FCPL announces program for adult students

Fairfax County Public Library has teamed up with Career Online High School to create an education system for adults.

It allows adults to earn a high school diploma and a workforce readiness certification from the comfort of their home and through an accredited county high school.

Applicants must be at least 20 years old, have at least an eighth grade education, have a library card, and have access to the internet.

Career certifications that are available include a variety of topics ranging from child care education to one for those who want to be a certified protection officers

This program will prove to be beneficial compared to most programs for adults that are already out there.

A high school diploma is more widely accepted than a GED by colleges.

Additionally, having a career certification means that the student has more skills in the workplace, facilitating better employment.

Also, the class is online and self-paced with the help of an academic coach, so the students are able to work at their own pace and time as they juggle their day-to-day lives.

“I think that it is great that they are giving adults this opportunity,” junior Anjum Ashraf said. “There are many adults that never got the chance to complete their education and now that they have kids and a job, but this program should help them out.”

To apply, those who are interested must take a self-assessment on the Fairfax County website to test eligibility. They will then be contacted by a librarian.