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TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — When the Tulsa City-County Library offered a free program to earn a high school diploma, 29-year-old Jasmine Edmundson was one of the first to seize the opportunity.
The library partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Gale/Cengage Learning to offer five Tulsa County residents up to 24 months of online, self paced programs through Excel High School.
Edmundson had been wanting to earn a high school diploma for a while, but as a mother of six, she needed flexible options.
“Being able to be at home and work on my assignments to complete my diploma was excellent because I don’t always have the time to go take classes,” said Edmundson.
Edmundson said she was able to complete the steps to sign up and was contacted within a week by the library to say she had been awarded the program scholarship.
“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse or teacher, and now I’m finally taking those steps,” said Edmundson. “I have enrolled in TCC in the nursing program, and I have now received a higher paying job because I have my diploma.”
Edmundson needed to complete six courses to earn her diploma, and did so in just a few months.
Learn how your library can change lives by helping adults earn their accredited diploma online through Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School.
Photo Caption/Credit: 29-year-old Jasmine Edmundson earned her high school diploma through a program with the Tulsa City-Council Library. (Courtesy: John Fancher, Tulsa City-Council Library)