Smart Horizons Career Online High School Adds Career Portfolio Component To Education Curriculum

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Students Aiming to Earn Online High School Diplomas Can Now Also Gain Targeted Instruction To Help Navigate Interviewing and Job Search.

The first component in the Career Portfolio course teaches students how to produce documents that will help them obtain a job...The second focuses on expository writing aimed at achieving success in the academic coursework.

In response to the compelling need for high school graduates to be able to compete effectively in a very competitive job market, Smart Horizons Career Online High School(SHCOHS) has enhanced its already rich online education experience by adding a writing component to its curriculum. The growing population of SHCOHS students will now receive instruction in written communication through a “Career Portfolio” course that relates to both the academic and career aspects of their education.

Smart Horizons Career Online Education is a private online high school district that gives students returning to the education process an opportunity to earn an 18-credit online high school diploma as well as complete course work for a career certificate in one online program. Online courses are currently offered in the fields of healthcare, childcare and education, transportation services, homeland security, protection services, and office management.

“The Career Portfolio combines two things,” said Susan McLeod, Lead Academic Coach for SHCOHS. “One is a career component in which the students will learn to produce documents that will help them obtain a job. They will learn how to write a basic letter, how to write a resume, and how to write a thank-you letter and other appropriate correspondence following an interview. The instruction is designed to teach the students how to write effectively and communicate clearly and concisely.”

McLeod said that SHCOHS students will also receive instruction in how to locate employment opportunities both online and through other sources and how to acquire information about the requirements for employment opportunities.

“The other side of the Career Portfolio is an expository essay component that’s more tied to the students’ academic coursework as they progress toward their high school diplomas,” McLeod said. “In high school, you have to write, and because our courses are predominately an online experience, we wanted to address our students’ writing skills. We’re going to walk them through the process step-by-step in teaching the basics of writing a five-paragraph expository essay.”

McLeod said the students will be shown how to construct an introductory paragraph, three paragraphs that explain and support the topic, and a conclusion paragraph. Students will also learn about transitional devices and how to vary sentences.

“Expository writing is a very ‘in the box,’ descriptive type of writing, which is going to be very good for our students,” McLeod said. “The way we’ve broken down the material is going make it very easy to learn and I feel very confident that they’re going to be able to understand it. The first topic is what they like to do in their free time and everyone should feel comfortable writing about that.”

Both the career and academic components of the SHCOHS Career Portfolio will be taught through the use of interactive, multimedia presentations. Each presentation will cover a different aspect of the writing process.

About Smart Horizons 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 , call our office at 800-261-6248 or email our office at hliebman(at)smarthorizonsonline(dot)org.


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