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Career Online High School

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Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and workforce readiness certificate program available through Norfolk Public Library. This program offers free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students.

 Take the self-assessment

Who can apply to COHS?

Norfolk residents who are at least 20 years old, have successfully completed 8th grade and wish to earn their high school diploma. Minors should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs.

Program applicants must have a full service library card in good standing 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 workforce readiness certificate 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 to show employers that they have special skills and training for the job. 

What type of career certificate will be offered?

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

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

How do I get started?

Fill out the self-assessment to see if this program is a good fit for you. After taking the quick self-assessment, a librarian will contact you to talk about your next steps.


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