Feb 29, 2016
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Richmond Public Library is offering qualified local residents a chance to earn their accredited high school diplomas online while receiving guidance toward their career path as part of a new service.

The public library announced Monday it will award scholarships for eligible residents wanting to earn their high school diploma and advance their career with Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning.

Once enrolled at Career Online High School, students are paired with an academic coach who will help them develop a career plan, connect them to the necessary course material and guide their progress.

Students will learn coursework with help from board-certified instructors, staff at the the library’s Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) and community volunteers.

“Students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform and can complete coursework at home or at the LEAP computer lab,” library officials said, adding, “Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects.”

The library’s statement added, “Many students are able to graduate in as few as 4 to 6 months by transferring in previously earned high school credits.”

Katy Curl, director of Library and Cultural Services Department, called earning a high school diploma a “life-changing achievement.”

One of four adults in Richmond currently lack a high school degree or equivalent, city officials said.

“By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering our residents to seek new opportunities and transform their lives,” Curl said.

Residents can learn more about Career Online High School at the Richmond Public Library or by visiting the library’s Web site www.Richmondlibrary.org. Interested agencies that would like to partner with the Richmond Public Library and obtain scholarships for eligible adults can contact the Literacy Division.

For more information or questions, contact Sherry Drobner, Literacy Program Manager at the Richmond Public Library, at 510-307-8082.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.