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New, free online high school, certification program offered in Montgomery County

A new, free online high school and career certification program is offered by the Montgomery County Public Libraries, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (ABC7 photo)

Jennifer and Cristian Tele met in Brussels last January and were married four months later. Now the couple is focused on improving Cristian's education.

"I want to build a family. I need to work to give an example to my children," Cristian shared.

"He knows that you really have to have a high school degree to do anything a lot of the time here. It's a big deal," added Jennifer.

Cristian, who was born and educated in Romania, is getting his U.S. high school diploma through a new online program.

Adrienne Van Lare of Montgomery County Public Libraries explains, "It is an online high school diploma and career certification program that Montgomery County Public Libraries is currently offering for free to residents who are 19 years of age and older."

From Gaithersburg , Washington Grove to Rockville, more than 60,000 adults over the age of 25 currently lack a high school diploma in Montgomery County.

Students in the Career Online High School are paired with an academic coach and have 18 months to finish the program. Courses focus on one of eight career fields from education to transportation while also covering traditional subjects like math and science.

"Here I have to start zero because new country, new language and new education," Cristian expressed.

"He's learning so much that it's incredible. It's a really good program," said Jennifer.

The Prince George's County Memorial Library System also offers a Career Online High School.

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