Doug Bowen, director of the Archuleta County High School for the past eight years, will lead the expansion of GOAL Academy into southwest Colorado.
GOAL Academy is a fully accredited online high school program with a current enrollment of over 1,300 students in grades 8-12 across the state of Colorado. The opening of the first drop-in center for students in this region will be in Pagosa Springs in July and will be located near City Market on U.S. 160.
GOAL’s primary focus is the at-risk youth who has exhibited challenges that create a need for a different approach to earning a high school diploma. The GOAL program also serves many home school students, as well as others who have a need for a rigorous curriculum and do not see a traditional brick and mortar school as a viable option based on a variety of personal needs.
In addition to Bowen’s employment at the Education Center as the director of the Archuleta County High School, he worked for 16 years at the Pagosa Springs High School as a business teacher, guidance counselor, basketball coach, and FBLA advisor. He served on several state boards for business education, including the FBLA State Board of Directors. Recognized for his excellence as a teacher and leader, he received educational awards including the Educational Talent Search Access to Excellence Award, Outstanding Counselor Award, and several local citations by community organizations.
This past year, Bowen was featured in an article in the Sigma Chi Fraternity National Magazine outlining his continued service to youth, and was awarded the esteemed Mark V. Anderson Character-in-Action Leadership Award sponsored by the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Dave Stalls, President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and a fraternity brother at the University of Northern Colorado, supported Bowen’s nomination for the national award. According to Stalls, “Doug has always been very genuine and a good listener. When you listen with the depth of quality as Doug, you can really relate to students.”
Bowen will act as area director and lead teacher for GOAL Academy. “GOAL has a different model than any other on-line program in the state. It touts the slogan, ‘High Tech High Touch,’ alluding to the low student/teacher ratios and the focus on personal student support,” he said. “GOAL Academy has a number of existing drop-in centers that are located primarily in malls in the metro areas of Colorado. New centers due to open this fall include the Pagosa Springs Center, Canon City, and La Junta, which reflects GOAL’s commitment to serving rural students. I’m really excited to be a part of it all.”
An informational meeting will be held Thursday, June 2,, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center. All are welcome to attend and learn about the GOAL program.