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St. Petersburg Public Library Program Offers Opportunity to Earn Free High School Diploma

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (November 14, 2018) – St. Petersburg adults seeking to earn an accredited private high school diploma are encouraged to enroll in the free Career Online High School (COHS) program offered through the St. Petersburg Library System. Adults must be at least 19 years old, a resident of Pinellas County and either have or be eligible to obtain a library card.

In partnership with the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative, Career Online High School is designed to return adults into the education system, while preparing them for post-secondary education or entry into the workforce through its credentialed certificate program. COHS classes are taught by board-certified instructors and students may access learning at their convenience. Students can expect to spend 8-10 hours per week on COHS courses.

After enrolling, students are paired with an academic coach, who will help them develop an individual career plan, offer guidance and support, evaluate performance and connect them with available resources for successful learning. Students may graduate in as few as six months by transferring previously earned high school credits or take up to 18 months to complete required coursework.

In addition to the accredited high school diploma, students may also earn certificates in general career preparation, child care; commercial driving; food service; hospitality, and leisure; Homeland Security; office management, retail customer service and as a certified protection officer.  COHS also offers students additional learning tools, including career information webinars and workshops teaching job skills, such as cover letter and resume writing tips.

Career Online High School is offered to public libraries by the state of Florida and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. Residents may learn more about COHS at any St. Petersburg library or at For more information or questions about COHS, contact Elizabeth Discussion, Mirror Lake Community Library, at 727-893-7268 or

About your St. Petersburg Library: St. Petersburg’s Library System provides library resources to inform, connect, and empower our diverse community. The library system operates seven community libraries, including the Main Library, North Community Library, South Community Library, West Community Library, Johnson Community Library, Mirror Lake Community Library and a micro-library at Childs Park YMCA. For more information, visit

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