Seattle based Giant Campus, a nationally recognized leader in innovative technology education programs, announced yesterday the addition of five online high school courses focused on technology and business innovation. Marketing, Green Design and Technology, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Digital Arts, and Audio Engineering join an expansive online curriculum already offered by the education and learning company. The courses are designed to provide online high school students with career skills in addition to learning programs that prepare them for college.
Educational organizations in the United States can license the new curriculum for use in their online high school programs through Giant Campus. “Our licensing program is an effective way for schools to offer relevant courses that are not typically available for high school students,” said Giant Campus founder and CEO Pete Findley. “There is an increasing demand for technology and business education in our nation’s high schools. Students want to gain these skills before they start college or begin a career, and these courses provide students with that opportunity.”
Giant Campus is the nation’s leading provider of technology courses to educational providers, including online schools such as Kaplan and Pearson Virtual Learning. These courses are designed to meet the needs of the estimated 10.5 million U.S. students who, according to educational consultant Ambient Learning, are expected to enroll in an online course by 2014 in order to augment their education. A report from Education Week in April of this year revealed that nationwide many local school districts are finding a combination of traditional classes and online courses, an approach called blended or hybrid learning, is proving to be an effective means of engaging students in a learning program.
The new courses are also available through two online schools operated by Giant Campus: Giant Campus Academy, which offers online classes, and Giant Campus of Washington, an online public, tuition-free program that allows Washington state students to earn a high school diploma. According to the Alliance for Excellent Education, 38% of Washington state students will not graduate from high school with a regular diploma in four years. Online education offers an alternative method to engage students who achieve better performance results from an individual learning program with courses relevant to their particular needs, resulting in a higher rate of retention and high school completion.
For a complete list of Giant Campus licensed curriculum, visit http://www.giantcampus.com/programs/licensed-programs/online-school-curriculum. For more on the E-learning Education Week report, go to http://www.edweek.org/ew/collections/e-learning-2010/index.html.