Earn an Accredited High School Diploma at Prince William Public Libraries

Career Online High School Program Available for Free to Residents

By Rachel Johnson

Did you know that in Prince William County, it is estimated that 40,000 adults – more than 10% of the County’s population – do not have a high school diploma?

And did you know that your public library has a program in place to help? It does!

Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a Cengage company. Part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district, Career Online High School is specifically designed to re-engage adults into the education system and prepare them for entry into postsecondary career education or the workforce.

“Earning a high school diploma is a life-changing achievement,” said Deborah L. Wright, library director. “By offering Career Online High School, we’re empowering our residents to seek new opportunities and transform their lives.”

“We’re delighted to partner with PWPL to offer Career Online High School and give residents access to education and the potential to change their lives,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale.

PWPL will award scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. The first step for interested applicants is to take COHS’s self-assessment. The short online assessment helps to evaluate if the program is right for the potential student and if it will meet their educational and career needs.

Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.

Residents can learn more about Career Online High School at any of our branches or by visiting www.pwcgov.org/cohs. 

PWPLS Enhances Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending Program

Prince William Public Library System has added 27 new hotspots – for a total of 37 – to enhance its mobile hotspot lending program. “Prince William Public Library is committed to removing barriers to digital access and ensuring that we are striving to achieve our vision in being the hub connecting people to the transforming power of information, both in and beyond our buildings,” said Deborah Wright, PWPLS Director. “The hotspot lending program is just one approach we’re taking to help the greater Prince William Community stay connected.”

Hotspots are available to borrow at the following libraries:

  • Bull Run
  • Chinn Park
  • Haymarket Gainesville
  • Montclair
  • Potomac


  • Hotspots are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Patrons must be at least 18 years of age and have their library card and picture ID with them.
  • Hotspots are loaned out for a three-week period and each Wi-Fi hotspot kit contains a hotspot device, charging adaptor, and instructions.
  • T-Mobile is the supplier of the mobile hotspots and will provide technical support. Each library also has staff available to help with troubleshooting and answer any questions.

Questions?: Contact librarycommunications@pwcgov.org. 

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For more information on the Prince William County Public Library, please visit their website or call 703-792-6000.

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