ROGERS, Ark. — It’s been reported that, on average, people without diplomas make $10,000 less than others.
The Goodwill is working to make it easier for thousands of people in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley to get their high school diploma.
The Excel Center is Arkansas’ first and only high school for adults 19 and older.
The program is completely free and even provides drop-in child care and transportation.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas hopes to expand into Northwest Arkansas and other parts of the state, but says things are still in the planning stage, adding that this will take several steps including state approval and funding.
Brian Marsh, the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas says not only does this program provide education in a unique way, it gives people the ability to see a brighter future.
“You can see the confidence building, you can see the hope and the fact that they see a pathway now to careers,” he adds.
Goodwill Industries hopes to begin the program in Northwest Arkansas as soon as possible into the New Year.
All donations given to the Goodwill will go toward project funding.
You can bring your donations to the Rogers Outlet Location off of Dixieland Road.
For more information on the Excel Center click here.