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Montgomery County Public Libraries enroll first students in Career Online High School Diploma Program

On September 18, 2016

Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett, joined by Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) Director Parker Hamilton and Karen Radulovich from Gale Cengage Learning officially recognize the first enrollees in MCPL’s recently-launched Career Online High School Diploma.

MCPL is the first library system in Maryland to launch the Career Online High School, which is the world’s first accredited, private online school district. This past June MCPL began accepting applications for the program. Career Online High School is specifically designed to re-engage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce. Currently, more than 60,000 adults over the age of 25 in Montgomery County lack a high school degree or equivalent. There are five candidates officially enrolled in the program.

“I am pleased that Montgomery County is offering this innovative online program,” said Leggett. “The program empowers and prepares hard-working people with the opportunity to not only earn their diploma but to also get certified in one of eight high-demand, high-growth career fields.

“It is inspiring to see the first applicants enroll in our County’s Career Online High School Program,” said Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner. By offering a time flexible, online based diploma program to our residents, Montgomery County continues to make important strides in workforce development. And make no mistake about it, workforce development is fundamental to our County’s future.”  

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 have 18 months to complete the program; however, by transferring in previously earned high school credits, students may complete the program in as little as six months.

More information about Career Online High School is available at, by calling Adrienne Van Lare at 240-777-0036 or email at

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