380news - September 21, 2017 - Education - Leave a comment

FRISCO, TEXAS (September 21, 2017) — A high school diploma is a powerful tool. It opens doors, raises self-esteem, and inspires dreams. For those unable to complete high school, the lack of a diploma can feel like a missed opportunity that won’t come around again. That does not have to be the case. Frisco Public Library (FPL) is proud to announce a program designed to help adult Frisco residents earn their diploma online.

“This program is at the core of the Library’s commitment to equal educational opportunities,” says Shelley Holley, Library Director. “While Frisco enjoys generally high graduation rates, the impact on residents without high school diplomas is shown to be more profound in affluent cities such as ours.” 

Statistics show that there are more than 2500 Frisco residents who can qualify for this opportunity. The Library’s Career Online High School (COHS) program, in partnership with Gale, a Cengage company, is open to Frisco residents who are 21 or older who have a free Frisco Public Library card.

Candidates can start their journey at They will complete an online self-assessment, complete a brief prerequisite course, and complete a staff interview. Admission to the program can open a world of opportunities.

This is not a GED, it is a high school diploma from an accredited high school and the benefits are both financial and emotional. According to a 2017 U.S. Department of Education report, high school graduates earn 22% more than non-high school graduates.

There is one more important step between earning a diploma and increased earnings. A high school graduation ceremony. The Library looks forward to hosting this ceremony for the COHS graduates to present them with their diplomas and celebrate their new accomplishment and future success.

This program is sponsored by of the Friends of Frisco Public Library. Learn more about the Library at

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.

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


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