Gwinnett County Public Library Helps Adults Achieve High School Diploma

| Originally published in the Gwinnett Daily Post by Cailin O’Brien |

This past week, eight adults donned caps and robes for the first time and arrived at the Lilburn branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library to receive their high school diplomas.

“They were certainly thrilled to have their families there cheering them on,” said Gwinnett Library Executive Director Charles Pace. “There were good vibes in the room.”

The adults represented the first graduating class of the library’s Career Online High School, the world’s first accredited, private online school district specifically designed to engage adults into the education system, according to a Gwinnett library press release.

Pace said it’s one of only a few programs he knows of that gives adults who have aged out of the school system a chance to earn their high school diploma.

“We take care of the costs,” he said. “It’s largely donor driven, so most of it is paid for by donations to the library system.”

The students’ responsibility is to finish their coursework within the 18-months allotted to them.

Gwinnett library Training Manager and Librarian Casey Wallace said there’s a diverse group of adults participating in and graduating from the library’s high school degree program. Many have hectic home schedules to work around.

“There’s a contingency of students who happen to be young mothers or who have young families,” Wallace said. “Another contingency are people whose kids are moving on to high school or college, and they’re looking at their situation and saying, ‘Now what?’”

Career Online High School allows students to work around their schedules, completing school work during the day or at night.

Gwinnett library Training Manager and Librarian Casey Wallace said there’s a diverse group of adults participating in and graduating from the library’s high school degree program. Many have hectic home schedules to work around.

“There’s a contingency of students who happen to be young mothers or who have young families,” Wallace said. “Another contingency are people whose kids are moving on to high school or college, and they’re looking at their situation and saying, ‘Now what?’”

“I know at least one of them is already enrolled in classes at Gwinnett Tech,” Pace said. “Eventually, he wants to get his bachelor’s degree. Another wanted the credentials for work-related reasons.”

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For more information on Career Online High School, please visit gale.com/diploma. 

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