Safety Harbor Public Library offers scholarships to adult residents of Pinellas County for the opportunity to earn an accredited private high school diploma online and certificate in their chosen career path.
Through a partnership with Career Online High School (COHS) and the Florida State Division of Library and Information Services, qualified students can earn a high school diploma and a career certificate. The fully online program provides a 24/7 online classroom, personal academic coaches, and real-world career training.
“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 Safety Harbor Public Library staff as well as from our academic coaches. Together, they help students achieve their goals.”
According to the 2020 US Census Bureau report, there are almost 85,000 adults over the age of 25 in Pinellas County who lack a high school diploma, making it difficult to apply to college or advance in a career. “Eighty-one percent of our graduates pursue post-secondary education including community colleges, vocational schools, and bachelor’s degree programs,” said Dr. Liebman.
As a fully online program accredited by Cognia/SACS/NCA/NWAC, COHS has partnered with more than 150 library systems across the country. To learn more about the program, including how to enroll, where to take your “Are You Ready Survey”, and scholarship opportunities, visit SafetyHarborLibrary.com/cohs.
Career Online High School (COHS) is part of Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), 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, childcare, office management, security professional, commercial driving, retail customer service, food services, hospitality, and general career preparation. For more information, visit https://fl.careeronlinehs.org/high-school-diploma/.