Career Online High School Frequently Asked Questions



What is Career Online High School?

Career Online High School is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through the McHenry Public Library. This program offers scholarships to a limited number of qualified students.

Who can apply for a Career Online High School scholarship?

McHenry Public Library District residents (at least 21 years of age), who have completed 8th grade and have a McHenry Public Library card in good standing. 

How will people be selected for the program?

Eligible adults must successfully pass an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, as well as an in-person interview to be considered for enrollment in the program.

Will Career Online High School students receive their GED or other high school equivalency?

No. This is not a GED or other high school equivalency program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through an accredited online high school.

What is the difference between high school equivalency (GED, HiSET, TASC) and a high school diploma?

While both high school equivalency and the high school diploma are important, there are several differences between them. Among the most significant is the fact that some colleges, institutions and organizations require a high school diploma and may not accept an equivalency. In addition to providing a high school diploma, Career Online High School gives students the benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation documents and training.

What type of career certification will be offered?

Through Career Online High School, students may earn a certificate in the following areas:

  • Childcare and Education
  • Certified Protection Officer (Security Officer)
  • Office Management
  • Certified Transportation Services (Trucker/Commercial Driver)
  • Homeland Security
  • General Career Preparation
  • Retail Customer Service Skills
  • Food Service and Customer Service Skills

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How long will it take for students to complete the program?

Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program, which will consist of 18 credits. Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 14 credits from their former high school. Depending on how many credits the student is able to transfer, the program can be completed in as few as five months.

What if I don't qualify for a scholarship?

There may be other options available to you. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Does the library offer other resources for education and job preparation?

The McHenry Public Library is committed to helping people meet their education and job preparation needs. Please visit our website for other resources. 

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