Monday, April 4, 2016

Orange County Library offers online program for adults who need high school diplomas

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM

If you didn't finish high school and don't want a GED, the Orange County Library System is offering a new program that you may be interested in. 

The Career Online High School program allows library card-carrying adults who are 19 years old and up to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online, says Donna Bachowski, reference central manager for OCLS. The library is providing 74 scholarships to cover the cost of the program, and Bachowski says OCLS has already given out about half of them. The remaining scholarships will be distributed soon, so Bachowski suggests people apply before the first week of May. 

Students get 18 months to complete the program, but it can be completed in less time. The program also allows students to transfer credits they may have completed in high school, Bachowski says. 

The biggest aspect of this program is the help from OCLS, Bachowski adds. Each student is assigned an academic coach who is "part mom, part tutor" and is there to encourage students and make sure they stay on track. 

"A lot of folks we're talking to have families, jobs," she says. "This is something you can do at 2 o'clock in the morning if you need to or in your downtime. It fits right into your adult schedule, which really makes it kind of special." 

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