Indiana: High school gives adult learners opportunity to graduate

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An Indiana charter high school program is giving adult learners who lack a high school diploma the chance to graduate and create better opportunities for themselves. 

The Excel Center, which has 11 campuses in central Indiana, allows adult learners to earn college credit at no cost. The program also offers free drop-in childcare, life coaches, and workforce certification courses. Classes are held four days a week, with Fridays reserved to let teachers plan or give students extra help.

Nearly 100,000 Indianapolis residents over age 18 have not finished high school and earn $8,000 less annually than high school graduates, on average. About 30 million U.S. adults do not have a high school diploma.

"This is a very marginalized group, and we're giving them an opportunity to get a new lease on their career," says Katie Morgan, director The Excel Center West branch. We're offering a second chance ... Sometimes it's a first chance" (Teicher Khadaroo, Christian Science Monitor, 11/22). 

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