As we look forward to the holiday break to be with our families and friends and recharge our batteries for the upcoming year, we thought it would be fun to reflect on the 2015 accomplishments that many of you have been a part of.

COHS Becomes One of the Hottest Trends in Public Libraries
Adults without high school diplomas can now earn their high school diplomas at libraries across the United States—free of charge. Through our partnership with Gale, one of the largest library resource companies in the world, Career Online High School (COHS) is now available in public libraries across the country. In mid-2015, the state of California and state of Florida library systems adopted COHS, and other local libraries such as the San Francisco, CA, and Hartford, CT, public libraries also recently began offering COHS within their communities.

SHCOE-Corporate Partnerships Expand
2015 marked a big year of growth for COHS in partnerships with corporations such as McDonald’s, Walmart, and Taco Bell. McDonald’s adopted COHS within their Archways to Opportunity employee education program and it is now being offered to all McDonald’s employees throughout the United States. COHS was highlighted as an “effective corporate employee education program” at recent industry conference….We are thrilled to be part of expanding opportunities for employees of these corporations.

Community/Regional Workforce Development Boards Partner with SHCOE
With over 40 million adult Americans without a high school diploma, many companies, communities, and regional workforce development boards have turned to COHS to help address this problem. In 2015, SHCOE announced partnerships with several workforce development boards and community organizations including Seattle-King County WFD (Seattle, WA), Hamilton County ESC (Cincinnati, OH), Garfield Jubilee (Pittsburgh, PA), and Detroit Collective Impact. We are excited to continue our work with workforce boards to help address our country’s education and workforce needs.

SHCOE Receives Endorsements and Speaking Engagements
SHCOE was recognized in two separate Department of Education reports on Correctional Education, and COHS was highlighted at the White House Upskill America Summit and National Association of Workforce Boards Annual Forum. Additionally, in 2015, Dr. Howard Liebman, SHCOE Superintendent of Schools, was the keynote speaker at READ San Diego’s 25th Annual Tutor Conference and spoke at McDonald’s Annual Shareholder Meeting.

2015 was a big year for SHCOE and we want to thank all of you for your support. We are looking forward to our continued growth in 2016 as we execute on our mission of improving people’s lives through education.

From all of the SHCOE family to yours, we wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday and a happy and healthy New Year!