Library Corner: Commit to your future |

Library Corner: Commit to your future

Polly Gallagher
Grand County Library District
There's no shame in graduating high school later than usual. Malynn Glass sees it as a point of pride that she finally earned her high school diploma, having never completed high school due to family issues and trouble transferring credits from her home state of California. Glass, who is in her early 20s, is the first graduate of the Grand County Library District's new program to help those without diplomas complete their high school curriculum online. Glass, who lives in Hot Sulphur Springs, graduated from the library district's Career Online High School program in early June, receiving her official high school diploma in the process. She completed the 18-month program in roughly seven months, all while pregnant and caring for her first-born child, a daughter who is a toddler. "I feel really good about it," Glass said. "I feel like it is a step towards what I want to accomplish with my future. Now that I have a high school diploma, I can go to college."
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Library program helps adult residents kick start 2019 by earning an accredited high school diploma and career training through Career Online High School. Consider this when sitting around the family holiday table and your parents are asking, what are you going to do in your future?

With the new year comes New Year’s resolutions. Peoples’ most popular picks include healthy eating, exercise, and money management. It’s also a great time to focus on advancing one’s education and career opportunities. Grand County Library District is in its second year of offering a new program called Career Online High School designed for adults who lack a high school diploma and could benefit from additional job training.

This nationally accredited program allows adult students to earn an accredited high school diploma (not a GED) while gaining career skills in one of eight employment fields. GCLD is currently seeking Grand County residents aged 19 or over to apply for this scholarship program. Interested individuals can get started by filling out the Student Self-Assessment at

The start of the new year is a perfect time to set a new life course and prepare for a bright future. Earning a high school diploma is a key stepping stone to achieving long-term goals. By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering our residents to seek new opportunities and transform their lives.

Career Online High School is brought to public libraries by Gale, a Cengage company. “We’re delighted to partner with Grand County Library District to offer Career Online High School and give residents access to education and the potential to change their lives,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale.

Grand County Library District will award five scholarships in 2019 for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.

Residents can learn more about Career Online High School at your local library or by visiting

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Polly Gallagher, Director of Public Services, 970.887.9411 Ext. 107.

Polly Gallagher is director of public services for the GCLD.

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