Offer a Convenient, Attainable High School Completion Program
Nearly 30 million adults in the United States do not have a high school diploma.1 For many of them, the idea of earning a diploma seems impossible. They don't have enough time, financial resources, support, or a person who can guide them in the direction of where to start.
As a librarian and influencer of change, what can you do to put a high school diploma and a brighter future within their reach?
Begin by making Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School part of your librarys' program offerings. Available through public libraries, this program is 100 percent online, tuition-free for students, and meets the 21.5-credit requirement necessary to earn an accredited high school diploma.
Unlike other online high school completion programs, Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School has an academic focus that helps adults not only receive their diploma but prepare for what comes next—whether that's college, a promotion at work, or a new career. For English language learners, the program lowers barriers to education they may face in person or online. Translation tools make it easy for adults to translate course content into their native language and display both side by side. This helps foster English language acquisition while facilitating understanding by presenting content in both languages.
With this program, you can help adults in your community finally realize their educational and career goals—and gain the confidence to go after their dreams. How does it work? Patrons 18 years and older who are interested apply to the program through the library. Once participants are accepted and enroll, they will have 24/7 access to self-paced classes. If academic support is needed, they can schedule time for live, unlimited online tutoring. After completing the program, they earn an accredited high school diploma (not a GED).
The team at Excel Adult High School will be with them every step of the way. They offer career and college planning, which includes the opportunity to jump-start their college degree by taking up to seven college-level ACE (American Council on Education) courses for free. These credits can transfer to many accredited colleges and universities nationwide.
1. U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, 2019.