Long Beach Public Library Gives Veteran a Second Chance

Long Beach Public Library Gives Veteran a Second Chance

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| By Gale Staff |

Career Online High School gives adults the opportunity to earn an 18-credit AdvancED/SACS accredited high school diploma, a credentialed career certificate, and a career portfolio including a resume and cover letter. Students receive extensive career development support and graduate with the tools they need to take the next step in their careers or post-secondary education, right at your library.

Recently, 53-year-old retired Marine Corps veteran, Hubert Reynolds, enrolled in Career Online High School through the Long Beach Public Library to begin his journey to obtain an accredited high school diploma.

Born into a military family, Reynolds moved around a lot as a child, attending five different high schools throughout his teenage years. The instability made it impossible to complete high school. Then at the age of 17, he enlisted into the Marines. Just four days after graduating from basic training, he suffered a serious car accident leaving him with a broken neck and a life-long spinal cord injury. Since then Reynolds has been in a wheelchair.

Reynolds says that he tried other courses that would have allowed him to complete his diploma or obtain his GED, but they were not feasible due to his disability. When he first heard of the program and learned how practical it was he decided it would be the best fit for his lifestyle and ambitions. He is set to graduate in 2019.

“There are a lot of places online, basically, giving away GEDs, which is fine, but from what I understand a diploma is considered to be of more value than an equivalency type of document.”

—Hubert Reynolds

Visit gale.com/diploma to learn more about offering Career Online High School at your library.

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