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Santa Barbara Public Library offers online high school diploma program

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Public Library announced that it is offering a high school diploma program to Santa Barbara County residents that have not yet completed a high school diploma.

The library's Adult Education Center has offered one-on-one literacy tutoring for over 25 years.

In 2017, the library launched a program called SBPL Works! which offers small group classes and one-on-one coaching in career skills, resume review, job search strategies and interview preparation.

Now, the Santa Barbara Public Library is offering a program to help residents earn their accredited high school diploma online. The program is called the Career Online High School Program (COHS).

The library describes COHS as an online, flexible and free program that provides:

  • A personal academic coach to help you succeed.
  • 24/7 online classroom access.
  • The ability to transfer credits from a recent GED.
  • Career training and a specialized certificate from one of ten industries.

Those eligible for the COHS program must be Santa Barbara Public Library cardholders, be 19 years or older, must live in Santa Barbara County and do not have a high school diploma.

The library says a COHS high school diploma opens the door to opportunities for higher education, a better job or promotion, increased self-confidence and higher pay.

Those who earn a COHS degree through the library are eligible for the SBCC Promise, a project of the SBCC Foundation that provides local students who complete their secondary education within the Santa Barbara Community College District the opportunity to attend SBCC full-time for two years free of charge.

The Santa Barbara Public Library, working in cooperation with the California State Library, will offer a limited number of scholarships for this high school program.

For more information, you can visit the library's online high school page here or call their Adult Education Center at (805) 564-5619 or email

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