McDonald’s Turnaround Summit where over 2,000 independent franchise owners were in attendance.
“We are thrilled to be a part of McDonald’s commitment to education, which will help provide a brighter future for employees,” stated Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s founder and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Howard Liebman. “COHS is one of the cornerstones of the Archways to Opportunity workforce education strategy, which is synonymus with our mission of improving lives through re-engaging older youth and adults back into the educational system.”
National Association of Workforce Boards Features Career Online High School at Annual Forum in Washington, DC
March 30, 2015
Washington, DC, - Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) announced today that CEO and founder Dr. Howard Liebman participated yesterday in a panel focused on Career Online High School (COHS) at the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Annual Forum held in Washington, DC. Led by Ron Stefanski of ed2go, a SHCOE partner and part of Cengage Learning, the panel was titled “Career Online High School—Broadening the Educational Pathway to the Middle Class” and was open to all attending the NAWB Annual Forum. Dr. Liebman was a panelist along with Mr. Todd Gustafson, Executive Director of Kinexus, and Ms. Dot Fallihee, Chief Program Officer at the Workforce Development Council (WDC) of Seattle-King County.
“Workforce development boards play such a crucial role in helping prepare America’s workers for the increasing demands of today’s job market,” stated Dr. Liebman. “It made sense for ed2go and COHS to team up with these workforce boards to help provide a solution to the more than 40 million Americans trying to enter the workforce without a high school diploma.”
Smart Horizons Career Online Education Announces 2014–15 College Acceptances
March 25, 2015
Pensacola, FL, - Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) today released a list of college acceptances for 2014–15 SHCOE graduates. Including such well-respected and established schools as Bethany College, South Carolina State University, and Liberty University, this year’s list represents the largest number of SHCOE graduates to enroll in post-secondary schools in its four-year history. As the world’s first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, SHCOE reengages young adults back onto their educational paths, preparing them for the workforce and post-secondary education by delivering innovative, career-based education in a supportive, engaging environment.
“It is so gratifying to see these students coming back into the educational system and matriculating into a post-secondary program—and blossoming as a result,” stated SHCOE CEO and Superintendent Dr. Howard Liebman. “It is our goal, our mission, to help disengaged students find a brighter future through education, either by better preparing them for the workforce as job candidates with an accredited high school diploma and career certification or by helping them pursue a college degree at a quality post-secondary school. When I see this list of colleges that our graduates are planning to attend, I know we are executing on our mission.”
Full Sail University Launches Rebl HQ in Collaboration with Maker Studios
March 20, 2015
Winter Park and Los Angeles – Full Sail University, a worldwide educational leader in entertainment, media, technology, and the arts, and Maker Studios, the global leader in short-form video and the largest content network on YouTube, announced today a unique collaboration to produce premium programming at the new digital entertainment studio “REBL HQ” located on the Full Sail University campus in Winter Park, Florida, as well as develop and launch an online video creator curriculum.
Located in a brand-new facility that houses state-of-the-art video soundstages, REBL HQ will create content across genres such as comedy, gaming, beauty, travel, and more; will provide students with real-world opportunities to participate on professional productions, as well as study development, production and distribution for online short-form video; and will serve as an innovation hub for the evolving world of online video delivery systems, production techniques and storytelling.
University of Phoenix partners with National Retail Federation on scholarships for retail workers
March 19, 2015
University of Phoenix has teamed up with the National Retail Federation to offer 20 retail workers scholarships to the Phoenix-based school.
Any part-time or full-time employees at retail or restaurant companies are eligible for the Dream BIG scholarship. The University of Phoenix School of Business is giving out 20 of these scholarships.
"Behind every great retail brand are great retail workers – truly the heart and soul of our industry and the fuel that keeps the fires going for hundreds of thousands of businesses throughout the country," said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. "Many of these individuals share a common goal to grow personally and professionally in the retail industry and we want to help them get there."
Keiser to buy Northwood campus in West Palm Beach
March 18, 2015
Keiser University has agreed to buy Northwood University's campus in West Palm Beach, the private universities announced Wednesday.
The acquisition will give Keiser 17 campuses in Florida, where it has nearly 20,000 students.
Belinda Keiser, vice chancellor, said she couldn't disclose the purchase price until the details are final, which is expected in July.
"We have always wanted to have a residential campus," Keiser said. The university has mostly adult learning centers for students 25 and older.
High school graduates often want more of a traditional college experience, Keiser said. The campus will have housing, sports teams and activities. Education will be geared toward careers, such as nursing, and Keiser will open an entrepreneurship center and move its business of golf program to the campus.
Taco Bell Celebrates First Graduate of Innovative Online High School Graduation Program for Team Members
March 03, 2015
Smart Horizons Career Online Education is very proud to announce that yesterday was the graduation of the first Career Online High School student from our partnership with Taco Bell and Cengage Learning's ed2go! Stephen Irvine is from the Rapid City, SD area and earned his high school diploma through COHS. He now plans to use his newly earned diploma to continue his education and pursue a post-secondary degree.
Below you'll find a press release and links to media coverage from FOX-TV and the Rapid City Journal of yesterday's surprise graduation ceremony held at the Taco Bell in Rapid City where Stephen is a shift Manager. Join us in congratulating Stephen who is a great example of our mission at SHCOE- helping students find a brighter future by earning an accredited high school diploma through Career Online High School.
Seattle-King County WDC Delivers High School Diploma Opportunities through Career Online High School
February 12, 2015
Seattle, WA – Nearly 10% of King County residents, approximately 150,000 adults, lack a high school diploma, and a new program being made available by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) offers residents the opportunity to earn accredited diplomas and credentialed career certificates.
Career Online High School (COHS), part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, is specifically designed to reengage young people back into the educational system and prepare them for entry into the workforce. Developed by Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and Cengage Learning’s ed2go, COHS is a key component in the broad range of career development services that the WDC offers to young people of the greater Seattle-King County area. As part of this effort, the WDC will also join Cengage Learning and SHCOE’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to reengage employees in the educational system.
