Career Online High School

We want 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.

About the Program

A Career Online High School (COHS) diploma is considered a VALID high school diploma by the USDOE.  COHS was developed in 2012 through a partnership with Cengage Learning and Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE). SHCOE is the world's first online accredited school district. 

Career Online High School has an authorized CEEB code (CEEB stands for College Entrance Examination Board, i.e. the College Board). The CEEB Code is inserted on the COHS transcript and on the student’s FAFSA (federal financial aid) forms.  


16 years of age or older and completed the 8th grade at an accredited institution. There is no age limit.   Minors will be required to obtain parental consent for acknowledgment of responsibility and enrollment.   

18 Units plus Career 

Complete a total of 18 units either through SHCOE or through a combination of transferred credits from an accredited institution and SHCOHS credits.


Earn a Career Certificate in a high-demand field.    

  • Language Arts (4 credits)    
  • Social Studies (3 credits)
  • Math (3 credits)        
  • Science (3 credits)
  • Health/Personal Fitness (1 credit)
  • Career Elective Courses (4 credits) 
  • General Career Prep 
  • Office Management
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Childcare and Education
  • Retail Customer Service
  • Certified Protection Officer
  • Commercial Driving
  • Homeland Security 
  • Hospitality and Leisure
 Receive a SHCOHS AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited high school diploma and career certificate.


Part 1 ( 2-week Academic Prep)  *free *

Step 1: Select one of the nine career programs.

Step 2: Enroll in the Pre-requisite: Part 1 selected program.

Step 3: Complete all assignments in 2 weeks (access expires at 2 weeks). You will receive your first 1/2 credit.

Part 2 (Full Program)   $1545   

Tuition needs to be paid prior to starting the full COHS program.  You will have support working with you along the way.  

Complete Enrollment and get Transfer Credits
  • Transfer in high school credits for courses you already completed (*see note below)
  • 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)
* For credits to be transferred in to the program, the credits must be in non-elective high school courses taken through an accredited high school. The transcripts must be sent from the former high school to the program material provider. Instructions and assistance with the process is provided to our students.
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

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

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

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