Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana has received a $300,000 grant from the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation to fund The Excel Center, which is Goodwill’s high school for adults. The funding will be used to scale in at least six states. 

Goodwill opened the Excel Center in Indianapolis in 2010 and has since opened 17 Indiana locations helping over 4,000 adults graduate with a Core 40 high school diploma.

“The Excel Center continues to help individuals increase their independence and reach their potential by providing the support and tools necessary to earn a high school diploma and unlocking new career opportunities,” said Goodwill president & CEO Kent A. Kramer. “With this grant, our Indiana national office can empower adult students across the country to increase their postsecondary educational attainment and competitiveness in the marketplace.”

The center expanded to Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Washington D.C. in 2013. The Lumina Foundation grant will allow the center’s national office to scale more adult high schools in those states. The center reports 80-percent of graduates describe being employed or enrolled in college one year after earning their diploma. Click here for more information.