College Opportunity Summit

Career Online High School recognized as part of White House College Opportunity Summit

Last Thursday, President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden convened the nation’s education, business and nonprofit leaders to collaborate and share best practices for increasing college opportunities for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students – some of the very same students served frequently by our public libraries. Among these leaders was Michael Hansen, CEO of Gale’s parent company, Cengage Learning, and Dr. Howard Liebman, founder and superintendent of Career Online High School, who participated in this important discussion about how to engage disconnected youth and increase educational opportunities.

There are many pathways to education, but Career Online High School, an accredited high school degree and career certificate program adapted for public libraries by Gale, has been recognized as an innovative educational intervention. As part of their participation in the Summit, Cengage Learning, along with partners, pledged a commitment to increase high school graduates’ college and career readiness by providing 18-to-24-year-old students with an entry-level workforce certificate and accredited high school diploma through Career Online High School (expanding the Greater Phoenix Collective Impact Network).

This was an exciting day for all of us at the company as we identify ways we can work with other organizations, as well as  with our public library partners, to increase access to education for all — an important goal at Cengage Learning and a central mission of all public libraries.

If you’d like more information on the Cengage Learning’s participation at the White House Summit, check out the press release here. For more information on the Career Online High School program, please visit



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