State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Excel Center winter graduation. The Noblesville location plans to graduate more than 25 students.
The Excel Center graduation, honoring adult students who have overcome various barriers to receive a Core 40 high school diploma along with dual college credits or industry-recognized certifications.
The graduation ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Ivy Tech Auditorium, 300 N. 17th St., Noblesville.
The Excel Center graduation ceremonies celebrate the life and academic accomplishments of the schools’ graduating classes. According to the American Community Survey (2015), more than 3,000 adults in Noblesville have not earned a high school diploma. To reduce barriers to education, The Excel Center offers resources such as free child care, transportation assistance, extended hours and year-round classes.
The Excel Center is designed for students like Heather Simmons, a 2016 graduate who had been out of high school for 18 years, working in the fast food industry, when she learned about the free high school for adults. At 35 years old, she wanted more for herself and her family.
The Excel Center is operated by Goodwill Education Initiatives, Inc. (GEI), the not-for-profit charter school operator created by Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana. The school provides licensed teachers and life coaching; a free child care center; transportation assistance and a flexible and supportive environment that gives each student a realistic path for their educational success and career.