“We are so pleased to offer Seattle and King County young people this opportunity,” says Marléna Sessions, CEO of the WDC. “Having a high school diploma is more important than ever in enabling a young person to get on a career track toward self-sufficiency.”
Smart Horizons Career Online Education Expands Into South Florida, Opens New Offices in Fort Lauderdale
February 05, 2015
Pensacola, FL - Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first fully accredited online school district, announced today the opening of a new South Florida office in Fort Lauderdale to house their academic enrollment services and the office of CEO Dr. Howard Liebman. The opening of the Fort Lauderdale office marks an important milestone and allows for future expansion for the fast growing Pensacola-based education company. The new SHCOE office space is located at 800 West Cypress Creek Road and will begin operations immediately; an open house to celebrate the opening of the new office was held earlier this week.
“We are proud and excited to open our new South Florida offices in downtown Fort Lauderdale,” stated Dr. Liebman. “This marks an important milestone in the growth of our company and will allow us to consolidate our academic enrollment services division under one roof, while allowing for future growth and expansion.”
Smart Horizons Career Online Education CEO Dr. Howard Liebman Invited to Speak Today at 2015 YouthBuild National Directors Association Conference in Arlington, VA
January 27, 2015
Pensacola, FL, - Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the world’s first fully accredited online school district, announced today that CEO and Superintendent Dr. Howard Liebman was invited to speak at this year’s YouthBuild National Directors Association conference that took place today in Arlington, VA. The topic of discussion was “Technology Literacy and Online Learning Systems that Work,” as Dr. Liebman joined several other national education leaders speaking on the topic. YouthBuild is a nationwide non-profit organization with a mission of “unleashing the intelligence and positive energy of low-income youth to rebuild their communities and their lives.” Started in New York City in 1988, there are now 264 YouthBuild programs in 46 states, Washington, DC, and the Virgin Islands.
“It is indeed an honor to be asked to speak to an organization that has had such a positive impact on so many low-income youth in America,” said Dr. Liebman. “The goals and mission of our two organizations are very similar as we both strive to help improve the lives of Americans and provide today’s low-income youth with a path to a brighter future.”
Wargaming.net and Full Sail University Announce Partnership to Launch New On-Campus User Experience Lab
January 26, 2015
Winterpark, FL - Wargaming.net, and Full Sail University, an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in entertainment, technology, gaming, art, and media, are proud to announce a partnership to launch the new on-campus Full Sail User Experience Lab.
With the support of Wargaming.net, Full Sail University takes its place at the forefront of helping video game companies analytically and scientifically understand the elements and motivation behind player behavior. This collaboration will bring state-of-the-art UX testing to over 5,000 play testers annually, and will include Full Sail students and graduates, as well as external members of the community. The Full Sail User Experience Lab will also address and execute 100+ research projects per year for companies from multiple industries, as well as provide a project-based teaching environment.
“By collaborating with Wargaming.net on the new Full Sail User Experience Lab we will have the opportunity to not only open the doors to new educational experiences for our students, but we will also have the ability to effect positive change in the ever-evolving industries of technology and gaming,” said Dr. Shawn Stafford, Full Sail Course Director for Methods & The User Experience, and Director of Research for F.I.R.E (Full Sail Institute for Research in Entertainment). “We are honored to announce this partnership alongside Wargaming.net, and look forward to valuable exchange of knowledge that lies ahead.”
Herzing University becomes a nonprofit organization
January 02, 2015
Herzing University, one of Wisconsin's oldest and largest for-profit career colleges, has converted to nonprofit status.
The transition makes the Milwaukee-based institution, which has some 6,000 students, and campuses in eight states, a tax-exempt educational institution under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
The move comes in the wake of new federal regulations on for-profit schools that drew widespread opposition from the industry.
It also means Herzing will no longer be subject to the oversight of Wisconsin's Educational Approval Board, which two years ago broached a short-lived regulatory proposal that Herzing said was "grossly unfair and would be catastrophic" to for-profit schools.
Herzing announced its transition in a brief news release Friday. A Herzing representative could not be reached to comment further on the institution's move.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education Superintendent of Schools Participates in Today's White House College Opportunity Summit
December 04, 2014
WASHINGTON- With the crisis of disconnected youth affecting 1 in 7 young people in America, our leading thinkers, innovators and organizations must work together to create a collective impact. In an effort to further this important discussion, Smart Horizons Career Online Education Superintendent of Schools Howard Liebman, Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper, Maricopa Corporate College President Eugene Giovannini, and Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen today joined President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit. The event brought together the nation's education, business and nonprofit leaders to collaborate and share best practices for increasing college opportunities for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education CEO Dr. Howard Liebman Invited to Join President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit
December 02, 2014
Pensacola, FL, - Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the first SACS-accredited online school district in the United States, announced today that on Thursday, December 4, CEO and Superintendent Dr. Howard Liebman will join President Obama, the First Lady and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit. The Summit will bring together colleges and universities, business leaders, nonprofits and others that are committed to supporting more college opportunities for students across the country.
This year's summit will focus on building sustainable collaborations in communities with strong K-12 and higher education partnerships to encourage college going, and supporting colleges to work together to dramatically improve persistence and increase college completion, especially for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students.
Florida Department of Corrections and Smart Horizons Career Online Education Announce First Class of Inmates from Central Florida Reception Center Graduate from FLDOC Online Campus
November 19, 2014
The Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC) and Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) announced today that the FLDOC Online Campus program at the Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando has graduated its first class of inmates. All graduates of FLDOC Online Campus have earned an accredited high school diploma and an advanced career certificate in this innovative educational program that is the first-of-its kind for correctional institutions. A ceremony was held at the Central Florida Reception Center recently to celebrate the graduation class.
