NEW YORK (CNN) -- Connecticut public high schools will begin offering online courses to students next month, according to Gov. M. Jodi Rell.
The pilot program, called CT Virtual Learning Center, will offer courses such as algebra, geometry, and English to students at risk of falling behind or failing, Rell said in a written statement. By enrolling in the courses, students will be able to avoid summer school and recover credits.
Electives that may not be available at many schools -- like Mandarin, biotechnology and international business -- will also be available online.
"We want to use online courses to increase access to high quality content so that every student in Connecticut will have access to the courses they need when they need them," Rell said.
All courses will be taught by state-certified teachers.
Students who choose to participate will remain enrolled in their current schools, but will have the option to take online courses that meet their academic needs.
Funded by the state's General Assembly, the courses will be available at no cost to individual school districts. E-mail to a friend
CNN's Jennifer Rizzo contributed to this report.
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