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Now Enrolling! Library District’s Career Online High School Program Helps Build Skills and Launch Career Growth for Adult Learners

April 30, 2023 by  
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Free admission now available for qualified applicants through funding provided by United Way of Southern Nevada.

To escape an unhealthy family situation, 16-year-old Amber dropped out of high school and began working to support herself. Later, as a single mom, she became increasingly frustrated at being passed over time again for better-paying jobs because she lacked a high school diploma.

She signed up for an adult high school class, but after working all day, attending a nightly class with a 40-mile round trip commute just wasn’t a sustainable option as a parent.

“What do I do?” Amber asked herself. “I need to work. I have a son who depends on me. I had to take the jobs that required the bare minimum; the jobs that didn’t require a high school diploma or GED, so I applied to everything I could find that didn’t require a degree.”

Then she discovered the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Career Online High School (COHS). Designed to re-engage adult learners in the education system and prepare them for entry into postsecondary career education or the workforce, the program offers qualified individuals the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate. Free admission for qualified applicants is now available through funding provided by United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN). Registration is open now on the Career Online High School page on the Library District website.

Classes are administered by board-certified instructors, and learners have 24/7 access to the online platform. The Library District can also provide a Chromebook to qualifying students in need. Coursework begins in one of 10, high-growth, high-demand career fields before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students can graduate in as few as six months, but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.

“Education is the key to unlocking opportunities and potential,” said Kelvin Watson, executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. “This is another example of how libraries can provide access to resources that teach new skills and provide training for a new career at any age.”

The award-winning Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is an independent taxing entity that serves a diverse community across 8,000 square miles. Through its 25 branches and website, the Library District offers a collection of 3.2 million items consisting of books, movies, music (including streaming and downloadable) online resources, as well as free programs for all ages. The Library District is a vibrant and vital member of the community offering limitless learning; business and career advancement; government and social services support; the best of all, a place where customers find a sense of culture and community. For more information, please visit our website thelibrarydistrict.org.

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