“The Florida Department of Corrections is committed to its mission in ensuring public safety and providing inmates and offenders the tools and skills they need for a successful re-entry into the community,” stated Michael D. Crews, Florida Secretary of Corrections. “This graduation is an example of the Department working to reduce recidivism by promoting post-release success.”
Florida Department of Corrections Announces Expansion of Career Online High School Program for Inmates to Fifteen Correctional Facilities
October 20, 2014
First of its Kind Program Provides Inmates the Opportunity to Earn Accredited High School Diplomas and Career Certificates
TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) officially announced recently the expansion of the FDOC Online Campus program from eight correctional facilities to 15 in the next few months, providing inmates the opportunity to complete their high school education and earn a fully accredited diploma and career certificate. The FDOC Career Online High School is a partnership between Pensacola-based Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the first fully accredited, online school district in the world. The partnership with FDOC is the first of its kind in the nation for correctional facilities.
"Our work with Smart Horizon Career Online Education on this effort is a tangible expression of our commitment to the Florida Department of Correction’s vision of changing lives to ensure a safer Florida," said Dr. John L. Lewis, Chief of Education for the Florida Department of Corrections’ Office of Re-Entry. "Earning a high school diploma is a very important event in people’s lives and this is especially so for inmates who have traditionally faced educational challenges."
Fountaindale Public Library Announces Launch of Career Online High School
October 14, 2014
Library Serving the Chicago Suburb of Bolingbrook, IL, Now Offers Patrons the Opportunity to Earn a High School Diploma
PENSACOLA, FL - Career Online High School’s public library partnership program yesterday introduced the Fountaindale Public Library of Bolingbrook, IL, as its latest library partner. This announcement coincided with Fountaindale Public Library’s launch of Career Online High School as part of its new Passport to Success program. Passport to Success is the library’s initiative geared toward residents who wish to learn basic technology and online communications skills who are also in need of a high school diploma and/or are looking for employment opportunities.
As part of the Passport to Success program, the Fountaindale Public Library will provide a limited number of full scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified local adult learners who want to advance their careers, enter the workforce, or continue their education by earning an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate. Fountaindale is now the fourth library system in the country and the first in Illinois to offer this new educational program.
Select New Jersey Public Libraries to Offer Career Online High School
October 07, 2014
Partnership With the New Jersey State Library System Represents the First Statewide Implementation of Career Online High School
PENSACOLA, FL - NJ State LibrarySeveral public libraries throughout New Jersey are offering residents the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and credentialed career certificates through Career Online High School, a program brought to libraries by Gale and Smart Horizons Career Online Education and arranged locally through the New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. Qualified residents will be able to earn a high school diploma completely online and gain valuable career skills.
Full Sail University Announces 6th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Class
September 29, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL, – Full Sail University is proud to announce the 2014 Full Sail University Hall of Fame <http://halloffame.fullsail.edu/hof6/> induction class comprised of six graduates recognized for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, media, and the arts. The induction of this new class of honorees will occur during Full Sail’s 6th Annual Hall of Fame Week, which will be held in early 2015.
The 6th Annual Hall of Fame schedule will include a weeklong series of campus-wide events featuring VIP speaking engagements, guest lectures, and concerts - including several events that will be open to the public - culminating in an induction ceremony to celebrate and recognize this latest class of inductees. For an inside look at the Full Sail University Hall of Fame, visit: http://youtu.be/_8_tUzHaDCw.
Southern African Virtual School Partners with Cengage Learning's ed2go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education to Deliver High School Diplomas
September 23, 2014
Pensacola, FL & Gauteng, South Africa - Southern African Virtual School (SAVS) is now offering citizens of the Republic of South Africa the opportunity to earn accredited American high school diplomas through Career Online High School (COHS), a program available through ed2go, part of Cengage Learning, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE). This marks the first major international partnership for COHS, an online program established to provide value to students in all global regions, regardless of the structure of the educational system.
"We're excited to partner with the Southern African Virtual School to offer Career Online High School to the citizens of South Africa," stated Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent of Smart Horizons Career Online Education. "Our partnership with SAVS and the introduction of COHS into an additional market outside of the United States is possible due to the flexibility and adaptability of our unique online program and its acceptance is a testament to the proven quality of our curriculum and academic support staff."
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Announces Launch of Career Online High School
September 18, 2014
Pensacola, FL - Career Online High School's public library partnership program introduced another major library partner yesterday as The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio, announced the launch of the groundbreaking program. The program will provide a limited number of free scholarships to qualified local adult learners looking to advance their careers, prepare for workforce entry or continue their education by earning a fully accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is the now the third major library system in the country to offer this new educational program.
“Career Online High School is an exciting and innovative addition to our Library’s services and ties directly into our strategic plan goal to support lifelong learning,” Kimber L. Fender, the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director of the Library stated in the library’s press release announcing the program. “We believe that investing in the education of adults will improve workforce development as well as the overall quality of life in Hamilton County. Education is the common thread that runs through everything we do at the Library.”
WWE and Full Sail University Exceed $100,000 Milestone in Scholarships Awarded to Full Sail Students
September 15, 2014
Winter Park, Florida and Stamford, Conn., September 15, 2014 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) is pleased to announce it has awarded five $10,000 scholarships to the following Full Sail University students:
• Shane Ross, from Huntington, IN, a current Full Sail student pursuing his Master’s degree in Entertainment Business
• Quinton Long, from Baltimore, MD, a current Full Sail student pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Marketing & Media
• Michael Kiefer, from New Haven, CT, a current Full Sail student pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Film
• Cerita Mays, from Willingboro, NJ, a current Full Sail student pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Recording Arts
• Lucas Campbell, from Front Royal, VA, a current Full Sail student pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Show Production
WWE has now awarded 11 scholarships to Full Sail University students, for a total of $110,000 since WWE’s partnership with Full Sail began in May 2012. These scholarships will be applied toward the recipient’s areas of study within the university.
