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| Sponsored by Gale and American Libraries |
Public libraries have supported education and the pursuit of lifelong learning for years. But what if your library could help break down the barriers of earning a diploma and actually graduate adults? It can, with Career Online High School from Gale.
It’s already happening at more than 150 public library systems across the country. Adults are graduating—nearly 3,000 and counting—and lives are being changed
Career Online High School is an accredited high school completion program that provides graduates with a high school diploma (not a GED) and an entry-level career certificate in one of 10 high-demand employment fields.
Our panelists will share why they chose the program—how it aligns with their library’s mission, outcomes achieved, and how community partnerships can play a role. They will also give insight into day-to-day program operations and reveal how Career Online High School has affected the lives of their students and graduates.
Hear from four libraries that currently offer Career Online High School and have graduated students from the program:
- Migell Acosta, director, San Diego County (Calif.) Library
- Ricqui Brooks, adult literacy coordinator, St. Louis County (Mo.) Library
- Tony Tallent, chief program and innovation officer, Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina
- Casey Wallace, training manager and librarian, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Library
There are more than 30 million American adults without a high school diploma.1 Your library can offer a path to a brighter future with Career Online High School. In fact, 79 percent of graduates report they plan to go on to college.2
1S. Census Bureau, 2012–2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.
2Smart Horizons Career Online Education, graduate surveys, 2009–2019.