On Thursday, June 13th, 2018 four Orange County residents earned their high school diploma through the Career Online High School (COHS) program. The COHS offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma, while gaining career skills in various employment fields. Gilbert Avila, of Orange, shared that he is a testament that it is never too late. After losing his father at the age of 15, Avila dropped out of high school to help his family financially. Now at 36, he has a high school diploma and will be enrolling at the community college in the fall. He thanked the program, its supporters and donors for giving him this opportunity.
For many adults, the decision to re-enter or enter an educational program can be challenging. Adults with work and family responsibilities must learn to balance various commitments to ensure that they are successfully advancing in their coursework. The COHS program addresses these challenges by offering students the opportunity to earn a diploma using an online platform where students study at their own pace, in their own environment, and on their own schedule. Students are able to graduate in as few as 4 to 6 months.
This project was made possible in part by OC Public Libraries, Gale (a part of Cengage Learning), the San Clemente Friends of the Library, and the California State Library.
This article was released by the OC Public Libraries.