Full Sail University In Collaboration With EA SPORTS Hosts The Madden NFL 15 Ultimate Team Championship Featuring NFL Quarterback Cam Newton
September 10, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL, September 10, 2014 – Full Sail University, in collaboration with EA SPORTS, was proud to host the Madden NFL 15 Ultimate Team Championship, presented by Electronic Arts, Xbox One, Curse, and Full Sail University, inside the university’s Full Sail Live 1 venue. Eight top Madden Ultimate Team players put their skills to the test for a chance to play a championship game against NFL Quarterback, Cam Newton.
On Tuesday, July 15, the team draft was held with eight invited players and NFL special guest, Carolina Panthers Quarterback, Cam Newton. Following the draft, the first four head-to-head matches took place. On Wednesday, July 16, the final four match ups took place with the winner moving on to play against Newton for the championship. The championship winner received 2 NFL season tickets, a custom Madden 15 Xbox One console and 1 million Madden Ultimate Team coins.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Sanford-Brown Institute Ft. Lauderdale
September 8, 2014
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - On Monday, August 29, 2014, George Strothmann, Pharmacy Technology Program Director; Anthony Boone, Senior Admissions Representative; Clyde Ramsumair, Clinical Coordinator Medical Assisting; and Dr. Enrique Mendez, Program Director Dental Assisting accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The ALS Association has raised over $15.6 million because of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Saffir, 2014)! By participating in this event SBI Ft. Lauderdale students, faculty, and staff raised money for the ALS Association, which is an organization that provides assistance to people suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Culinary school at Jacksonville's Virginia College to open restaurant in San Marco
August 21, 2014
Jacksonville, Florida - Virginia College, which operates a culinary school on Beach Boulevard, plans to open a restaurant in San Marco. Called Kitchen on San Marco, it will be at 1402 San Marco Blvd. in a building that last housed Oral Explosion.
Virginia College, a for-profit school owned by the Education Corporation of America, includes a culinary program called Culinard in its curriculum.
The restaurant will be staffed by professionals, a spokeswoman said, but some students will work and be trained there. It will hire about 40 employees, she said, with opening planned spring of 2015.
Bullied As a Teenager, RaNesha Gamill Fights Back with Career Online High School and Brown Mackie College, Earning Her High School Diploma and Career Certificate
June 24, 2014
Pensacola, FL - Thanks to a scholarship program established by Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go in partnership with Brown Mackie College, 21-year-old RaNesha Gamill earned her high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate earlier this month through Career Online High School (COHS).
In March, Brown Mackie College joined the long list of educational institutions that have partnered with SHCOE and ed2go to make COHS part of its educational offerings. Brown Mackie College also became the first postsecondary institution to join the "Commitment to Action" agreement SHCOE and ed2go signed with the Clinton Global Initiative in July of 2013. Through this agreement, Brown Mackie College has made 32 scholarships available for students to enroll in COHS, a number matched by SHCOE and ed2go.
Father graduates college with 6 of his family members
June 15, 2014
Orlando. FL - It's a big milestone for anyone who walks across the stage during their college graduation, but for one family, big wasn't big enough. Seven members of the same extended family graduated on the same night from Florida Technical College -- a first in FTC's history.
The family members say they never planned it, and initially didn't even know they were going to school at the same time.
"One day I was walking around school and all of sudden I see my aunt," said Jeannette. Jeannette's dad, mom, sister, a second aunt and her cousin were also attending school. They say being together actually helped them perform better in school.
"It was like a friendly competition, who did it better. You know, the grades," said Sonia Perez.
Everest University’s Chris Tilley nominated to serve as president-elect of Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges
June 9, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, FL. – June 9, 2014 – Chris Tilly, regional vice president of operations for Everest University in Florida, was nominated for the position of president-elect of Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The association’s membership represents more than 1,000 career colleges in Florida.
“It is an honor to have the confidence of my peers at the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The association is the voice of career schools since 1956 and in that role focuses on serving more than 300,000 students enrolled in private career colleges and sharing best practices as educators and business leaders,” said Tilley, who serves as treasurer of the board of directors.
Elections will take place in July at the association’s annual business meeting in Miami.
Sixteen-Year-Old Student Graduates From Career Online High School and Is Awarded Scholarship to University
June 3, 2014
Pensacola, FL - Earlier this year, 16-year-old Miami native Leora Haimov discovered that Career Online High School (COHS) was the perfect solution for earning her high school diploma while laying the foundation for her career goals.
After completing the program just four months later, the impressive young woman was awarded a scholarship to Miami International University of Art and Design.
"COHS had the right combination of classes I needed to move toward my career goals," Leora said. "This program was more interesting and educational than anything I took in my previous school."
As a SACS accredited institution, COHS grants transfer credit for course credits earned at other accredited institutions, which enabled Leora to accelerate her completion of the program. The school is part of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the world’s first private online accredited school district, which launched the program in 2012 in partnership with Cengage Learning’s ed2go, the country’s largest provider of turnkey online training.
“I Was Once Where You Are”: Kimberly Sher Brings Expertise, Experience, and Dedication to Her Position as Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s New Academic Coach and Science Instructor
May 15, 2014
Kimberly Sher began her position as Academic Coach and Science Instructor for Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) in March of this year. Sher’s Master of Chemistry Education from the University of Pennsylvania is impressive, but even more impressive is her passion for helping students.
“I went into teaching wanting to make a difference in the lives of my students,” Sher said. “As an Academic Coach, I am finally able to realize that dream. And as a Science Instructor in SHCOE’s one-on-one online learning environment, I can truly make a difference as I work with students to help them understand concepts so they can be successful in achieving their goals and realizing their own dreams.”
Sher’s role with SHCOE is two-fold. “My job as Academic Coach is to lend a helping hand, encourage students, and provide assistance and support wherever I can,” she said. “As Science Instructor, I step in and work with students when they have questions about course material.”
