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Ducey welcomes Goodwill’s first Excel Center in Arizona

The Office of Governor Doug Ducey

PHOENIX (KYMA, KECY) - On Tuesday, Governor Doug Ducey welcomed Goodwill's first Excel Center in Arizona at a ceremony where they started construction.

“Arizonans who are past the eligible age to attend high school and never got a diploma should have all the same opportunities to pursue the career of their choosing,” said Gov. Ducey. “This brick-and-mortar, tuition-free academy designed to help adult learners get their high school diploma will only accelerate Arizona’s skilled workforce. Thank you to Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona and the entire team at Goodwill Arizona for their leadership in giving more Arizonans new educational opportunities.”

About 700,000 adults in Ariz. are showing they have less than a high school diploma or its coequal.

This new Excel Center will aid Arizonans in finding work in high-skilled and high-wage jobs across the state.

"The Excel Center is a proven model that increases earning potential for those without a high school diploma by empowering them to pursue an education, work toward industry certifications and achieve better employment opportunities," said Tim O’Neal, Chief Executive Officer, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona. "Thank you to Governor Ducey for his partnership in establishing this adult high school and ensuring it remains tuition-free for our adult learners so they can focus on a better future."

These centers have been reported to be successful in five other states with securing graduates with jobs, 70% of graduates from these centers have found employment.

97% of students graduated with workforce credentials, certifications or college credits.

According to a study, it is estimated that Excel Center students in the desert state should see an average wage increase of over $17,000 or more than $8 an hour.

Gov. Ducey guaranteed $12 million in 2021 for the Excel Center establishment.

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