85 College Campuses Across U.S. Launch Smart Horizons Career Online Education/ed2go’s Bridge to Start High School Program in Effort to Battle Declining Enrollment Numbers

The Bridge to Start program was launched in May of 2012 as a solution for career colleges serving students who have not yet earned a traditional high school diploma. Due to legislative changes that eliminated the Ability-to-Benefit program, millions of students were cut off from federal funding—and the career colleges that serve them quickly felt the ramifications of this change. The Bridge to Start program, offered through Career Online High School, provides an innovative solution for both these students and the colleges in which they seek to enroll. Through learning labs set up on college campuses, students are able to earn a SACS-accredited high school diploma, as well as a credentialed career certificate. They can complete the program online but have on-campus access to computers, resources, and support. Less than one year later, the program—and its students—are thriving. Bridge to Start has been launched on 85 campuses across the country, with new partnerships being added each month. The program boasts 146 graduates to date, with the majority of these students now enrolled at the colleges where they completed the program. With an average completion time of 5 months, students are able to quickly earn their diploma and move on to pursue their ultimate career and educational goals.