Connecticut is committed to state-of-the-art education. The state has standards in place that ensure each of its children graduates from high school knowing how to make the most of available technology. Groundbreaking online degree programs for Connecticut undergraduate and graduate students make getting through school much simpler for nontraditional students. Additionally, Connecticut’s commitment to retaining high school students until they graduate is demonstrated by the state’s support of an innovative online high school and a number of technical high schools.
Higher Learning Initiatives
Charter Oak State College
Charter Oak State College is the only one of the online schools in Connecticut that is public and overseen by The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education. Charter Oak State College offers Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Arts degrees to online students. Additionally, this online college offers those interested in health care the opportunity to get their bachelor’s degrees in health information management, health care administration, and health studies. Charter Oak State College also facilitates a number of certificate programs for Connecticut residents in areas like computer security, project management, land surveying, and public safety.
Connecticut Virtual Learning Center
In 2008, Connecticut provided the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, a faction of Charter Oak State College, with the funds necessary to establish the Connecticut Virtual Learning Center. This online learning center is intended for public high school students who wish to take a portion or all of their courses online. It provides high school students in Connecticut with an opportunity to take classes on a flexible schedule and helps increase the likelihood that Connecticut students will obtain their diplomas. The Connecticut Virtual Learning Center’s online courses meet national and state standards and are modeled after the classes offered by online schools in Connecticut in terms of lecture and assignment structure.
State Technology Competency Standards for Students
Since 2001, Connecticut has required all of its public schools to meet computer technology competency standards. These standards oblige K-12 public schools to teach certain technology skills to elementary, middle, and high school students. They establish that Connecticut students should know confidently know how to use technology to research information and perform clerical tasks by the time they graduate from high school. By putting these competency standards in place, Connecticut helps ensure that its students graduate from high school prepared to use technology in the real world.