| By Sydney Fairman |
Pima County Public Library is empowering residents with Career Online High School, a program that offers adults a second chance at earning an accredited high school diploma. The program features an easy-to-access online learning environment, academic coaches & support instructors, and the opportunity to earn entry-level career certificates such as in hospitality, food service or homeland security.
The cost of the program is completely free to students, thanks to funding by various groups across Southern Arizona. Currently in Pima County, there are 40 students in the program working online on their classes, with the second class of graduates recently walking across the stage.
“One of our first graduates, her name is Yvette. And her two young children came with her and they cheered their mom when she walked in a cap and gown and received a diploma and flower, and it was just incredibly emotional and heartfelt.”
– Holly Schaffer, Community Relations Manager for Pima County Public Library