Provided by Prince William County
Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School. Accredited by Cognia, Career Online High School is specifically designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce. In Prince William County, it is estimated that 40,000 adults – more than 10% of the County’s population – do not have a high school diploma.
“Earning a high school diploma is a life-changing achievement,” said Deborah L. Wright, library director. “By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering our residents to seek new opportunities and transform their lives.”
PWPL will award scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. The first step for interested applicants is to take COHS’s Online Survey. The survey helps to evaluate if the program is right for the potential student and if it will meet their educational and career needs.
Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of nine high-growth, high-demand career fields across a wide spectrum from child care and education to commercial driving, before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.
Residents can learn more about Career Online High School at any branches or by visiting pwcva.gov/cohs.