Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Career Online High School (COHS)?
A: COHS is an online
high school diploma and career certification program available through
Phoenix Public Library (PPL). This program offers enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students through a scholarship sponsorship. If a student is unable to meet the requirements for the Phoenix Public Library scholarship sponsorship program, it is possible to enroll directly into the Career Online High School.
Q: Who can apply to COHS?
A: Adults who are at least 21-years-old, live within Phoenix city limits, have completed 8th grade and are dedicated to earning their high school diploma. City of Phoenix employees are not required to live within Phoenix city limits to qualify for the program. PPL provides
referrals to alternative education and GED programs for individuals who
do not qualify for the program. Please call 602.261.8847 for more
must have a PPL library card or be willing to apply for one. Library
cards are available free to Maricopa County residents. Visit any PPL
location to complete a library card application.
Q: Will COHS students receive their GED?
This is not a GED program. Successful graduates will earn a high school
diploma and a career certification through an accredited high school.
Q: What type of job training will be offered with my high school diploma?
A: Through COHS, students will receive job training in one of the following areas:
Q: What is the career portfolio?
COHS students will be provided with the necessary tools to find a job,
including assistance in creating a resume and cover letter.
Q: Is all coursework web-based?
Q: Is all coursework in English?
A: Yes. At this time, all coursework is available in English only.
Q: Will I need to purchase textbooks?
A: No, you will not; however, the Language Arts classes may require novels, which you can check out of the library.
Q: How long will it take for students to complete the program?
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.
Q: What is the history of COHS?
began in 2011 and was fully accredited as of February 2012. Since
February 2012, 1,953 students have enrolled in the program with a
retention rate of 66%.
Q: Is COHS accredited?
is fully accredited as an online school district 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) accreditation seal. is
Students and community members can learn more about the district accreditation process at www.advanc-ed.org.
Q: Will my local community colleges and universities accept a Career Online High School diploma?
graduates are directly admissible to community colleges. In order for a
COHS graduate to continue on to an Arizona public university, they
would first have to complete some coursework at a community college.
Q: What if I need help with the admissions process following graduation?
2018, 80% of Arizona jobs will require some form of postsecondary
education. College Depot, a program of PPL, provides students with free
individualized education plans and assistance with
college admissions, financial aid, and scholarships. COHS
alumni who have questions about their transcripts or meeting college
admissions requirements may call 1.888.408.5783 or email
Q: Are COHS staff members credentialed? When are they available to assist students?
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. The COHS academic coach will
welcome the student and then continue reaching out at least once every
two weeks – and more often as needed.
Q: Does the Library offer other resources for education and job preparation?
A: Yes, PPL is committed to helping people meet their education and job preparation needs.
Please visit www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/PhoenixWorks for more information.
Q: How do I get started?
A: The first step is to fill out the inquiry form above. You
will be contacted by the library to continue on to the next step of the
program application process or discuss alternatives.