Expanded program for adults at Vermilion Outreach

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July 10, 2014 11:07 AM

There is a definite need for it.

The Vermilion Outreach School is now offering high school courses to adults for a cheaper rate.

Approved by Buffalo Trails Public Schools last week, superintendent Bob Allen said the division is excited to help facilitate this for people who don’t qualify to be students anymore, but want their diplomas.

“We have always tried to do what we can to support students and previously, Lakeland College was able to fill this void, but with the change in funding and their mandate, they no longer are able to do that,” Allen said. “We decided that we would do what we could to support or to help these individuals.”

The school is open Monday to Friday as a typical school but also operates Thursday evenings. Course fees are $400 per course, which covers the division’s costs of offering it.

Derek Collins, principal at Vermilion Outreach, said he was happy to hear the board approved his request to offer this service.

“They understood kind of what we talked about last time that there’s a definite need for it,” he said.

Before the school board made its decision, Collins said he would be approached by around 10 people a year who were looking to access this type of service. But because it would have cost around $1,000 per course — as opposed to the $400 it’s now being offered at — they would turn away.

“What we’re just hoping is that it would provide some people with an opportunity to complete their high school requirements if they didn’t (already),” Collins previously said. “It could be both (to) access college or post-secondary training they couldn’t get into before.”

News hasn’t been broken yet about the program, but the principal added the response has been encouraging from the people who do know.

Students will be accepted starting at the beginning of the school year in September.

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