The Career Online High School (COHS) program enables public libraries to provide an online high school diploma program and career certificate to California adults who are not high school graduates. COHS is provided at no cost to adults who are awarded scholarships by local libraries. The program supports libraries in serving the career, educational, and personal needs of approximately 17% of California adults without a high school diploma.
The funding opportunity offers public libraries the chance to offer Career Online High School, an online diploma program for adults age 19 and up. Approximately 17% of California's adults do not have a high school diploma. Public library jurisdictions in the state may apply to join the program.
Each new applicant library must fill out an online application, indicating local need, institutional capacity to support the program, availability of matching funds, and director approval. Applications from libraries are reviewed four times a year: March 10, June 10, September 10, and December 10. New applicants generally receive a minimum of six seats in the program (known as scholarships): three provided at no cost to the library, and three ($1,095 each) supported by the local jurisdiction. Applicants may apply to waive the full matching requirement but must support at least one scholarship with local funds. Successful applicant libraries may then award scholarships to adults who hold library cards in that system. Scholarships are awarded by a library only after an adult successfully completes a self-assessment, prerequisite course, interview, and trial period.
Libraries currently offering Career Online High School may apply for additional scholarships, using a different online application. These applications are reviewed four times a year: March 10, June 10, September 10, and December 10. The same matching formula applies (minimum of three State-supported scholarships for each three locally supported scholarships, with an opportunity to apply for a waiver of the full match). Typical award amounts range from three to over a hundred no-cost scholarships. Typically, up to 20 awards are made each year. An archived webinar and staff provide support to applicants. There are no planning grants. Keywords: secondary education, adult education, library, diploma, career training.
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California public library jurisdictions are the only eligible applicants. A branch library should apply to participate through its jurisdiction, not as a specific location within the jurisdiction.
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Matching Funding Requirement:
Applicants may apply for a waiver of the full match, but must provide a minimum cash match of $1,095 (one scholarship). Matching funds are local, not state or federal library funds. Local funds may come from a library's budget or from a community partner or fundraising group like a library foundation or friends group. If requesting a waiver, applicants must provide a short narrative explaining why they have made this request.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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