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Career Online High School

More than 11,000 adults have graduated from Career Online High School. Now, thanks to the Handley Regional Library System, you can too.

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Gain the skills you need to succeed through a flexible, supportive, online program.

Handley Regional Library System offers local adults scholarships to earn a diploma through Career Online High School

The Handley Regional Library System (HRLS) is providing scholarships to adults in in our service area to earn a private high school diploma online and gain career skills. 

Through a partnership with Career Online High School (COHS), HRLS supports adults with earning their high school diploma and a career certificate. The library will be granting a limited number of scholarships to ADULTS AGES 20 AND OLDER. The fully online high school program provides a 24/7 online classroom, personal academic coaches, and real-world career training.

“We are thrilled to be a conduit to assist patrons further their education through this free, online program and be able to add another valuable service that those in the community may not otherwise pursue,” said John Huddy, Handley Regional Library System Director.

“Libraries offer a safe, supportive environment to foster learning and community. Our online education program for adults is a natural extension of library services that empower adults to learn and grow,” said District Superintendent Dr. Howard Liebman. “COHS students receive support from HRLS staff as well as from our academic coaches. Together, they help students achieve their goals.”

In addition to an accredited diploma, COHS students graduate with a certificate in their chosen career path plus a resume, cover letter, and other tools to start or advance their careers.

“Seventy-six percent of our graduates pursue or plan to pursue post-secondary education including community colleges, vocational schools, and bachelor’s degree programs,” said Dr. Liebman.

A fully online program accredited by Cognia/SACS/NCA/NWAC, COHS has partnered with more than 1,800 library locations across the country.

To learn more about the program, including how to enroll and available scholarship opportunities, visit, or for any additional questions, contact Cheryl McKelvey, 540-869-9000 x 213.

About Career Online High School

Career Online High School is part of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, the world’s first private accredited online school district. Founded in 2009, SHCOE offers online high school diploma programs designed to re-engage adults and older youth in the educational system and prepare them for the workplace or postsecondary education. The high school program includes a vocational certificate in career pathways such as home care professional, child care, office management, security professional, commercial driving, retail customer service, food services, hospitality, and general career preparation. More than 1,800 public libraries offer scholarships for the program. For more information, visit