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  • Linn County (Albany) 541-928-6335
  • Benton County (Corvallis) 541-752-1010
  • Lincoln County (Newport) 541-265-8505

Alternative Education

Community Services Consortium assists high school students to earn their high school diploma or GED through its alternative learning programs in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.  In CSC’s Learning Opportunities Centers, small classes and attentive instructors provide an environment conducive to learning through independent study. We monitor progress toward graduation with the student, with parents and with school staff. Youth are assessed, using The Adult Basic Education assessment (TABE), which measures their skill levels in reading and math.  We use those scores to help the student develop an educational plan for skill building and timely high school graduation or GED completion.

Linn County

The CSC Learning Opportunities Center, an accredited alternative high school in Lebanon, provides one-on-one academic assistance to students who may not be successful in the traditional high school setting. Students are referred to the Center through a partnership with Scio and Sweethome high schools. Students attend the Center for anywhere from one month to one school year, depending on the needs of the student, and may transfer back to their home high school when they have successfully completed their educational plan. 

As part of CSC’s YouthBuild program, participants spend part of their time in the classroom, preparing for their GEDs or working toward their high school diplomas, or improving basic skills in reading and math. The remainder of their time with Youth Build is spent on construction sites developing vocational skills.

Benton County

Students who participate in CSC youth programs work on credit make-up, high school classes, and GED prep courses in the accredited alternative Learning Opportunities Center at the Youth House in Corvallis. Participants have the opportunity to work one-to-one with a licensed teacher on an educational plan that has been developed with students, with input from parents and their high schools. Depending on students’ needs, they may attend part-time at their high school and part-time at the Center or attend the Center only. 

Lincoln County

Students in Lincoln County attend Career Tech Charter High School or work on getting their high school diplomas or GEDs through enrollment in our youth programs. Career Tech, a regionally-accredited charter high school, serves students by means of a carefully-crafted program that includes the best of traditional and technology-based education. Students take the majority of their classes working with a teacher on site. To balance schedules, at least one third of students’ class credits are earned online.  Students attend a three-hour morning or afternoon session at the school and are expected to spend sufficient time outside of the building working to complete their studies. Career Tech enrolls about 60 students each year in a student-centered, active learning environment. 

Students who attend other high schools in Lincoln County and who participate in CSC youth programs work on credit make-up, high school classes, and GED preparation as part of their participation in the Youth Program.  CSC staff work with youth to develop an action plan that includes goals for increasing basic skills and progress toward graduation or GED prep depending on students’ individual needs.   

For more information about CSC’s alternative learning opportunities, contact:

Sean Larsen

Youth Program Manager
Community Services Consortium
Phone: 541-758-2649; FAX: 541-752-2348
slarsen@communityservices.us