The Sacramento Public Library is offering a limited number of scholarships to eligible adults seeking high school diplomas starting this summer.
Rivkah Sass, library director, said the Sacramento library system is one of the first in California to offer the program. The Los Angeles Public Library began the program earlier this year.
Students who enroll will be able to study for their high school diplomas in library branches or online at home.
“There are people who want a diploma – they don’t just want the GED,” Sass said. “It has meaning for them.”
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The scholarships, valued at about $1,200, are funded through a grant and money from the Clinton Global Initiative, Sass said. The library will provide between 50 and 75 scholarships to qualified adults who intend to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers.
The Career Online High School is available through Cengage Learning and its digital provider, Gale.
Career Online High School will pair each student with an academic coach who will assist in developing an individual career plan, offer ongoing guidance and evaluate performance.
Students will have around-the-clock access to the online learning. Course work will start in one of eight high-demand career fields before progressing to core academic subjects.
Many students are expected to graduate in as few as four to six months by transferring previously earned high school credits.
The program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.
Cengage estimated that about 50,000 adults 25 and older in Sacramento lack a high school degree or equivalent.