School board approves new contract with Embry-Riddle (DOCUMENT)

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Special to the Northwest Florida Daily News
Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 01:19 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide will continue to operate programs at two local schools despite concerns raised earlier in the year.

The Okaloosa County School Board voted unanimously to approve an agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Institutes at Choctawhatchee and Crestview high schools following a brief discussion Monday night.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this and thank you for the opportunity,” said Ron Garriga, who will serve as the director of local program.

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The future of the contract was thrown into question in March after School Board members expressed concern about not only the enrollment in the program since Worldwide took over the contract from Daytona in 2010, but the seeming lack of college credits students could earn.

For the upcoming school year, Garriga said Embry-Riddle expects to have 200 students enrolled and hopes the program’s popularity will increase with changes it is implementing to focus more on hands-on learning.

It has 170 students confirmed as of Tuesday. That’s 54 more students than last year, Garriga said Tuesday.

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