There’s a new opportunity at Montgomery County Public Libraries that’s not being offered anywhere else in the state; it’s called Career Online High School.
“The diploma program is an opportunity for residents without a high school diploma to get one,” said Parker Hamilton, Director of Montgomery County Public Libraries.
MCPL started offering Career Online High School this June.
So far, two students are enrolled.
The director of MCPL says it’s an opportunity for 60,000 people that are over the age of 19 and don’t have their high school diploma in the county.
“Every job, just about, requires a high school diploma, so they need this to improve their career options,” said Adrienne Van Lare, Program Coordinator for MCPL.
County Executive Ike Leggett triggered the implementation of the program, telling Parker, “I want libraries to do more in the area of work force development,” said Parker. “And then I was like, oh I know just the program.”
And it’s a first for the state of Maryland’s libraries.
“I think education is a wonderful thing, and I think it should be free,” said Pamela Gordimer, county resident.
The program is free, and it’s flexible, since the students can work from any computer.
“Students graduate with not only a high school diploma, but they also get a career certificate in one of eight career areas,” said Van Lare.
The online program is a nationally accredited program and partners each student with a mentor.
“We want them to do it this time, we want them to finish,” said Van Lare.
Students can transfer credits from previous schooling.
The program requires a minimum of eight hours per week.