Emmanuella Garcia supported her daughter throughout high school, making sure she was on track to graduate. But she wanted to go even further in her role as a role model for her children.
Not having a high school diploma, Garcia enrolled in Career Online High School at the Redwood City Library. Now she and her daughter can both call each other 2019 graduates.
Garcia is one of three recent graduates of the program which offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online. All three graduates were honored at the Redwood City Council meeting on Monday.
Tuition for the Career Online High School (COHS) program, which normally costs over $ 1,000, is offered free to adult members of the community in the form of scholarships. The scholarships are funded by the California State Library and the Redwood City Library Foundation, with the Foundation’s primary funders being Cargill and the Atkinson Foundation, according to Derek wolfgram, Director of the Redwood Public Library.
Once enrolled in the program, each student is matched with an online academic coach who assists in their career path and offers ongoing guidance and links to resources. Students have up to 18 months to complete the program, and with existing high school credits, the graduation process can take as little as six months.
So far, six adults have completed the program and graduated. Six other scholarships are available to interested residents.
At Monday’s board meeting, the graduates expressed their gratitude to the staff of the READ project, including Cassandra Levy, for helping them achieve their dream.
“You make us really proud here in Redwood City,” Mayor Ian Bain told the graduates. “I know that each of you will continue to do great things, so congratulations.”
For more information on the program, including how to register, visit here.