How Public Libraries Are Graduating Adults

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As one of our nation’s most trusted educational institutions, public libraries already support adult literacy, GED preparation, and workforce development. But what if your library could actually produce high school graduates? It can. With Career Online High School from Gale.

It’s already happening at more than 100 public library systems across the country – adults are being engaged back into the educational system and earning their high school diplomas plus a career certificate in one of eight, high-growth, high-demand fields.  Adults are graduating.  And…lives are being changed.

Career Online High School is a vocation-based high school completion program that allows libraries to offer accredited high school diplomas and career certificates to adult learners. The 18-credit program helps adults prepare for entry into the workforce or post-secondary education—79% of Career Online High School graduates report they plan to go onto college.

Our panelists will share why they chose the program, what it has meant in terms of alignment with mission, demonstrating outcomes, community partnerships, etc. They will also give insight into the day-to-day program operations, share best practices and you’ll even hear a story or two of how this program has impacted the lives of their students and graduates.

Join us for the webcast, How Libraries are Graduating Adults: Caps, Gowns & Bright Futures. Hear from four libraries that currently offer Career Online High School, most having graduated students from the program.

  • Kristen Sorth, Director, St. Louis County Library
  • Jennifer Giltrop, Interim Director, Jacksonville Public Library
  • Carla Adkins, Learning Coordinator, Librarian IV, County of Los Angeles Public Library
  • Tony Ludovici, Library Program Instructor, Pima County Public Library

Support the more than 30 million American adults who lack a high school diploma. With Career Online High School, your library can help address an educational crisis and create a path to a brighter future.

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