Sher appreciates SHCOE’s unique online environment, an environment that features 24/7 support for both students and staff members.
Quality Family Health Institute Launches Career Online High School to Better Meet the Educational and Career Training Needs of Greenacres, Florida, Demographic
May 13, 2014
Quality Family Health Institute’s Roberto Carballoso says the program serves the needs of students seeking post-secondary vocational training who have not yet earned a high school diploma.
According to Campus Director Roberto Carballoso, Quality Family Health Institute (QFHI) launched Career Online High School (COHS) to help students obtain the educational foundation they need to pursue post-secondary vocational training. “The majority of the students who come to QFHI do not have a high school diploma,” Carballoso said. “And they’re going to need one not only as they seek to enroll in our college-level courses, but as they strive to improve their chances in life overall.”
Carballoso said COHS was the best fit for the demographic his school serves. According to Carballoso, many students also come to QFHI with a language barrier, which prompted the school to initiate an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. “We are offering programs that really target the specific needs of the communities we serve. First we address the language barrier, then the lack of a high school diploma, and finally we are able to offer post-secondary career training in high-growth employment fields,” he said.
Full Sail University is Proud to Return as Sponsor of the 20th Annual Vans Warped Tour Presented by Journeys
May 06, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL, – Full Sail University is proud to return as a sponsor of the Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the legendary music festival, and the third year of The Acoustic Basement presented by Full Sail University.
The Acoustic Basement presented by Full Sail University includes a fully tented stage for acoustic acts to perform in a more intimate setting, allowing attendees a more up-close and personal experience. Throughout the summer, various solo artists and bands from genres including indie, punk, and folk will rotate on the stage’s schedule. Current scheduled performers include: Anthony Raneri (Bayside), Nick Santino (ARTTM), Front Porch Step, Brian Marquis, Bad Rabbits, Mike Herrera (MxPx), and many more. Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/93fhgmzTlK4
In addition to presenting the Acoustic Basement stage, four recent Full Sail University graduates will have the opportunity to work as interns for the duration of the tour. These coveted internship positions range from managing production office needs, helping to set up the stage and run its sound board, creating blog content that will appear on the official Vans Warped Tour blog site, and creating materials utilizing graphic design skills to support the tour’s well-known brand.
“The internship opportunities that our graduates participate in throughout the Vans Warped Tour provide valuable hands-on experience,” said Dana Roun, Director of Audio Programs at Full Sail University. “We congratulate Vans Warped Tour on its 20th anniversary, and we are grateful for the relationship that allows our alumni to work with this world-renowned tour.”
Student Advisory Council Plays Important Role in Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s Ongoing Mission to Serve Student Needs
Smart Horizons Career Online Education established its Student Advisory Council (SAC) 2 years ago as a means of receiving valuable input from students enrolled in Smart Horizons Career Online High School (SHCOHS). The school’s Academic Coach and Social Studies Instructor, Yianna Pavlakos, serves as Moderator for the council.
“The SAC meets to discuss ways we can improve our services to the students,” Ms. Pavlakos said. “We serve a very diverse population, so it’s extremely important that we become aware of the particular needs of our pupils. The participants share their experiences and make suggestions on practices they feel need changing.”
Teresa Salafrio, the school’s Principal and Director of Academics for the district, also attends some of the bi-monthly SAC meetings.
Due to the Success of Career Online High School, Computer Systems Institute Joins the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action with ed2go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education
April 22, 2014
Computer Systems Institute pledges to provide scholarships to Career Online High School to combat the dropout and jobless rates in Illinois by increasing education levels. CSI has made the online program available in campus-based learning labs at three of its campuses.
Illinois-based Computer Systems Institute (CSI) today announced that it has launched a first-of-its kind scholarship-matching program as part of Career Online High School’s (COHS) Commitment to Action through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). CSI launched the high school program on three of its four campuses in January of this year and saw enrollment numbers spike immediately. “We went from zero to 46 enrolled students in less than 2 months,” said Dawn Bravo, CSI’s Vice President of Operations. “We decided to join the Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action when we realized how in-demand this program became in the first month we launched it at each campus location.”
COHS is part of Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first private accredited online school district. The school was established in 2012 through a partnership between SHCOE and Cengage Learning’s ed2go, the nation’s leader in online training solutions. COHS offers a SACS-accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate in a single online program.
Brown Mackie College and Smart Horizons Career Online Education to Help Adults Complete High School Diplomas
April 15, 2014
Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first private, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Investments (SACS) accredited, online school district, today announced that the Brown Mackie College system of schools (“Brown Mackie College”) has launched ed2go’s Career Online High School at eight of its schools. Brown Mackie College was the first post-secondary institution to join ed2go and SHCOE’s Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, which includes a scholarship-matching program benefitting individuals lacking high school diplomas.
Part of the SHCOE district, Career Online High School was launched in 2012 by Cengage Learning’s ed2go, the nation’s largest provider of turnkey online training, in order to offer a career-based education to the millions of adults without high school diplomas. The program will be offered at Brown Mackie College schools in Cincinnati, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, KS; Miami, FL; Phoenix, AZ; St. Louis, MO; North Canton, OH; and Louisville, KY. The commitment includes an agreement to offer scholarships to 64 young adults to enable them to earn high school diplomas and career certificates from SHCOE.
District’s Newest Academic Coach Says She’s Students’ Biggest Cheerleader
April 08, 2014
Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) is pleased to announce the hiring of Darlene Lawrence as the district’s newest academic coach. Founded in 2009, SHCOE is the world’s first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, offering an instructional program that enables students to earn a high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one, comprehensive online program.
An Ohio native currently living in South Florida, Ms. Lawrence was hired in February and brings experience in education, curriculum development, and management to her new position with the district. Education credentials include a Master of Arts in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Ms. Lawrence serves as academic coach for students enrolled in SHCOE’s Career Online High School.
