High-Quality Online Courses Available to Pennsylvania Schools
High-Quality Online Courses Available to Pennsylvania Schools Statewide Through Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit and Online Learning Provider Advanced Academics
EDINBORO, Pa.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–When 17-year-old honors student Sydney Lesseski moved last summer, her biggest concern was fitting in at a new high school four times the size of her old school. So, she and her father inquired about cyber learning options while enrolling in her new district in Erie, Pa. The district participated in the IU 5 Blended Cyber Services program offered by the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit (IU5) in conjunction with Advanced Academics. The program, free to students, offers a wide range of rigorous online courses, year-round enrollment and both full-time and part-time options for students in grades 6-12. After attending an information session, Sydney enrolled in the program full time and has successfully completed her first year.
“It offers help just like in a normal class, maybe even faster since the teacher is not busy doing a million other things. And I don’t have to feel stupid asking a question online. In the past, I was always the kid that never asked questions.”
Sydney enjoys a flexible schedule that lets her work in the morning, complete her schoolwork in the afternoons and receive individualized attention from program instructors. “I really like the ‘teacher chat’ feature that offers instant help,” said Sydney. “It offers help just like in a normal class, maybe even faster since the teacher is not busy doing a million other things. And I don’t have to feel stupid asking a question online. In the past, I was always the kid that never asked questions.”
In addition, Sydney was pleasantly surprised by the range of electives offered by IU 5 Blended Cyber Services beyond what her previous high school offered. In fact, she has already taken Accounting and other courses that could help her pursue a career in fashion merchandizing.
The IU5 program is intended for accelerated learners looking to work above grade level, students who want to take electives that their district does not offer or those who need flexible schedules to pursue outside interests. Open to all PAIUnet member districts, IU 5 Blended Cyber Services is part of a PAIUnet initiative to develop distance learning solutions for its members.
“IU 5 Blended Cyber Services represents a win-win for both students and districts,” said Dr. Marjorie Wallace, Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit executive director. “It gives PAIUnet member districts statewide a flexible, high-quality online educational option that meets Pennsylvania state standards, while students receive one-on-one attention from certified instructors in a program that allows them to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule.”
More than 150 core, Advanced Placement and elective courses are available to students through the IU5 program. Courses are delivered completely online and available anywhere with a computer and an Internet connection. Students receive personalized support and instruction from state-certified teachers who hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees in their subject area and have significant online and traditional classroom experience. IU 5 Blended Cyber Services is made possible by leading online learning provider Advanced Academics, which supplies the program’s learning management system, curriculum and online teaching staff. Advanced Academics provides online education options to middle and high school students in more than 30 states.
Participating students remain enrolled in their local public school district and have full access to all district services, sports and activities. Course cost is paid by the student’s home school district, which works with the student to select online courses based on graduation requirements. To register, students should contact their district’s trained Cyber Liaison or their guidance counselor. For more information about the IU5 program, go to www.IU5BlendedCyberServices.org or call Abigail Stafford at 814-734-8430 or 800-677-5610 x8430. To find out more about PAIUnet, visit http://paiunet.org.
Gooden Group Public Relations
Meg Martin, 405-397-6156
See press release http://eon.businesswire.com/news/eon/20110811005964/en
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