With a Shaky Stock Market, a Looming ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Layoffs and Hiring Delays, Franklin Virtual High School Stresses to Students: Get Your Education Affairs in Order Now

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The recent election brought many things, but one most unwelcome aspect – plummeting stocks as a result of a fiscal financial cliff – has those in education talking. While investors continue to worry over the up and down, down and up of the market, some educators are simply interested in getting Americans back to work. Franklin Virtual High School (http://www.franklinvirtualschools.com/) administrators, for example, are finding ways to make education assessable for those most in need: low-income and at-risk teens and adults.

“We’re dedicated to helping Americans get better work or get back to work,” said Hooser,

With a bleak job market ahead and questions regarding how lawmakers might stem the downward spiral, there are those in education working toward providing affordable education to those most in need: low-income, at-risk teens and adults. Once such individual, David Hooser, chief administrative officer at Franklin Virtual High School, is passionate about this effort.

“We’re dedicated to helping Americans get better work or get back to work,” said Hooser, whose school offers full- or part-time students 100 percent online education so they may earn a high school credential. Hooser, who founded the fully accredited, A+ BBB-rated school in 2009, noted that, “The missing piece of the employment puzzle for many is the lack of a high school credential or trade-specific learning. This keeps them in an ongoing cycle of unemployment or poverty-level wage jobs. These days, I’m like the doctor telling a seriously ill patient to ‘get their affairs in order’ when I talk to our students. Improving their chances in this job market starts with achieving this milestone - end of discussion. In reality, our students don’t “want” a G.E.D., they “want” a J.O.B. but realize that without this accomplishment their chances are truly bleak.”

As stocks continue to drift, and talk remains focused on financial cliffs, unemployment remains high. “With increasing taxes and health care cost uncertainties, companies are not focused on hiring,” noted Hooser, who stressed that “this is the ideal time to commit to completing one’s high school/trade specific learning education; you have to make yourself the obvious choice when employers are ready to hire. Since nearly one in three students are dropping out of public high school, we have a lot of “talking” ahead as we bring them back with practical, accessible solutions and unsurpassed dedication to helping our students make a difference for themselves and their families.”

“What makes FVHS unique is not only that it offers robust coursework delivered online so students can study on their time, any time, as long as they have an Internet connection, but that it “emphasizes individual learning skills and broad accessibility rather than a ‘one size fits all’ learning model,” stressed Janeen Scaringelli, Franklin’s dean of curriculum. The school’s programs address the needs of students in all age groups and include traditional diploma, Fast Track and preparation for GED and other state equivalency exams and, upon completion, “most students double their chances for better employment,” she added.

Visit Franklin Virtual High School online at to learn more about the school, or call (888) 990-3847. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FranklinVirtualSchools?ref=ts nd http://twitter.com/FVHSonline.

ABOUT: Franklin Virtual High School (FVHS) caters to teens and adults seeking to fulfill high school education requirements or equivalency as full- or part-time students. The school, which was founded in 2009 to offer 100 percent online education, is accredited by Advanc-Ed (http://www.Advanc-Ed.org), parent organization for SACS, NCA, and NWAC, and BBB A+ rated. As a private enterprise, FVHS is a tuition-based educational institution that does not compete with public or charter schools for government funds. FVHS students are seeking to achieve a variety of goals, from career advancement to continuing their education, whether at trade/vocational schools, private schools and community colleges, or at major universities.

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