Students complete high-school programs at Mesa County Libraries

Graduates are:
Back row, left to right: Nicholle Bauman, Sierra Thompson, Angeleena Medina, Elizabeth Barker, Alano Salazar, Rory Jensen, Brandon McElroy
Front row, left to right: Mariah O’very, Maria Garcia, Karina Montoya, Maria Campos, Angelo Archuleta

This summer, Mesa County Libraries celebrated 24 students who completed studies in two high-school education programs offered through Mesa County Libraries.

The students completed their studies in 2020 and 2021 and graduated from the Career Online High School (COHS) and GED preparation programs offered through the library.

COHS is a program designed for adults who want to advance their education and pursue career training, and the GED program prepares students for taking the exam to receive their General Education Diplomas.

Graduates recognized in a ceremony in July are: Angelo Archuleta, Elizabeth Barker, Nicholle Bauman, Maria Campos, Maria Garcia, Natosha Holman, Rory Jensen, Brandon McElroy, Angeleena Medina, Karina Montoya, Mariah O’very, Alano Salazar, Rosendo Sanchez-Esparza, and Sierra Thompson.

Since 2017, when COHS was first offered through Mesa County Libraries, 28 students have graduated from the program. Since 2018, when the library began offering GED preparation classes, 19 students have graduated.

The GED program currently serves 60 students, and the COHS program has 12 active students.



Career Online High School offers students the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate, and the course of study prepares students for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce.

The GED program is well-suited to students who will benefit from a structured program that offers the ability to work with a teacher and peers in an in-class setting.

Completion of high-school education is crucial for anyone to compete in today’s job market or to enroll in higher education. Mesa County Libraries are proud to offer COHS and GED preparation options to members of our community who will benefit from the educational programs.



Mesa County residents interested in completing high school using either the GED or COHS option are invited to call the Mesa County Libraries Adult Learning Center at 970-683-2443. Adult Learning Center staff can help students decide which option is best for their particular situation.

Prospective students must be 16 years of age or older, be residents of Mesa County, and have a library card from Mesa County Libraries.

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