Grant Regional Adult Education earns Program of Excellence award

Grant Regional Adult Education has been identified by the state as one of the best programs in the state!

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has named the Grant County program an Adult Education Program of Excellence. This award designation was created by DWD to recognize adult education programs that exceed state goals and expectations in multiple areas of performance and serve as a model provider of adult education services in Indiana.

Grant Regional Adult Education’s programs are facilitated by Marion Community Schools through Grant Regional Career Center. 

“It is an honor to receive this award, and this distinction is a direct reflection of our staff's dedication to meeting the needs of every individual that enters the program,” GRCC Director Nate McNeely said. “Every individual has a unique journey, and our mission is to find a way to assist in the educational and career aspects of their journey.”

According to DWD, Indiana is viewed as a national leader in high school equivalencies earned, integrated education and career training, and employer partnerships. 

“Indiana continues to excel as a state due to the hard work, dedication, and innovative practices being implemented at the program level in communities every day,” DWD Commissioner Richard Paulk said in a letter informing Grant Regional Adult Education of their award. He added: “Thank you … for your exceptional work in supporting adult learners as they achieve their goals and improve their educational and economic opportunities bettering their lives, families, and communities.”

Grant Regional Adult Education’s offerings include: 

  • High school equivalency diploma (HSED) courses
  • English classes for language learners (ELL)
  • Paraprofessional certification training
  • ASVAB preparation classes
  • Job and career preparation assistance

These classes are FREE and open to people age 16 or older who are not currently enrolled in high school. (Students younger than 18 must complete an exit interview with the school they most recently attended.)

"We are honored to receive this recognition,” GRAE Program Coordinator Janalee Veenkant said. “It has truly been a collaborative effort between Marion Community Schools, our strong Adult Education team, and our many community partners. However, it is our dedicated adult students who show up day after day and put in the work that truly makes our program a success."

For more information, please call 765-662-2546 ext. 8430 or visit the Grant Regional Adult Education Office at 1240 S. Adams St. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.