AP reporter Julie Watson reports that the Los Angeles Public Library will be partnering with educational publisher Cengage Learning to offer a high school diploma program for adults and out-of-school youth—reportedly the first time a public library system has offered such a program. The library hopes to grant high school diplomas to 150 adults in the first year.
According to Watson, the library’s director, John Szabo, has already introduced 850 online courses for continuing education and a program that helps immigrants complete the requirements for U.S. citizenship.
It ail be interesting to see how this all plays out. It’s clear from Cengage’s press release that they expect to bring the program to other public libraries across the country.
It also marks the entry of Cengage Learning into the high school equivalency credential market.