About Career Online High School
The Tulare Public Library, in partnership with the California Sate Library and Gale/Cengage, offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online through Career Online High School.
Career Online High School through the Tulare Public Library is open to eligible City of Tulare residents. Applicants who successfully complete the online self-assessment and a two week prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview, will be considered for enrollment.
Once enrolled in the program, Career Online High School pairs each student with an online academic coach, who assists the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance , evaluates performance and connects the student with the resources needed to master courses. Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program.
Who Can Apply:
- Adults 19 years of age or older
- Residents of the City of Tulare
- Have not completed or received a High School Diploma
- Must have a Tulare Public Library account in good standing
Complete the online self-assessment to start.
Congratulations to the Library's first COHS Graduating Class of 2017
Jane Zikratch, Program Manager
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What is Career Online High School (COHS)?
Career Online High School (COHS) is an accredited online high school diploma and career certification program provided by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. This California State Library pilot program makes COHS available through participating public libraries throughout the state. These libraries will offer free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students within their service areas.
Who can apply to COHS?
Adults who are at least 19 years old and wish to earn their high school diplomas can apply to COHS. Minors should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs.
Program applicants must live within the city of Tulare and have a Tulare Public Library card in good standing, or be willing to obtain one.
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.
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 schools. Depending on how many credits a student is able to transfer, the program can be completed in as few as five months.
How do I get started?
Complete an online self-assessment. After you have successfully finished the self-assessment, you will be contacted by your library within 5 business days to discuss the prerequisite course. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be contacted again by your library within 5 business days to schedule an interview and discuss your application into the program.
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