“I’m the students’ biggest cheerleader and motivator,” Ms. Lawrence said in describing her duties. “Academic support—helping a student who might be struggling with a course—is certainly a big part of what I do. But my job can also involve tasks such as making sure we’ve received a student’s transcripts or reaching out to students to check on their progress. As academic coaches, we are both ears and eyes for the students and we’re always ready to listen.”
Florida Department of Corrections’ Private Partnership with Smart Horizons Career Online Education Provides Online High School Programs to Support Inmates’ Re-Entry Into the Community
March 27, 2014
FLDOC Online Campus is the nation’s first Internet-based high school program in the corrections field. The use of private-public partnerships to support successful offender re-entry into society via online education is an example that correctional systems across the nation should pay attention to.
For the first time, Florida inmates are earning high school diplomas online while in prison. The unprecedented program delivering Internet-based secondary education to Florida correctional facilities is called the FLDOC Online Campus—a career-focused high school born of a partnership between the Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC) and Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the country’s first SACS accredited online school district.
“Our work with Smart Horizon Career Online Education on this effort is a tangible expression of our commitment to the FLDOC’s vision of changing lives to ensure a safer Florida,” said Dr. John L. Lewis, Chief of Education for the FLDOC’s Office of Re-Entry. “Earning a high school diploma is a very important event in people’s lives and this is especially so for inmates who have traditionally had problems with schooling.”
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s 3rd Annual Arts Festival is April 12 at ArtsPark at Young Circle - Annual Event offers artwork for sale - plus food, fashion and fun!
March 24, 2014
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s 3rd Annual Arts Festival is scheduled for April 12, 2014, 3 to 8 pm, at ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood (1 Young Circle, Hollywood, FL 33320). The festival offers students, alumni, faculty, staff and local guest artists the opportunity to showcase their artwork and services. A variety of entertainment is also planned, including a fashion show of designs created by students at several local high schools that have teamed up with the Fashion department. The public is invited to attend the Arts Festival at no charge. Those interested in participating as a vendor or sponsor should contact Dr. David Walzcak, assistant dean of academic affairs, at 954.308.2370.
This year, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is partnering with ArtServe (www.artserve.org). ArtServe’s mission is to provide programs, events, business opportunities, and facilities that help local and emerging artists turn their art into business.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education Praises Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s Call to Improve Economic Conditions through Education Opportunities in Opening Day Speech to Florida Legislature
March 20, 2014
District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Howard Liebman of the Smart Horizons Career Online Education school district, today praised Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford’s attention on education in his opening day speech to Florida Legislature.
“We applaud House Speaker Weatherford’s emphasis on improving opportunities through education, including his call to put ‘significant time and energy into fostering economic opportunity through education,’” said Dr. Liebman.
Mr. Weatherford’s (Republican, District 38) March 4 address appealed for an attack “on many fronts” to improve both the quality and accessibility of education on all levels in the State of Florida. He spoke of breaking the bonds of “generational poverty” through “quality education” that enables people to find “good-paying jobs.”
“Weatherford’s remarks are synonymous with the work we are doing with the State of Florida Department of Corrections, the public library system, and our scholarship-matching program with the Clinton Global Initiative,” said Dr. Liebman. “As he put it, we need to be ‘helping students get a job, not just a framed degree.’”
Online High School Diploma Program Gains Traction in Florida Department of Corrections Facilities Across the State
March 14, 2014
The Florida Department of Corrections (FLDOC) has expanded its use of online career high school for inmate education within the Florida correctional system. With the start of 2014, the FLDOC Online Campus program is being offered to a total of seven institutions throughout the state. Wardens are hopeful that the dual career training plus high school diploma program will keep offenders from returning to prison once released.
“We are preparing the students for a successful transition into the community with a high school diploma and a career certificate,” said Darlene Lumpkin, Assistant Warden at Lowell Annex, where 27 women have graduated from the program thus far. “That combination improves their chances of finding a job and becoming productive members of society, thus lowering the recidivism rate.”
Florida Career College South Florida Campuses Now Offering Bachelor and Associate’s Degrees in Business Administration
March 11, 2014
Florida Career College (FCC), a member of the Anthem Education Group family of schools and colleges, has expanded its curriculum to offer a 64-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (B.A.) at its Miami campus, as well as a 64-credit Associate of Science degree in B.A. at its campuses in Margate, Boynton Beach and Kendall.
The B.A. bachelor and associate’s degree programs prepare students for employment in a variety of business environments with comprehensive curriculum derived from social, behavioral, managerial and informational sciences. Students learn about business concepts, information management and fundamentals of marketing, management and finance, and study coursework in diversity, customer service, communications, conflict resolution, accounting and business law. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to seek employment and advancement in supervisory or management positions.
FCC teaches practical and applicable skills through industry-current career training and is accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
Project Hope Alliance Joins Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action With ed2go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education to Help Provide a Brighter Future for Homeless Children and Their Parents
March 04, 2014
Project Hope Alliance has become the newest partner in the ed2go/Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action agreement. The agreement includes a scholarship-matching program, which will provide a total of 50 Career Online High School (COHS) scholarships to homeless parents in Orange County, California.
“Thirty percent of the parents we serve do not have more than a ninth grade education,” said Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Hope Alliance. “COHS is a tool to empower the parents to invest in and support their children’s education.”
Established in 1989, Project Hope Alliance is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness. Project Hope works to eliminate barriers to academic performance and cognitive development created by the circumstances of childhood homelessness. By providing opportunities for the parents themselves to increase their level of educational attainment, the organization helps undereducated parents increase household earning as well as their ability to share in the educational development of their children without a sense of shame or incompetence.
WWE® Awards THREE $10,000 Scholarships to Full Sail Students
March 03, 2014
Winter Park, Fla. and Stamford, Conn., - WWE (NYSE: WWE) is pleased to announce it has awarded three $10,000 scholarships to the following deserving Full Sail University students:
• Claribel Ross, a Full Sail University Film graduate and current Entertainment Business student from Chelsea, Mass.
