Sunday, July 1, 2018

Orange Co Library :: READ OC :: OC Public Libraries hosts its first Career Online High School graduation ceremony

OC Public Libraries hosts its first
Career Online High School graduation ceremony

On Thursday, June 13th, 2018 four Orange County residents earned their high school diploma through the Career Online High School (COHS) program. The COHS offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma, while gaining career skills in various employment fields. Gilbert Avila, of Orange, shared that he is a testament that it is never too late. After losing his father at the age of 15, Avila dropped out of high school to help his family financially. Now at 36, he has a high school diploma and will be enrolling at the community college in the fall. He thanked the program, its supporters and donors for giving him this opportunity.

For many adults, the decision to re-enter or enter an educational program can be challenging. Adults with work and family responsibilities must learn to balance various commitments to ensure that they are successfully advancing in their coursework. The COHS program addresses these challenges by offering students the opportunity to earn a diploma using an online platform where students study at their own pace, in their own environment, and on their own schedule. Students are able to graduate in as few as 4 to 6 months.

This project was made possible in part by OC Public Libraries, Gale (a part of Cengage Learning), the San Clemente Friends of the Library, and the California State Library.

OC Public Libraries will offer qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district. Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce.

OC Public Libraries will award up to 10 scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers.

To be considered for the program, applicants must:

Be an adult aged 19 or over
Be a resident of Orange County
Have a library account in good standing.

For other SCLLN libraries offering the Career Online HS program,
check the member list on the SCLLN Blog

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