Why take online art classes in Connecticut?
Given its relatively small population and geographical size, Connecticut has an astoundingly large creative industry that employs nearly 50,000 people across the state. The state boasts more than 13,000 arts-related businesses, which make up for nearly five percent of the state’s total businesses, and 42,203 people are employed by these businesses according to the state’s 2012 Creative Industries Report issued from Americans for the Arts.
That leaves art school graduates with an interest in staying in Connecticut for the start of their professional careers with a lot of choices in a variety of arts-related disciplines. In addition, these businesses likely have experience working with or hiring graduates from the state’s many institutions, so graduates may have a leg up when it comes time to find their first job out of college.
Online Education in Connecticut Overview
If Connecticut wishes to be one of the states at the forefront of the movement towards online education, they will need to make a much larger investment in the alternative form of learning. That’s not to say any state needs to embrace online education unconditionally, but Connecticut still doesn’t offer a full-time virtual school to any of its students and only offers online individual courses to high school students as of right now.
There is legislation to expand those offerings to middle school students as well but that act is still in the early stages of the process. CT Virtual Learning is considered a virtual high school, but it only offers part-time opportunities and individual classes.
The lack of commitment is reflected in the scores Connecticut earned from the national campaign for online learning, Digital Learning Now. Funding and infrastructure still haven’t materialized and the state also scored very low in terms of personalized learning, quality content, and quality of choices.
Keep in mind these are mainly statewide evaluations and online courses and programs offered an institutions of higher learning are separate from the state’s offering in many ways. But clearly Connecticut has a lot of work to do in terms of its online education effectiveness and options.