More schools for adults to earn a high school diploma open this fall, expanding a network of adult-focused charter schools in the state.
The Excel Center is a tuition-free charter school for adults to earn a high school diploma. Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana opened the first one in 2010. Three new Excel Center schools will open this year, increasing the number of them in Indiana to 17.
Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana President and CEO Kent Kramer says a big focus is better paying jobs.
“It’s truly a workforce development-educational solution to this underskilled population that’s pretty massive,” he says.
Students have access to daycare services and life coaching as they earn a Core 40 diploma at The Excel Center.
Kramer says it’s a way to help graduates earn better wages, or set them on a path to continue their education in college.
“Each school, at a clip of about 97 percent, are providing college dual credits as well as industry recognized certifications,” he says.
The three new Excel Center schools in Indiana will be located in Muncie, Gary, and in Indianapolis's Decatur Township. Other states have Excel Center schools of their own, including in Arkansas, Texas, and Washington D.C.