• Hamza Aboufirass, a Full Sail Film student from Marrakesh, Morocco.
• Hunter Haines, a Full Sail Film student from Dublin, Ohio.
This brings the number of scholarships awarded to Full Sail students by WWE to six, for a total of $60,000 since they began their partnership with Full Sail in May, 2012.
These scholarships will be applied toward the recipient’s areas of study within the university. WWE selected Ross, Aboufirass, and Haines to receive this scholarship for exhibiting exceptional professionalism, creative talent and maintaining good academic standing, while shadowing professional WWE staff and crew during the production of NXT® events at Full Sail University.
“We are humbled by the continued dedication from WWE in recognizing the efforts and dreams of our students by supporting their educational journey through this scholarship program,” said Garry Jones, President of Full Sail University. “We are also thrilled to have served as the destination for the very first live in-ring event streamed on the groundbreaking WWE Network.”
“NXT Arrival made history last week becoming the first-ever, in-ring event to be live streamed on WWE Network,” said Paul Levesque WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative. “It is only fitting that we award these scholarships to Full Sail University students that have served as an integral part of the NXT production team.”
Hollywood Comes to Daytona College
Bravo’s Blow Out and Shear Genius Star Jonathan Antin Offers Hands-On Training to Students
February 28, 2014
ORMOND BEACH, Fl.--Hollywood celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Antin, who has starred in highly acclaimed television shows from ABC’s Extreme Makeover to Bravo’s Blow Out and Shear Genius, has joined the advisory board at Daytona College. Jonathan Antin visited campus on Tuesday, February 25 through Thursday, February 27 to share the hottest trends from the world of styling with the school’s Cosmetology students. During his three-day visit, Antin spent two days lecturing and demonstrating techniques on live models and a third day working directly with students and advising them as they worked with clients at The Spa at Daytona College.
Area residents were offered a limited number of haircut and style, or color, haircut and style appointments during three timeslots. A full-service salon and spa, The Spa at Daytona College offers an extensive listing of professional salon services at discounted prices. Students finely hone the skills of their craft under the close supervision of highly-trained, licensed instructors.
“We are honored to have Jonathan Antin as part of our Advisory Board Team. We are thrilled to have Jonathan share his extensive years of expertise and insight in the world of beauty with our talented Advisory Board Team Members and Cosmetology students,” said Nancy Bradley, President of Daytona College.
Education Technology Veterans Join Helix Education
February 25, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT — Helix Education (previously Datamark), a world class provider of student lifecycle technologies and services, has expanded its executive committee to include thought leaders and education technology experts who have decades of experience working for and with colleges and universities. The executive committee will oversee the further development, implementation and support of the company’s solutions, which are designed to help schools more effectively find, enroll, retain and teach students.
“We feel fortunate to have such an accomplished and innovative group of education veterans on our team,” said Matthew Schnittman, president and CEO of Helix Education. ”I’m thrilled to be working with some of these talented people again, and have been extremely impressed by the caliber of the entire group. They bring extensive insight and new ideas for ways we can increase educational access and support. They understand the challenges that institutions and students face, and they have the drive to take our solutions and the entire education experience to a higher level.”
Since Schnittman joined Helix Education in late 2013, following long tenures at Pearson eCollege and TopSchool, he has expanded its leadership and collaborated with them to create the company’s new student lifecycle vision. Joining Helix Education and reporting to Schnittman are John Dobbertin, General Manager of Enterprise Services and Platforms, and Carey Hilderbrand, General Manager of Marketing Services. The expanded executive committee also leverages the skills of key personnel from the former company Datamark, as well as those who joined as a result of its Altius Education acquisition.
Florida Department of Corrections Celebrates 100th Graduate of Online High School Diploma Program
February 25, 2014
A recent scene at Madison Correctional Institution was not what you would expect of a state penitentiary. Eighteen men lined up to walk across a stage and shake hands with the prison’s warden as well as a superintendent of a school district. These men were 18 of the Florida Department of Corrections 22 most recent success stories—inmates who had completed their high school education from an Internet-based program offered via high-security computer workstations inside of the prison.
The program, now live at seven correctional institutions across the state, is the first of its kind. It enables inmates to complete a high school diploma plus credentialed career certificate online. Delivering the program online drastically reduces costs for the prison by eliminating the need for seat time, classroom space, and additional staffing. While security concerns have left the correctional community reluctant to adapt Internet-based programs in spite of the cost savings, Smart Horizons Career Online Education—the district that delivers the program—developed the technology to eliminate that risk.
Datamark Changes Name to Helix Education
February 13, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT — Datamark, a longtime leader in data-driven enrollment marketing, today announced that it has changed its name to Helix Education, reflecting its growth and expansion across the student lifecycle. The company has broadened its technology and service solutions, which are underpinned by big data, to help schools find, enroll, retain and teach students.
“As Helix Education, we are redefining what it means to effectively support the needs of students throughout the entire education experience, making it more productive and meaningful,” said Matthew Schnittman, president and CEO of Helix Education. “There are so many opportunities to connect with and track students, from the first time they inquire about a program, throughout the admissions and learning process. Through technology and big data, schools can gain greater visibility into each student’s progress. They can make better decisions – decisions that are relevant to students’ needs along the way – and in turn, achieve better outcomes.”
In 2013, the company acquired the technology assets of Altius Education with the intention of further developing the infrastructure. This includes enrollment management and student retention systems, as well as Helix, a competency-based online learning platform recognized by EDUCAUSE and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation as a promising technology to support breakthrough learning models.
Private Online School District Battles America’s High School Dropout Crisis and Offers a Solution to Educational Trauma
February 13, 2014
Students who have been failed by the traditional education system are finding success in an alternative online career-based program with student support as its cornerstone. Smart Horizons Career Online Education’s partnerships with public and private entities ranging from non-profits to prisons to corporations enables the district to reach various types of learners.
