How It Works

Review these easy steps…

How to Get Started

  • 1. Learn About the Program

    Explore this website to learn about the Career Online High School™ (COHS) program. If you decide that earning an accredited high school diploma while gaining real-world career skills is the best option for you, take the “Are You Ready?” survey to apply to COHS.

  • 2. Take a Short Online Survey

    Complete a short online “Are You Ready?” survey that asks you about things like your access to a computer, how much time you can dedicate to courses, and an essay question. If you meet the program requirements, you will be contacted by the library within 3 business days to discuss the prerequisite course. If not, we will help you find other programs that support your educational and career goals.

  • 3. Complete a Prerequisite Course

    Select a career path and enroll in the prerequisite course. During the prerequisite course, you will:

    • Explore the online learning environment to determine if you are comfortable with it. The prerequisite course must be completed with a 70% or higher and within 2 weeks.
    • Decide whether the program best meets your educational needs, or if alternative options for high school completion are better for you.
    • Determine if the career field is interesting/appealing.
    • Show the library your commitment to furthering your education through the successful completion of the full COHS program.
  • 4. Enroll in the Full Program

    Upon completion of the prerequisite course, the library will contact you to schedule an interview and discuss your enrollment into the full program.

Scholarships

  • Scholarship Award Process

    Upon completion of the Part 1: Prerequisite course, the library will contact you within 3 business days to schedule an interview and discuss your enrollment into the full program.

Completing Coursework and Graduating

  • 1. Get Started

    You will be paired with an academic coach, who will help you succeed in the program. They’ll help you get started with a welcome kit and phone call, and show you how to log in to your online classroom, which includes:

    • 24/7 access to courses
    • Instant feedback on lessons and exams
    • Online learning resources including eLibrary, calendar, gradebook, and support services
    • Pace guides that help you stay on track by completing one course credit every two weeks
  • 2. Get the Support You Need to Succeed

    • Library contacts at cohs@ppld.org for various local resources
    • Academic coach is there to support you via phone, email, and text
    • Technical support is available by phone or email
    • Certified instructors provide additional academic support
    • Support staff help you plan for your next career steps
  • 3. Prepare for a Career

    • Career-focused, skills-based elective courses
    • Biweekly online seminars focused on 21st century job 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
  • 4. Graduate With

    • High school diploma
    • Career certificate
    • Career portfolio
    • Job prep training and skills

Take a short online survey to see if Career Online High School is right for you: