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The Goodwill Excel Center - An Open Letter from Catherine Meloy

To the Greater Washington, D.C. Business Community:

On August 22nd, The Goodwill Excel Center Adult Charter High School officially opened its doors.

While many area high schools will be welcoming back fresh-faced and anxious pupils eager to build upon the knowledge they gained in the previous school year, the students at The Goodwill Excel Center will probably had different butterflies in their stomachs than their counterparts.

Why? Because the students at The Goodwill Excel Center aren’t children.  They are adults – adults who earlier in life made the decision to leave school.

Potential Goodwill Excel Center Students Taking Entrance Exams

Potential Goodwill Excel Center Students Taking Entrance Exams

Maybe they made that decision because they needed to find work to help support their families. Maybe they made that decision because they simply didn’t understand the value of an education at the time. Or maybe they made that decision because they had no one to encourage them and help them learn.

Whatever their reason for leaving school early, these students have now committed themselves to completing their secondary education to get all of the benefits of employment opportunities offered to them as a result of attaining a high school diploma.

The Goodwill Excel Center - Students & Staff

Goodwill Excel Center Students, Career Pathways Counselors, Administrators on the first day of class.

With more than 60,000 adult Washington, D.C. residents lacking a high school diploma, we are already seeing that the demand for a high school diploma is quite high. But the team of amazing Goodwill Excel Center teachers, administrators and support staff is prepared for the challenge and excited about the prospect of changing so many lives in a very impactful way.

The U.S. Department of Labor data shows that high school graduates are 72 percent more likely to be employed than those who didn’t finish high school.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage for a high school graduate is almost $10,000 a year more than someone without a diploma. To provide some context, $10,000 can feed a family of four for up to a year!

The mission of The Goodwill Excel Center is to transform lives through the attainment of a high school diploma and industry certifications leading to sustainable, living wage careers.

However, what truly separates The Goodwill Excel Center from other public charter high schools is that the students earn a diploma and industry specific certifications rather than a General Educational Development (GED) diploma. This differentiator provides students with greater access to careers and post-secondary education.

Additionally, in order to mitigate major barriers to success, The Goodwill Excel Center offers enrolled students a free child development center operated by the YMCA, as well as travel stipends, to help ensure strong attendance.

Transforming lives is what we do. In fact, it’s all we do. But we couldn’t do it without the support of the business community. Therefore, I’d like to thank some of those companies who have played such a vital role in the development of The Goodwill Excel Center.

To each of you and to all who choose to embrace what The Goodwill Excel Center represents – Thank you!

If you’re interested in learning more about The Goodwill Excel Center, I invite you to visit us at 1776 G Street, NW. We’d be proud to introduce you to the future workforce of our nation’s capital.

Catherine Meloy

President and CEO
Goodwill of Greater Washington and
The Goodwill Excel Center
(202) 715-2603

Read The Goodwill Excel Center insert in The Washington Business Journal

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This article was written by: Catherine Meloy
President and CEO

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