Ribbon cutting held for education support company in Alcoa

Ribbon cutting held for education support company in Alcoa

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A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday for a new family support center in Blount County, the result of an agreement between education technology company K12 Inc and the Blount Partnership. A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday for a new family support center in Blount County, the result of an agreement between education technology company K12 Inc and the Blount Partnership.
The new family support center inside the Tyson Center building in Alcoa has employed about 150 people so far. By October, that number is expected to jump to 300. The new family support center inside the Tyson Center building in Alcoa has employed about 150 people so far. By October, that number is expected to jump to 300.
Families starting K12 soon are already getting their materials, which according to Tori Smith is a lot. Families starting K12 soon are already getting their materials, which according to Tori Smith is a lot.
"I don't even know. Boxes and boxes and boxes," she said. "I don't even know. Boxes and boxes and boxes," she said.

By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday for a new family support center in Blount County, the result of an agreement between education technology company K12 Inc and the Blount Partnership.

The new family support center inside the Tyson Center building in Alcoa has employed about 150 people so far. By October, that number is expected to jump to 300.

The facility is designed to give parents new to the online school comfort.

"I think that it's exciting that it's in Blount County that we have local people that we know that are actually working here. When you call, you could get a local person answering your questions," said Susan Smith.

Smith's daughter will be starting the second grade through K12. She says she's excited to try the program.

"That you're not just writing it down. You have typing and everything like that," said Tori Smith.

The people inside this center will be helping families like the Smiths answer questions, enroll into programs and provide information.

"What's exciting about here is that people in our family support center are the people who are educating those families, families all around the country who are deciding where to put their child for the best education," said Tim Murray, K12 Inc. president and COO.

The center means many new jobs for the area, which local leaders consider a win for Blount County.

"This corporate service center is catapulting us even further, so it's a great thing," said Bryan Daniels, CEO and president of Blount Partnership.

Families starting K12 soon are already getting their materials, which according to Tori is a lot.

"I don't even know. Boxes and boxes and boxes."

More online: Apply for a position

All open positions will be posted on K12's careers website under the location Alcoa.

K12's Tennessee Virtual Academy, which began offering classes in August 2011 is administered by Union County officials. The academy came under fire last year for alleged grade fixing.

Previous story: Tennessee Virtual Academy comes under fire for grade fixing

TNVA responded on its website, saying it has done nothing wrong and said that changing grading policies is common in most schools.

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