Broward Libraries to Offer Online High School Diplomas

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布劳沃德县adults who do not have high school diplomas will be able to get them – and some career training – through an online program launching at the public library.

Funded by the state for the first time this year,Career Online High Schooloffers accredited high school degrees and career certificates. Enrolled students take all their courses online with the support of an academic coach.

The布劳沃德县Library system is one of 11 in the state to pilot the program. It will provide full scholarships for 75 county residents to complete their degrees and certificates through the program, which normally would normally cost about $1,300.

“There are a lot of reasons people don’t complete their high school diplomas,” said Vonda Ward Byrant, learning services coordinator for the library system. “We want to give them a second chance.”





The program requires students to be at least 19 years old, have completed at least ninth grade and hold a library card. It takes up to 18 months, with courses available 24/7 online to provide flexibility for those who are juggling jobs and raising children.

布劳沃德县, about 12.1 percent of adults over 25 years old lack a high school diploma, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.


Career Online High School began in 2012 through a partnership between Smart Horizons and Cengage Learning, an educational content provider. In 2014, it was adapted for public libraries by Gale, a division of Cengage Learning focused on libraries.

Since then it’s been rolled out in libraries in Denver, New Orleans and across California. In Florida, it is being offered by libraries including the North Miami Beach Public Library and the Martin County Library System.


“I think it’s so on the bulls eye of the mission of libraries to provide some sort of community education that they just love it,” he said. “It’s something that they could not have done 10 or 15 years ago.”