The Excel Center Announces Walton Foundation Start-Up Grant, Norris Road Campus Location
Memphis, TN – The Excel Center – a new charter high school that will serve adults 18 and older – has been awarded a $250,000 Walton Family Foundation grant for school start-up. The Excel Center will begin classes in Fall 2015 at 1490 Norris Road, site of the former Norris Road Elementary School.
The Excel Center will provide Shelby County adults the chance to return to school to earn a high school diploma and pursue post-secondary education or training. The Excel Center will feature a learning environment geared to adult learners, life coaches, a free on-site drop-in center for students’ children, and college and career counseling .
“We are thrilled to be a recipient of a Walton Family Foundation grant, and are very grateful for the confidence the Foundation has placed in this unique education model,” said Tony Martini, CEO of Memphis Goodwill, Inc. “We are looking forward to getting The Excel Center ready for opening next fall, and welcoming our first group of 350 students.”
The Excel Center has also been approved to locate in the former Norris Road Elementary School, 1490 Norris Road, 38106. The Shelby County Board of Education approved Excel Center to occupy the space at its Nov. 25 meeting. The Excel Center will stay in this location until its permanent space in the Sears Crosstown building is ready for occupancy.
“We are also very excited about establishing our campus in the Norris Road facility. We look forward to being in that community, and welcoming students from across Shelby County to the south Memphis campus,” Martini said.
The Walton Family Foundation focuses its educational investments in 16 cities, including Memphis and Indianapolis. The Excel Center education model was started in Indianapolis by Goodwill of Central Indiana in 2010. Memphis Goodwill has adopted The Excel Center model as part of its mission to help individuals move beyond barriers to employment.