Education Center establishing online charter school

The Archuleta County Education Center will host a community meeting to share information regarding an application for a charter school on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs Community Center.

Randy DeHoff, executive director of the Charter School Institute, Education Center staff and board members will be in attendance.

The Archuleta County Education Center has applied to the Colorado Department of Education’s Charter School Institute to establish a statewide online charter high school.

The Mountain Online Career Academy will enroll students ages 16-21 who have left high school and have not obtained their GED, and those students who are at-risk of leaving high school before graduation. This charter high school application is submitted with the approval of the Archuleta School District Board of Education.

Mountain Online Career Academy will provide an alternative high school curriculum, with imbedded career exploration capacity that is career-focused, competency-based and relates work to education. The curriculum is contextual in content and available anytime online.

Upon successful completion of the program, a student will graduate with a diploma and the National Career Readiness Certificate issued by The ACT. The student may also be given an opportunity to enter post-secondary studies which will improve their opportunity for a more seamless and successful transition into the workforce.

The application for a charter school within the state requires an extensive application, review and engagement process which will happen over the course of this academic year with the intent to open Mountain Online Career Academy in the fall of 2009. Anyone interested in this new education program is invited to attend the community meeting.