Tallahassee, FL (PRWEB) October 6, 2010
Smart Horizons Career Online High School(SHCOHS) opened last May with the specific intention to help adults in our nation who have not completed a high school education. This is a significant population, and now more than ever, with jobs being scarce, a high school diploma, coupled with a career certificate is critical. The school’s goal is to quickly and in a cost effective manner provide students the education they need so they can compete in the work force. SHCOHS’s inaugural cohort of students is finishing up their graduation requirements. These students are encouraged about the opportunities that will now be available to them.
Betsaida Marrero is one of these students. Marrero is a twenty-four year old, single mother of three. She is completing the education process that was interrupted after her tenth-grade year by the birth of her first child. “It was hard to go back to school after I had the baby,” Marrero said. “You have to make a lot of decisions when you become a parent and I decided I needed to work for my child, but I never lost the dream of completing my education. I am now able to work on this goal thanks to the Smart Horizons Career Online High School program. I can do it on my own time and in my home, which is very convenient. Taking online high school courses works extremely well with my busy schedule.”
In addition to earning her high school diploma, Marrero is also completing course work for a career certificate in office management through the Smart Horizons Career Online High School program.
“I completely love the way the program is designed,” Marrero said. “I am able to understand everything very well, and I also love the fact that I am able to finish high school and get a career certificate as well.”
Marrero said that the SHCOHS program is helpful because it allows her to both read and hear all the information she needs on a given topic. She also likes the way the program helps her to understand a topic by showing her the parts of the topic she did not understand.
“Just knowing that I’m accomplishing this goal to finish school helps me to know that I can look forward to a brighter future both mentally and economically,” Marrero said.
Another student, Vaughn Jones is about to celebrate her 50th birthday, but she’s already giving herself a valuable gift by obtaining the high school diploma that eluded her so many years ago. Smart Horizons Career Online High School is making it possible.
“Smart Horizons Career Online High School is giving me the opportunity to obtain something I’ve been trying to get since 1978,” Jones said, referring to that high school diploma. Jones, who lives in Pahokee, Florida, is also completing course work for a career certificate in Childcare & Education. The ability to earn online high school credits has helped simplify her life.
“I started out with the career certificate part of the program and I’m almost done with that,” Jones said. “I’ve just started the high school classes and I think this is going to be the most interesting part. It’s a good program and I especially like the math courses.”
Jones, who is married and has four grown children, said it was “hanging with the wrong crowd” that cost her high school diploma in her youth. “I was trying to fit in and I let myself be influenced,” she said. Jones completed the eleventh grade, but left school shortly after starting her senior year.
“Getting this accredited online diploma is going to give me more opportunities than I’ve had,” Jones said. “Most jobs require a high school diploma and this is going to open doors for me.”
About Smart Horizions Career Online Education: Smart Horizons Career Online Education, a private adult online high school district, is a national leader in delivering affordable, career-based online education to students throughout the world. Founded in 2009 and located in Pensacola, Florida, Smart Horizons Career Online Education offers complete career-based online high school diplomas and career (credentialed) certificates in the fields of healthcare, childcare and education, transportation services, homeland security, protection services, and office management. For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.smarthorizonsonline.org , call our office at 800-261-6248 or email our office at hliebman(at)smarthorizonsonline(dot)org.
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