The Goodwill Excel Center Celebrates Graduation

Excel Graduate

6.27.2016

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:
June 27, 2016                                                            

Media Contact:

Ana Rummer, Communications Manager, Goodwill Central Texas, 512.309-1445
ana.rummer@goodwillcentraltexas.org

AUSTIN, Texas – June 27, 2016 – The Goodwill Excel Center, the first public charter high school in Texas where individuals over the age of 26 can earn their high school diploma, will celebrate the Graduating Class of 2016 at its official ceremony on Thursday, June 30 at 6:00 pm at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX 78723. Approximately 120 students will walk the stage to receive their high school diploma.

“This is a momentous day for these graduates and their families,” said Traci Berry, School Superintendent and Senior Vice President of Community Engagement and Education, Goodwill Central Texas. “Many of our students enrolled with the goal of a high school diploma in order to change their lives; now they are pursuing post-secondary education, earning technical certifications, and expanding their long-term career goals. This will have a significant impact on the local workforce and generations of families in Central Texas.”

The Goodwill Excel Center first opened its doors in August 2014, offering 150 students between 19 and 50 years of age the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma and begin postsecondary education and training. In 2015, the school was expanded to accept up to 550 students, and is now open to individuals ages 17-50. The charter school was established through legislative efforts spearheaded by Goodwill Central Texas, and became the first high school to serve adults over the age of 26.

The school provides licensed teachers, social services support; Life Coaches; The Goodwill Exploration Center, a free fully-licensed daycare center for child care; and a flexible environment that gives each student a navigable path for their educational success and career. The school also began offering evening classes for students who have full-time day jobs. The Goodwill Excel Center enrolls and accepts new students year-round. Visit excelcenterhighschool.org for more information.

“The opportunity to receive my high school diploma was like a dream come true,” said Kaitlen, Graduate Speaker. “No matter where you come from, what your background is, what you’ve been through – Goodwill opens their arms and helps you. There are no closed doors, and they never let you fail.”

Goodwill Central TexasAbout Goodwill Central Texas:

Goodwill Central Texas is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to generating lifelong connections to work. Revenue generated through the sale of donated goods is used to fund education opportunities, career-readiness training, and placement services for Central Texans. For more information about Goodwill Central Texas, go to www.goodwillcentraltexas.org.
 

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