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Arkansas Institute benefits home-schoolers

SPRINGDALE � Annika Ringle hesitated for a split-second as she read a sentence aloud in Spanish. “Ocho… ochociento,” Annika said. She was on the right track to saying “800.” “Good, make it a plural noun,” said Shay Lastra, Annika�s teacher. “Ochocientos.” “I�m so proud of you,” Lastra responded.

The exchange between 14-year-old Annika and her teacher was typical of any high school foreign language class. But the setting was different.

Annika is one of 43 homeschooled students attending special classes this fall at Northwest Technical Institute in Springdale.

The institute offers adult training in 15 certificate and diploma programs in such areas as computer information systems, practical nursing and truck driving.

This is the first time youths are being taught on the technical institute�s campus. The classes are fully supported by the institute�s administration, said President Charles Kelley. “Meeting the educational needs of our area is what we�re about,” Kelley said. “We�re not restrictive.” Read more…

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