November December 2016 Newsletter

26 Oct

Student news, workshops, upcoming events, and new services, including Career Online High School

CAREER ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL Contra Costa County Library, in partnership with the California State Library and Gale (part of Cengage Learning), will be offering adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate through Career Online High School. All coursework will be completed online. The library’s pilot program will provide a limited number of scholarships on a first come, first qualified basis to adult learners. Applicant Requirements:  Be 19 years or older  Live in Contra Costa County  Have a Contra Costa County Library card in good standing  Be comfortable reading, writing, and speaking English  Have basic computer and internet skills  Have access to a desktop computer or laptop  Have a working email address  Have completed at least the 8th grade  Be willing to spend 8-10 hours a week on coursework Program Quick Facts:  Adults earn both their high school diploma and a certificate in one of eight career areas.  Courses are taught online and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The program is self-paced, but students should plan to devote at least 8-10 hours each week to coursework.  The program consists of 18 credits total; each credit is designed to be completed over the course of one month.  It may be possible to transfer credits from previously completed accredited high school courses, shortening the completion time. Adults have up to 18 months to complete the program.  Each student is assigned an academic coach and is given additional instructional help when needed; the coaches are available via phone or email. For additional information and to get started in the application process, go to


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