Accredited Online Program is Free for Qualified Beach Residents
As Virginia Beach children head back to school, adults in Virginia Beach have a new opportunity to go back to school, too. On Sept. 1, Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) launched Career Online High School (COHS) for Virginia Beach residents ages 20 and older who are interested in pursuing a high school diploma and furthering their career goals. Since the program’s “soft” launch, two applicants have already begun the enrollment process.
VBPL is the first library system in Virginia to offer COHS, a product of library vendor Gale. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, the program is designed to reengage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into post-secondary career education or the workforce.
COHS is not a GED (General Educational Development) program. Participants earn both a high school diploma and a career certificate in one of several high-demand fields including office management, child care and education, homeland security and more. In addition to residing in Virginia Beach and being at least 20 years old, applicants must have a Virginia Beach library card, which is free to residents, and must have successfully completed eighth grade. Transfer credits are accepted. Interested residents may begin the process by completing an online self-assessment.
“Libraries provide free access to information and transformative opportunities for all community members,” said VBPL Director Eva Poole. “Career Online High School is another exciting library service to help adults in Virginia Beach achieve their lifelong learning and career goals.”
Virginia Beach Public Library offers a variety of free resources and programs for people who are pursuing educational and career goals, including Microsoft Office classes, taught by Microsoft-certified library staff; one-on-one, volunteer-led career coaching and resume-writing sessions; online courses on business and software topics through Lynda.com; online test preparation resources; and books, e-books, DVDs, streaming video and other materials on related topics.
Virginia Beach residents may access COHS by visiting www.VBgov.com/VBPLdiploma.