Program that gives older adults a second chance has first five students enrolled


Montgomery County is the first library system in Maryland to launch the Career Online High School and county officials have introduced the first few students to be accepted and enrolled in the program.

60,000 adults over the age of 25 are lacking a high school diploma or equivalent in Montgomery County and for one man, he didn’t want to be another statistic.

Cristian Tele just moved to the United States from Romania with his wife. He’s ready to build a family but he says not without an education, first.

“I want to accountant but I need high school first,” said student Cristian Tele.

Cristian received his acceptance to the program a few months back and joining him at this time will be four other students. The Career Online High School Program is the world’s first accredited, private online school district according to Montgomery County officials.

What makes this different than any other educational program is that it’s specifically designed to re-engage adults into the educational system while preparing them for the workforce.

“In addition to getting a high school diploma, students will also get a career certificate in one of eight career areas. They get to choose from homeland security, transportation, retail and hospitality,” said Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Coordinator of Workforce and Business Development Adrienne Vanlare.

Vanlare says if students are not interested in any of the workforce options, they can choose their own since overall this program is about changing communities and giving student’s confidence towards being self-sufficient.

“If I can study online it’s perfect because I have to work too,” said Cristian Tele.

Cristian plans to use most of his free time to finish the curriculum in the next two months and he plans to head to college right after.

Officials say it’s not too late to sign up. They need to fill at least 20 more seats.

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