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by Mary Olson

Ventura County Library Offers Local Adults Scholarships to Earn Diplomas through Career Online High School.
According to the 2020 census, almost 15% of adults over the age of 25 residing in Ventura County are without a high school diploma. If you are over the age of 19 and ready to finish high school, the Ventura County Library is offering Career Online High School (COHS), a fully accredited online diploma program for you!

COHS scholarships are available through the VCL’s partnership with the California State Library and Smart Horizons Online Education, providing a 24/7 online classroom, personal academic coaches, and real-world career training.
The program includes courses in a variety of career pathways such as childcare and education, commercial driving, food services, home care professional, hospitality, introduction to manufacturing, office management, retail customer service, security professional, and general career preparation along with regular academic subjects.

Upon graduation, you will have an accredited diploma, a certificate in your chosen career path, a ready to use resume and cover letter, and other tools to start or advance your career.

For more information about the Career Online High School, visit or contact Antonio Apodaca—Education, Literacy, and Outreach Manager for Ventura County Library—at [email protected] or (805) 677-7159.

Former FBI and DOJ Special Agent Kenneth Strange will visit the Ojai Library at 2 pm on Saturday, October 14, to talk about his newest book, A Cop’s Son: One G-Man’s Fight Against Jihad, Global Fraud and the Cartels.

Strange served with three distinct and distinguished U.S. government agencies pursuing criminals and bad actors, including some of the most heinous criminals on the planet. His service to those agencies brought him into direct conflict with Jihadists, International Fraudsters, and the Cartels. What sets this book apart from any other in the law enforcement genre are not only the true crime investigative stories accrued over a remarkable career or the posthumous homage paid to his father’s storied 38-year NYPD career, but the fact that few federal agents could cobble together such fascinating and diverse investigations across the globe.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146 or [email protected].

Women’s Economic Ventures presents a Financial Empowerment Class, in the Topping Room in E.P. Foster Library on Saturday, October 7, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

In this free 3-hour class, you’ll learn how to: Take control of your personal finances: understand your “money mindset” and create new financial habits to increase your financial confidence and resilience; Set meaningful financial goals: Create a budget, pay off debt, manage your money and achieve your long-term financial goals and Become a more effective and financially confident business owner.

Learn more and register at

The Teen Advisory Group meets in E.P. Foster Library on the 2nd & 4th Mondays, 5 to 6 pm. Teens plan fun TEEN and CHILDREN’S events and earn community service hours. For more information, call 805 626 READ

Game On! Board Games for All Ages at Hill Road Library, Sundays, 11 am to 1 pm. Drop by and choose from over 35 games to play! For all ages. Fun for families or a great reason to meet with friends.

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