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Sunday, November 6, 2011

FLEX Program a Success

Chesley | by John Divinski  

Bluewater District School Board is touting the benefits of the FLEX program.

Trustees with the Bluewater District School Board were brought up to date on what is called the FLEX program which is a joint effort by the public and separate school boards and Georgian College in Owen Sound.

Student Sucess spokesperson Jean Stephenson says the FLEX program is best described as a "high school within a college."

Stephenson says the program provides an alternative for senior students who are at-risk of not completing their diploma.

She says students take a four credit course in the semester, including a dual credit course which will give each student one senior social science credit, along with one college general education credit should they continue with college learning.

Those taking part in the program are students close to graduating but for one reason or another don't want to go back to high school.

Stephenson says the program is flexible in that some allowances are made for students who can't make class first thing in the morning as they try to adapt to the lifestyle of the student at hand.

She says it's a successful program with an 85 per cent credit accumulation for all the students in the program.

Stephenson admits it doesn't work for everyone but they try to be as flexible as possible.


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