The Hendry County Library Graduates First Class

Originally posted in The Clewiston News Thursday, Feb. 3, was a history making day for Hendry County, and the Mayor of Clewiston, Mayor Mali Gardner, was a witness. On this day, the county celebrated its first ever graduates from the Library’s Career Online High School. This is a high school program provided through select libraries … Read more…

Earn an Accredited High School Diploma at Brookfield Public Library

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 … Read more…

Meet the First Local Residents to Earn High School Diplomas Through San Francisco Public Library

Kevin Surles, Vinh Tran and Hassan Basbassi are the first San Francisco residents to earn high school diplomas through the Career Online High School program at the San Francisco Public Library.  The library partnered with Gale, a leading provider of library resources and a Cengage company, in 2015 to offer the innovative program in an … Read more…

San Diego County Library Offers Accredited High School Diplomas Online

Originally published on County News Center, February 6, 2017

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

High school graduation is a rite of passage for many but sometimes circumstances prevent students from getting a diploma.

“A lot of them say life happens, they had to drop out for whatever reason, start working and the next thing you know, it’s 10 to 20 years later,” said El Cajon Library branch Adult Services Manager Josh Mitchell.

But now the San Diego County Library is offering adults 19 years and older a way to graduate with a program called Career Online High School. The program is a partnership between the County and state libraries, and a company called Gale that provides educational and research resources to libraries.

The County’s El Cajon branch started offering courses in early 2016. Students accepted into the program receive a full scholarship. A limited number of openings are still available.

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Broward Libraries Graduate First Online High School Class

Originally published by the Sun Sentinel http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-high-school-diplomas-20161215-story.html December 15, 2016 By Caitlin R McGlade Judith John dropped out of high school 20 years ago, but Thursday she stood before her classmates and family, clad in blue cap and gown, to celebrate meeting a milestone. She and 20 others this year became the first class to graduate … Read more…

What Does It Mean to Have a High School Diploma?

Today, the high school dropout rate has reached epidemic levels. There are nearly 40 million Americans without a high school diploma—and those adults looking to return to high school have limited options. With Career Online High School, adult learners get the unique opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma—not just a GED. They gain … Read more…

New library program can earn students a high school diploma

Posted April 20, 2016

By Livi Stanford

Originally published in the Daily Commercial

TAVARES, FL — Crystal Siblag lost her father at age 10.The event crippled her. She found it hard to focus on her studies. “My mom remarried when I was 16 and I took that hard,” Siblag said.

As a result, she did not graduate high school — a decision that affected her in numerous ways. But it was not until 15 years later that the decision came back to haunt her.

When Crystal’s husband was having a conversation with her son, Hunter, he informed him in passing that his mother did not graduate high school.

Hunter, in disbelief, had to directly confront his mother on the issue.

When Crystal faced her son to confirm her husband’s statement, she knew it was not a reality she wanted to live with for the rest of her life.

“I wanted to improve,” she said.

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Recommended For 5-Year AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC Re-Accreditation

Published April 4, 2106

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, March 18 – Dr. Howard Liebman, Superintendent of Schools, announced today that Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), the world’s first private online school district, has been recommended for AdvancED 5-year re-accreditation. Cited for creating a “culture of hope” for so many individuals who have been disengaged from our educational system, the AdvancED administrative lead Dr. Darrell Barringer said he will “forever forward remain an evangelist for this program.”

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First Graduating Class Receives Diplomas and Career Certificates through Innovative Program at Los Angeles Public Library

Posted January 26, 2016

LAPL is nation’s first public library to offer Career Online High School; Mayor Garcetti helps confer degrees

Los Angeles, Jan. 26, 2016 —The first graduating class of 28 students received their high school diplomas through Career Online High School (COHS), an innovative program offered through the

Los Angeles Public Library.  The ceremony was held today at the Central Library and was officiated by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Librarian John F. Szabo, Board of Library Commissioners President Bich Ngoc Cao, and State Librarian of California Greg Lucas.  Los Angeles Public Library is the first public library in the nation to offer adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online through COHS.

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Career Online High School recognized as part of White House College Opportunity Summit

College Opportunity Summit

Last Thursday, President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden convened the nation’s education, business and nonprofit leaders to collaborate and share best practices for increasing college opportunities for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students – some of the very same students served frequently by our public libraries. Among these leaders was Michael Hansen, CEO of Gale’s parent company, Cengage Learning, and Dr. Howard Liebman, founder and superintendent of Career Online High School, who participated in this important discussion about how to engage disconnected youth and increase educational opportunities.

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