New learning center will feature four 'learning networks'
Student enrollment has begun or courses to be offered at Hilliard City Schools' new Innovative Learning Center in August.
The learning center will offer a variety of educational programs and opportunities designed to individually prepare students for a post-graduate career or coursework at colleges and universities, said district spokeswoman Amanda Morris.
Brent Wise, director of innovation and extended learning, at the Feb. 11 school board meeting outlined four networks and accompanying course offering available to students.
The four networks will be Imagination, College Jump Start, Young Professionals and Personal Success.
Within the Imagination network is a course offering called Academy Vibe for which students must audition and be selected for enrollment.
The coursework will provide students with an opportunity to work in a professional studio setting at the learning center.
Another course offering in the Imagination network is Play It Global.
Some students, after finishing three courses of a foreign language, continue with Advanced Placement courses, Wise said.
Play it Global will provide students a combination of language and cultural classes that meet college requirements.
The College Jump Start network, in cooperation with Columbus State Community College, will provide students with up to 34 semester hours of college credit.
"Students can enter Columbus State as sophomores," Morris said.
The Young Professionals network will offer a career internship program, in cooperation with Tolles Career and Technical Center that allows students to explore a career in education as a classroom teacher.
Another program, Academy Inc., offered in cooperation with Aramark Food Service, the district's food and beverage supplier, will provide students with an opportunity to operate their own business.
The Personal Success network will be individualized for each student.
"Not every student learns the same way; the needs of each student vary," Morris said.
Preparation of the learning center will begin in earnest at the conclusion of the current school year, when the district's administrative team will relocate from its current home at 5323 Cemetery Road to the support services facility on Atlas Drive in Columbus.
Renovations to accommodate the additional staff at the support services building are under way.
Morris described most of the work necessary to convert the administrative offices to the Innovative Learning Center as "cosmetic."
"We're also pleased to have our administrative team and support services under one roof again," Morris said.