Posted January 12, 2016
By Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel
High school dropouts can turn to libraries in Lake, Orange Counties for free help earning diplomas
没有高中外交院的成年人橙子and Lake Counties now have a new way to finish school, courtesy of their public libraries.
奥兰治县公共图书馆有74 scholarships to hand out, each enough to cover the program’s $1,300 cost. The Lake County Library System has 30.
The online high school program, started in 2010, boasts it is the first online, accredited private high school in the country. Its program offers online classes through libraries around the country, including some in California, Colorado and Illinois.
In Central Florida, both libraries were tapped in December by the State Library of Florida to take part in the new program, so they have just begun talking to potential students. But library officials say providing adults a way to earn high school diplomas fits with their missions, as they already offer many classes and services meant to help residents gain skills.
Three would-be students in Lake already have inquired about the program, which can be done on computer at home or at the library. All three are parents, in their 30s and 40s.
The online high school, and its promise of a diploma from an accredited school, appeals more to some than a GED, which they think has a stigma of being a not-quite-real diploma, she said.
“This is really like going back to school,” said Donna Bachowski, reference central manager for the Orange library.
To qualify for the program, residents must be 19 years old and have a library card. Some attendance in 9TH.建议等级。
Though the Florida program provides funding for only one year, Bachowski said if it is successful in Orange, the library might try to raise money to continue it.