| By Sydney Fairman |
During their December meeting, the Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded $20,000 in grants to Gwinnett County Public Library to provide financial assistance for Career Online High School.
Career Online High School, a nationally accredited program, allows adults the opportunity to earn a high school diploma while gaining career skills. The program ensures student success through a flexible online platform, academic coaches, career guidance, and much more. Gwinnett County Public Library, a 15-branch library system serving more than 961,000 residents, is the only program in Gwinnett County that provides an accredited high school diploma program for adults.
According to a press release, the Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the more than 190,441 participating cooperative members who have their monthly electric bills rounded to the next dollar amount through the “Operation Round Up” program. The program has funded 1,361 grants to organizations and 374 grants to individuals, putting more than $13.9 million back into local communities since the program began in 2005.