EARN (Educational Assistant Resources Network), a newly founded501(c)3 focused on community enhancement through education, has just announced a major push toward obtaining partnership relationships with organizations serving low-income adults and challenged teens. The campaign’s focus is to reach community based organizations whose constituents (unemployed, chemically dependent, exploited, abused, homeless, etc.) would benefit from completing a high school education or equivalency, or obtaining trade-specific learning/certificates.
Tallahassee, FL—In a recent presidential debate, both candidates agreed that education is essential to reducing many of the problems faced by communities across the country. Understanding that financial difficulties are a common thread in communities large and small, EARN (Educational Assistance Resources Network) was established to address these concerns, offering financial assistance to those seeking to complete a high school credential such as a diploma or equivalency.
“While high school dropout rates and unemployment remain at record highs, the stress in today’s family is greater than ever,” noted David Hooser chief operating officer of Franklin Virtual High School, one of EARN’s partner organizations. EARN’s purpose is to reach out to these adults and challenged youth by offering an education component and tuition assistance that can be woven into the existing services of community outreach programs. This would assist these individuals in establishing a solid future for themselves and becoming a contributing part of their communities.
“As an EARN partner, we offer the ideal solution for recipient/partner organizations that can’t provide or easily support a complete education platform (including high school and trade-specific training solutions),” said Hooser, who added that Franklin’s unique, 100 percent online education is ideal for the constituents of the community outreach organizations EARN is now seeking to partner with, and is already offering scholarship programs to many. “Such partnerships will help given constituencies be ready for gainful employment and a life of true independence.”
From drop-in centers, to rehab, to shelters and more, this country is rife with outreach programs directed toward low-income individuals and challenged youth. What most don’t have, according to Hooser, is a proven means of moving these individuals through practical high school/trade school programs that can result in employment and a new life. “We’re a critical piece of the partnership puzzle,” he stated, with “administrative and academic teams who are fully certified to develop and/or support these students in their education journey.” The school is SACS accredited, has an A+ BBB rating and offers a variety of satisfaction or money back guarantees so all students will be confident they’ve made a solid choice. In addition, Franklin offers options that include “traditional diploma, Fast Track, preparation for GED and other state equivalency exams, as well as SAT/ACT prep,” according to Franklin’s Dean of Curriculum, Janeen Scaringelli.
EARN is also positioned to provide, along with tuition costs, ancillary expenses such as transportation costs or other items related to students’ education, wherever they choose to study. Potential recipients of EARN assistance will be asked to submit a written essay about what it means to them to earn their high school diploma or equivalent. This essay will be reviewed by an EARN committee.
“With high drop out and unemployment rates, and more than one million youth in this country who are homeless,” noted Hooser, “we’ve all got to reach out and help.” And for those who like to give tax-deductible donations to worthy causes during the holidays, “the time is now,” he added.
Visit Franklin Virtual High School online to learn more about the school, or call (888) 990-3847. Franklin also has a Facebook page and is active on Twitter.
ABOUT: Franklin Virtual High School (FVHS) caters to teens and adults seeking to fulfill high school education requirements or equivalency as full- or part-time students. The school, which was founded in 2009 to offer 100 percent online education, is accredited by Advanc-Ed (http://www.Advanc-Ed.org), parent organization for SACS, NCA, and NWAC, and BBB A+ rated. As a private enterprise, FVHS is a tuition-based educational institution that does not compete with public or charter schools for government funds. FVHS students are seeking to achieve a variety of goals, from career advancement to continuing their education, whether at trade/vocational schools, private schools and community colleges, or at major universities.
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