Smart Horizons Career Online Education's Bridge to Start Program Lauded as Innovative Educational Pathway at January 28 Launch on 11 Harrison College Campuses

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Harrison College’s National Dean of Education Danielle Shockey Sees Bridge to Start Program as an Innovative Educational Pathway for Underserved Student Populations

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One of the barriers we hear about all the time pertains to students who don’t have a high school diploma and thus can’t enroll in college or further their career goals. The Bridge to Start program removes those barriers.

When Danielle Shockey took over as National Dean of Education at Harrison College in July of 2012, one of her main objectives was to knock down barriers that prevent students from enrolling in college. Her first big initiative was to spearhead the launch of the Bridge to Start online high school program in Harrison College’s 11 campuses across the state of Indiana.

The Bridge to Start program enables students who lack a high school diploma to earn an accredited diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one comprehensive online program. Offered through Career Online High School, the program was launched in May of 2012 as a partnership between Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go. SHCOE is the world’s first AdvancED/SACS-accredited online school district. 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.

Bridge to Start students have access to learning labs set up on the campuses of participating colleges, creating a unique hybrid learning experience in a campus environment. The program went live on Harrison College’s 11 campuses on January 28.

"What Harrison College does well is offer a variety of education pathways for student populations that have been traditionally underserved," said Shockey, who has an extensive background in K–12 public education, both as a teacher and school principal. "We implemented Bridge to Start on Harrison College's campuses as part of our ongoing effort to place programs in our campus communities that provide quality educational opportunities. We believe in offering multiple choices for all learners."

Shockey sees the Bridge to Start program as part of an important effort to serve "students in the middle" who want to transition into post-secondary programs.

"During my years as a school administrator, I realized that opportunities were not always available for certain students, that the traditional pathway to education and academic success did not always serve what I call 'students in the middle'—students who are neither academically challenged nor gifted, but who have the ability to do well in high school and then move on to successful careers. The Bridge to Start program gives these students the skills they need to move forward and achieve their educational and career goals."

Dr. Dennis A. Trinkle, Provost and Chief Academic Officer for Harrison College, also sees the Bridge to Start program as an ideal fit for Harrison College.

"In its 110-year history, Harrison College has always placed an emphasis on listening to communities to find out what they need in the way of educational and economic development," Dr. Trinkle said. "One of the barriers we hear about all the time pertains to students who don't have a high school diploma and thus can't enroll in college or further their career goals. The Bridge to Start program removes those barriers. For us, the Bridge to Start program is a win-win. Part of our DNA at Harrison College is knocking down barriers, and the Bridge to Start program does just that while at the same time attracting new students to our campuses."


Smart Horizons Career Online Education, founded in 2009 and located in Pensacola, Florida, is a private, AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district. AdvancED/SACS District accreditation signifies that SHCOE and all of its schools are fully accredited and that SHCOE is recognized across the nation as a quality school system. Smart Horizons Career Online Education offers 18-credit, career-based high school diploma programs that are designed to prepare students for entrance into the workplace. Career certificate offerings include Childcare Education, Office Management, Protection Services, Homeland Security, Healthcare (coming soon), Transportation Services, and Professional Skills. For more information, visit our website at, call our office at 855-777-4265, or email us at info(at)shcoe(dot)org.

Contact: Dr. Howard Liebman, Superintendent of Schools, hliebman(at)shcoe(dot)org or 305-962-6489.

About Harrison College
Harrison College is a contemporary, career-focused institution of Higher Education serving more than 5,000 students throughout the United States and Internationally. Harrison College has 12 campuses in Indiana and Ohio, two culinary schools in Indiana and North Carolina, and also offers courses online at The institution grants Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees across five schools of study: Business, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, and Veterinary Technology, as well as its culinary division, The Chef’s Academy. Harrison College offers students a variety of learning environments including online, traditional classroom, or a combination of both. Harrison College is accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and is dedicated to excellence in higher learning. In addition, the college is currently a Candidate with The Higher Learning Commission and an affiliate of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA). Harrison College was founded in 1902 as Indiana Business College.

About Cengage Learning and ed2go
Cengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations, and professionals around the world. These solutions are delivered through specialized content, applications and services that foster academic excellence, professional development, and measurable learning outcomes. For more information, visit

A division of Cengage Learning, ed2go is the industry leader in online learning for adults. The company provides high-quality, affordable online continuing education courses through a network of over 2,000 top colleges and universities. Established in 1997, ed2go is the single largest provider of online adult continuing education with over 2,000,000 students enrolled in various courses. For more information, visit

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