Career Online High School

​Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through VBPL. This program offers free enrollment to a limited number of qualified adult students.​

Who can apply to COHS?

Virginia Beach residents who are at least 20 years old, have successfully completed 8th grade and wish to earn their high school diploma.  Minors should pursue their high school education through existing high school programs.

Program applicants must have a full service library account in good standing or be willing to apply for a library account.

Will COHS students receive their GED?

No.  This is not a GED (General Educational Development) program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through an accredited 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:

  • Certified Protection Officer (Security Officer)
  • Childcare and Education
  • Commercial Driving
  • Food and Hospitality
  • General Career Preparation
  • Home Care Professional
  • Homeland Security
  • Hospitality and Leisure
  • Introduction to Manufacturing
  • Office Management
  • Retail Customer Service

How do I get started?

Visit the Career Online High School page for more details and fill out the readiness survey to see if this program is a good fit for you. After taking the quick readiness survey, a librarian will contact you to talk about your next steps. If you have any questions, contact

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