February 18, 2020 – Fort Lauderdale, FL & Los Angeles, CA – Through a new partnership between InStride, the premier global provider of strategic enterprise education, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first accredited online school district, companies can now offer their employees the opportunity to pursue their high school diplomas and matriculate into postsecondary programs.

By re-engaging working adults into the educational system, companies can better prepare their employees to advance in their fields, adapt to the changing nature of work and boost their career trajectories.

“We are excited to be part of InStride’s academic network,” said Dr. Howard Liebman, SHCOE District Superintendent. “Corporations can now provide their employees with the full range of educational programs, creating a pathway for those without a high school education to pursue postsecondary education.”

SHCOE enables students to earn their high school diplomas while gaining real-world career skills. The company’s unique online curriculum and student engagement model is designed to foster high success rates among adult learners who have been out of the educational system for many years. A highly structured curriculum, along with access to one-on-one academic coaching ensures that learners keep up with their coursework and stay motivated. In addition to completing academic requirements, learners also earn an entry-level workforce certificate in fields such as Food/Restaurant Services, Retail Customer Service, Office Management, and Hospitality and Leisure.

InStride’s corporate partners, particularly those who may have a large population of workers without high school diplomas, can now provide a new pathway for their employees to advance. This opportunity is also important to workers who are interested in boosting their earning potential.

“Access to a high school diploma opens up a world of possibilities, ranging from greater career opportunities to university degrees,” said Vivek Sharma, CEO of InStride. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Smart Horizons, an industry leader recognized for its innovative approach and high student success rates.”

The addition of SHCOE to InStride’s curated academic network complements its higher education offerings, including bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and continuing education courses. These global academic institutions are known for providing high-quality instruction that addresses the needs of today’s top employers and fits into the lifestyles of busy working adults.

About InStride
As the premier global provider of Strategic Enterprise Education (SEE), InStride enables employers to provide career-boosting degrees to their employees, through leading global academic institutions across the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Australia. InStride helps organizations achieve transformative business and social impact by unlocking the power of education, through advanced technology-enabled experiences for learners and corporate partners alike. For more information, please visit www.instride.com or follow InStride on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Smart Horizons Career Online Education
Founded in 2009, Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) is the world’s first private accredited online school district. SHCOE offers 100% online high school diploma programs designed to re-engage adults and older youth back into the educational system and prepare them for the workplace or postsecondary education. The high school program includes a vocational certificate in career pathways such as Home Care Professional, Child Care, Office Management, Certified Protection Officer, Food and Hospitality, Homeland Security, Commercial Driving, Retail Customer Service, Hospitality and Leisure, and General Career Preparation. For more information, visit shcoe.org.