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Career Online High School

Career Online High School

San Diego County Library's Career Online High School (COHS) offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online.

The library's program provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified adult learners who are looking to expand their career opportunities, prepare for workforce entry, or continue their education.

To be considered for the program, applicants will successfully complete an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview.

Once enrolled in the program, COHS pairs each student with an online academic coach, who provides the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance, and connects the student with the resources needed to master the courses. Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Career Online High School (COHS)?

Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through San Diego County Library. This program offers scholarships to a limited number of qualified students.

Who can apply to COHS?

San Diego County residents (at least 19 years of age) who wish to earn their high school diploma and have a San Diego County Library card in good standing.

How will people be selected for the program?

Enrollment is limited and the demand is expected to be high. Adults must successfully pass an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, as well as an in-person interview to become an applicant in the program.

Will COHS students receive their GED?

No. This is not a GED program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through an accredited online high school.

What is the difference between a GED and high school diploma?

While both the GED and the high school diploma are important, there are several differences between them; among the most significant is the fact that some colleges, institutions and organizations require a high school diploma and may not accept the GED. In addition to providing a high school diploma, COHS gives students the benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation documents and training.

What type of career certification will be offered?

Through COHS, students may earn a certificate in the following areas:

Students and community members can learn more about the District Accreditation Process at

How long will it take for students to complete the program?

Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program, which will consist of 18 credits. Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 14 credits from their former high school. Depending on how many credits the student is able to transfer, the program can be completed in as few as five months.

I don't have a computer and/or Internet. Can I still complete the program?

Yes, computers and WiFi are available at all SDCL locations during open hours, and there may be a limited number of laptops and MiFi (mobile WiFi) devices available for students to check out.

Does the library offer other resources for education and job preparation?

Yes, San Diego County Library is committed to helping people meet their education and job preparation needs:

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