Career Online High School

Earn your high school diploma with Career Online High School!

Oceanside Public Library, in partnership with the California State Library and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma online through Career Online High School.

The library's pilot program provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified adult learners who are looking to expand their career opportunities, prepare for workforce entry and continue their education.  The Oceanside Public Library Foundation is matching scholarships by Gale. 

Career Online High School through the Oceanside Public Library is open to eligible Oceanside residents. Applicants who successfully complete an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview, will be considered for enrollment. 

Once enrolled in the program, Career Online High School 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.

Learn More!

Email cohs@ci.oceanside.ca.us and our enrollment team will contact you, or visit the Career Online High School website for more information.

Career Online High School Frequently Asked Questions

What is Career Online High School? Career Online High School is an online high school diploma program available through the Oceanside Public Library. This pilot program offers scholarships to a limited number of qualified students.

Who can apply to Career Online High School? City of Oceanside residents (at least 19 years of age), who are on an 8th grade level who wish to earn their high school diploma.

How will people be selected for the program? Scholarships are limited, and the demand is expected to be high. Eligible adults must successfully pass an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, as well as an in-person interview to be considered for enrollment in the program.

Will Career Online High School students receive their GED or other high school equivalency? No. This is not a GED or other high school equivalency program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through an accredited online high school.

What is the different between high school equivalency (GED, HiSET, TASC) and a high school diploma? While both high school equivalency 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 an equivalency.

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.

What if I don't qualify for a scholarship? There may be other options available to you. Please contact cohs@ci.oceanside.ca.us for more information.