Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) and ed2go are proud to announce that City College has become the newest partner in the Bridge to Start high school program.

SHCOE is the world’s first AdvancED/SACS-accredited online school district, offering an instructional program that enables students to earn an 18-credit high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate in one online program. 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.

Launched by SHCOE and ed2go in May of 2012, the Bridge to Start program at Career Online High School provides a fast-track, AdvancED/SACS-accredited, online high school program that is specifically designed to re-engage students back into the educational system. The program allows students to earn the high school diploma required for entry into colleges and post-secondary career training institutions.

Through on-campus hybrid learning labs set up at City College, students will be able to take advantage of SHCOE’s innovative online education model while also immersing themselves in a campus-based learning experience. City College has five campuses located throughout Florida.

“We are pleased to expand the program to City College,” said Dr. Howard Liebman, CEO and Superintendent for SHCOE. “The program is a win-win for City College: students benefit from earning a diploma and career certificate, which positions them for enrollment in college, while City College is able to identify a new audience of potential students for whom enrolling in higher education programs was not previously an option.”

“There are a lot things I like about the Bridge to Start program,” said Dr. John Padgett, Vice President of Institutional Advancement for City College. “We had been reviewing it for some time and it became clear to us that this was the path we needed to go down. There are a lot of students in South Florida who do not have a high school diploma and we were looking for something that would meet the needs of these students and our needs as well. What SHCOE has to offer clearly does that. Our motto is ‘Success happens every day at City College’ and we feel that Bridge to Start integrates very well into this vision.”

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