Fulton County Library Launches Career Online High School

ATLANTA – May 1, 2024 – Today, the Fulton County Library System announced the launch of Career Online High School. This program helps individuals earn their high school diploma through a free 18-month virtual and individualized program.

Available by scholarship, COHS offers adults the opportunity to complete their high school education through a self-directed course on their own schedule. Participants are supported by library staff, an academic coach, and certified instructors. The program also offers career certificates and each participant graduates with a resume, cover letter, and other tools to start or advance their career. The COHS national program has retention rates of 68-72% for students completing the pre-requisite program and 76% of graduates matriculate into post-secondary programs.

The Library System already offers robust technology and workforce development assistance programs. GED training and testing have been offered at multiple library sites since 2011. The COHS pilot program launches with an initial 12 scholarships available, supported by the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation with pilot funding from the Truist Foundation.

“Our libraries serve our community with so much more than books. Digital programs help us to meet community needs outside of library walls. Through Career Online High School, our patrons can gain the tools they need to advance their careers and education,” said Library System Executive Director Gayle Holloman. “Over 15,000 adults have graduated nationally from Career Online High School. Now, you can too, thanks to your local library!”

Who can apply? Residents who are at least 19-years-old and wish to earn their high school diploma. It is recommended that the applicant have attended the 9th grade. Minors should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs. Program applicants must have a public library card or be willing to apply for a library card. Program applicants who have already received a standard high school diploma, or a high school equivalency diploma, are not eligible for this program. Program applicants who have already received a certificate of completion are eligible.

Through COHS, you can earn both your high school diploma and a certificate in your chosen career path. The program is self-directed but each student is assigned an academic coach who offers ongoing support and connects you with additional instructional help when needed. Courses are taught in an online learning environment available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information about the COHS and to apply, visit the COHS website.

The Career Online High School program
is possible thanks to the Truist Foundation
and the support of Library Foundation donors like YOU. 

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation

For over 35 years, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation has worked in partnership with the Fulton County Library System to secure the System’s future as an indispensable community resource through advocacy, raising public awareness, and generating private funding.