Flushing Meadows, Queens – For more than 20 years, the University of Florida has offered online learning to high school students from all over the world.
It’s been around for years, but now, with more than 200 schools now online, the university is looking to expand the program.
According to a press release, “The new online degree program, Virtual Schools, will offer students from the University’s high schools in Florida, North Carolina and Florida State a unique online degree and career opportunity.
Virtual Schools will allow students to access their education and resume on the same platform that they’re learning online.”
Students will complete online courses through the University, and then return to their high schools for an online class.
“We believe that Virtual Schools offers the opportunity for a variety of students to explore new learning experiences and broaden their horizons, while gaining new knowledge and skills,” said Dr. Michael Guglielmi, Vice President of University Operations.
“Virtual Schools will offer a unique learning environment where students can work on their education from a variety in different learning styles,” he continued.
“We are committed to providing the highest quality education for students from every corner of the globe.”
Virtual Schools offers a variety, including a range of courses in English, Math, History, Computer Science, Social Studies, and the arts, with the aim of developing students with the necessary critical thinking skills and interest.
“It’s really exciting to see what the students from our high schools are doing,” said University of Georgia student, Michael Moore.
“When I graduated from the university, I knew I wanted to study computer science, but it was only recently that I started taking classes,” he said.
“Now I can get involved in some of the great programs that the University offers.”
Virtual School will offer six courses each semester for the first three years, with additional classes in the fall and spring.
“The program is not for everyone, but if you have the right mindset and interest, it can really make a big difference in your life,” said Gugluelmi.
“Virtual Schools is the perfect place to start your career, and I look forward to seeing all of our students working towards their goals as virtual educators.”
Virtual schools are offered by schools that have a strong focus on academic excellence and mentorship for the virtual learners.
The university says there will be two online programs: a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
The school will offer the online bachelor’s degree through a partnership with the University at Albany.
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