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High School Diploma With General Career Preparation

As you earn your diploma, you'll also gain valuable skills to prepare yourself for a job in a wide array of fields. You'll learn the computer skills needed in today's job market—from emailing, using the Internet, and setting up a PC, to using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The course also covers the most fundamental on-the-job skills, including communication, professional conduct, time management, conflict resolution, and essential self-and work-management techniques.

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. When you complete the course, you'll graduate with a high school diploma and a career-credentialed certificate. And you'll prepare for the job market by creating your own career portfolio, including a resume, cover letters and more. Don't delay your future—get started now in earning the skills and credentials you need for career success! 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.

Accreditation

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.

State Restrictions

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.

18 Months / 750 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Coastal Bend College

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Learning Method

Instructor-led

Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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High School Diploma With General Career Preparation

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES420

What You Will Learn
  • Earn your AdvancED/SACS accredited high school diploma
  • Earn a "Professional Skills Training" career certificate
  • Complete a career portfolio with cover letter, resume, and more
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 18 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 750 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Receive an accredited high diploma, which allows you to apply for a broader scope of jobs
  • Create a portfolio, cover letter, and resume to provide to potential employers
  • Develop the skills needed to thrive in a professional setting or at a higher education institution
  • Learn how to effectively study, communicate, and problem solve, and take these skills into your personal and professional life

Outline

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Career Preparation and Tools

Learn the fundamental skills required to thrive in a professional setting. Understand different learning styles and the technology that's available for educational purposes. You'll also cover methods for time, stress, and anger management as they relate to the professional world.

Conflict Resolution and Ethics

Understand how to effectively deal with conflict in a professional setting. You'll learn how to communicate positively and proactively in the workplace, and also learn about ethical behavior and sexual harassment.

Effective Learning Habits

Master the most effective learning and study habits, including memory techniques, note taking, reading comprehension, and more. Understand the qualities that comprise an effective learning environment and become aware of the deterrents to educational success.

Motivational Factors

Discuss factors that are often used as motivation for success. Learn how to embrace change and solve problems using critical thinking techniques.

Communication and Collaboration

Understand the various means of communication you will need to employ in a professional setting including written, verbal, and face-to-face styles. Learn the difference between being assertive and being aggressive when dealing with a negative situation, and how to network for success.

Handling Stress

Learn the definition of stress, its symptoms and causes. You'll cover best techniques for managing stress and anxiety in the work place. Additionally, this course will cover how to increase emotional intelligence and the best ways to deal with conflict in the workplace.

Details
  1. General Career Preparation 1: Semester 1
    1. Pretest
    2. Understanding Self-Esteem
    3. Setting Goals
    4. Learning Styles
    5. Professional Uses of Technology
    6. Security in Technology
    7. 21st-Century Written Business Communication
    8. Time Management
    9. Stress Management
    10. Anger Management
    11. Conflict Resolution Strategies
    12. Communication and Diversity
    13. Communication in the Workplace
    14. Sexual Harassment Awareness
    15. Ethical Behavior
    16. General Career Preparation 1: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
  2. General Career Preparation 1: Semester 2
    1. Pretest
    2. Basics of Note-Taking
    3. Reading Comprehension
    4. Understanding and Improving Study Habits
    5. Memory Techniques
    6. Test-Tasking Skills
    7. Effective Environments for Learning
    8. Distractions and Deterrents to Educational Success
    9. What is Motivation?
    10. Self-Motivation
    11. Trust and Motivation
    12. Change as a Motivator
    13. Embracing Change
    14. Critical Thinking Basics
    15. Problem Solving Model
    16. Decision Making
    17. Improving Decision Making
    18. General Career Preparation 1: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
  3. General Career Preparation 2: Semester 1
    1. Pretest
    2. Communication Overview
    3. Verbal Communication
    4. Verbal Business Communication
    5. Written Communication
    6. Written Business Communication
    7. Nonverbal Communication
    8. Communication Styles and Interpersonal Communication
    9. Effective Communication
    10. Active Listening
    11. Assertive vs. Aggressive Communication
    12. Communicating in Difficult Situations
    13. Difficult Behaviors in the Workplace
    14. Negativity and Power Struggles at Work
    15. Working with Procrastinators and Untrustworthy People
    16. Communicating by Telephone
    17. Networking for Success
    18. General Career Preparation 2: Semester 1 End of Semester Exam
  4. General Career Preparation 2: Semester 2
    1. Pretest
    2. What is Stress?
    3. Signs and Symptoms of Stress
    4. Sources of Stress
    5. Techniques for Managing Stress
    6. Anxiety and Stress
    7. Mindset and Stress
    8. Stress and Values Clarification
    9. Stress at Work
    10. Emotional Intelligence (EI)
    11. Emotional Intelligence Skills
    12. Understanding Anger
    13. Anger Cycle
    14. Anger Management
    15. Conflict Basics
    16. Conflict Resolution
    17. Addressing Violent Situations
    18. General Career Preparation 2: Semester 2 End of Semester Exam
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Instructors & Support

Karen Panerali

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

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

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

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.

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Requirements

Requirements

Prerequisites:

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.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Speakers or headphones.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

More About

Smart Horizons Career Online High School is an AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC-accredited program. We're also approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

FAQs

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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?

No.

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 this 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. Upon registering, you are given eighteen months to complete this 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 towards this diploma?

Once you are ready to start the course, our Registrar will analyze your transcripts and apply credits for any course work you completed that fulfils our credit transfer requirements. Elective credits do not apply since the electives we offer are necessary in you earning your career certification. Click here to download the transcript request form.

What if I need help with my coursework?

Your Academic Coach will connect you with one of our certified instructors to provide you with additional academic support, when needed.

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 completing coursework. Additionally, this course gives you the benefit of also earning a career certificate. We encourage you to make the decision that is right for you so research all of your options so that you can make an informed decision. Also, ask friends, family and employers what their opinion is!

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