Back to School Success: Kirk’s Story

When Kirk Steele decided to get his high school diploma, he turned to Kent District Library for help. Hannah, one of KDL's Outreach Specialists, was able to connect Kirk with Career Online High School.

Kirk recently sat down with us to answer a few questions about his experience in getting his degree:

How did you find out about COHS?
I found out through KDL, while searching for online diploma options. I'm very glad I found it.

Why did you decide to participate in the program?
I wanted to get my high school diploma so it wouldn't be such a bruise when searching for jobs. There were many positions that refused to interview me without having a diploma or GED.

How will having your degree/certification change things for you?
It's already helped me get a new job at a local tech company. I start on August 8th. I'm looking forward to it!

What would you like to tell others who might benefit from COHS?
This takes patience and persistence. Make sure to meet your scheduled items on time and maybe put 1-2 day breaks in-between the sessions so you don't burn out.

If you'd like to follow in Kirk's footsteps with COHS, the first step is filling out this short survey at, opens a new window. To apply, you must be a resident of Kent County, have a library card and be at least 19 years old.