| By Gale Staff |
Career Online High School is an 18-credit vocation-based high school completion program that allows libraries to offer accredited high school diplomas and entry-level career certificates to adult learners. This innovative program is available at more than 100 public libraries from coast to coast.
Recently, the San Clemente Library celebrated their first class of graduating students: Gilbert Avila, who was the valedictorian, Michael Leach, William Lhommedieu, and Joel Santiago.
Avila who said he was most satisfied with being able to balance his continuing work life and still go to school, gave an emotional speech at the ceremony:
My entire life I can remember my mother say, ‘It’s never too late.’ It took me 36 years to get here…but the important thing is I made it. I watched my father work hard his entire life to provide for us the life we knew we deserved. But sadly, I lost him when I was 15. I’ve taken some wrong turns in my life, but I know he’d be proud of me. He would be proud that I never gave up.
Read more about the San Clemente Library’s graduation ceremony—be sure to check out all the fun with pictures!