Gov. Riley commends Alabama distance learning program

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

Governor Bob Riley stopped by a high school in Birmingham that is connected with Northview High School in Dothan via video conferencing on Thursday. Technology is bringing students together from across the state.

Northview High ACCESS teacher, Jan Sislo, said, “We will be able to form relationships with these students in another place and it will enable those students to take French if they don't have a teacher there."

It is called the ACCESS program and is geared at getting subjects into schools that do not have the funding or student interest to warrant an entire class.

"I just left a class where they were teaching Chinese. We can now offer Spanish, German to all kids in the state of Alabama, there's not another state in the US that can do that," says Governor Riley.

This unique program is a hit with students.

12th grade French student Derrick Thomas said, "It's new. I've never done it before and it's a pretty neat way. I'm happy to do something different."

A major perk of the program is that students don't need supplies for the course; computers are provided for in classroom use.

The access program is making it possible for Northview to offer French 1 through 3 for the first time, giving students a more in depth knowledge of the language.

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