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St. Louis County Library offers adults the opportunity to earn a nationally accredited high school diploma and career certificate online through the Career Online High School (COHS) program.

Get StartedSLCL 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.

If you’re interested in sponsoring a scholarship, please contact the St. Louis County Library Foundation.

To be considered for the program, applicants must 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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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Career Online High School (COHS)?

Career Online High School (COHS) is a nationally accredited online high school diploma and career certification program available through the St. Louis County Library. This program offers free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students.

Who can apply to COHS?

Adult residents of the St. Louis County Library District who are at least 25-years-old, have successfully completed 8th grade and wish to earn their high school diploma.  Individuals under the age of 25 should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs.

Program applicants must have a current St. Louis County Library card or be willing to apply for a library card.

Will COHS students receive their GED?

No.  This is not a GED (General Educational Development) program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through an accredited high school.

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.

What type of career certification will be offered?

Through COHS, students may earn a certificate in the following areas:

  • Childcare and Education
  • Certified Protection Officer (Security Officer)
  • Office Management
  • Commercial Driving
  • Homeland Security
  • General Career Preparation
  • Retail Customer Service
  • Food and Hospitality

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 school.  Depending on how many credits the student is able to transfer, the program can be completed in as few as five months.  The average time to complete is 12 months.

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

The library is committed to helping people meet their education and job preparation needs. The library encourages you to visit your nearest branch and speak to the staff for more information or check out our Personalized Learning opportunities.

How do I get started?

Complete the online self-assessment. After you have successfully finished the self-assessment, you will be contacted by the library within 3 business days to discuss the prerequisite course. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be contacted by the library within 3 business days to discuss your application into the program and to schedule an interview at the library.