Under the guidance of the CA Department of Public Health and San Diego County’s Public Health Officer, the San Diego Public Library will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16 until April 6, 2020. All programming and events have been postponed or canceled during this time. Online library services remain available to the public.
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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Why This is Such a Great Program
Kirk, a 52-year-old man, who is a Mission Valley resident and went to 10th grade in high school reflected, "I'm the only one of all my brothers and sisters who didn't graduate from high school. I want to do this because this is something I told my mom I would do. Even though she's not alive today, I want to still keep my word."
Cindy, a 49-year-old woman from Mission Hills, who completed 11th grade said, "I've got the experience, but I don't have a diploma. I can't get promoted in my job unless I get a diploma. I am so eager to get started, because this opens up more opportunities to me."
Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through the San Diego Public Library. This program offers scholarships to a limited number of qualified students.
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.
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.
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.