Nevada County library wants to connect students with online high school
Online school is open, even at 3 a.m.
Even better, it’s free for 12 Nevada County residents who qualify for scholarships.
The Nevada County library wants to connect people without a high school diploma with the Career Online High School. The program, once entered, gives its students the chance to earn a diploma, not a GED, from wherever they have an Internet connection.
“The whole program is online,” said Laura Pappani, county librarian. “If someone wants to do the coursework at 3 o’clock in the morning, they can do it then.”
Pappani said the library is the method through which people can get a scholarship and potentially the equipment needed to complete the online high school.
The course costs about $1,100, though the 12 available scholarships will pay that fee. Scholarship money comes from the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries, Friends of the Truckee Library and the state library system, Pappani said.
Prospective students must be at least 19 years old, a Nevada County resident and have a library card in good standing. Those without cards can get them.
An online self-assessment, accessible through http://www.mynevadacounty.com, will determine if that criteria is met. Pappani will receive a notification every time someone completes the assessment and the candidate will then get an invitation for a prerequisite course.
The course takes about 15 hours. Students have about two weeks to complete it.
The student then would advance to an interview with library staff, if he or she passes the prerequisite course. The interview will determine if a scholarship is offered, Pappani said.
“The library is basically the conduit,” she added. “We find people who want to get their high school diploma.”
Students have 18 months to complete the Career Online High School, though the average time taken is five months. The time it takes depends on how often the student gets online, as well as the number of high school credits each student can transfer to the school, Pappani said.
People without computers or an Internet connection can still participate in the program. Pappani said the library has some money to buy laptop computers and wireless hot spot equipment, which it could loan to students in the online high school.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4239.
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