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Santa Clara City Library Makes It Easier to Go Back to School in the New Year

Library program helps adults kick-start 2019 by earning an accredited high school diploma and career training through Career Online High School

Post Date:01/09/2019 2:00 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

CONTACTS:
Hilary Keith, City Librarian, City of Santa Clara, 408-615-2932 or hkeith@santaclaraca.gov

Lenka Wright, Director of Communications, City of Santa Clara, 408-615-5515 or lwright@santaclaraca.gov

Kayla Siefker, Senior Media & Public Relations Manager, Gale, a Cengage Company, 248-699-8456 or kayla.siefker@cengage.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – With the new year comes New Year’s resolutions. If your resolution is to advance your education and career opportunities, the Santa Clara City Library can help you achieve this goal. The library now offers a new program called Career Online High School designed for adults who lack a high school diploma and could benefit from additional job training.

This nationally accredited program allows adult students to earn an accredited high school diploma (not a GED) while gaining career skills in one of eight employment fields. The library is currently offering a limited number of scholarships to enroll in Career Online High School for those who live or work in the City of Santa Clara.

“The start of the new year is a perfect time to set a new life course and prepare for a bright future. Earning a high school diploma is key stepping stone to achieving long-term goals,” said Hilary Keith, City Librarian. “By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering our library patrons to seek new opportunities and transform their lives.”

“We’re delighted to partner with Santa Clara City Library to offer Career Online High School and give residents access to education and the potential to change their lives,” said Paul Gazzolo, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Gale. Career Online High School is brought to public libraries by Gale, a Cengage company.

The library awards scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners, 19 years of age or older, looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an academic coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. 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. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.

An information session for this program will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Central Park Library (Margie Edinger Room), 2635 Homestead Rd.

More information about Career Online High School is available online, www.santaclaraca.gov/cohs.

For questions about the program, please call 408-615-2956 or email cohs@santaclaraca.gov.

About the City of Santa Clara

Located at the heart of Silicon Valley about 45 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Santa Clara truly is “The Center of What’s Possible.” Incorporated in 1852, Santa Clara covers an area of 19.3 square miles with a population of 120,000. Santa Clara is home to an extraordinary array of high-tech companies, including Applied Materials, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nvidia, Oracle, and Ericsson. The City of Santa Clara is also home to Santa Clara University, California’s Great America Theme Park, and Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl 50. For more information, go to www.SantaClaraCA.gov.

 

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