CTC debuts self-paced high school diploma program

Central Texas College (CTC), based in Killeen, TX, recently unveiled Open Academy, a fully-accredited alternative online high school offered through CTC’s operating unit, American Preparatory Institute (API). Open Academy offers a self-paced, open entry/open exit virtual high school program based on API curriculum. It provides students with the capability to work on courses from any device with an Internet connection.

Open Academy is ideal for working adults who wish to earn a high school diploma or for high school-age students who have completed lower grades and seek an alternative to a traditional place-based high school. Coursework can be completed around the students’ schedules and at their own pace. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Texas high school diploma issued by the American Preparatory Institute.

The Open Academy is also open to those who have a G.E.D but still seek a high school diploma when it may be required for military enlistment, promotions or to transfer to certain military specialties.

“CTC has a long history of providing accessible college programs, and we are excited to extend our tradition of excellence in distance education to high school,” said Dr. Thomas Klincar, CTC’s chancellor. “The program is available to prospective students worldwide and the online format provides the flexibility that many students look for, especially military personnel and their family members.”

In addition to its worldwide access anywhere an Internet connection is available, the open Academy also offers the advantages of Web 2.0 integrated technology including interactive multimedia presentations and live chat support; online documentation and tutorials to help students and parents navigate the Open Academy courses; a new and improved course presentation system for easier viewing; and a dedicated team of teachers and support staff to help students maximize their potential.

Open Academy currently consists of a 22-credit-hour high school diploma program with plans to offer an advanced diploma program of 26 credit hours. Students work on one class at a time and move through the self-contained curriculum at their own pace. Every course is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and Texas College and Career Readiness standards and includes a variety of high school subjects including English, creative writing, biology, foreign language, algebra, geometry, government, history, fine arts and more.

To enroll in the Open Academy, students may apply and get further information at http://www.openacademy.us. The cost is $300 for an eight-week block of open access to any Open Academy course. Students work with an Open Academy counselor to determine coursework required, register via the Open Academy website and pay tuition online via the CTC WebAdvisor system .

For more than 30 years, API has developed and published self-paced, competency-based curriculum used in a wide variety of educational environments. Each course covers core concepts based on the highly rated Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). API has provided curriculum to more than 500 school districts in Texas and its neighboring states. With the launch of Open Academy, API provides the same quality to students worldwide. API is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI) and is a member of the Texas Association of Nonpublic Schools (TANS) and the Texas Association of Alternative Education (TAAE).

For more information about CTC’s API Open Academy, call 254-526-1321 or toll-free at 1-800-792-3348, ext. 1321, or via email at api.customerservice@ctcd.edu.

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