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Man earns high school diploma through new McHenry Public Library program

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McHENRY –McHenry resident Adam Lowrey wanted to further his career, but a lack of a high school diploma made pursuing his goals impossible.

Lowery – who works in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning field – completed three years of high school and recently earned his diploma through a new program at the McHenry Public Library District.

He wants to achieve a higher education and now will have that opportunity.

The district partnered with Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in 2016 to offer scholarships to select applicants for the Career Online High School program. The curriculum is online and allows residents 21 and older to earn a high school diploma or get a career certificate in a variety of fields, such as office management or child care.

Lowery was one of three participants to graduate in the program’s first year.

“I believe having this diploma and completing a program in HVAC will help me better provide for my family,” he said.

Program participants are paired with academic coaches who provide guidance, evaluations and resources to students. Students can graduate in as few as six months but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.

Jim Scholtz, executive director of McHenry Public Library, said part of the library’s mission is to promote learning, which made the program a perfect fit.

“We’re excited that Adam took advantage of this opportunity to finish his diploma and advance his career,” Scholtz said. “Lifelong learning and career preparation is a big part of our mission, so we’re happy to offer this program to eligible, deserving district residents.”

Residents can learn about Career Online High School by visiting the library’s website – www.mchenrylibrary.org – and clicking Career Online High School under the My Library tab. For information, email COHS@mchenrylibrary.org.

The library will host a graduation ceremony for its first-year participants at
1 p.m. Sunday at 809 Front St., McHenry.