To learn more about the Career Online High School (COHS), please review these questions and answers:
- What is Career Online High School (COHS)?
Career Online High School (COHS) is an online private high school diploma and career certification program available through some of Colorado’s public libraries. This program offers free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students.
- Who can apply to COHS?
Adult residents who are at least 19 years old and wish to earn their high school diploma. As an indicator of readiness it is recommended that the applicant have attended the 9th grade. Minors should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs.
Program applicants must have a Berthoud library card in good standing or be willing to apply for a library card.
Program applicants who have already received a standard high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma are not eligible for this program. Program applicants who have already received a certificate of completion are eligible.
- What type of career certification will be offered?
Through COHS, students may earn a certificate in the following areas:
Certified Protection Officer
Child Care and Education
Food and Hospitality
General Career Preparation
Retail Customer Service
- What is the career portfolio?
To arm you with the tools you need to find a job, we will teach you to create essential documents, such as your resume and a cover letter. All students must complete this.
- Is all coursework web-based?
- What device(s) can I use for to access my coursework?
You must use a desktop, laptop, or tablet. A smart phone will not support the learning management system.
- Is all coursework in English?
Yes. At this time, 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 accredited 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.
- What is the history of COHS?
COHS was founded in early 2010 and accredited as the world’s first online private school district in February 2011. Since February 2012, approximately 6,200 students have enrolled in the program with a retention rate of approximately 66% to 72%.
- 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.
This means that the Smart Horizons Career Online Education district and all of its schools are accredited, and that Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system, delivering an AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited online high school diploma.
- Will my local community colleges and universities accept a Career Online High School diploma?
The prevalence of online “diploma mills” and counterfeit degrees has unfortunately created some skepticism around the legitimacy of diplomas from online institutions. Career Online High School is NOT a diploma mill. 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.
While Career Online High School itself is a new institution and may not immediately be familiar by name, it is easy to demonstrate that the school is recognized across the nation as a quality school system, delivering an AdvancedED accredited online high school diploma. It is important to understand that a high school diploma alone (from any type of accredited high school), is not enough to guarantee a student admission into a college or university, as each postsecondary institution has its own minimum standards including admissions exams, standardized test scores and other criteria.
- What if I need help with the admissions process following graduation?
Career Online High School is committed to the success of its graduates as they advance into the workplace or post-secondary education and training. Any alumni of the COHS program who has questions about their transcripts or meeting college admissions requirements may call 1-888-408-5783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
- Is COHS staff credentialed? When are they available to assist students?
Yes, all COHS instructors are state certified. Office hours are 8 am to 5 pm Mountain 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 library is committed to helping people meet their education and job preparation needs. The library encourages you to visit 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 5 business days to discuss the prerequisite course. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be contacted by the library within 5 days to schedule an interview and discuss your application into the program