The Shorewood-Troy Public Library offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online.
The library's program provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified adult learners who are looking to expand their career opportunities, prepare for workforce entry, or continue their education.
To be considered for the program, applicants will successfully complete an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview.
Once enrolled in the program, 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 will be given up to 18 months to complete the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply to COHS?
Shorewood residents (at least 21 years of age) who wish to earn their high school diploma and have a Shorewood-Troy Public Library card in good standing.
How will people be selected for the program?
Enrollment is limited and the demand is expected to be high. Adults must successfully pass an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, as well as an in-person interview with a librarian to become an applicant in the program.
Will COHS students receive their GED?
No. This is not a GED program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through an accredited online high school.
What is the difference between a GED and high school diploma?
While both the GED and the high school diploma are important, there are several differences between them; among the most significant is the fact that some colleges, institutions and organizations require a high school diploma and may not accept the GED. In addition to providing a high school diploma, COHS gives students the benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation documents and training.
What type of career certification will be offered?
Through COHS, students may earn a certificate in the following areas:
- Childcare and Education
- Certified Protection Officer (Security Officer)
- Office Management
- Certified Transportation Services (Trucker/Commercial Driver)
- Homeland Security
- General Career Preparation
- Retail Customer Service Skills
- Food Service and Customer Service Skills
Students and community members can learn more about the Career Certificate Tracks here.
How long will it take for students to complete the program?
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.
Take the Assessment
Ready to see if you're a fit for the program? Take the online self-assessment to determine if this program meets your educational and career needs. The program manager will contact you after you've completed the assessment.