LAMPASAS — The Lampasas County Higher Education Center announced a partnership with an online high school completion program this week.

A link to the American Preparatory Institute’s Open Academy will be placed on the LCHEC website’s homepage and will direct users to a preregistration page.

“The Lampasas High School principal, Mark Kehoe, suggested it to us,” said Amy McDaniel, chief operating officer at LCHEC. “He thought it might be a good thing for students who drop out or want to return to high school, but don’t want a GED (certificate); they want an actual diploma. It seemed like a good fit.”

Open Academy offices are at Central Texas College, which also offers a GED classes; the API course is an alternative.

Unlike free GED classes, there is a fee for taking Open Academy courses, but they are self-paced. A student may take as many classes as they like per a $300 eight-week course.

“It’s good for our people because we’re trying to encourage people to go into college or workforce training,” said McDaniel. “It’s just one more avenue for people who dropped out of the system at one point.”

According to the Open Academy website, www.openacademy.us, students may complete the recommended program of 26 credits to receive a high school diploma. However, 22 credit hours, the minimum amount required for a high school diploma, is available as an alternative program for those who do not desire to continue to higher education.

Contact Audrey Spencer at aspencer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476

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