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Free Online High School Diploma for South Carolina Adults 22 or Older


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It’s never too late to become a high school graduate!  The South Carolina Workforce Diploma Program is a fast, flexible, online path to graduation for South Carolina residents age 22 or older. Earn the credits you need for your diploma, obtain an in-demand career certificate, and increase your earning potential and job opportunities!

How Can This Program Be Free? 

Graduation Alliance offers this program for free through a state-funded initiative operated by the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

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Will My Diploma Be Accredited?

Yes. You will receive a high school diploma that is fully accredited by Cognia and accepted by employers, colleges, and the military.


Is This Program Online?

Yes. All of our classes are fully online, allowing you to work from anywhere and at any time. Students must have access to a laptop or desktop computer and the internet to complete their coursework.

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How Do I Qualify? 

To qualify, you have to be a South Carolina resident, be 22 years or older, have completed some of 10th grade, and have not completed a GED or another high school credential. Students who completed some of 9th grade may still qualify based on work experience and completing an Experiential Learning course. Our team can evaluate your credits earned versus credits needed.

Enhance Your Resume 
with a Career Certification 

Arizona Adult Workforce Diploma Program students have the opportunity to earn a career certificate on top of their high school diploma. This additional credential is free and will equip you with the knowledge and skills to help launch your career! Choose from a variety of in-demand career certificates and stackable credentials.

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Industry Recognized Credentials

These credentials are a great way to prepare for your career, as many of them are requirements in their fields. Whether you’re interested in food service or construction, there’s an industry-recognized credential for you! 

  • OSHA 10 (Healthcare, Construction, General, Agriculture, and Cosmetology) 
  • CPR/AED Certification 
  • ServSafe Food Manager
  • RISE Up Business of Retail (Certified Specialist)
  • RISE Up Customer Service & Sales (Certified Specialist)
  • RISE Up Retail Industry Fundamentals (Specialist)

Stackable Credentials

Stackable credentials are a great resume builder and get your feet wet with college coursework. We have offerings through Coursera for students who have elective credits remaining.

  • Graphic Design
  • Healthcare IT Support 
  • Healthcare Organizations 
  • Hospitality Professional 
  • Legal Assistant Preparation 
  • Medical Emergency 
  • Newborn Health

Did you know that high school graduates make an average of $8,892* more per year than people without a diploma?

Don’t wait! Increase your earning potential and career opportunities at no cost to you.

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Want to Get a Career Certificate, Too?

As a student in the South Carolina Workforce Diploma Program, you’ll earn the credits you need for your diploma and have the opportunity to gain job skills to help launch your career! Choose from a variety of industry-recognized credentials.

Certified Pharmacy Technician
Join the evolving, in-demand field of pharmaceuticals as a certified pharmacy technician! Pharmacy technicians manage inventory, receive prescription requests, measure medications, establish and maintain patient records, and process insurance claims, among other duties. This pathway prepares you for the ExCPT exam, which leads to certification.

Medical Billing and Coding
Ideal for those interested in developing practices with health information management, health documentation, protocols with accessing health data, insurance claims, payment adjudication, and more.

ServSafe Food Manager
Intended for jobs in the restaurant industry such as Food Runner, Busser, Line Cook, Cafeteria Staff, Bartender, Food Service Specialist, Food Safety, Kitchen Prep, and Nutrition.

Ideal for a variety of jobs in the IT field, professionals working in fields that require a broad understanding of IT or marketing, and sales and operations staff in IT-based organizations.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Perfect for office roles including Executive Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Secretary, Reservations, Coordinator, Database Specialist, Analyst, or Project Coordinator.

OSHA 10 (Healthcare, Construction, Automotive, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Cosmetology, General Industry)
OSHA 10-Hour General Industry courses train entry-level workers on safety and health hazards in workplaces.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2022) Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment:

RISE Up Business of Retail (Certified Specialist)
Perfect for students who want to advance their careers or understand how a business is run. Learn about merchandising, marketing, store operations, loss prevention, and workplace safety, and get tips for planning your career and earning promotions.

RISE Up Customer Service & Sales (Certified Specialist)
This is a great option for students who are interested in working face-to-face with customers in retail or another industry. Gain an understanding of the customer life cycle and develop effective customer engagement strategies and learn how to assess customer needs and close sales. 

RISE Up Retail Industry Fundamentals (Specialist)
This certification is perfect for students who need to gain the fundamentals of customer service and the math skills required to make transactions in the retail industry. Learn all about the retail industry as well as best practices for interviewing and exploring career options.