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PPLC Program Guide

Fresh Starts, New Beginnings: A High School Diploma is at your fingertips!

Erica McCaleb, PPLC Countywide Services Coordinator

Spring brings with it high school graduation ceremonies. Walking across a stage and receiving a high school diploma is a common rite of passage across the country. Graduation is the culmination of a years long journey of learning. However, some students never reach this significant milestone. There are numerous reasons to explain why one might not complete high school. Students can be pushed out of school by consequences like missing too many school days, or poor performance. Students can also be pulled out of school by outside factors such as needing to get a job or having to take care of family members. Finally, some students may be disengaged and drop out of school on their own.

Career Online High School (COHS) is a means for Pinellas County adults to earn a free, private, accredited high school diploma through your public library. Participating libraries award scholarships to qualified adult learners. Students can complete the program using library computers, or from home. Concurrently with the diploma, students earn a workforce certificate in one of eight trades (in areas ranging from customer service to commercial driving). Pinellas County libraries have a limited number of scholarships available to award this year, and cutoff date is May 30th. The scholarship covers the entire cost of the program, so act now!!

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Reflecting on the successes of the COHS program, Lisa Kothe, Director of the Safety Harbor Public Library, says: "Each student has their own individual story. We know each student will become a high school graduate, improve their employment situation, and some will even go to college. When we award a scholarship, it is a life changing event, and we shed tears when the commitment letter is signed. We believe in this program and feel libraries are the best catalysts to find students for this valuable gift of education."

Once enrolled, COHS pairs each student with an online academic coach, who provides the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance and connects the student with resources needed to master the courses. A student can complete the program in as little as five months, but is given up to 18 months if needed. Previous high school credits may transfer. Students are expected to spend 8 to 10 hours per week on COHS.

Four Pinellas County libraries (Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, and Tarpon Springs) are participating in the COHS program, but residents from any part Pinellas County can apply. For information, please visit one of the participating libraries in person, or online at: http://www.pplc.us/ohs.shtml.

The positive effects of educational attainment are well-known. Research indicates that higher education levels are linked to everything from higher wages and lower unemployment rates to better health and well-being. Education has a major economic impact on individuals, their families, and their communities. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 1.2 million Florida residents ages 25 to 44, or 12.1 percent of the working-age population, do not have a high school diploma. This is why member libraries of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative joined the Career Online High School (COHS) program.

Amy Johnson, the Director of the Florida Division of Library and Information Services says: "It is wonderful that Pinellas County public libraries are offering the Career Online High School program. This program is an instrumental resource in helping adults further advance their education and career goals."

The program is offered to Pinellas County residents by the State of Florida, and is administered by Smart Horizons Career Online Education through a partnership with Gale, a Cengage company. Career Online High School is accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission.

Eligibility:

  • You must be 19 or older
  • You must be a Pinellas County Resident
  • You must have a PPLC library card in good standing, or eligible for a library card
  • It is recommended that you have completed at least one year of High School

 

Tax Assistance

Clearwater Public Library System

  • Countryside Branch
    • AARP Tax Help: Monday, April 3, 10, 10:00 am-1:30 pm. and Tuesday April 4, 11, 1:00-4:30pm.
  • East Branch
    • AARP Tax Help: Monday, April 3, 10, 17 and Wednesday, April 5, 12, 12:00-4:00 pm.
  • Gulf Beaches Public Library
    • AARP Tax Help continues every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am-1:30 pm. until April 13.
      Be sure to bring all necessary documents.

Gulfport Public Library

  • AARP Income Tax Assistance: Monday, April 3, 10, 17, 9:30 am-2:00 pm. Friday, April 7, 14, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm. Call (727) 893-1073.

Largo Public Library

  • AARP Tax Assistance: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Saturday, April 8, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. There is no registration. Tax assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Oldsmar Public Library System

  • Free Tax Assistance: Tuesday, April 4, 11 and Wednesday, April 5, 12, 9:00 am-12:30 pm. Call 1-888- 687-2277.a

Safety Harbor Public Library

  • AARP Tax Aide: Monday, April 3, 10, 17, 12:30-3:00 pm. and Friday, April 7, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. First come, first served assistance.

St. Pete Beach Public Library

  • AARP Foundation Tax Preparation: Friday, April 14, 10:00 am-2:30 pm. You must bring your Social Security card.

St. Petersburg Library System
Main Library

  • Basic Tax Preparation Provided by AARP & VITA: Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Visit aarp. org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide or call 1-888-687-2277 FMI. Wednesday, April 5, 12, and Thursday, April 6, 13, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. First-come, first-served.

Tarpon Springs Public Library

  • AARP Free Tax Assistance: Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00 pm. First come, first served. No phone calls or reservations.

 

Library Closings for April, 2017

  • Clearwater Public Library System: Closed 4/16
  • Dunedin Public Library: Closed 4/14, 4/16
  • East Lake Community Library: Closed 4/16
  • The Gulf Beaches Public Library: Closed 4/16
  • Gulfport Public Library: Closed 4/16
  • Largo Public Library: Closed 4/16
  • Oldsmar Public Library: Closed 4/14, 4/16
  • Palm Harbor Library: Closed 4/16
  • Barbara S. Ponce Public Library: Closed 4/16
  • Safety Harbor Public Library: Closed 4/14 - 4/16
  • St. Petersburg Library System: Closed 4/16
  • St. Pete Beach Public Library: Closed 4/16
  • Seminole Community Library: Closed 4/16
  • Tarpon Springs Public Library: Closed 4/16

Please click here to see the complete listing of Library closings and time changes.

 

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