| By Gale Staff |
How can your library transform lives in your community? Connect your patrons to an accessible, award-winning high school completion program.
Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School is a platinum winner in the 2023 Modern Library Awards (MLAs).
Excel Adult High School allows libraries to give their adult patrons the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas through a 100 percent online, tuition-free program. With this program, your library can help create bright futures for adults in your community.
What Are the MLAs?
LibraryWorks created the Modern Library Awards to recognize the top products and services in the library industry. The MLAs are judged by more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries nationwide to ensure an unbiased, informed assessment. Products are evaluated by functionality, value, customer service experience, and the librarian’s overall satisfaction.
What Did Librarians Say About Excel Adult High School?
Librarians agree Excel Adult High School presents life-changing opportunities for adults in their communities. Read a few of the comments from MLA judges who have seen success introducing the high school completion program to their patrons.
“This has been one of the most impactful platforms/resources we’ve ever offered to our customers. It truly changes their lives—their earning potential, career choices, and their self-confidence. The program is well designed and internal customer service is outstanding.” –MLA Judge
“This is a great product that allows libraries to assist those who want a high school diploma but struggle with testing or a traditional “night class” approach. There are also opportunities to partner with other funding agencies to purchase scholarships for students. Another benefit is getting credits for years of high school completed and any equivalency tests already passed. We have had one graduate and have four more getting close. It is a different kind of library resource, focusing on the success of a targeted number of individuals instead of blanketing it across all library users.” –MLA Judge
“I want to make sure I share just how absolutely fulfilling it is to offer this program to our patrons. When interviewing patrons for scholarships, you learn about all of the challenges and barriers they faced trying to get their high school diplomas. It is humbling to be a part of their journey and to witness them in their caps and gowns at the graduation ceremony. This program is an investment that pays dividends beyond what we put into it via funding or managing the program. Furthermore, managing the program is easy because of the amazing support team at Gale. I guess I am a bit biased toward this program because I have witnessed the joy of our graduates and it is remarkable.” –MLA Judge
Help Adults Earn a High School Diploma and Prep for What’s Next
Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School not only allows public libraries to offer accredited high school diplomas to adults in their communities, but it also helps prepare students for the future. Set your patrons up for success to enter the workforce, further their careers, or attend college after earning their diplomas.
The Excel Adult High School online platform offers 24/7 access, allowing adult students to fit their studies into their busy schedules with self-paced courses that can be completed in 24 months or less.
The school’s curriculum is aligned to national standards and offers more than 100 core academic, elective, and college-level courses. If students have previously earned high school, GED®, HiSET®, or TASC credits, these can be transferred into the program to help them graduate sooner.
Learners interested in pursuing college after the program have access to up to seven ACE (American Council on Education) courses, allowing them to earn as many as 21 free college credits.
For non-native English speakers, built-in translation and read-aloud tools lower barriers to education. Course content, quizzes, and exams can be translated into more than 135 languages within the program.
Excel Adult High School students also have access to a built-in support system to help them succeed. Students receive ongoing assistance from instructors, success coaches, and an unlimited, one-on-one online tutoring program.
Ready to Empower Adults in Your Community?
Learn more about how your library can give adults the chance to earn their diplomas with an accessible, digital solution.
Interested in getting an inside look at the platform? Reach out to your Gale representative.