Growing an appreciation for learning

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM / by Scott Crabb posted in The Excel Center, Education

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    When Nina Sharp became pregnant in 10th grade, she dropped out of school to take care of her daughter. She found it difficult to care for a child and work at the same time. The added responsibility of going back to high school to earn a diploma seemed impossible. For 17 years, Nina worked difficult and unfulfilling jobs where she wasn’t paid well. The last straw was being turned away from a job folding sheets. She decided it was time for a change.

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    Pushing beyond a difficult path to higher education

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 9, 2017 8:00:00 PM / by Scott Crabb posted in The Excel Center, Education

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    If you didn’t know her story, Clarissa Dunn would look like an average, 21-year old college student, but the truth is, she has worked extremely hard to get on the path of higher education. She dropped out of high school her freshman year after becoming pregnant. When she enrolled at The Excel Center®, Goodwill’s high school for adults, she had few transferable credits and was completely starting over.

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    After-School Barbershop Supports Young Men at Indianapolis Met

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Jennifer Rendant posted in Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education

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    Excel Center Student Overcomes Life's Obstacles to Graduate

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by Aisha Herring posted in Education

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    The challenges and opportunities we all face in life shift our paths. At 15, Magi Wachtel experienced a major shift in her life when her father passed away from cancer.

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    Hey Jeff, about that request for ideas...

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jun 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by GoodwillIndy posted in Education

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    Recently, Jeff Bezos tweeted to the world a “request for ideas…” and has received more than 43,000 responses.

    It is no surprise to any philanthropic individual that Mr. Bezos may be conflicted about which organization is most deserving of his donation. Like any good investor, he would like his investment to have meaning . In his tweet he talks about his desire to help people in the “here and now” as well as “the short term,” but at the same time wants his investment to have a lasting impact. Therein lies the struggle

    I have a proposal for altruistic individuals such as Mr. Bezos— looking to satisfy that desire for helping in the here and now, but with a lasting impact. Give adults the chance to earn their high school diploma and a certification, empowering them to secure a living wage, and breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

    Thirty million adults in the U.S. lack a high school diploma and more than 3 million people drop out annually. This persistent problem leaves a significant portion of the population unprepared to succeed in the 21st-century workforce and increasingly difficult to earn family-sustaining wages. Nearly two-thirds of adults who do not complete high school are living in poverty. This population is more likely to require government assistance and is eight times more likely to be incarcerated than high school graduates. These difficulties not only affect the individuals, but also their children, families and communities.

    The Excel Center is a unique, tuition-free public high school, providing adults who previously dropped out the opportunity to reengage in their education.Students complete a rigorous curriculum to earn a Core 40 diploma, and receive future-focused guidance and support toward a postsecondary education or career-enhancing certification.The Excel Center operates on 8-week terms, accelerating the pace of coursework - creating quick wins and fast completion of course requirements. Open enrollment periods several times a year allow adults to begin pursuing their diploma sooner rather than later.

     

    To you, Jeff Bezos, we extend an invitation to explore our proposal. Determine if changing the trajectory of a family’s future through education is a good fit for your own philanthropic activity.  You help the here and now by providing an adult the opportunity to graduate high school and gain a better career.In the long term, you’re helping set their children on the path of higher education and higher earnings, effectively making a generational impact on the world you live in, not to mention, increasing the purchasing power of your future Amazon and Whole Foods shoppers.

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    Indianapolis Met Student Receives Lilly Scholarship

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2017 2:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in success story, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education

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    A native of Oklahoma, Ti’Sharon Thompson moved to Indiana to live with her aunt as a teenager. She discovered Indianapolis Metropolitan High School her junior year.

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    Former Indy Met High School Student Graduates College, Discusses Future

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jun 9, 2017 6:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education

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    An eager learner, Andy Deubner came to Indianapolis Metropolitan High School because he was seeking a smaller student-to-teacher ratio that would facilitate greater involvement in his education and success.

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    Drop-In Center Makes High School Diploma Achievable

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 24, 2017 4:00:00 PM / by GoodwillIndy posted in Education

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    Cheree Sampson and Suton Sykes have always emphasized the importance of education to their four boys, all under age 15. Watching the boys go to school each day, Sampson and Sykes knew it was time to get their high school diplomas so they could take steps toward life goals that include providing a stable environment for their children.

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    It's Never Too Late to Make the Grade at The Excel Center

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2017 11:41:25 AM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, The Excel Center, Education, goodwill guides

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    The typical student at The Excel Center® – Goodwill’s high school for adult learners – is between 18-24 years old, but returning to school at the age of 47 isn’t the only characteristic that separates Brenda Leake from most of her classmates.

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    Dominique Daye | Nurse-Family Partnership Graduate Goes the Distance

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2017 6:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Nurse-Family Partnership, The Excel Center, Education

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    Although a teenager at the time, when Dominique Daye learned she was pregnant, her priorities became her son and planning for their future. She didn't have a car or a stable living environment, so she moved from Indianapolis to O'Connor House, a home for single mothers and their children located in Carmel, where she stayed for more than 18 months until she could secure a place of her own.

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