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Career Online High School


Are you ready? The San Diego Public Library 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.

Online Self-Assessmet

Congratulations COHS Graduating Class!


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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."

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Career Online High School (COHS)?

Who can apply to COHS?

How will people be selected for the program?

Will COHS students receive their GED?

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

What type of career certification will be offered?

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

What if I don't qualify for a scholarship due to residency?

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

Learn More

To learn more about this program, please email diploma@sandiego.gov and our enrollment team will contact you.