What is Career Online High School (COHS)?
Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through the Public Library. This program offers free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students.
Is COHS accredited?
Career Online High School is accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) accreditation seals. AdvancED provides nationally recognized accreditation for school districts and individual schools and represents 32,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 70 countries worldwide. Learn more about the District Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.
Who can apply to COHS?
Adult residents of Suffolk County who are at least 19-years-old, have successfully completed 8th grade and wish to earn their high school diploma are eligible. Minors should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs. Program applicants must have a library card in good standing or be willing to apply for a library card.
Will COHS students receive their TASC (formerly the GED in New York State)?
No. This is not a high school equivalency program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification in one of 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
Will colleges and universities accept a Career Online High School diploma?
Although the COHS diploma is widely accepted in college admissions throughout the country including online colleges, it may not be accepted in accredited colleges in New Jersey or New York State. Depending on your future career goals, you may still need to take the high school equivalency exam (TASC) after completing Career Online High School.
Is all coursework web-based?
Yes. You must use a desktop or laptop. A smart phone, tablet or iPad will not support the learning management system.
Is all coursework in English?
Yes. All coursework is available in English only.
Will I need to purchase textbooks?
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.
Is COHS staff credentialed? When are they available to assist students?
Yes, all COHS instructors are state certified. Most of the academic coaches and academic instructors are located in Florida. Office hours are 8 am to 5 pm Central Time; however, coaches have evening hours twice a week and the hours will likely be expanded. Staff is not exclusively assigned to a specific library. The COHS academic coach will welcome the student initially and then reach out to all students at least once every two weeks – and more often for students needing additional assistance.
Does the Library offer other resources for education and job preparation?
The Patchogue Medford Library is committed to helping people meet their education and job preparation needs. We encourage you to visit The Learning Center at the Patchogue Medford Library and speak to the staff to help you find a local agency or resource that will best fit your needs.
How do I get started?
Complete an online self-assessment. After you have successfully finished the self-assessment, you will be contacted by the library within 3 business days to discuss taking the prerequisite course. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be contacted by the library to schedule an interview and discuss your application into the program.