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Career Online High School

New Mexico Career Online High School

The New Mexico State Library is currently accepting library applications from New Mexico public and tribal libraries for participation in the new Career Online High School program.

Career Online High School is an educational service offered by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, which offers adults (19 plus years of age) the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and entry level career certificate at the same time. In this program offered by the New Mexico State Library, libraries receive support to offer one free full tuition scholarship in their communities, provided that the library can fund one tuition scholarship as a match. Please see the project information and requirements  below for a full description of the program as well as the timeline.

Application Process:

Before you apply:  please read the Project Information & Requirements carefully.

Please submit your complete application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We suggest that you refer to the application questions prior to beginning your application in order to better understand the program requirements and to develop your answers before submitting your application.

Application for Library Participation in COHS

Application Deadline for the first library training course - October 28, 2020

Each participating library receives:

•    One Career Online High School scholarship for the full tuition cost from the State Library, which must be matched by another full tuition scholarship funded by the library.  
•    Outreach materials and marketing support from Gale Cengage
•    Intensive training and ongoing technical assistance from Gale Cengage

Selected libraries must provide:

•    Staff time to attend the four week (one hour per week) training course and expertise to manage the COHS program at their library
•    A matching full tuition scholarship/student enrollment ($1295) for each scholarship provided by the State Library; libraries are expected to purchase their matching scholarship within 6 months of starting the program
•    A program agreement form signed by the library director.
•    See the Project Information & Requirements for the specifics regarding what a library must do to successfully participate in the program   

Application for Additional Scholarships

The State Library has 54 full tuition scholarships available to participating libraries.  The scholarships will be distributed to libraries on a first come, first granted basis during the initial application process in October 2020.  Provided that all of the available scholarships are not distributed at that time, additional scholarships may be available to participating libraries from November until September 2021.   Applications will be reviewed and scholarships distributed based upon a library’s successful participation in the program and until all 54 scholarships for this school term have been awarded to libraries.

For further information about the New Mexico Career Online High School program, please contact:

Lori Smith Thornton
Chief Public Services
COHS Program Coordinator
New Mexico State Library
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(505) 476-9717