North Miami Beach residents or anyone with a city library card will soon be able to get their high school diplomas at the North Miami Beach Library via “Career Online High School.”
The new pilot program offers accredited high school degrees and career certification to residents who meet certain requirements. NMB Library card holders can also participate. You do not have to be an NMB resident to obtain a library card. Nonresidents must pay $30 a year for a North Miami Beach library card.
“The NMB Library system is one of 11 in the state to pilot the program and the only library to provide the service in Miami-Dade County. It will provide full scholarships for 20 North Miami Beach Library card holders to complete their degrees and certificates through the program.”
Each scholarship will be worth $1,300.
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“Those who do not have a high school diploma will be able to obtain a diploma and additional career training and certification as part of an online program being launched at the North Miami Beach Public Library,” said NMB Chief of Staff Nicole Gomez, adding that the “program is funded by the state for the first time this year. Students who successfully enroll in the program will receive guidance from the Reference and Research Department and take all their courses online with support of academic coaches.”
Candice Collins, the public services coordinator at the NMB Library, said: “There are a lot of reasons people don’t complete their high school diplomas and NMB census data proves the great need in our community.
“We want to use the program to facilitate and encourage those who did not have a good experience. The program allows them to complete classes at their pace and obtain the support needed.”
Certificates will be available in eight fields ranging from child care and education to office management. Students will start the program by declaring a major and taking career courses, then move on to high school courses like math, English and social studies.
The program requires students to:
▪ be at least 19 years old;
▪ have completed at least ninth grade;
▪ hold a library card;
▪ be committed to the program, which can take up to 18 months.
Some courses will be available 24/7 online “to provide flexibility for those who are juggling jobs and raising children,” Gomez said in a news release.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 20 percent of adults over 25 years old don’t have high school diplomas.
To be considered for enrollment, complete the online self-assessment at careeronlinehs.gale.com/fl/self-assessment/. The deadline is March 1.
City staff says a library representative will be in contact within five days to schedule an interview and discuss the application.
For more information, call 305-948-2970. The library is located at 1601 NE 164th St.