Originally Posted on the Chicago Tribune, February 8, 2017
Brookfield Public Library is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and career certificate for free. Through a partnership with its regional library system RAILS, Brookfield Public Library is joining 11 other Chicago-area libraries in offering scholarships to Career Online High School, a fully accredited online school district for adults.
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. The initiative offers students an easy-to-access online learning environment with 24/7 access to course content and instructors. Students are paired with an academic coach who provides the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance, and connects the students with the resources needed to master the course.
“Earning a high school diploma is a life-changing achievement,” said Frank Murray, Head of Reference & Electronic Services. “Currently more than 900 Brookfield adults lack a high school degree or equivalent. By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering residents to seek new opportunities and transform their lives.”
To learn more about offering adults in your community the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate at your library, visit the Gale.com/diploma.