Local resident is first to earn high school diploma through innovative program offered by OC Public Libraries

From OC Breeze

” Michael Leach is the first Orange County resident to earn his high school diploma through the Career Online High School program at OC Public Libraries. The library partnered with Gale (a part of Cengage Learning), the San Clemente Friends of the Library, and the California State Library in 2016 to offer scholarships to some of the county’s 480,000 adults who lack a high school diploma.Michael credits the flexibility of the program, his scholarship from OC Public Libraries, and his academic counselors at Career Online High School for his success. “Having this diploma has really given me a sense of confidence more than anything, and I really feel that I can now work on getting a college degree,” said Michael. “I can also now, without a twinge of guilt, encourage my kids in their schooling and stress the importance of getting their diploma.”“We are proud to be able to offer the Career Online High School as part of our library programs,” said Rebecca Braun, OC Read Tutor & Learner Coordinator of OC Public Libraries.”