Originally posted on NorthEscambia.com, November 10, 2016
Escambia County residents have a new opportunity to earn their high school diploma through Career Online High School at West Florida Public Libraries. Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale, A Cengage Company and the state of Florida, offers an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate.
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to qualified learners. Escambia County residents who are at least 19 years old and have a West Florida Public Libraries card in good standing are eligible for the program. Interested residents can get started by completing an online self-assessment here. Successful applicants will be contacted by the library to discuss application into the program and award of a scholarship. While there is no application deadline, a scholarship is necessary to participate in Career Online High School.
Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an academic coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance and connects the learner with necessary resources. Coursework begins in one of eight career fields from child care and education to certified transportation, before progressing to the core academic subjects. Many students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits.
This program is funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida’s LSTA program is administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.
Career Online High School gives students the opportunity to earn an 18-credit AdvancED/SACS accredited high school diploma, a credentialed career certificate and a career portfolio including a resume and cover letter. Students receive extensive career development support and graduate with the tools they need to take the next step in their careers or post-secondary education.
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