Goodwill Starting Charter School

A new South Bend charter school will target adults seeking to finish their high school educations. The Excel Center run by Goodwill Industries will open July 27. The tuition-free high school will serve those 18 and older. Goodwill CEO Debi Coble tells the South Bend Tribune that the school expects 300 students the first year and a maximum of 350 by the third year. Students will be able to earn dual college credit at Ivy Tech Community College. Each student will be assigned a life coach to help them overcome issues that made completing high school difficult. Coble says the school will be modeled on nine similar adult high schools Goodwill has established in the Indianapolis area since 2010. The schools currently have 3,000 students and 800 graduates.