Highest Quality Rating Four Years Running

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Jennifer Rendant posted in Southern Indiana, Children's Learning Center, Education

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    The Children's Learning Center by Goodwill earns Paths to QUALITY Level 4

     

    The Children's Learning Center by Goodwill, Goodwill’s nationally accredited, early childhood education center, achieved the highest rating — Level 4 — for the fourth year in a row through Indiana’s statewide rating system, Paths to QUALITY™. Located in Clarksville, The Children's Learning Center by Goodwill is the only child care provider in southern Indiana that holds the distinction of National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

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    Marion Thompson Has A Lot to be Proud Of

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 9, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Colleen Grile posted in Parents, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education, Success Story, Employment

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    Marion Thompson beamed with pride as her daughter, Ti’Sharon Thompson, was honored with Indianapolis Metropolitan High School’s Outstanding Student Achievement Award in 2017.  Ti’Sharon also earned a scholarship from Lilly Endowment Inc., which covers her full tuition for all four years of college. She is currently attending Indiana University.

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    Student-Run Coffee Shop Now Open

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Jennifer Rendant posted in Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education, Community Partners, Employment

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    Indianapolis Met Opens Student-Run Coffee Shop

     

    Indianapolis Metropolitan, Goodwill’s high school for students in grades 9-12, today announced the opening of their student-run coffee shop, Puma Sips.

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    Welcome to the Team, Lebron

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Jennifer Rendant posted in Parents, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education

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    For National Dropout Awareness Month, Goodwill's Indianapolis Metropolitan High School is promoting awareness of the challenges students face that may lead to them leaving school before they graduate. This challenge is so great, Lebron James, an NBA all-star, recently created a new school in Ohio called I Promise, designed to help at-risk youths. Indianapolis Metropolitan High School has been serving students since 2004, providing the additional support, guidance and wraparound services that are necessary for success.

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    Twin Brothers with Cerebral Palsy Exemplify Leadership

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2018 7:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Retail, Goodwill Guides, Education, Success Story, Disability, Employment, The Excel Center

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    In 1991, twin brothers Troy and Garrett Wilson were born three months premature, weighing barely more than two pounds each. Troy jokes that he’s older — having arrived five minutes earlier.

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    Ms. Douglas Making a Difference in her Classroom

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Aisha Herring posted in Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education

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    Indianapolis Met is filled with teachers and staff who have a passion for helping people, especially students. Ms. Sharon Douglas is definitely one of those individuals.

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    Mercedes Cantrell & A Newfound Hope

    [fa icon="calendar'] Sep 22, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Jennifer Rendant posted in Parents, Education, The Excel Center, Success Story

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    Getting an education does not come easy for everyone. Situations that we cannot control, such as family illness or relocating for employment, impact many individuals’ academic progress.

    In 2010, Goodwill opened The Excel Center®, a public charter school for adults who want to earn an Indiana Core 40 diploma. The Excel Center is designed to address educational barriers and to accelerate coursework and career readiness through academic and life coaching, free onsite child care for young children, transportation assistance, flexible scheduling, accelerated (8-week) terms and year-round classes.

    Students enrolled at The Excel Center can also earn free college credits and industry-recognized certifications.

    In June 2018, Mercedes Cantrell, 22, graduated from The Excel Center in Shelbyville with a high school diploma. A mother to a young son, Cantrell now looks toward the future with hope. Read the speech she gave during her commencement ceremony below to learn more about her story.

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    From Goodwill Retail Associate to Excel Center Math Teacher

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff posted in Employment, The Excel Center, Southern Indiana, Retail, Education, Success Story, Disability

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    Giving Up Isn’t An Option: Briahnna Gray

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Aisha Herring posted in Education, The Excel Center

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    Briahnna Gray graduated from The Excel Center® in Noblesville in February 2018. She graduated with a free job certification from The Excel Center with plans to earn an associate degree in physical therapy. At the graduation ceremony, Briahnna was honored with The Giver Award, which the school gives to students who are determined and inspiring. The award recipient was also a student speaker at her graduation ceremony and shared her journey with the community. Read her speech below:

    “My Name is Briahnna Gray, and I’d be lying to you if I stood up here and tried to make you believe that fairy tales are real, and this was the easiest journey I have ever experienced. If it was easy, I wouldn’t be here at The Excel Center on this day getting my high school diploma. But who am I to tell you that it wasn’t? Well, I’m walking proof. So sit tight in your chairs and open your ears because, boy do I have a story to tell you.

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    Time to Shine: Camree Banks

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Aisha Herring posted in Education, The Excel Center

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    Camree Banks graduated from The Excel Center® West in February 2018. Through her hard work and perseverance, she was able to overcome various obstacles. Her hard work paid off because she graduated Cum Laude and as a 21st Century Scholar. Camree plans to attend college in the fall to study photography, film and production. She shared her story at the graduation ceremony:

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