By Chris McGuinness

Killeen Daily Herald

Central Texas College unveiled on Monday an online, alternative high school for students looking to earn a diploma.

The college's Open Academy is an accredited self-paced, open entry-and-exit virtual high school program that allows students who enroll to earn a Texas high school diploma.

"CTC has a long history of providing accessible college programs, and we are excited to extend our tradition of excellence in distance education to high school," said Thomas Klincar, the college's chancellor, in a news release Monday. "The program is available to prospective students worldwide and the online format provides the flexibility that many students look for, especially military personnel and their family members."

Open Academy is made available through the college's operating unit, American Preparatory Institute, and will offer students a chance to take self-contained courses in subjects such as English, creative writing, biology, foreign language, algebra, geometry, government, history and fine arts.

The release stated the academy is ideal for students seeking to complete or resume a high school diploma program. But it also is open to those who have a GED and want a high school diploma.

According to information from the academy's website, the curriculum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

Students who enroll can earn up to the 22 credits required by the state to receive a Texas high school diploma. The tuition costs $300 for an eight-week block of open access to any course, according to the website.

The courses are available to students anywhere an Internet connection is available, making it accessible for many students who don't live near the college's Killeen campus.

"We've run API locally for years," said Barbara Merlo, a spokesperson for the college. "This will open things up for our Europe and Far East campuses, and provide students with another option."

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More information

For more information about the Open Academy, call 254-526-1321 or go to

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