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Online High School for Adults

Online High School for Adults​

Phoenix Public Library's (PPL) Career Online High School (COHS) offers adults aged 21 or older who live within Phoenix city limits and have a permanent, physical Phoenix address (or are a City of Phoenix employee) the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online. Use this interactive map​ of the City of P​hoenix or this City of Phoenix City Limits Map Book if you are unsure of whether your address is within the Phoenix city limits. Tuition waivers were made available through support from The Steele Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Phoenix Public Library Foundation, Freeport-McMoRan and Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Applicants who successfully complete an online self-assessment and a two-week prerequisite course will be invited to an in-person interview. 

Once enrolled, COHS pairs each student with an online academic coach, who provides the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance and connects the student with the resources needed to master the courses. Students can complete the program in as little as 5 months but will be permitted up to 18 months to graduate. 

For more information please review the frequently asked questions below or contact us at 602.261.8847 or college.depot@phoenix.gov. You may also visit PPL's COHS website as well​.


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​​To begin the enrollment process, the first step is to complete an online application that includes an essay submission of at least 250 words (3-5 paragraphs). 
You will receive a response for your application via email and a phone call within a week of submitting it. 


Online Application​


 
A: COHS is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through Phoenix Public Library (PPL). This program offers free 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.
A: Adults who are 21 years of age or older, 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 information. Program applicants 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.
A: The Phoenix Public Library's COHS program is scholarship-sponsored. If a student successfully goes through every step of the application process and is accepted into the program, then the program is completely paid for by the Phoenix Public Library. If a student fails to meet the contract of requirements, log-on, participate and complete your courses within the required timeline, then the Phoenix Public Library reserves the right to revoke the student's scholarship.
A: We have very limited funding for this program and cannot accommodate for the needs of the entire county therefore applicants must physically reside within the City of Phoenix.
A: Our advisor reviews applications on Fridays of each week, so depending on the amount of applications, you should expect to hear via email about your application status and next steps in about a week and a half. We advise you to check the email address that you provided in your application and to check your spam folder as well. If you have not been contacted within a week and a half, feel free to call us at 602-261-8847 or send us an email to college.depot@phoenix.gov to confirm if we’ve received your application and we will make sure to get back with you.
A: Yes. Once you advance past the COHS application and enroll in the prerequisite course you will get an email that explains how to get unlimited access to the Phoenix Public Library computers. If you’d rather opt out of that option, you can log on and complete your courses anywhere you have access to a computer and the internet. Courses are not accessible on phones or tablets.
A: No. This is not a GED program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through the Career Online High School, which is an accredited high school.
A: All COHS students will be provided with the necessary tools to find a job, including assistance in creating a resume and cover letter.
A: Yes. At this time, all coursework is available in English only.
A: No, you will not; however, the Language Arts classes may require novels, which you can check out of the library.
A: 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. For further break-down and more in-depth answers for your particular circumstances, set up an appointment with a specialist at College Depot by calling 602-261-8847.
A: 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%.
A: COHS 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. Students and community members can learn more about the district accreditation process by checking out AdvancEd's website.
A: COHS graduates are directly admissible to community colleges. In order for a COHS graduate to continue on to an Arizona public university or a university outside of Arizona, they would first have to complete some coursework at a community college.
A: By 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 enrollment@schoe.org.
A: 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. The COHS academic coach will welcome the student and then continue reaching out at least once every two weeks – and more often as needed.
A: Yes, PPL is committed to helping people meet their education and job preparation needs. Please visit PhoenixWorks for more information.
A: The first step is to fill out the Online Application. You will be contacted by College Depot staff at the Phoenix Public Libary to continue on to the next step of the program application process or discuss alternatives.
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 information.

Program applicants 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?
A: No. 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?
A: All 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?
A: Yes.

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?
A: 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.

Q: What is the history of COHS?
A: 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?
A: COHS 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?
A: COHS 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?
A: By 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 enrollment@schoe.org.

Q: Are COHS staff members credentialed? When are they available to assist students?
A: 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. 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.​


How it works          
STEP ONE

Complete the Online Application​ to determine that you meet the basic requirements of the program.

STEP TWO

Complete a prerequisite course in two weeks or less.

STEP THREE

Participate in a final interview with College Depot staff.

 
 STEP FOUR
Receive your tuition waiver and begin your next course.

Questions and Comments
If you have any other questions or would like additional information, feel free to call us at 602.261.8847 or send us an email and a library staff member will be in contact with you.

Call: (602) 261-8847 · Email: college.depot@phoenix.gov
1221 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
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