Earn Your Accredited High School Diploma and a Career Certificate Through the BPL!

Many jobs that offer a livable wage require at least a high school diploma. For those who did not complete high school for any reason - illness, family commitments, it just wasn't the right time-going back to school can seem daunting and overwhelming.

The Boston Public Library is committed to supporting lifelong learning for people of all ages. We also but firmly believe it is never too late to start or restart your educational goals!  Thus, we are proud to offer the opportunity for adults living in the City of Boston ages 19+ to earn their diploma and further their education and career. The Boston Public Library is offering scholarships for Career High School Online (COHS). COHS offers adults the opportunity to complete their high school education and gain career training. COHS is a self-paced, supportive, and accredited online education program. In COHS, adults will:

  • Earn an accredited high school diploma while preparing for a career in one of ten high-demand, high growth fields. These areas of career study include:
    • Certified Protection Officer,
    • Child Care and Education,
    • Commercial Driving,
    • Food and Hospitality,
    • General Career Preparation,
    • Home Care Professional,
    • Homeland Security,
    • Hospitality and Leisure,
    • Office Management, and
    • Retail Customer Service
  • Take classes online, giving the flexibility of 24/7 access to schoolwork. 
  • Be supported by certified instructors and academic coaches who care about success.
  • Gain career readiness with a portfolio including a resume, cover letter, and job preparation support
  • Be supported and encouraged through friendly library staff. Our staff can provide additional print and online resources, as well as general good cheer and encouragement!

To see if this program is right for you, and to start your journey towards earning your high school diploma, please visit our COHS page here. For further questions, please email cohs@bpl.org.