Gale launches a new accredited online adult higher education program for public libraries

There are currently an estimated 30 million American adults without a high school diploma.I In addition, the pandemic has created the highest unemployment rate since the Great Recession, and unemployment rates have been highest among workers without a college degree. With Gale Presents: Excel Adult High SchoolLibraries create local economic value through human resource development by helping adult learners achieve their educational and career goals.

“We have partnered with Excel Education Systems because they are leaders in adult education and have an exceptional focus on supporting adults looking to get back into the education system,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “As a trusted partner of public libraries, Gale recognizes the importance of access to education, especially for underserved and vulnerable populations. Mit Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School, we help public libraries transform lives. A high school diploma leads to better jobs with higher salaries, college attendance, and most importantly, a sense of pride in pursuing your dreams.”

The Missouri State Library is the first state agency to deliver Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School to his communities. The program will be available in all public libraries Missouri this month. Each library determines its participation in the program and purchases its own grants to offer to qualified adults. There is no cost to students for the program, but enrollment is limited and requires a library card.

“More than 600,000 adults in Missouri don’t have a high school diploma and the pandemic has only exacerbated that need,” he said Missouri state librarian, Robin Westphal. “With Gale Presents: Excel Adult High Schoolwe are conducting a program that gives Missourians the opportunity to advance their education and achieve their career goals, and sets the stage for a future workforce and economic growth, and we are pleased to be the first state library system in the country to offer this.”

Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School Features:

  • 21.5-credit curriculum aligned with national standards that prepares adults for success in college or the workplace. Learners can choose from more than 100 academic core courses, electives, and college-level courses entirely online. The program updates and launches new courses regularly.
  • Regional Accreditation by Cognia, the umbrella organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Additionally, Excel college for adults is a candidate for Middle States Association on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CES) accreditation.
  • Courses are available with built-in ELL tools. Non-native English speakers have access to courses in many languages. Students can view the content in English and see the chosen language translation next to it. There is also an audio reader feature for students who need or want to have the course content read to them.
  • Free college-level American Council on Education (ACE) courses are available. Students may choose to take up to seven college credit courses that are transferrable to accredited colleges and universities.
  • Flexible, self-paced schedule – complete in 12-18 months or less.
  • Tuition free. The library’s subscription to the program covers bursary costs.
  • Success coaching/consulting team helps with choosing a course, planning your studies or career orientation. Students have access to MyPlan software to help them discover career interests. In addition, students receive information on admission requirements for universities, scholarships, federal study grants and more.
  • Integrated live online tutoring program – Train the Brain — Available for busy students. In addition, students work closely with their student advisors and interact with their course leaders.
  • Intuitive online platform available anytime, anywhere.
  • Previously earned high school or GED®, HiSET ®or TASC credits accepted.

“Libraries have never been more important to their communities. COVID-19 has created a great need for trusted community information, education and connections that libraries were designed for,” he said Rod Clarkson, CEO of Excel Education Systems. “By the offer Excel college for adults Through partnerships with public libraries, not only does it contribute to their decades-long legacy as a trusted resource, but we also enhance the value of libraries in the digital age.”

For more information, see Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School site.

About Excel
Gale works with Excel Education Systems to deliver accredited high school diplomas through public libraries because of their longstanding commitment to providing quality, accredited educational services to their students, including more than 20,000 adult learners. Excel high school is a non-public school based in Minnetonka, Minnesotaand has been in operation since 2005. Since Excel high school has helped thousands of high school-age and adult learners graduate and advance into higher education, employment, military service, and career advancement.

About Cengage Group and Gale
Cengage Group, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, improves the way students learn through high-quality, digital experiences. The company currently serves the K-12, college, professional, library, English language instruction and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, part of the Cengage Group, provides libraries with original and curated content and the modern research tools and technologies critical to connecting libraries to learning and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to enable the discovery of knowledge and insights—where, when, and how people need it. Gale employs 500 people worldwide with principal offices in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Visit for more information.

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I US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates, 2019

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