Category Archives: Online Education

The Gift of Education

It’s Christmastime again!  Sometimes it is difficult to come up with gift ideas.  Candy is gone within a few days, shoes wear out, and electronics become outdated.  Sometimes it is nice to think out-of-the box. What about giving the gift of education to someone you care about?  There are many reasons why your loved ones may not have been able to complete their high school education.  You could give them the gift of GED prep classes, high school classes or even SAT or ACT prep classes for college. This gift and your encouragement could be just what your loved one needs to help them move forward and accomplish their goals.  It will not only help their confidence but will open up additional job opportunities.  This year, why not give them a gift that will continue to bless them throughout their lifetime!

The School Mom

Diplomas and Degrees Equal Better Jobs – Part 2

Economic Advantage to Some Postsecondary Education.

In the prior post, we took a look at recent Georgetown University Study which found that obtaining a high school diploma adds 33 percent more to your lifetime earnings.  The Georgetown study also takes a look at the advantages to having some postsecondary education.

Even if you do not earn your four-year degree, the study shows that having some postsecondary education adds nearly one quarter of a million dollars to lifetime earnings.  Annual earnings rise to $38,700 in comparison to those with a high school diploma, who earn $32,600 annually.  This is $18.69 per hour for those with some secondary education as compared to $15.67 per hour for those with a high school diploma.

Getting an Associate’s degree adds another bump of nearly $200,000 in lifetime earnings.  At $43,000 a year, those with Associate’s degrees earn nearly one-third more than those with a high school diploma.  This is $20.77 per hour.

These numbers demonstrate conclusively the advantage of some post-secondary education even without obtaining a 4-year degree.  This is encouraging news and should help motivate individuals to continue their education beyond high school because even if you fall short of achieving a four-year degree, you will still increase your earning potential.

If the increased lifetime earnings of a post-secondary degree appeal to you, and you haven’t attained your high school diploma yet, then let’s get started.  Franklin Virtual Schools Fast Track program can help you complete high school fast!

The School Mom…

Twinkies®! Ho Ho’s®! Ding Dongs®! – High School Diplomas

What do these childhood favorites have to do with an online high school?  Well, our friends at Franklin Virtual Schools got a call last week from an out-of-work Hostess employee.  They laid off 18,500 workers when they shut their doors, not to mention the devastation that they are causing children (and, actually, some adults) who no longer have their Twinkies!

This former Hostess employee told Franklin that he had never completed his High School Diploma because he felt he had a secure job. Unfortunately, he was wrong and now he needs the diploma to interview and compete for a good job.  Well, he came to the right place by calling Franklin and he won’t be alone.

Even if you think your job is secure, you’re content, and it doesn’t really matter that you weren’t able to complete your high school education, it might be a good time to reassess that position and give some thought to completing it.  That way if the job you thought would always be there for you ends up disappearing quickly and unexpectedly, you can be prepared for the next step.

Until next week….

The School Mom

Scholarships – Online High School – Educational Assistant Resources Network (EARN)

Have you been wanting to complete your high school education or learn a specific trade but so many life factors keep you from pursuing and reaching this goal?  Then I have some really exciting news for you! EARN (Educational Assistant Resources Network) is a newly founded 501(c)3 that focuses on enhancing the community through education by offering scholarships to low-income adults and challenged teens.  EARN’s purpose is to help students regardless of age, gender, race, circumstance or socioeconomic level, to reach a higher level of success through educational options that address their specific needs.

To help identify those truly in need of these scholarships, EARN is also partnering with organizations that are reaching out to those challenged and struggling to get on track and become a contributing part of their community – those who are unemployed, chemically dependent, exploited, abused, cast aside, or homeless. Some people have just simply reached a point of desperation and need to know someone cares.  All of these individuals would greatly benefit by completing a high school education or equivalency or from obtaining trade-specific learning certificates.

EARN has partnered with Franklin Virtual High School, Franklin Adult Continuing Education and other national private school programs to accomplish this mission. David Hooser, CEO of Franklin Virtual High school, explains – “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.) Such partnerships will help given constituencies be ready for gainful employment and a life of true independence.”

