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Excel Center To Open In Bloomington Amid Local Pushback

The Excel Center logo.

(Courtesy of Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana)

Goodwill Education Initiatives will open The Excel Center in Bloomington this summer. But Goodwill is receiving pushback from education officials in Bloomington who say it will create unnecessary competition.

The center is an education facility for adults who have not received their high school diplomas. Students also have the option to complete technical certifications in areas like medical assistance or advanced manufacturing.

VP of Mission and Education Betsy Delgado calls it a "high school diploma plus."

"Ninety-seven percent of our students graduate not just with a high school diploma, but with one, either an industry-recognized certification, or dual-credit college credits, or both," she says.

But that number is misleading. 2018 data from the Indiana Charter School Board shows none of the existing 11 Excel Centers have a four-year graduation rate above 35 percent.

Local education officials say the center will compete with existing public adult education centers.

Monroe County Community School Corp. School Board member Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer says she worries about Broadview Learning Center losing enrollment.

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