Boston — Sept. 8, 2016 — Online learning has become a key strategy for districts and schools to offer students greater access to the courses they need to prepare for future education and careers. Current estimates from the “Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning, 2015” annual report1 show that 2.2 million students are currently taking more than 3.8 million online courses. To help schools and districts meet the growing demand for online learning, The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.), a nonprofit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, announced today that it is expanding its sales organization.
To add to the company’s expanding base on the East Coast and in Mid-Atlantic regions, VHS has hired Geniene Polukord as a Regional Sales Manager for Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, District of Columbia and Ohio. Polukord has extensive experience in the education market, most recently working as a District Sales Manager for Pearson Education.
Also joining the VHS team as a Regional Sales Manager is Sehba Khan. She will be responsible for new sales in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine and will drive sales with the organization’s growing base of international independent schools. Khan previously worked at Kaplan Test Prep. There, she held many roles, serving most recently as the Graduate Programs Faculty Manager, a position in which she oversaw academic quality for one of the largest graduate metropolitan markets in the country.
These new hires further the VHS mission of providing students with access to first-rate online learning experiences while supporting educators with the professional development and services needed for highly effective online course instruction. VHS partner schools have access to a wide range of core, elective, credit recovery, STEM and AP® courses that inspire, ignite and deepen learning. Additionally, VHS students develop independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, earn credit, and participate in global classrooms.
“Our new team members are experienced professionals with a commitment to creating successful partnerships with schools and districts,” said Carol Ribeiro, President & CEO of VHS. “Throughout their careers, they have championed the expansion of resources that support student learning. We are thrilled to have them help us expand delivery of our high-quality online content and instruction to key partners.”
About The Virtual High School
The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development and individualized course offerings. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology, and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit www.VHSLearning.org or call (978) 897-1900.
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1 Butch Gemin et al., “Twelfth Edition Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning, An Annual Review of Policy and Practice, 2015.” Durango, Co.: Evergreen Education Group, 2015. Available from http://www.kpk12.com/wp-content/uploads/Evergreen_KeepingPace_2015.pdf.