TAVARES — 11 students are set to don their robes and flip their cap tassels as they receive their high school diplomas through the Career Online High School (COHS), a program offered by the Lake County Library System. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Lake County Extension Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
The accredited program allows students aged 19 or older to earn high school diplomas while gaining real-world career skills.
“Career Online High School gave me an amazing opportunity to achieve a huge life goal of mine - to graduate with a real high school diploma,” said Class of 2017 ceremony speaker Iliane Felton of Lady Lake. “I would like to use this to go to college to make a better life for myself and my family.”
Lake County Commissioner Josh Blake and Amy Johnson, Director of the Division of Library and Information Services for the Florida Department of State, will be among the dignitaries presenting congratulatory remarks.
Since the inception of the program, Lake County has produced 30 graduates and awarded 108 scholarships valued at $139,860, funded through the state.
Providing a unique opportunity for some of the 13 percent of Lake County adults without high school diplomas, the library system partnered in 2015 with Gale, a leading provider of library resources, to offer the innovative program which allows students to earn a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)-accredited high school diploma. Once enrolled, COHS pairs each student with an academic coach who offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Each student earns a career certificate in one of eight fields in addition to the high school diploma.
To learn more, visit http://mylakelibrary.org/cohs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-253-6180.