Earn Your Accredited High School Diploma and Career Certificate at the Same Time!

Career Online High School (COHS) was developed in 2012 through a partnership with Cengage Learning and Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE) in an effort to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas.  SHCOE is the world's first online school district.  

Texas A&M University is excited to be a part of this partnership.  The Office of Community Outreach - Career & Professional Education is offering adult learners who did not complete high school the opportunity to transform their lives by earning a high school diploma, learning to be community leaders, and prepare for careers and employment based on academic requirements.  This opportunity can also prepare students for entrance into college and other postsecondary training.

Major Corporate Partners provide the program to their employees:  Walmart, McDonald's, Goodwill, and more....

Strategic Partners: UpSkill America, YouthBuild, and National Association of Workforce Boards.

Qualifications:  (1) must be 16 years of age or older, and (2) completed the 8th grade at an accredited institution prior to the first day of class.  Minors will be required to obtain parental consent for acknowledgment of responsibility and enrollment.

What it takes....

Successfully complete a total of 18 units (either through SHCOE or through a combination of transferred credits from an accredited institution and SHCOHS credits) to receive a SHCOHS AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited high school diploma and career certificate. 

  • Language Arts (4 credits)    
  • Social Studies (3 credits)
  • Math (3 credits)        
  • Science (3 credits)
  • Health/Personal Fitness (1 credit)
  • Career Elective Courses (4 credits)    

Earn a Career Certificate in a high-demand field. Choose from 8 Career Tracks: 

  • General Career Prep 
  • Office Management
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Childcare and Education
  • Retail Customer Service
  • Certified Protection Officer
  • Commerical Driving
  • Homeland Security    

Students have 18 months to complete the high school diploma program; however, many complete the program in 3 to 4 months, depending on how many courses they need.

Part 1 (2-week Academic Prep)  *FREE*

Step 1: Select one of the 8 career paths.

Step 2: Enroll in the Pre-requisite: Part 1 course in that career track.

Step 3: Once "verified", complete all assignments in the course in 2 weeks (access expires at 2 weeks). You will receive your first 1/2 credit.

Part 2 (Full Program)  $1545   

Payment options include self-pay, employer assistance, Workforce Solutions (if eligible), and community scholarships.  

Complete Enrollment and get Transfer Credits
  • Transfer in high school credits for courses you already completed
  • Virtual Welcome Kit shows you step by step how the program works
  • Welcome phone call kicks off a virtual tour of the online campus (think of it as the first-day-of-school orientation)
Start your online high school diploma courses
  • Available 24/7
  • Instant feedback on lessons and exams
  • Online learning resources including eLibrary, Calendar, and Academic Support Services
  • Your very own Pace Guide to show you how much you need to complete in order to stay on track to graduate
Student Support: Get help whenever you need it
  • Academic Coach
  • Qualified, Certified Instructors
  • Technical Support
Prepare for your career
  • Complete coursework to become certified in your chosen career area (1 of 8 options)
  • Attend online seminars to prepare you for work
  • Career Portfolio helps you prepare resumes, cover letters, and more
Graduate with the following
  • Accredited High School Diploma
  • Career Certificate
  • Career Portfolio with resumes and cover letters
  • Job training and skills