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Excel Center School for Adults to Open in Muncie

Goodwill Education Initiatives, Inc., wants to open the charter school by summer 2018.

MUNCIE, Ind. -- If you live in Muncie and don't have a high school diploma, you'll have another chance to earn one at a new charter school for adults.

The Muncie Star Press says Goodwill Education Initiatives, Inc., wants to open an Excel Center in Muncie by summer 2018. Other Excel Centers are planned for Bloomington, Columbus and Marion. Goodwill opened the first Excel Center in Marion County in 2010.

The Indiana Charter School Board approved the new school at a meeting June 7.

Michael Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University, told The Star-Press that there are 8,000 working-age adults in Delaware County without a high school diploma. 

The economic prognosis for working adults who don't have a high school diploma is dismal, according to Hicks.

"The median salary for a non-grad is less than the poverty level for a two-person household. So to make it clear and say it plainly, in this day and age, people who do not graduate from high school aren't viewed as fully formed and ready for the adult world," he told the Star-Press.

The Excel Center will have room for 300 adult students. Because the school is supported by the state, students won't be charged tuition.

A site for the school has not been selected.

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