(April 13, 2015) – The Camden County Library System announced that three students enrolled in its Career Online High School have graduated early in the program that allows applicants a year and half to complete their coursework after they are accepted. They are the first students in all of New Jersey to graduate from the program.
Kirsten Hoy of Clementon, NJ completed her program in January while Angel Rodriguez of Camden, NJ gained his diploma and career certification in mid-February. More recently the library was informed that Toni Rose of Camden earned her diploma at the end of March.
Camden County was selected by the New Jersey State Library as the only South Jersey library to offer COHS in partnership with Cengage Learning. Launched in October 2014 the program gives adults who never completed high school the chance earn their diploma and get a career certification at the same time. COHS is made possible by a grant awarded to the New Jersey State Library from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The Camden library was allotted 35 scholarship seats to offer free admission to residents in member communities who applied and qualified. As the library’s project manager for COHS, Librarian Shyamoli De reports all the initial seats have been filled before a March 31, 2015 deadline set by the State Library and Cengage Learning that runs the program.
In addition to the first graduates, De said two more students are nearing completion. With COHS, the students are be able to work toward their high school diploma completely online, giving them the convenience of an anytime-anywhere online learning platform, and the ability to select a career pathway to gain career skills in high-growth, high-demand job disciplines.
“We’re very proud of our students and our team of librarians who are expanding how libraries serve their communities in new ways each day. We are going beyond merely just working with the individual students to create a support network of staff and fellow students that helps them work through the process as they complete the coursework,” said Camden County Library System Director Linda.
“We’ve held two events for COHS students already. One was in January, and I had a casual coffee and chat with some of the students in the middle of February.”
The library is holding more events and programs for the students enrolled in COHS including new math tutoring classes and a college prep training class in May. After a number of students graduate from the program on a rolling basis, the library plans to hold a formal ceremony for those who earned their diplomas.
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