Yesterday, we held a press conference to announce plans to establish a one-of-a-kind, tuition-free high school for adults in Louisville, known as The Excel Center.

The school is for Kentuckians 18 years old or older who have dropped out of high school and want to earn a diploma in a unique environment that caters to the life demands they face as adults.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 328,000 working-age adults in Kentucky lack a high school diploma. To help improve education attainment levels in the commonwealth, Gov. Andy Beshear and state legislators committed $1 million to help start the adult high school.

The concept of the Excel Center was initiated by Goodwill Education Initiatives, Inc., a not-for-profit organization formed by Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana. Since the first Excel Center began operating in Indianapolis in 2010, 31 schools now operate under the leadership of multiple Goodwill organizations in six states and Washington DC.

We were fortunate to be joined at the press conference by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and representatives from Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana, which helped us model our Excel Center.

Watch and read the recent media reports below to learn more about the announcement and concept of the Excel Center:

For even more information, reference this resource portal for the Excel Center, which includes a video recap of the press conference, media kit materials and more: