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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How We’re Rockin’ COHS in California

By Janet Coles It’s not earthquakes rockin’ California these days. 43 public libraries are partnering with the California State Library on a new state-funded Career Online High School (COHS) pilot program. The program, which officially began in November 2015, will extend until at least the end of next fiscal year (June 30, 2017), and through it … 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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Jacksonville Public Library Celebrates First Career Online High School Graduate

Published March 11, 2016   Micah Moulton, 22, is the first student to earn his AdvancED/SACS accredited high school diploma and entry-level workforce certificate at the Jacksonville Public Library, one of 11 Florida libraries offering Career Online High School (COHS) as part of a pilot program between the State of Florida and Gale, a part of … Read more

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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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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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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A Profile in Learning: Education Changes Lives… Here’s Proof

Amanda Catalfamo is 3Amanda4 years old and lives in Sacramento. She is a Sacramento Kings fan, and fluent in German and Spanish. She plays guitar and knows sign language.

Raised in Canandaigua, New York, she is the youngest of three. Both of her siblings are college graduates. However, Amanda dropped out of high school due to a stubborn streak. As a freshman, she struggled academically and continued to fall further behind each year and was told she needed to attend summer school to make up her failed classes. Feeling that she had no place to turn for help, she left school during her junior year. “I already had a job and I felt like making money was more important than going to school,” said Amanda.

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