Brown Mackie College and Smart Horizons Career Online Education to Help Adults Complete High School Diplomas

Clinton Global Initiative "Commitment to Action" Creates Scholarship Matching Program.

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PENSACOLA, Fla., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world's first private, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Investments (SACS) accredited, online school district, today announced that the Brown Mackie College system of schools ("Brown Mackie College") has launched ed2go's Career Online High School at eight of its schools. Brown Mackie College was the first post-secondary institution to join ed2go and SHCOE's Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, which includes a scholarship-matching program benefitting individuals lacking high school diplomas.

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Part of the SHCOE district, Career Online High School was launched in 2012 by Cengage Learning's ed2go, the nation's largest provider of turnkey online training, in order to offer a career-based education to the millions of adults without high school diplomas. The program will be offered at Brown Mackie College schools in Cincinnati, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, KS; Miami, FL; Phoenix, AZ; St. Louis, MO; North Canton, OH; and Louisville, KY. The commitment includes an agreement to offer scholarships to 64 young adults to enable them to earn high school diplomas and career certificates from SHCOE.

"We are committing to helping underserved populations obtain their high school diplomas. It is a stepping stone for these individuals to advanced training and education that empowers them with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive in today's job market," said Danny Finuf, President of Brown Mackie College system of schools. "Career Online High School offers this population a solution that meets them where they are at in terms of their education, offers them a solution to achieve their high school diplomas and, as a result, helps them move forward with their education, careers and lives. At Brown Mackie College, it's our passion to make those kinds of investments in human potential."

Students completing the COHS program will earn both an accredited high school diploma and a credentialed certificate in one of eight career areas, paving the way for enrollment into post-secondary programs such as those offered at Brown Mackie College. Brown Mackie College offers programs focused in career education in fields including nursing, health care and wellness, business and technology, legal studies, early childhood education, and construction trades.

Finuf sees "accountability" as a key feature in joining ed2go and Smart Horizons Career Online Education's Clinton Global Initiative "Commitment to Action."

"At Brown Mackie College, we believe firmly in being responsible members of the communities where we live, work and educate our students. This is a commitment that will re-engage adults back into the educational system and that has the ability to directly change and impact peoples' lives through education," said Finuf.

Learn more about ed2go and SHCOE's first-of-its-kind scholarship-matching program.

About Brown Mackie College

Brown Mackie College is a system of over 25 schools located throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Administrative office: 625 Eden Park Drive, Suite 1100; Cincinnati, OH 45202. ©2014 Brown Mackie College.

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 Smart Horizons Career Online Education

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 Education, Office Management, Protection Services, Homeland Security, Transportation Services, Professional Skills, Retail Customer Service Skills, and Food & Customer Service Skills. For more information, visit our website at www.shcoe.org, call our office at 855.777.4265 or email us at info@shcoe.org

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 2.5 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

Media Contact: Dr. Howard Liebman, Smart Horizons Career Online Education, 855.777.4265, hliebman@shcoe.org

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