Dr. Howard Liebman
Dr. Howard Liebman founded Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) in late 2009 with one central mission in mind—to reach the approximately 45 million adults in the U.S. population who do not have a high school education and prepare them for the workplace.
“There is a growing dropout crisis in the United States. I believe Smart Horizons Career Online Education is beginning to serve an increasingly significant function in addressing this crisis that affects so many in our nation’s underserved populations,” Dr. Liebman said.
Mother of Two Reaches for her Ultimate Career Goal in Radiology by Earning her Online High School Diploma with Career Online High School
February 04, 2014
Delma Davila knew that finishing high school was a necessary step to reach her career goals, but she needed the right program to fit her lifestyle. As a busy mom and stepmom of two active boys, she sought a school that would offer her flexibility to work toward her education while still having time to watch her kids.
She found that balance of work and home by earning her high school diploma from Career Online High School (COHS) offered through Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE). COHS enables students to prepare for a career through a dual online high school diploma and certificate program.
This innovative approach to gaining a high school diploma is accomplished via online courses, which are complemented with support from academic teachers in a classroom setting or “learning lab” located at a SHCOE-partnered career college. The COHS learning lab offers both academic assistance and access to computers. Delma benefitted from the blend of onsite resources and an online learning experience.
Full Sail University Adds Music Festival to 5th Annual Hall of Fame Celebration Schedule - February 19-21, 2014
February 03, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL, – Full Sail University is proud to announce the addition of a three-day music festival to the 5th Annual Hall of Fame celebration featuring nationally and locally recognized bands and artists performing live on Full Sail’s campus. The Hall of Fame music festival will also include gaming exhibits, film screenings, food trucks and more.
This year’s Hall of Fame Music Festival, sponsored by WWE®, will feature performances by: Beartoe, Beebs and Her Money Makers, Courrier, Jeremy Ellis, Melodime, Solillaquists of Sound, The Pauses, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, and many more. Admission to the music festival is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 12pm daily and performances held on the university’s Hollywood-style backlot from 3pm to 9pm. Full Sail’s Hall of Fame Week is sponsored by Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America, with supporting sponsors WWE, Adobe Systems, Inc., Avid, CDW-G, Cisco, Hewlett Packard Co., Murphy Lighting Systems, and Sennheiser.
During Hall of Fame week, guest lectures and panel discussions will take place featuring new and past Hall of Fame inductees and industry leaders from notable companies including, but not limited to, ESPN, Sony, and WWE. Select events within the week will be streamed live to the university’s online students and the public.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go Announce Partnership with the American Advanced Technicians Institute to Offer Career Online High School
January 28, 2014
Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go are pleased to announce that Career Online High School is now available to students preparing for automotive technology careers through a new partnership with the American Advanced Technicians Institute (AATI).
SHCOE is the world's first SACS accredited online high school district, offering an instructional program that enables students to earn an 18-credit high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one online program. A division of Cengage Learning, ed2go is a leading provider of online courses for adult and continuing education students with over 2 million students enrolled in various courses.
Full Sail University Announces Graduate Results for The 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards
January 27, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL, – Full Sail University is proud to announce that 20 graduates worked on 16 GRAMMY®-winning projects across 20 categories at the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards (www.grammy.com), which aired live on CBS, Sunday, January 26, 2014 and was hosted by LL Cool J.
Of these graduates, one alum, Sebastian Krys, earned a GRAMMY® award of his very own for his work as Composer, Engineer and Producer on La Santa Cecilia’s “Treinta Dias.” In total, 64 Full Sail graduates and one current student were credited on 53 artists’ releases that were nominated across 42 separate categories.
Adapt Courseware Releases Foundations of Reading and Writing Curriculum
January 27, 2014
Rochester, NY – Adapt Courseware, the provider of comprehensive adaptive multimedia that individualizes each student’s learning experience, has released Foundations of Reading and Writing, providing interactive, developmental curriculum where students can achieve the basic skills needed for college-level English. Adapt Courseware’s competency-based learning approach appropriately tailors content and activities so each student can learn in the most effective and efficient way possible.
“Research tells us that as many as 40 percent of first-time college students enroll in at least one remedial course,” said Dr. John Boersma, CEO of Adapt Courseware and a former university faculty member. “Yet, most online courses do very little to motivate these students and address their unique learning situations and styles. Personalized, visual, active content that adapts to students’ own knowledge and aptitude can not only help them gain the necessary skills and competencies, but also give them the confidence that they can succeed.”
Full Sail University Graduated Contribute to Grammy® Nominated Releases
January 22, 2014
WINTER PARK, FL. – Full Sail University is proud to announce that 64 Full Sail University graduates and one current student have worked on 53 artist releases nominated for GRAMMYs® at the 56th Annual Awards airing live on Sunday, January 26, 2014 on CBS.
During this year's awards, Full Sail University graduates and students have contributed to numerous artist projects nominated across 42 categories including: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, Best Gospel Song, and Best R&B Album, just to name a few. Full Sail University graduates have worked on 17 GRAMMY®-award winning Album of the Year releases over the past 24 years.
Rasmussen College Announces Public Benefit Corporation Status
January 21, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Rasmussen College announced today its transition from a traditional for-profit corporation to a Public Benefit Corporation. The change in corporate status reflects the commitment of the College to a higher standard of transparency, accountability and public service while harnessing the power of business to make a positive impact on society. Through the Public Benefit Corporation designation, Rasmussen College joins more than 850 companies spanning 60 industries.
Since its founding in 1900, the private College has continuously been recognized for offering education and outreach services that extend to its student population and beyond to make its communities a better place to live, grow and learn. As a Public Benefit Corporation, the College will be able to expand on its mission to provide even more services to communities and focus volunteer efforts on meeting the diverse educational needs of individuals.
Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go Announce Partnership with the Computer Systems Institute to Offer Career Online High School
January 21, 2014