The Brown Mackie College system of schools has signed on as a partner in ed2go/Smart Horizon Career Online Education’s (SHCOE) Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) “Commitment to Action” to help re-engage high school dropouts back into the educational system. The commitment includes an agreement to offer scholarships to 64 young adults to enable them to earn high school diplomas and career certificates from SHCOE.
Through the partnership, Brown Mackie College will fund 32 of the scholarships in high-demand employment areas such as retail and food services. SHCOE and ed2go will match these scholarships with an additional 32, allowing Brown Mackie College to offer a total of 64 scholarships. As a part of the commitment, Brown Mackie College will further support Career Online High School students by offering them the opportunity to take their Career Online High School classes in the computer lab of a Brown Mackie College facility.
“Brown Mackie College is committed to ending the skills gap that is currently plaguing America by providing students with education that builds careers and transforms lives,” said Guy Bell, president of Brown Mackie College. “A key step in meeting that goal and executing on our mission as a post-secondary institution is to ensure that students obtain their high school diploma. Our system of schools has a history of being a responsible community citizen and we are delighted to be partnering with ed2go and SHCOE to make this happen.”
SHCOE, the world’s first AdvancED/SACS-accredited online school district, and ed2go, the largest provider of turnkey online training and part of Cengage Learning, partnered in 2012 to launch Career Online High School, which provides affordable, career-based online education for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas. Career Online High School students earn both an accredited high school diploma and skills-based credentialed career certificate designed to support employment outcomes. The school served over 2,500 students in its first year of operation. Career Online High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvements (SACS CASI) which accredits secondary schools.
In August 2013, SHCOE and ed2go created a CGI “Commitment to Action” to engage corporations that commonly hire employees lacking high school diplomas to commit to providing scholarships for those employees to finish high school. Existing partners include the Taco Bell Corporation and Kinexus, a workforce development organization operating in southwest Michigan. Brown Mackie College, which offers bachelor's degree, associate's degree, certificate, and diploma programs in health sciences, business, information technology, legal studies and design technologies, is the first educational institution to participate in the program.
“The scholarship-matching program is designed to support young adults who are limited in their career options because they lack high school diplomas and further education,” said Ron Stefanski, Chief Business Development Officer at ed2go. “We are excited to bring Brown Mackie College into our CGI ‘Commitment to Action,’ expanding educational and career opportunities to young adults in the communities Brown Mackie College serves.”
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.