EARN scholarships are offered to students of all ages striving to complete a high school level education. If you are interested, you will need the complete the EARN Scholarship Qualification Application.  Although not all applicants will receive a scholarship, all applications will be equally reviewed and considered by the EARN Awards Committee.  Make sure you fully complete the application and the required written sections that describe your present financial situation, unique qualifications and goals essay. EARN is making a difference in the lives of so many people by offering resources and education solutions.  Maybe it can make a difference in your life, too!

Until next week….

The School Mom


Legitimate Online Schools – Accreditation

With all the fake online degree programs on the Internet, I thought it might be helpful to give you some tips on things to look for to know you are dealing with a legitimate online school.

First, you should only register with a school that has accreditation by a regionally recognized accreditor.  That way you can be assured you will receive an education from a quality school.  Many online schools will state that they are accredited when really they have just created their own accrediting program.  Although it is legal to not be accredited, falsely claiming accreditation is illegal and against Federal Trade Commission Regulations.  A school’s accreditation must be recognized by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) in order to claim and advertise accreditation.

Secondly, if the program looks too easy or talks about crediting “life experience” those are good signs that you are not receiving an education of real value.  It takes hard work and dedication to attain your education!

In addition, you should be able to contact the school administration directly.  You should be dealing with “real people” who care about your success and are available to help you. Many of these fake schools are located in Pakistan and don’t even speak your language!

These tips will help guide you in choosing a trustworthy and accredited online school like Franklin Virtual Schools.

Until next week….

The School Mom


Online High School Independent Study and Recovery Program

Wow, there are a lot of options today for online education!  This week we’re going to discuss another very important option, high school recovery.

Are you missing a basic course or courses that you must have to graduate high school?  Do you want to supplement or accelerate your current high school learning by choosing an online advanced class?  Then the FVHS Online High School Independent Study and Credit Recovery Program may be just what you are searching for.

Franklin’s entire 9th through 12th grade basic high school credits are available online.  They offer Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Physical Education, Foreign Language, and Liberal Arts.  There are also many general elective classes available.  They even have curriculum to help prepare you for assessment testing, including the ACT, FCAT and SAT.  The program also offers extended classes like Flash Animation, Green Design and Technology and Intro to Entrepreneurship I and II.  

FVHS is an accredited online high school and its curriculum meets state standards, so your completed class credits are transferrable to school districts nationally.  You can do this completely online with web-based tests, lab work and notes.  Franklin will even give you assistance in transferring the completed credits to your current high school.

What an easy way to supplement your current high school programs or recover certain coursework to graduate.  Since you can work at your own pace, this reduces the stress level and yet you still accomplish your goals.

One of our neighbor’s sons needed one course this year to complete his High School.  However, the school wasn’t going to offer the course he needed this year, so he is taking it online and will be able to get his diploma with his classmates at graduation time.  What a great service!

Till next week,

The School Mom

SCAM Alert – Fraudulent Diploma Mill Organization Loses in Court

I have to break away from my planned blog post this week to let you know of a world-wide diploma mill scam.  The Organization for Global Learning Education has been exposed as the largest issuer of illegal college and high school online degrees. Back in 2003, Salem Kureshi began selling online diplomas out of his apartment in Karachi Pakistan. He created over 30 online fake universities and fake high schools to issue what claimed to be “accredited” and “valid” diplomas. Some of the online universities you may be familiar with are Ashbery University, Belford University, and Campbell State University. The average cost of each diploma was $250 to $300 apiece, and it is estimated that Kureshi and his co-conspirators took unsuspecting Americans for $55 million a year in this scheme.

Diploma Mill Scam

Kureshi also created multiple fake accreditation agencies to give an appearance of validity to these degree programs. Some examples of these fake accreditation agencies are the Universal Council for Online Education Accreditation (UCOEA), International Accreditation Agency for Online Universities (IAAOU) and the International Bureau for Online Education Accreditation (IBOEA).  But they are not legitimate accrediting agencies and the U.S. Department of Education does not recognize them as valid.

Michigan US District Court Awards $22.7 Million  


Kureshi has been ordered to pay $22.7 million by the U.S. District Court in Michigan, but it seems doubtful that any monies will actually be recovered. The Judge is expected to order all Kureshi’s fraudulent websites shut down by the end of 2012.  The diplomas are worthless; the honorary faculty is a work of fiction.

This scam being exposed is a victory for all online learners.  The School Mom will keep you informed!