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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A High School Diploma with Your Library Card

Career Online High School DiplomaBy now most of you are aware of the infinite opportunities for free entertainment, information, and education that come with an MCPL library card.  You probably aren’t surprised to learn that with your library card, you can get unlimited downloads of your favorite magazines on your phone or tablet, periodicals in Spanish, French, or Amharic - or even that your card allows you to register for a free class on, say, the fundamentals of accounting. But what if we told you that your public library card also offers access to an accredited high school diploma. Yes! That’s right. You can earn a high school diploma with your MCPL library card.

As public libraries everywhere take on new roles as agents of transformative social engagement, MCPL is raising the bar as the first library system in Maryland to offer Career Online High School, a nationally accredited, online, career-based high school completion program. This program will support positive change in our community by offering the opportunity of a second chance to the over 60,000 adults in Montgomery County who lack a high school diploma.

Career Online High School ProgramThe courses in this program are designed to reconnect adults to learning with a built-in student support system (students get ongoing guidance from assigned academic coaches) and a curriculum that lets students master skills at their own pace.  Since classes are web-based, students have anytime access to courses, ideal for those busy with jobs and families.

With the launch of Career Online High School, the MCPL community embraces the opportunity to help residents transform their lives and broaden their career and educational horizons.  Learning takes place in our libraries every day through online courses, maker sessions, and various programs for kids, teens, adults, and seniors.  Career Online High School students will experience MCPL’s supportive learning environment, replete with homework help, quiet study rooms, wireless internet access, and desktop computers.  Laptops for loan are available at our Kensington Park, Long Branch, Silver Spring, and Twinbrook branches.

So maybe you or someone you know (a friend, relative, colleague, employee, family member of an employee) left high school early without getting a diploma. MCPL wants to help re-write your stories. We’ll help you pick up where you left off with 3 easy steps: 1) Complete an online self-assessment; 2) Pass a 2 week prerequisite course; and 3) Interview with our enrollment team. After completing these steps, your application will be considered for a seat in the program. It’s that easy!

To better prepare all of our library customers for today’s workforce, we offer a range of programs and courses.  Improve your English by participating in one of our conversation clubs. Register for the Computer Skills for the Workplace course and learn the basics of Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and formatting documents.  Check out the other wonderful courses listed in our Gale course catalog that also come FREE with your MCPL card.

Need to revitalize your career?  Use our career resources - also available en espaƱol - to get tips on job hunting, resumes, cover letters and interviewing. Take the Resume Writing Workshop
to transform your resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews.  Or write resumes for profit and start and operate your own business.

We’re excited about transforming lives through our Career Online High School program and the other learning and educational programs and opportunities that come FREE with your MCPL library card! Learn more. Visit our new and improved website.

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