More than 205,000 San Diegans (15 percent of the population) age 25 and older do not have a high school diploma. They face double the unemployment rates of high school graduates, lower life expectancies and incarceration rates many times higher than those of graduates. A 2009 study estimated that the total lifetime cost to taxpayers for each dropout is almost $300,000.
The San Diego Public Library’s Career Online High School offers adult students a chance to earn a nationally-accredited high school diploma while preparing for a career in one of eight high-demand, high-growth fields. The program offers the flexibility to take classes online and access schoolwork 24/7. Learners also receive support and free educational resources at their local library. The program is open to all eligible San Diego City residents (learn more or apply).
"I don't know where I'd be without this program," said Career Online High School graduate Genevieve Redondo who struggled through school because of dyslexia. "This program has helped me get rid of the anxiety I had about school. Now I feel empowered," Genevieve said. She plans to continue her education and become a nurse. See Genevieve's story here.
A limited number of spots are available for qualified adult learners. You can give a motivated student a second chance at success by sponsoring a scholarship with a gift below. Or, if you would like to support another essential Library program visit here.