Colorado Online Learning Selects eClassroom(SM) to Power Statewide Program
DENVER – May 13, 2003 – eClassroom(SM), the K-12 division of eCollege(SM) [Nasdaq: ECLG], has been chosen by Colorado Online Learning (COL) to power the statewide online program, which serves more than 70 school districts across Colorado. eClassroom’s complete solution will be fully implemented for the fall 2003 semester to deliver multiple sections of more than 40 different online courses to an anticipated 1,500 students.
“After an in-depth evaluation, we found eClassroom to be a comprehensive solution with a proven track record of providing all of the key elements necessary to support a statewide program of our size,” said Dr. Tim Snyder, executive director of COL. “We believe the depth and experience of eClassroom’s service team will be critical to our overall program success. The educators on eClassroom’s staff have a thorough understanding of our needs, and we know we can rely on them to help us achieve our goals in providing high-quality educational opportunities throughout the state.”
Also critical to COL’s decision in selecting eClassroom is the Company’s hosting capabilities and 24×7 help desk support. eClassroom provides single-point assurance that the program will be up and running, and one-call accountability to meet any support needs. This is especially important in keeping COL students connected to interactive and unique course offerings, regardless of what their individual districts are able to offer.
“COL has done a tremendous job providing Colorado students with equitable access to quality educational offerings,” said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. “We look forward to sharing our experience in supporting some of the country’s largest and most successful statewide virtual schools with this local organization. Together, we can extend a wider variety of flexible learning opportunities to students and teachers across our state.”
COL’s online student population includes students wanting to take courses not offered in their schools, needing to retake a course, or needing to take extra credits to graduate early or meet graduation requirements, as well as home-schooled students and disabled students. All standards-based COL courses are taught by Colorado licensed teachers.
Colorado Online Learning (COL) provides high quality online learning options for students, teachers, administrators and others involved in education in Colorado. COL served more than 1,000 high school students in 2002/03, and has 40 courses scheduled for the upcoming school year, including four world language classes and a complete selection of core academic and technology classes. COL enrollment has increased dramatically over the past three years due to its cadre of highly qualified, Colorado-licensed teachers and excellent support systems. Special pricing is available for high-poverty/high-risk students. For more information, visit http://www.col.k12.co.us eClassroom, the K-12 division of eCollege [Nasdaq: ECLG], supports school districts and state departments of education in providing complete virtual schools. The eClassroom solution consists of the five key components to create and support virtual school success, including planning, course creation and delivery, teacher development, administrator support and student support. Customers include the Kentucky Virtual High School; Illinois Virtual High School; and Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school district in Georgia. For more information, please visit http://www.eclassroom.com.
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