Smart Horizons Career Online Education and ed2go Participate at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting

Stamford, CT – July, 30, 2013 – Dr. Howard Liebman, Chief Executive Officer of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, and Ron Stefanski, Chief Business Development Officer of ed2go, part of Cengage Learning, recently participated at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting.

CGI America is an annual event focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. Former President Clinton hosted the third annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, in June 2013, which brought together leaders from the business, foundation, NGO, and government sectors.

SHCOE and ed2go participated to further their work to remove economic barriers through education and the use of technology. 

“The objectives of CGI America directly align with our mission to expand access to affordable high school education, specifically career-focused education, to those who are economically disadvantaged,” stated Mr. Stefanski. “We achieve this through our AdvancED/SACS accredited online high school diploma program, as well as our almost 500 online workforce training and development programs.”  

In early 2012, ed2go teamed up with SHCOE, the world’s first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, to create a solution to what Stefanski refers to as “the high school dropout crisis.”

“The high school dropout rate has increased dramatically,” Stefanski explained. “This means there are millions of people in the United States who lack the basic educational background, as well as the required skills, for many jobs. This is a crisis for not only these individuals, but for a nation in need of economic recovery.”

Launched in May 2012, Career Online High School serves people who have limited career options due to lacking a high school diploma. The AdvancED/SACS accredited high school program enables students to earn both a high school diploma and a career certificate in high-demand employment areas.

Since the launch of Career Online High School just a year ago, it has served more than 2,500 students.

The school’s existing career certifications include areas such as Childcare (CDA), Transportation Services (CDL), and General Professional Skills. As part of their work with CGI America, ed2go and SHCOE recently launched two new certificate tracks aligned to CGI’s core objectives.

“First, we launched a retail/customer service skills certificate track to support CGI’s commitment to ‘strengthen the retail workforce,’” said Stefanski. “Then we recently rolled out a food service and hospitality skills certificate track to support CGI’s commitment to ‘collaboration across the service sector.’”

Stefanski said it was an honor to be included in the invitation-only event, stating that, “CGI is providing an unprecedented opportunity to move our work forward.”

About the Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative

About SHCOE

Smart Horizons Career Online Education, founded in 2009 and located in Pensacola, Florida, is a private, AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district. AdvancED/SACS District accreditation signifies that SHCOE and all of its schools are fully accredited and that SHCOE is recognized across the nation as a quality school system. Smart Horizons Career Online Education offers 18-credit, career-based high school diploma programs that are designed to prepare students for entrance into the workplace. Career certificate offerings include Childcare and Education, Certified Protection Officer, Certified Transportation Services, Homeland Security, Office Management, Professional Skills, and Retail Business Skills. For more information, visit our website at www.shcoe.org call our office at 855-777-4265, or email us at [email protected].

 About Cengage Learning and ed2go

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, software and services company for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide.  ed2go, part of Cengage Learning, is the largest provider of turnkey online training and education solutions serving the adult education, career, and corporate training markets. With over 2,000 colleges, universities, community based organizations and other training providers, ed2go has served more than 2 million students. ed2go’s ever-growing catalog of Online Courses and Career Training Programs makes it simple for students to enrich their lives or reach professional goals in a supportive and engaging environment. ed2go also can help educational institutions jump-start their online education programs or augment existing distance learning options. For more information visit www.cengage.com or www.ed2go.com.