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The Library will be closed starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.  We will be closed all day on Thursday, November 23. We will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Career Online High School

Your Easy On-Ramp Back to High School

Are you an adult over age 21 without a GED or high school diploma? Have you wished you could go back to school but can’t seem to find the time or money? We have the answer. The Library is offering some full scholarships to Career Online High School to a limited number of qualified adult learners who are looking to advance their careers, prepare for workforce entry, or continue their education.

How it works

  • Transfer high school credits you've already earned or start from scratch.
  • Take classes online. You'll have access to the course materials 24/7.
  • Earn a high school diploma, not a GED, in 18 months or less.
  • Receive support from academic coaches and certified instructors to help you along the way.

What are you waiting for?

People with high school diplomas earn more money than those with a GED, and they’re more likely to have a full-time job. With a high school diploma, you can pursue higher education, trade school, or a career in the military.

How to apply 

(Starting Tuesday, September 5)

  • You must have a valid Carol Stream Library card.
  • You must be 21 years or older.
  • Must be up to the challenge of obtaining your high school diploma

If this sounds like a good fit for you, show your interest by taking the self-assessment.

Next steps

After successfully completing the self-assessment, we'll email you a link so you can take the two-week prerequisite course. Once you pass the prerequiste course, the Library will will contact you for an in-person interview. The library will award the scholarships to the best candidates.

Still have questions?

Be sure to check out the Career Online High School webpage to explore the program and determine if it's right for you.

The Library is offering these scholarships in partnership with the Friends of the Carol Stream Public Library; the Reaching Across Illinois Library System; and Gale, a Cengage Learning company.