Begin to explore and learn more about the Career Online High School (COHS), an online diploma and career certification program and how it works, by reviewing the Career Online High School FAQ web page.
If you determine that earning an accredited high school diploma while gaining real-world career skills is the best option for you, take the online self-assessment, which includes a short essay question, the first step to begin the COHS application process.
This online assessment will ask a series of questions about things like your access to a computer, how much time you can dedicate to coursework and includes an essay question.
Once you have completed the self-assessment, you will advance to the next qualification phase, which is a prerequisite career course.
Once you have completed your self-assessment, you may continue with the applicant process for Richland Library’s diploma program by enrolling in Career Online High School Part 1, a career-based prerequisite course.
There are ten (10) career prerequisite courses available. Please choose the career prerequisite course that best relates to your career interest. **Important note: You will need your library card to enroll in the two-week prerequisite course.
- Certified Protection Officer
- Child Care and Education
- Commercial Driving
- Food and Hospitality
- General Career Preparation
- Home Care Professional – Coming Soon
- Homeland Security
- Hospitality and Leisure
- Office Management
- Retail Customer Service
To enroll, please click here.
Those who successfully complete the prerequisite course, with a score of 70% or higher within two weeks or less, will be eligible for the Diploma Program (also referred to as Scholarship Award).
Prospective students will be contacted by the library within 5 business days to discuss their application into the program and to schedule an interview at the library. A determination will be made regarding acceptance into the Diploma Program by the library’s enrollment team within 5 business days after the interview
Each participating library may have its own process for acceptance into the Diploma Program. Your library’s process will be explained to you before and during the interview. Please consult your library for more details.
Please note: Upon acceptance into the Diploma Program, you must request transcripts from any accredited high school you’ve attended in order for Career Online High School to determine whether you will receive credit for any previously completed coursework. Click here for a transcript request form.
Completing Coursework and Graduating from Career Online High School
Once awarded a scholarship, Career Online High School will pair you with an academic coach, who will welcome you and help you prepare to succeed in the program.
- Virtual Welcome Kit shows you step-by-step how the program works.
- Welcome phone call kicks off a virtual tour of the online campus, which serves as a first-day-of-school orientation.
Log-in to your online classroom via your library’s student recruitment website. The learning management system includes:
- Anytime access to courses
- Instant feedback on lessons and exams
- Tools to keep track of progress such as Gradebook and Pace Guide
- Online learning resources including eLibrary, calendar, and academic support services
- Pace Guide helps you stay on track and move through the program by completing one course credit every two weeks
A full support team is dedicated to helping you:
- Academic coach is there to support you via phone, email, and other social networking tools
- Qualified, certified instructors provide academic support
- Support staff helps you plan for their next career steps
- Technical support is available by phone or email
Career readiness is the key to your success:
- Career-focused, skills-based elective courses
- Biweekly online seminars focused on 21st century skills
- Monthly career webinars to prepare you for workplace realities and job markets
- Career portfolio lessons that teach business writing and help you create resumes and cover letters
Complete the program fully prepared to be successful in your career and in life. You graduate with:
- High school diploma
- Career certificate
- Career portfolio
- Applicable job prep training and skills