SPONSORED BY: Gale Cengage and Library Journal
EVENT TIME AND DATE: Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM ET/12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Career Online High School offers students the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma while earning real-world career skills. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary education or the workforce.
The dropout crisis in the United States has reached epidemic proportions in recent years. Every 26 seconds another student gives up on school. Today, there are nearly 40 million Americans without a high school diploma and there are limited options available for adults looking to return to high school. People lacking a high school diploma are more likely to be unemployed, impoverished, and incarcerated—and are estimated to cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars in lost earnings, welfare and medical costs.
Gale, part of the Cengage Learning and a leading provider of educational content, tools and services to libraries, schools and businesses for 60 years, has partnered with Career Online High School to help libraries fulfill their mission to improve lives and move their communities forward. Gale believes that as one of our nation’s most trusted educational institutions, and as an entity already focused on delivering adult literacy and career-based programs to those in need, the public library is the perfect venue for Career Online High School.
Career Online High School gives students the opportunity to earn an 18-credit AdvancED/SACS CASI accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate. Students graduate with the tools to take the next step in their careers or career-education.
Join us to learn more and hear from Career Online High School superintendent Dr., Howard Liebman, a graduate of the program and from Los Angeles Public Library’s John Szabo, the first library in the nation to offer this life-changing opportunity to its community.
- Dr. Howard A. Liebman is a nationally recognized educator and entrepreneur with experience in founding and leading successful public and private education-related enterprises. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from Barry University, a master’s degree in Social Work from Florida International University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida.
- John F. Szabo is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, which serves over four million people—the largest population of any library in the United States—through its Central Library, 72 neighborhood branches and website at www.lapl.org. Szabo has more than 20 years of leadership experience in public libraries and is a champion for innovative library services that address critical community needs in areas including health disparities, workforce development, adult literacy, school readiness and emergent literacy for preschoolers. He has a strong commitment to consensus building and outreach to diverse communities.
Bethany Dobson - Market Development Manager, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning
Bethany’s primary responsibilities include working with sales representatives to develop tools and events that help them to connect to customers more effectively. She has been with Gale for three years in various roles in both sales and marketing. She received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI in English and Spanish, summa cum laude, and is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration from Wayne State University, MI, with a concentration in International Business.
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