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San Diego Library program helps people complete their high school diploma for free

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 15:04:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Back to school looked different for everyone according to Misty Jones, who helped run Career Online High School, a free program put on by the San Diego Public Library.

"It's geared towards people who have disengaged from the educational system for some type of reason and did not graduate."

The program allowed them to finish where they left off through online courses.

"They get their high school diploma and career certificate by the end of it," Jones described.

The program was around for 5 years and had gained popularity in the Spring.

"People are at home and they have more time. It's difficult to go to school and try to work at the same time," Jones said.

They typically saw 50 students a year but since March the number doubled.

"I know a lot of people are out of of jobs and they're thinking of their future, 'what can I do to ensure success moving forward'."

Genevieve Redondo is a mother of two and dropped out of high school her senior year. "I have ADHD and dyslexia. Being in school was difficult because of the attention, I couldn't focus all that well," Redondo described.

She received her diploma through COHS then went on to nursing school and eventually got her master's degree.

"The opportunity they gave me to graduate, ever since then everything has change, my entire life has changed and it's been incredible."

Jones said the average age was 28 to 35, but that was just the average.

"We have people in their 60's that are going back and getting their high school diploma and that shows its never too late to get your education."

They even held graduation ceremonies like any other high school did.

"I cry at every graduation," said Jones. "It's really fulfilling to help people be their best self and help them achieve goals they never thought they'd achieve."