Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Lake County library system offers scholarships for online diplomas


The Lake County Library System has several scholarships available for adults pursuing their high school diplomas. Adults can earn an accredited diploma and career certificate through a free program called Career Online High School, or COHS, a news release states.

To qualify, applicants must be Lake County residents age 19 or older and fluent in English; must not already have a high school diploma or equivalency diploma (GED); and must have a Lake County Library card. Complete a self-assessment at to see if you qualify. Those eligible will then receive a prerequisite course to complete by Friday, March 22.

In addition to an accredited diploma, students will complete coursework to earn a certificate in one of nine career paths: general career preparation, office management, hospitality and leisure, retail customer service, protection officer, child care, commercial driving, food and hospitality, and homeland security.

COHS, now in its fourth year in Lake County, requires no textbooks or classroom meetings. Students are given 18 months to complete the online program but can finish in as little as six months, depending on how many credits they can transfer from their previous high school.

“There are so many things that may prevent or delay someone from getting a high school diploma,” Kathryn Walling, program specialist for the library system, says in the release. “Career Online High School gives adults the opportunity to earn their diplomas for free in a new and different way, giving them the opportunity to get back on the career track they want and improve their lives.”