TEEN aims to fill Learning Center void

Students entering ninth through 12th grade, as well adult learners, still have the opportunity to pursue their academic goals online.

The newly launched TEEN Virtual Academy is accepting enrollment for the fall semester through Oct. 24.

It should fill the void created by the closing of the Marion County Learning Center, which was offered through ESSDACK in Hills?boro since 1992. It was closed at the end of June because of state funding restrictions.

?Basically, any of the Marion County Learning Center adult students, age 19 and over, who are wishing to continue to get their dip?loma will now be enrolled through the TEEN Virtual Academy,? said Lena Kleiner, director.

TEEN Virtual Academy was created cooperatively in recent months by the school districts of Herington, Hills?boro, Marion and Peabody-Burns.

?If one of these districts is your home district, you will be enrolled and receive your diploma upon completion through that district,? Kleiner said.

?(Students) can be outside of our district, because TEEN Virtual Academy is open to anyone in Kansas,? she added.

?Out-of-district students will be assigned to one of the four districts.?

TEEN Virtual Academy is a free program, and students will be given a laptop to use while enrolled, or they can use their home computer if they prefer.

One key difference between the Marion County Learning Center and TEEN Virtual Academy is that students will need to work at home; there is no physical gathering location.

?But assistance is available through the teachers, possibly on the school campus,? Kleiner added.

All courses will be taught by a grade-level, content area teacher from one of the four school districts.

?We feel this is a unique and positive aspect to our program that will benefit your student?s virtual experience and make their academic goals attainable,? according to Kleiner.

One other adjustment will be the online operating program. TEEN will be using the Edgenuity program rather than the Odyssey program used previously.

?It has all the core classes they need?anything to get the number of credits they need to graduate,? Kleiner said.

?We?re only available to do (grades) nine through 12 and adult learners,? he added. ?It is not just for adult learners, but the lowest grade we can go down to is ninth?at least for this year.?

For more information, call Kleiner at 620-877-0237 or by email at lena.kleiner@usd410.met.