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Local Residents Earn Diploma Through Innovative Program

Two Sulphur Springs residents have earned their high school diploma through the Career Online High School program at Sulphur Springs Public Library. The library partners with Smart Horizons, part of the world’s first Cognia/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited, nationally recognized, private online school district. Believing that everyone can achieve a high school education, they offer a career-based online education for individuals who need high school diplomas to access better career and educational opportunities.

Carolina Osorino and Kristen Mitchell have completed all the requirements for their high school diplomas and have earned their career certifications. Graduation ceremonies will be Tuesday evening Feb 22, at 6:00 pm at the library. The public may attend.
“After looking at the dropout statistics of Hopkins County, I knew this program could change lives.”

Friends of the Library President Trice Lawrence spoke to area businesses about the need for a program like this and raised enough money, to begin with, twelve Scholarships. As of today, the library has given out 16 scholarships and has seen 11 graduates.” said Hope Cain, Library Director.

Sulphur Springs Public Library awards Career Online High School scholarships 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 offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. In addition, board-certified instructors and students support classes have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in eight high-growth, high-demand career fields across a broad spectrum from Truck Driving to Office Management before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students can 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.