The Los Angeles Public Library Hosts Second Career Online High School Graduation

| Los Angeles, March 22, 2017 | The 2017 graduating class of Los Angeles Public Library’s Career Online High School program received their diplomas today in a ceremony held at Central Library. The ceremony was officiated by City Librarian John F. Szabo and Board of Library Commissioners President Bich Ngoc Cao. The 26 graduates range … Read more…

Orange County Library holds first graduation ceremony for Career Online High School

Originally posted on the Orlando Sentinel, February 27, 2017 Matthew Guevara had little more than the clothes on his back when he found himself homeless in Washington, D.C. and dropping out of school before his senior year. A decade later, the 28-year-old was the proud recipient of high school diploma, part of the first graduating … Read more…

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…

Career Online High School Academic Coach Helps Students Overcome “Educational Trauma”

Armed with over a decade of teaching experience and multiple degrees, this teacher found her calling as an academic coach, working with public library patrons enrolled in Career Online High School (COHS). With a master’s and bachelor’s degree in English as well as a teaching certificate, Simone Maduro Ferguson has taught in almost every type … Read more…

San Diego Public Library Revitalizes Community with COHS

First published on City TV, the San Diego government access channel

In an emotional ceremony at the Central Library, several adults were honored for graduating from high school. For some, it was a celebration decades in the making.

Cindy Juarez dropped out in 10th grade and decided, at the age of 56, it was finally time to get her diploma and advance her current career in the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department. “It was always in the back of my mind, for years.” said Juarez. “I wish that I had done it sooner.” Juarez works as a pump station operator and recently applied for a promotion, to become a certified wastewater operator. She was told a high school diploma is required. “School was tough, I have a hard time in school,” said Juarez. “Now that I’m older, I enjoyed every minute of it. I appreciate that I could do it on my time and it was very convenient, I could do the program at home or come to the library.”

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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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Libraries Introduce Hot New Fashion Accessories: Cap and Gown

Posted February 8, 2016

By Kim Martin

“Pomp and Circumstance” has come to public libraries.

The library, always the province of learning and enlightenment, has kicked things up a notch.  In addition to providing information, access to knowledge, community resources, personal development programming, and (of course) story time for kids, a group of progressive libraries around the country are now actively providing a path for adults to achieve a high school diploma.  And it’s working.

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He’s 48, Just Graduated High School and Owes It All to the Library

Originally published by The Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/local/education/community/la-me-edu-library-high-school-20160127-htmlstory.html

January 28, 2016

By Sonali Kohli

Ron Hagardt didn’t finish high school when he was supposed to, in 1985. Drinking led to pot, which led to cocaine, which led to dropping out of Sonora High School in La Habra during his senior year.

Now he’s 48, four years sober — and a high school graduate. On Tuesday, Hagardt wore a blue cap and gown and moved the golden tassel across his mortarboard during a ceremony at the Los Angeles Public Library in downtown.

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Kansas City-Area Institutions to Give Local Residents Access to Accredited High School Diplomas

Posted January 22, 2016

By Kristina Massari

Three Kansas City-area institutions – Kansas City Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library and Literacy Kansas City – to offer accredited online high school diplomas and career certificates to area residents through Career Online High School. According to the Missouri Department of Education, Kansas City Public Schools’ drop-out rate for 2015 was 10% compared with the Missouri statewide average of just 2.2%.

“As we see communities like Kansas City working on improving education access, it is exciting to see Career Online High School inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and local organizations as a one solution that can make a difference,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. “The program will help these organizations support local economic and workforce development but, more importantly, it will provide residents with education that can lead to life-changing opportunities.”

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