SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley, that aims to help individuals older than 21 obtain a high school diploma was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday.
The new law will permit Goodwill Industries to establish an Excel Center, which offers a tuition-free public education for adults, in the Rockford area. Through this program, adults can receive a high school diploma instead of having to pass a test in order to receive a general education diploma.
“It is important that Illinois continues to look at new ways to improve the educational and employment opportunities for all of our residents,” Pritchard said in a news release. “Excel Centers have a proven track record and will help its graduates obtain better-paying jobs.”
The first center would be located in Rockford, but depending on the success of the program, others could pop up across the state.