Can Your Organization Operate Without Electricity?

A power outage lasting a few hours is a nuisance but if the power goes out for an extended period of time it can be a personal crisis.  Most people worry about food spoiling during a blackout.  However, this is only a minor factor for consideration. Some individuals rely on refrigeration for medications.  Some individuals [...]

Posted in At-Risk Youth, Education at August 31st, 2015. Comments Off.

Is Your Organization Ready?

The Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 requires that child welfare agencies have a disaster response plan.  This plan must include continuity of operations procedures (COOP) so as to demonstrate how the agency will maintain its services and operations in times of crises. The disaster response plan would also detail how youth would [...]

Posted in At-Risk Youth, Education, Security at August 31st, 2015. Comments Off.

Career and Technical Education by the Numbers [Infographic]

More and more people in today’s society are beginning to realize the value of career and technical education courses.  Over the years, these courses have continued to evolve to meet students’ academic needs as well as industry needs at the same time.  Career and technical education provides flexible, real-world learning opportunities which prepare our students [...]

Posted in At-Risk Youth, Career and Technical Education at August 4th, 2015. Comments Off.

Instructional Access Utilizes 21st Century Learning Grant to Help At-Risk Students

Digital Pathways provides essential technology and life skills to students in Tulare, California. Utilizing a 21st Century Learning Grant, Instructional Access is providing essential technology and life skills to at-risk students through its Digital Pathways program.  Currently, 7 junior high schools in the Tulare, California area benefit from this after-school program.  21st Century Learning Grants [...]

Posted in At-Risk Youth, Drop Out Recovery, Education, Truancy at April 13th, 2015. Comments Off.

McDonalds Announces New Educational Benefits Package

McDonalds USA announced a new employee benefits package, which includes expanding educational opportunities for employees who lack a high school diploma.  The company announced April 1st that they will be implementing the Smart Horizons Career Online Education high school program for qualifying employees at both company owned and franchise restaurants.  The benefits will be offered [...]

Posted in Drop Out Recovery, Education at April 7th, 2015. Comments Off.

Online Learning Can Help Improve Education in the Juvenile Justice System

Of the 70,000 students in the juvenile justice system, only 25% leave on track to re-enter school.  According to federal reports, only 15% of the juvenile justice population showed any type of improvement in reading, and less than half of students in the system for more than 90 days earned one or more course credits.  [...]

Posted in At-Risk Youth, Education, Independent Living Skills, Juvenile Justice, Truancy at April 6th, 2015. Comments Off.

National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month ( Created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (, National Mentoring Month focuses attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of [...]

Posted in At-Risk Youth, Education at January 3rd, 2015. Comments Off.

Parallel Path – A Win-Win Scenario

Smart Horizons as an organization is fortunate to have professionals from varied backgrounds and experiences. As a way for the LTS blog to broaden its horizons and offer more insights and opinions, I’ve asked other members of the corporate family to guest blog. Mr. Metzger has worked as both a courseware developer and marketing specialist [...]

7 Common Misconceptions about Career and Technical Education

By Brooke Neal, Contributing Editor   All too often, career and technical education is described as an inferior alternative to a college education. There are many common misconceptions about career and technical education that contribute to this view.  In reality, it is a viable option for students for many reasons. Here are a few common [...]

Posted in At-Risk Youth, Career and Technical Education, Education at October 6th, 2014. Comments Off.

Benefits of Traditional Hands-on Life-Skills Programs for People in Transition

By Scott Brand While life-skills educational modalities are the rage in all academic circles including public schools – perhaps one of the most compelling potential benefactors of this innovative teaching method are people in transition. This is particularly the case with both teens and adults in a drug rehab setting as well as those entered [...]

Posted in At-Risk Youth, Education, Independent Living Skills at June 11th, 2014. Comments Off.
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