New Excel Center in Springfield proving popular for adults seeking high school diploma

Published: Jan. 22, 2019 at 12:19 PM CST
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A free adult high school opened in Springfield last fall is now into its second term, helping people achieve their high school diploma.

The Excel Center is part of MERS Goodwill. And it is supported by funding from Goodwill stores, as well as state funding.

The school even had its first graduate in December. How long a student is in the program depends on how many high school credits they already have. If they have no high school credit, they could finish in two years though the accelerated program. The Excel Center helps people figure that out by getting their high school transcripts.

The school is completely free, and is for anyone 21 and up who does not have their high school diploma. They offer an actual diploma, not a GED. Class times vary to work with people's schedules, and they offer a free daycare, right on site. For many students, getting a diploma will bring them better opportunities in the work force or even allow them to move on to their dream of college. One thing students really enjoy about the school is the atmosphere.

"The teachers are more like friends as opposed to an authoritative teacher that you would have had in high school," said Elizabeth Wheeler, an Excel Center Student. "So to have that kind of relationship with someone you're learning from is important, because you're more encouraged to be able to learn. You're more encouraged to go to that teacher if you don't understand something. And so it's really important."

Elizabeth plans to go on to OTC once she graduates from the Excel Center. While this term is underway, the next one is only a couple of months away. If your'e interested in attending, click