Adult Learning: Beyond Literacy for Economic Impact that Changes Lives


A PLA 2022 Virtual Conference On-Demand Session

PLA 2022 Virtual Conference logo. Completing a high school diploma is the key to further education and better jobs. In Pueblo we have safety nets in place for learners under 21, but what about our adults? Career Online High School has allowed us to support adult learners in returning to work at better jobs and heading toward new experiences in college. We have built strong community partnerships to support our program with funding and resources.

Originally presented as part of the PLA 2022 Virtual Conference on March 24, 2022.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the logistics of operating a COHS program at your library;
  • Measure the possible economic impact of this program on their community; and
  • Plan on ways to support adult learners so that they can be successful in completing diploma programs.


Rebecca McGhee has a B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Gender, Class, and Race from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed. from Colorado State University - Pueblo in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. Rebecca taught English and Language Arts 6th-12th grade for six years. She currently works as the Adult Learning Program Administrator for the Pueblo City-County Library District.

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This on-demand webinar is closed captioned in English (United States).

If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your access to this on-demand webinar, please contact us at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) prior to registering so we can attempt to provide appropriate accommodations.

Tech Requirements

To play this on-demand webinar you should use a browser with native HTML5 support. Please use the most up-to-date version available of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Edge. A fast Internet connection and computer is recommended.


This webinar is presented by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

If you have questions or problems accessing a recording, send a message to or call 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).

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