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Richland Library’s Career Online High School graduates 14

Staff Report //November 9, 2020//

Richland Library’s Career Online High School graduates 14

Staff Report //November 9, 2020//

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Fourteen students, ranging in age from their early 20s to early 70s, have graduated from Richland Library’s Career Online High School.

The library held a socially distanced ceremony outside its Southeast location at 7421 Garners Ferry Road on Sunday to recognize the class of 2020. Each graduate received a career certificate in one of 10 high-growth career fields including child care and education, food and hospitality, and office management.

“During a time of uncertainty, our graduates persevered,” Melanie Huggins, Richland Library executive director, said in a news release. “They didn't let a state shutdown stop them. They didn't let a global pandemic stop them. I'm so proud of their accomplishments, and I can't wait to hear about their future achievements. This is just the beginning.”

The library began offering the online school, which can be completed in as little as five months, in 2018.  The program is free to adults age 21 and older who live in Richland County and does not require a transcript.

Interested individuals take an online self-assessment and complete a prerequisite course to begin the program, which includes a personal academic coach and 24/7 online classroom access.

Forty-six students are currently enrolled in the school, while around 100 candidates have completed the perquisite course and more than 1,100 have taken the self-assessment, according to the release.

The class of 2020 includes:

  • Crystal Boggs
  • Sheila Bonaparte
  • Nyasia Brewer
  • Shannan Green
  • Cedric Guide
  • Shanita Gunn
  • Tianna Hall
  • Julis Hampton
  • Ryan Helms
  • Amanda Hood
  • Joyce Potter
  • Deleonshi Scott
  • Ebonie Richburg-Sheppard
  • Diane White