The Goodwill Excel Center focuses on building relationships with its students, and ensuring a relevant and rigorous program. Additionally, we ensure that all students receive:
- Academic instruction that fits their specific needs
- A focus on college and career readiness
- A coaching program that works with them to identify barriers to their education, providing creative ways to keep students engaged in their learning
An Academic Success Coach is assigned to work with every student to help monitor academic progress. “Coaches” support students by addressing needs such as transportation, childcare, housing, health and family situations.
All Excel Center students can take advantage of:
- Transportation Assistance
- Free on-site childcare at The Goodwill Excel Center, Child Development Center operated by the YMCA
(If the demand for spaces in the child development center exceeds the available spaces we will generate a wait list for students.)
- Job Placement Services
- College Counseling Services
- School is open mornings and afternoons, year round, and classes can be scheduled to fit each student’s individual need
- 8 week terms and longer class periods are designed to accelerate credit attainment
- No classes on Fridays, but all students have the option to receive additional support from instructors and academic success coaches
- Earn a high school diploma, not a GED
- Earn industry recognized credentials to help prepare for careers
Learning Structure & Goals
Goodwill Excel Center students receive academic and personal instruction Monday through Thursday. Optional support provided on Fridays. Students take classes in all key high school content areas, leading to a high school diploma.
The Excel Center curriculum and course work ensures students are building skills, and mastering content to ensure that they are prepared for 21st century job readiness.
The Excel Center curriculum has four goals:
- Teach the necessary content and skills to grant students a high school diploma
- Develop the higher skills needed for success in modern careers
- Teach specific courses in a career pathway to provide students with a certification or college credit
- Prepare students for success in life and for active participation in their communities