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Earn your high school diploma as you prepare for a career in a high-demand field. This 18-credit high school course will teach you the skills you need to become an office manager, receptionist, data input specialist, or customer service representative. The course is offered entirely online, and you can work at your own pace.
When you enroll, you are assigned an Academic Coach who will provide you with support and help you stay on track. Should you need additional academic support, you will be assigned to a qualified instructor, certified in the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, or social studies, who will work directly with you.
Career Online High School is a division of Smart Horizons Career Online Education, a private school district that has been granted District Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation seal. This means that the SHCOE district and all its schools are accredited, and that Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.
AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). AdvancED provides nationally recognized accreditation for school districts and individual schools and represents 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries worldwide, educating 15 million students.
Students and community members can learn more about the District Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.
Smart Horizons has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1780 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500 McLean, VA 22102.
"Students interested in pursuing post-secondary education within their state should check with the state to understand the requirements. States may impose requirements for receiving state financial aid. For example, an online high school diploma may not be recognized by some colleges and universities within a state to receive financial aid. It is recommended that students check with a specific institution for any specific restrictions—this is particularly important for residents of New York and New Jersey."
What you will learn
How you will benefit
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
All students entering Career Online High School must be at least 16 years of age prior to the first day of class and have successfully completed the 8th Grade at an accredited institution. Minors will be required to obtain parental consent to enrollment and acknowledgment of responsibility.
Karen Panerali has more than 20 years of experience in instruction, curriculum development, and academic support. Her teaching experience includes high school, college, and corporate training settings. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Journalism and a Master of Arts in liberal arts studies.
Kimberly Sher has been an academic coach for more than 13 years. Previously, she was a science instructor at the University of Miami. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in chemistry education.
Yianna Pavlakos is an Academic Coach and Social Studies Academic Support Instructor with 14 years of experience. She has a Bachelor's degree in history and philosophy and a Master's degree in history.
Shauna Paedae is a Math Academic Support Instructor. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master's degree in statistics, a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, and 31 years of teaching experience.
Can I register for a course if I am an international student?
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
Does this course prepare for a certification?
When can I start the course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete a course?
The career component of this course takes an estimate of 120 hours to complete; however, the hours for the High School Diploma general education can vary based on the number of high school credits you have prior to enrollment. All of our courses are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Depending on how many credits you transfer in, you can be on your way to earning your high school diploma in a few months. You will be given up to 18 months to complete the course.
What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Am I guaranteed a job?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
Can I get financial assistance?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
How can I get more information about this course?
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.
I dropped out my senior year. Will all of the courses I completed count toward this diploma?
Once you are ready to start the course, our Registrar will analyze your transcripts and apply credits for any coursework you completed that fulfills our credit transfer requirements. Elective credits do not apply since the electives we offer are needed for you to earn your career certification. Click here to download the transcript request form.
What is the career portfolio?
To arm you with the tools you need to find a job, we will teach you to create essential documents such as your resume and a cover letter.
Why shouldn't I just get my GED?
A GED or General Equivalency Diploma requires you to pay for an exam. Preparing for the exam does not always provide you with the learning opportunities you could benefit from by completing coursework. Additionally, this course gives you the benefit of earning a career certificate. We encourage you to make the decision that is right for you, so research all of your options. Also, ask friends, family, and employers what their opinion is!
I've been working in an accounting office for 15 years, but after careful consideration and realizing that with this diploma I have more options, I've decided to pursue a different career. I believe that helping others is one of the most important things in life. I also would like to volunteer and show young teen moms that they can still graduate from high school even while at home with their babies. I want them to know that teen pregnancy doesn't have to end their pursuit of an education and career and they can reach high and accomplish their dreams. - C.C., UDC Community College
I liked knowing that when you're done you have the skills and knowledge to move on to higher education and a better job- C.D., University of Texas at El Paso
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