TALLAHASSEE, Fla. and FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The State of Florida has expanded its partnership with Gale, a Cengage company, to offer accredited online private high school diplomas and career certificates to 28 public library systems across Florida. The Career Online High School (COHS) program is brought to residents by the State of Florida and is administered by Smart Horizons Career Online Education through a partnership with Gale. First launched in 2015 as a pilot program with 11 public library systems, 17 additional library systems will now make COHS available. According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 1.2 million working residents of Florida aged 25 to 44 years of age, or 12.1% of the state's working-age population, lack high school diplomas.
"Broward County Library is proud to be a partner of Career Online High School (COHS), a program that gives adult students a second chance to obtain their private high school diploma and achieve their career goals," said Vonda Bryant, Learning Services Coordinator at Broward County Library, one of the first Florida libraries to offer the program in 2015. "So far, eight Broward County Library customers have graduated from COHS, in addition to 10 students who have completed 75% or more of the COHS curriculum. The program empowers adults to change their circumstances and increases their potential for success."