Ten students attending the Adult Virtual Academy (AVA) earned their State of Florida High School diploma in the 2016-2017 school year. AVA is the online school in the Department of Adult & Community Education of the School District of Palm Beach County.
Imelda Gutierrez from Belle Glade says, “I wanted to finish my education.” She found it difficult to make time to go class at a “traditional” school, and AVA lifted that burden. Now, she logs onto a computer, stays persistent, and keeps track of her hours every week from home.
She first learned about the program through Glades Central Community High School and has completed the requirements to receive her high school diploma. Guitierrez plans to go to college to become a certified Ultrasound Tech and work in the nursing field.
Another graduate of AVA, Onaney Pulles from Cuba, says she returned to school to improve her family’s life, her life, and her future. Finding the time to complete her courses while taking care of her children and helping them with their homework were hardships she faced going back to school. AVA offered her a chance to incorporate school into her own personal schedule.
Glades Central Community High School pushed her towards the online Adult High school program when they found out she only needed two credits to graduate. Having earned her high school diploma, Pulles says, “ I want to attend Palm Beach State College and study Psychology.”
“We are tremendously proud of these adult students for making the decision to continue their education through our adult virtual academy and attain their high school diploma,” says Guarn Sims, Director of Adult & Community Education. “We look forward to celebrating the same success of other adult students through our rapidly growing and successful Adult Virtual Academy.”
The Adult Virtual Academy offers AHS, GED® and ESOL programs. It is the fastest growing program in the Department of Adult & Community Education, averaging 450 students per term. Students study online, at their own convenience, with ongoing guidance provided by virtual instructors. The online Adult High School program is geared towards students who are at least 16 years old, officially withdrawn from a K-12 school, and need a couple of courses to get their regular high school diploma.
“The Adult Virtual Academy empowers students to obtain a life goal, while still managing their current busy life responsibilities and to be active members of their community,” says Bernadette Wise, who oversees academic classes at the Adult Virtual Academy.
The Adult Virtual Academy also offers hundreds of online Fun & Leisure classes that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Classes can be viewed on a computer, and in some cases, downloaded to a mobile device, to facilitate earning “on the go.” Class topics include real estate, foreign languages, cooking, fitness, photography, information technology, software, business skills and many more.
For information about for adults, visit AVAPBC.ORG