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McDowell Adult Education Center

Listing Last Update: September 13, 2021


2700 McKinley Avenue
Columbus, IN 47201

Primary Contact

Nickie Nolting

(812) 376-4451 Ext:107

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To find a family literacy program
  • To help my child learn
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • Family literacy program

Program Overview

Individuals attend McDowell Adult Education Classes To:- Prepare for career opportunities
- Help children with homework
- Take the Indiana High School Equivalency Test
- Brush up on academic skills for college
- Earn a grant funded national certification
- Gain employment
- Increase educational levels
- Learn English and citizenship

Mission Statement

McDowell Education Center is a supportive learning environment providing foundational skills, career counseling and pathways to postsecondary training and employment for those pursuing their educational and career goals.

Hours of operation: 8:30-8:00pm M-TH Morning, afternoon and evening classes

Cost info: All classes and tutoring are free of charge. High School equivalency test fee is $115.00. Test fee scholarships are available. Next level Jobs- Nationally recognized certifications are offered free of charge to qualifying individuals,

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Charles is a 67 year old man with no high school diploma whose life took some sad turns in the last couple of years. His wife passed away and he had a disabling stroke and lost his business. He decided it was never too late to get an education and he enrolled in our program. He took classes for several months and earned his high school equivalency diploma. He plans to continue with our classes as he prepares to enroll in community college.

Here are some quotes from a few of our volunteer mentors:

"Thank you for allowing me to participate in the mentoring program. It has been rewarding for me personally and I hope in some way I have added value".

"I suggested that in going forward, I am 100% available to her as needed. My hope is that she will continue on the positive path she is on currently. I believe in her and am quite confident she is on her way!"

"Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the program! I feel like we have formed a good relationship, and I've been really excited to see him continue to progress with his goals. This has been a really good and enjoyable experience for me as well."

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

During our most recent program year, we served 705 students. 252 of those were English Language Learners. 103 students earned their High School Equivalency Diploma. Approximately 32% of our students are Hispanic or Latino although we serve students from all over the world.

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