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Public and Private Schools Work to Prepare Students for the Future

His sentiments were echoed by Dr. Terisa Riley, Chancellor of UA Fort Smith. “Students don’t receive the full educational experience when they are isolated from one another,” she added. “While we were able to adapt quickly to online classes so students still were being taught, there was a definite impact on the students’ spirit brought on by the separation from each other and the lack of exchanges of ideas that result.”

One of the positive outcomes of having to deal with the virus was the opportunity to develop online teaching platforms that minimize the impact of adverse weather conditions, reducing the necessity for “snow days” lengthening the school year.

Schools in the region also benefit from the business community’s support of their efforts, including a growing number of internship programs for students, financial support of degree and certification program development, and encouraging volunteer participation at events that create long-lasting bonds.
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