Career Online High School

Cengage and McDonald’s Celebrate Online High School Graduates: Susan Fenwick

As we celebrate an important milestone with our partner McDonald’s – 100 employee graduates of Career Online High School – we’re profiling experiences of graduates. Here is Susan’s story.

Career Online High School Success Story: Susan Fenwick

Not many people can say they spent the better part of 30 years working for the same company, but Susan Fenwick can. At the young age of 15, Susan began working for a McDonald’s restaurant “on the crew” in Southern Oregon. Needing to work to support basic needs for herself and her siblings, Susan had to prioritize work over high school, eventually leading Read More…


Cengage and McDonald’s Celebrate Online High School Graduates: Janelle Brown

As we celebrate an important milestone of the Cengage partnership with McDonald’s—100 employee graduates of Career Online High School—we’re profiling some graduate experiences. Here is Janelle’s story.

Career Online High School Success Story: Janelle Brown

Janelle Brown is a 42 year-old resident of Newport, Michigan, not far from Detroit. She has worked for McDonald’s for the past 11 years in franchise-owned restaurants in Michigan, recently transferring from a location in Wyandotte to Flat Rock. Over her tenure, she mastered just about every job at McDonald’s, but one thing she hadn’t done was earn her high school diploma. Suffering from bullying, Janelle Read More…


Cengage and McDonald’s Celebrate First 100 High School Graduates

More than 800 employees currently enrolled in the Cengage Career Online High School (COHS) through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity employee education program Last week, Cengage and McDonald’s announced an important milestone in their partnership to bring education opportunities to employees at participating US restaurants: more than 100 employees have earned their high school diplomas and career certificates through Career Online High School (COHS). COHS is offered to employees through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity employee education program. Archways to Opportunity is a comprehensive education program that provides eligible U.S. employees at participating restaurants an opportunity to earn a Read More…


Career Online High School: How to Build Confidence and Boost High School Graduation Outcomes

Guest Contributor: Dr. Howard Liebman, Founder and Superintendent of Schools, Smart Horizons Career Online Education In my previous post, “Overcoming Educational Trauma with Career Online High School,” I introduced the concept of educational trauma as when “one-size-fits-all” academic systems lead to students having poor experiences and dropping out.

Reverse the cycle by boosting confidence

When we established Career Online High School, it was with the idea of re-engaging adults back into the educational system and providing them with real-world, applicable skills to prepare them for the world of work. By understanding how students experience traumatic events and how they express their Read More…


Overcoming Educational Trauma with Career Online High School

Guest Contributor: Dr. Howard Liebman, Founder and Superintendent of Schools, Smart Horizons Career Online Education More than 30 million American adults lack a high school diploma, which severely limits their career, educational, financial, and social advancement opportunities. According to the World Education Organization, high school dropouts are more likely to live in poverty, be unemployed, go to prison, and make less money. How do we confront this overwhelming problem and re-engage these people back into the educational system? By addressing the educational trauma that impacted many of them in their previous high school experiences.

What is educational trauma?

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Partnering with Walmart to Bring Diplomas and Certificates to Associates

Career Online High School Program Free for All Walmart Associates We’re thrilled to announce that Cengage Learning has partnered with Walmart to offer accredited high school diplomas and credentialed career certificates through Career Online High School (COHS). Part of Walmart’s Lifelong Learning program, COHS is designed to reengage adults in education and is free for Walmart associates beginning on the first day of their employment. In fact, more than 130 associates have already received their high school diploma through COHS, with another 433 currently enrolled. “Working with Walmart, we have a tremendous opportunity to make a real impact in the Read More…


McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity and Career Online High School

McDonald’s broad commitment to serve employees through education and training is showcased most recently a series of education and training programs under the flagship, Archways to Opportunity. The McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity team has collaborated with Cengage Learning in the high school completion program, Career Online High School (COHS). Career Online High School is an innovative, online, competency-based high school diploma program focused on advancing educational and career opportunities for our students. Last week, world-renowned investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet commented on McDdonald’s Archways to Opportunities program, which helps McDonald’s employees advance their career prospects through continuing education. To date, over 800 McDonald’s employees have Read More…


Our Brand of Servant Leadership

Guest Contributor: Rich Floersch, EVP Global HR, McDonald’s Corporation.

At McDonald’s our brand and story are both intricately connected around the value of service.

At the same time, it’s become clear that in the quest to recruit, develop and retain the best talent, we need to expand our service and support of our employees. Our broad commitment to serve employees through education and training is showcased in programs such as Hamburger University, which was founded in 1961 to provide a unique management curriculum now taught in 28 languages; a range of scholarships; college partnerships; and most recently a series of education and training programs under the flagship Archways to Opportunity.

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“This Program Changed My Life”: McDonald’s First Graduate of Career Online High School Shares His Story

In March 2015, Juan Garcia became the first graduate of Cengage Learning’s Career Online High School, an AdvancED/SACS accredited program offered to eligible McDonald’s® employees as part of the company’s Archways to Opportunity initiative. Through the program, McDonald’s® employees can earn both an accredited high school diploma and career certificate in one of eight high-growth, entry-level career fields. Below, Juan shares his story.
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Career Online High School Brings Education to the World

As part of our ongoing commitment to engage students and support them in reaching their professional and academic goals, our ed2go division and partner Smart Horizons Career Online Education are teaming up with the Southern African Virtual School to offer the Career Online High School program. This partnership offers the citizens of The Republic of South African the opportunity to earn an online high school diploma. At Cengage Learning, we are thrilled and honored to partner with such an inspiring program! Read More…