ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The Rockford Public Library will celebrate its second batch of graduates from RPL’s Career Online High School program.
The celebration will take place on June 24 at 5:30 p.m. at RPL’s Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St. in downtown Rockford.
The graduation ceremony will also serve as a ‘fundraiser and friend’ for the expansion of the program, which was conducted through donations and support from Heather and Peter Provenzano on behalf of their new boutique hotel, the ‘Hotel Kate, and workplace LoRayne Logan.
RPL’s Career Online High School is a nationally accredited program for adult learners to earn a high school diploma – not a GED – while gaining work skills in one of the ten job fields in a wide range, from home care and office management to homeland security. . While being fully online, with online tutoring and additional in-person support at the library, RPL’s COHS accepts credits earned by high school students and previous GED attempts.
âI always knew deep down that I needed my high school diploma,â said Kori Davis, RPL COHS graduate. “Now I can go to college, and I can do whatever I want to do, which will make me happy for the rest of my life.”
Even with quality community programs in place that allow adult learners to complete high school, the city is in an exponential deficit. Today, over 12,000 Rockford citizens, aged 25 to 65, have not completed high school. With pre-COVID-19 graduation rates of around 66%, dropout rates increasing since the pandemic, and many alternative “location-based” completion programs closed during last year’s shutdown, the number of Rockford adults without a high school diploma is increasing.
âWe view RPL’s Career Online High School program as an exciting and frictionless way for adult learners, especially working single mothers, to graduate from high school,â said Leon Smith, program manager. Online Career Program from RPL. âThe funds and support raised over the past year have been essential for these people to graduate, even during the pandemic. “
Efforts led by Peter Provenzano and LoRayne Logan in 2020 resulted in 21 RPL Career Online High School scholarships in 2020, of which 13 were awarded to students who have already graduated and will be celebrated at the ceremony. Thursday. Fundraising continues to increase the number of COHS scholarships available to the waiting list of prospective students.
“We believe that if we appropriately develop RPL’s Career Online High School program, we will be able to have a significant impact on the number of adults without a high school diploma, thereby reducing the annual deficit that our city has. accumulates, âSmith said. “RPL’s Career Online High School provides students with many features and benefits that ensure their success, but having an extra layer of in-person support often makes all the difference.”
For more information on the graduation event as well as donation or volunteer opportunities, email [email protected] or visit their webpage.
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