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California public libraries: apply to participate in California's Career Online High School Pilot Program!

Career Online High School, or COHS, is an educational service offered by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, which offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate at the same time. In this pilot program by the California State Library, libraries will receive support to offer free COHS scholarships in their communities.

Currently 38 California public libraries offer COHS to their customers. Of these, 36 are participants in the State Library's COHS Pilot Program.

Application deadline: Friday, May 6, 2016, 5 PM.

Project Information and Requirements (PDF)

Informational Webinar

FAQ – Career Online High School Pilot Project (PDF)

Each selected library will receive:

  • Career Online High School scholarships, including unlimited access to online self-assessment and pre-requisite courses (libraries will request a specific number of scholarships [minimum of 3] and the State Library will allocate accordingly, taking into account the total number of requests and the number of scholarships available)
  • Outreach materials and marketing support from Gale Cengage
  • Intensive training and ongoing technical assistance

Selected libraries must provide:

  • Staff time and expertise, to manage the COHS program at their libraries
  • A matching scholarship/student enrollment for each scholarship awarded by the State Library
  • A program agreement form, signed by the library director.

For a limited number of the scholarships available, we will consider a reduction in the match requirement for your library, on a case-by-case basis. Factors that will be considered in granting reductions include: library size and per capita funding; high unemployment in service area; low educational attainment (i.e., number of people in service area with less than a high school diploma or equivalency); etc. Reductions can be requested as part of the online application process; you'll be required to fund at least one scholarship. We anticipate granting reductions to a small percentage of applicants.

Application process

Before you apply: Read the Project Information and Requirements document carefully.

Apply online at Because you'll have to complete your online application in one session, we strongly suggest that you refer to the print version of the application and develop your answers before going online. Apply by Friday, May 6, 2016, 5 PM.

Applicants will be notified by no later than Friday, May 13, 2016.

For further information, please contact:

Janet Coles
Library Programs Consultant
California State Library