McHenry Public Library Offers Accredited Diplomas

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| Originally on the Northwest Herald |

McHenry resident Adam Lowrey wanted to further his career, but a lack of a high school diploma made pursuing his goals impossible.

Lowery – who works in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning field – completed three years of high school and recently earned his diploma through a new program at the McHenry Public Library District.

He wants to achieve a higher education and now will have that opportunity.

“I believe having this diploma and completing a program in HVAC will help me better provide for my family.”

—Adam Lowery, Career Online High School graduate

The district partnered with Gale, in 2016 to offer scholarships to select applicants for the Career Online High School program. The curriculum is online and allows residents 21 and older to earn a high school diploma or get a career certificate in a variety of fields, such as office management or child care.

“We’re excited that Adam took advantage of this opportunity to finish his diploma and advance his career, lifelong learning and career preparation is a big part of our mission, so we’re happy to offer this program to eligible, deserving district residents.”

—Jim Scholtz, executive director of McHenry Public Library

To learn more about Career Online High School, visit

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