The Goodwill Excel Center’s Inaugural Graduation!
Next Friday, The Goodwill Excel Center will celebrate its first graduation, and we couldn’t be prouder of our students!
The Goodwill Excel Center is the first public charter high school in Texas where individuals from 19-50 can earn their high school diploma. Last legislative session, through efforts spearheaded by Goodwill Central Texas, lawmakers passed a bill that provides state funding for the charter, and Goodwill was chosen to run the program.
The first graduating class will walk the stage to get their diploma on June 26 at 10 am, at the Blanton Museum of Art at 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Approximately 40 students will receive their high school diploma. Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams, will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony.
Keisha, one of our graduates, says, “When I learned I could earn my high school diploma, even at age 36, it was like a light bulb went off. A door was opened. My life, my history, my story…was about to change, forever. And, I was right. The Goodwill Excel Center is powerful – it turns what we once only dreamed about into a reality.”
“This is a momentous day for these graduates and their families, but more importantly, for our Central Texas community,” said Traci Berry, Senior Vice President of Community Engagement and Education, Goodwill Central Texas. “Most of our students came focused on earning their diploma, but they are leaving with plans for continued education, technical certifications, and career goals, which will impact generational change for our students while enhancing the Central Texas workforce.”
Geneva, another gradate, adds, “It’s more than just a high school diploma – it’s an opportunity to be self-sufficient – helping us all find better jobs, being able to continue our education, strengthening our families, increasing our worth! A lot of us are older, now we don’t have to settle. We can move forward and achieve our life’s goals!”
We agree, Geneva. Congratulations to you and the entire Class of 2015!
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