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Teen Report: Online Course Planning

It's a revolution in online planning. Lincoln High School in Tallahassee is the chosen location to unveil an all-new way for Florida high school students to plan their course load. The Epersonal Electronic Planner, or EPEP, is an online resource where students can map out their years of schooling, efficiently and easily.

Bill Montford, Superintendent of Leon County Schools, says, "A new statewide system from the Department of Education that will be a wonderful, wonderful tool for all of our students throughout Florida. It's a great tool because it's an online tool in terms of helping the students prepare for their academic program, but for their future in general."

Lincoln freshman Kayla Beers was one of the first students in Florida to use the service.

Kayla says, "Being a freshman, it's kind of overwhelming and when the classes are set out for you and examples of the classes, you can just pick on what seems interesting to you."

To students who take advantage of the program, the benefits of EPEP are unmatchable.

Teri Gimbel, a guidance counselor at Lincoln High School, says, "The better planned you are, the better choices you are going to make and the more things you will know about and take care of."

John Winn, Florida Education Commissioner, says, "It's a very flexible tool, should be a very handy asset to guidance counselors in helping manage students in making future choices."

Although the program is not meant to replace guidance counselors, its goal of getting students prepared for life after graduation is the same.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, students who take rigorous courses in high school will earn up to 13 percent more pay than those who don't.


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