“We’re excited to see Florida residents find success with Career Online High School and we’re thrilled that the State has expanded their investment in this proven program,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “Career Online High School not only enables public libraries to clearly demonstrate their impact on local economic and workforce development, it also opens doors to new and better opportunities for residents.”
The participating library systems throughout the state will award scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn private high school diplomas and advance their careers. Each student enrolled in Career Online High School is paired with an academic coach who offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by state board certified instructors, and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum, from child care and education to certified transportation) before progressing to the core academic subjects. Many students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits.
“As a Florida-based private school district, expanding the career and educational opportunities for Florida residents is a top-priority for us,” said Dr. Howard Liebman, Founder and Superintendent of Schools for Pensacola-headquartered Smart Horizons Career Online Education. “Providing access to high school diplomas and concurrent entry-level workforce certificates is the first step for residents in helping them matriculate into industry-trained or post-secondary credentialed programs. Our graduates can also hit the ground running with tangible career skills that are immediately applicable to their lives and jobs.”
Interested Florida residents can visit http://www.careeronlinehs.gale.com/fl/ to learn more about the program, and see the complete list of libraries offering it.
About Career Online High School
Career Online High School was developed in 2012 through a partnership by ed2go, a division of Cengage that provides students with online continuing education and career training, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education in an effort to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas. In 2014, the program was adapted for the public library market by Gale, a Cengage company. Since its launch, Career Online High School has been recognized as part of a Commitment to Action by the Clinton Global Initiative and acknowledged at the White House College Opportunity Summit.
About Cengage and Gale
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when, and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.