Career Online High School is an educational service offered by Gale, which offers adults (19 plus years of age) the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and entry level career certificate at the same time. In this program offered by the New Mexico State Library, libraries receive support to offer one free full tuition scholarship in their communities, provided that the library can fund one tuition scholarship as a match.
The goal of this statewide library program is to bring non-traditional adult learners back into the educational system and prepare them for jobs in growing sectors of the economy. An additional plus for Career Online High School is that students receive the benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation and training, in addition to earning a high school diploma. (Note: All coursework is available in English only).
Career Online High School, a division of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, is accredited by Cognia. This means that the Smart Horizons Career Online Education district and all of its schools are Cognia/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited and that Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system. Established in 2011, Career Online High School has a proven track record and is a service offered at more than 150 library systems across the county which has graduated nearly 4,000 adults through public libraries. Seventy-nine percent of COHS alumni report they plan to go on to college.
In order to participate in the program, libraries must agree to fund and give at least one full tuition scholarship ($1295) to a student in their community, and the State Library will fund another scholarship for someone in that library’s community.
Please visit the New Mexico State Library’s COHS web page to apply. The application deadline for the first library training program is October 28, 2020.