Couple Gets a Second Chance at Pueblo Public Library

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| By Gale Staff |

Career Online High School is an 18-credit vocation-based high school completion program that allows libraries to offer accredited high school diplomas and entry-level career certificates to adult learners. This innovative program is available at more than 100 public libraries from coast to coast.

This summer, Pueblo City-County Library District will graduate their first class of Career Online High School students. Among them is Stephanie and Alma Tellez, high school dropouts with scattershot employment, living in a heater-less vehicle and relying on candles and a low-energy blow dryer to keep from freezing to death.

Today, the married couple has a stable home, a reliable income and, perhaps most importantly, a foothold on the future.

“A lot of people told us we weren’t ever going to do anything with our lives, or become something, and it made me sad to see the situation we all were in, and not being able to do anything about it. And even when I thought there was no more hope, there was, thanks to this program. We’re in our 20s. So it’s never too late to go back to school.”

— Stephanie and Alma Tellez

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Banner Image: CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/JON POMPIA Jackie Swanson, adult literacy director for the Pueblo City-County Library District, visits with Stephanie Tellez (seated) and Alma Tellez, part of the library’s Career Online High School’s first graduating class.Miesten kengät laajasta valikoimasta

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