The True Meaning of Grit | John’s Story

    [fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2021 10:15:00 AM / by Kari Podany posted in Success Story, The Excel Center, Goodwill Guides, Retail, Mission Awareness

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    A word you hear often around The Excel Center Ⓡ, Goodwill’s high school for adults, is grit. Recently, I met a student who truly embodies this. John Thompson exudes passion into everything he does and preserves regardless of the challenges he may be experiencing, continuously inspiring those around him. I’m honored to introduce you to John and share his story.

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    Returning to Where It All Began

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2021 1:15:00 PM / by Kennedy Gallagher posted in Employment, The Excel Center, Education, Language Barrier

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    Zainab Khawaja was born in Pakistan, raised in Saudi Arabia, and at 20 years old moved to Indianapolis to pursue her education. This summer, she will be teaching at The Excel Center® campus where she received her high school diploma in 2018. 

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    Excel Center ‘Lights Fire’ to Mother’s Life

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jul 14, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Kennedy Gallagher posted in Nurse-Family Partnership, Disability, Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Parents

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    Sarah Verhines graduated from The Excel Center®, Goodwill’s high school for adults, in January 2020 at 26 years old while working full time and expecting her first child. Even though she was top 15 in her original high school class, circumstances beyond her control prevented her from graduating.

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    Goodwill Education Initiatives Thrives in 2021

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jun 11, 2021 8:30:00 AM / by Jennifer Wade posted in The Excel Center, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education

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    Goodwill’s education division proudly celebrates over 300 new high school graduates this month! Indianapolis Met High School celebrated their newest class of graduates on June 5, and The Excel Center®, Goodwill’s free high school for adults, will recognize its Class of 2021 across 15 ceremonies this weekend. 

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    Gaining Confidence | Madison’s Story

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 24, 2021 11:45:00 AM / by Rachel Moehle posted in Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Mission Awareness

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    Madison Stevenson, 20, has big goals that include earning a PhD and pursuing a career in engineering. Yet, there was a point in time that Madison believed she might not earn a high school diploma. 

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    Leadership Spotlight | Kennedi Walker, Life Coach at The Excel Center

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 7, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Jennifer Wade posted in The Excel Center, Education

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    In honor of Educators Appreciation Week, Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana is celebrating educators who continue to change lives, like Kennedi Walker! Kennedi is a life coach at The Excel Center® on Michigan Street and has been with Goodwill for four years. Originally starting as a Manager of Office Administration, visitors in her building would often comment on how warm, energetic and welcoming Kennedi made them feel. Read below to learn more about this compassionate and dynamic leader!

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    Goodwill Educator Appreciation Isn’t Just For One Week

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Jennifer Wade posted in The Excel Center, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education

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    Educator Appreciation Week is celebrated in schools across the country May 3 - 7. However, at Goodwill, we strive to celebrate our educators throughout the entire year.

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    Leadership Spotlight | Khalilah Palmer

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 19, 2021 9:00:00 AM / by Jennifer Wade posted in The Excel Center, Education, Mission Awareness

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    Leadership Spotlight | Lakia Osborne, Regional Director at The Excel Center

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2021 9:15:00 AM / by Jennifer Wade posted in Success Story, The Excel Center, Education

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    Lakia Osborne recently became The Excel Center® Regional Director, responsible for the general school operation, performance, academic oversight and direction of our Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana adult high school network. Having worked at Goodwill for nearly a decade, Lakia is well-positioned for success in her new role, as she has a vast amount of expertise of The Excel Center model, previously serving in key positions including school director, project manager and life coach. Read on to learn more about this inspiring leader.

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    Leadership Spotlight | Tanisha Adams, Registrar Manager at Goodwill Education Initiatives

    [fa icon="calendar'] Feb 17, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Jennifer Wade posted in The Excel Center, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, Education

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