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High School Diploma Program Offered Through Public Libraries

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is pleased to announce that the Missouri State Library will partner with Gale, part of the Cengage Group, to offer adult residents in Missouri the opportunity to earn a high school diploma through participating libraries in the state.

The state library has subscribed to Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School, an online accredited diploma completion program. The program is designed to help adults who have aged out of the traditional educational system to obtain their high school diploma. The Missouri State Library is the first state agency in the nation to pilot the program to communities.

The program is currently available to all public libraries in the state. Each library can determine their participation. The St Joseph Public Library is one of the libraries that is participating.

Patrons aged 18 years and older can apply for the program. Once accepted and enrolled, students have 24 months to finish the program and can complete it sooner by transferring previously earned high school, GED, HiSET or TASC credits. Upon completion, students earn an accredited high school diploma.

There is no cost to students, enrollment is limited and requires a library card. Learn more at

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