Career Online High School

Earn your high school diploma!cohs-sidebar

Reach your dreams at the Library! We’re excited to offer a limited number of scholarships to adult learners ready to earn their diplomas and advance in their careers. Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program. Students will receive all the support they need from a personal academic coach and the Library team to earn their diplomas within 18 months. Students will also graduate the program with a career certificate, which shows employers that students have the background knowledge they need to be successful in their field.

Who can apply?

In order to apply to the program, students must:

  • Be a resident of Waukegan
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have completed the eighth grade

Students who qualify for the program must then pass an online self-assessment test. If students successfully pass the self-assessment, they must then complete a prerequisite course within 30 days. When the prerequisite course is successfully passed, students may then accept their scholarship and enroll in the program!


How much does the program cost?
The Library is proud to offer scholarships to students. There will be no cost to students accepted into this program at Waukegan Public Library.

How long will the program take?
Students work at their own pace, but they must complete the program within 18 months from their start date.

Will I receive credit for work I completed in high school, even though I didn’t graduate?
Yes, students can receive up to 14 credits for work completed in high school. If you are accepted into the program, you will need to request a high school transcript. COHS will review your transcript and let you know how many of your credits will transfer.

Is the program available in Spanish?
Right now, COHS is only available in English. Contact us if you would like to learn more about programs available in Spanish, like our Spanish pre-GED class.

How much time will I spend on coursework?
You can work at your own pace. You should aim to spend about 10 hours a week on your coursework to stay on track.

Where can I learn more?
Read all about the program, including more FAQ questions, by visiting our Career Online High School page. You can also discuss the program with WPL’s literacy team, too.

What if I don’t qualify for the program? Can the Library still help me?
The Library is dedicated to helping adult learners reach their goals. Contact us to learn more about the resources available at WPL. Depending on your goals, we can enroll you in one of our classes, match you with a tutor, or give you information on opportunities available at other organizations, like the College of Lake County.


Take the first step in earning your high school diploma by taking the online Student Self-Assessment.