Career Online High School (COHS) is a nationally accredited program that enables adults to earn a high school diploma and a career certificate in one of ten high-demand career fields. All coursework is free and offered online, providing learners the flexibility to juggle jobs, family, and other responsibilities while still succeeding in their studies. Each student must complete 36 classes and be willing to devote a minimum of 10 hours to coursework each week. Students have up to 18 months to finish the program and are paired with an academic coach to encourage and guide them all the way to graduation.

The Need

Factors like family income, pregnancy, mental health, and unsupported learning differences can all lead young people to drop out of high school before graduation. Currently, 17% of Santa Clara County students do not graduate high school, and as the cost of living continues to rise, surviving in San José without a diploma becomes increasingly difficult. The Santa Clara Office of Education reports that only 54% of our 2018 high school graduates met the requirements for entry to a California State University or University of California. The Alliance for Excellent Education’s Graduation Effect economic model projects that if the United States is able to reach a 90% high school graduation rate, it would translate to a $3.1 billion increase in annual earnings, create more than 14,000 new jobs, and save $16.1 billion in health care costs.

The Impacts

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