Public Libraries Help Solve California’s Dropout Problem

Today, nearly 40 million adults lack their high school diploma. Your library can play a key role in re-engaging adults into the education system, with Career Online High School, part of the world’s first accredited private online school district. Along with academic coaches, certified teachers, and technical support staff, your library can help these students realize … Read more…

Long Beach Public Library Receives Nation’s Highest Honor for Community Service

| Originally posted on Long Beach Post, April 12th, 2017 | Long Beach Public Library is among 30 selected for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community, the Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) announced. “The Long Beach Public … Read more…

San Francisco Public Library Offers Diploma as a Path to Higher Education

| Originally posted on The Western Edition, April 6, 2017 | For those who did not get the opportunity to complete high school, there is still a chance to receive an accredited high school diploma through the Career Online High School program at the San Francisco Public Library — SFPL. The program was first developed in … Read more…

Career Online High School Launches Optimized Learning Platform

| Public Library students can access their Career Online High School courses via an Android tablet or iPad |

Gale’s product partner, Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), announced a newly optimized learning platform for their Career Online High School program. Students can access their courseware and learning management system via tablets. The launch will enable students to further manage their online education anytime, anywhere.

The optimized system will be launching mid-April for new students. As part of the upgrade, all video and audio have been optimized to stream on both desktop and handheld devices. In addition, all course features are now accessible without the need of any third-party plugins.

The tablet-ready courseware will be available for all core academic courses, as well as Food and Hospitality, General Career Preparation, Office Management, and Retail Customer Services career courses. The remaining career courses—Childcare and Education, Certified Protection Officer, Commercial Driving, and Homeland Security will be tablet accessible by July.

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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…

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…

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…

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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