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



Adult education at McDowell Education Center is a grant funded program working in collaboration with Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation and the Department of Workforce Development for those individuals over the age of 18 (or 16-17 year olds who meet qualifying conditions) who desire to further their personal education, workplace, and career goals. Students can enroll to increase their adult basic skills, earn their High School Equivalency Diploma, earn nationally recognized credentials or certificates, receive English language learning, prepare for post-secondary readiness, or college enrichment.

McDowell’s guiding beliefs include:

  1. The student is the focus of all educational activity

  2. The best learning takes place when the student is motivated to learn

  3. Access to educational options empowers students to take control of their learning

  4. When academic programs challenge students, the intellectual growth of the earnest student is assured

  5. When schools are safe and supportive of learners’ needs, students can achieve academically, emotionally, and socially

Adult education via McDowell serves students in Bartholomew, Jackson, and Decatur counties and proudly partners with WorkONE and WorkINdiana, Ivy Tech, Su Casa, San Souci, Cummins, Inc, Columbus Regional Hospital, Faurecia, BCSC, and more. Our curriculum is flexible and intentionally aligned with economic and training pathways in Region 9, covering Southeast Indiana.

Megan Shaff

Tanjanna Skinner

Michelle Newland

Director for Adult and Alternative Education

Administrative Assistant

Literacy Coordinator

Nickie Nolting

Meg Nolting

Kimberly Stiles

Adult Education Coordinator

HSE Test Coordinator

Adult Education Records Clerk

Lynnsay Swan

Workforce Coordinator

Brandon Macy

ABE/HSE Instructor

Kim Bonnell

ABE/HSE Instructor

Bill Bailey

ABE/HSE Instructor (Seymour)

Mark Schneider

ABE/HSE Instructor

Yoli Matos

ELL TA/HSE Orientation Assitant

Nicole Moore

ELL Instructor

Pamela Perdue

Lead Custodian

Nell Hill

ELL Instructor (Seymour)

Jan Hehman

ELL Instructor

Arlene Parsons

ELL Instructor (Taylorsville)

Debbie Pogue

Orientation Coordinator

Donmichael Thompson

ABE/HSE Instructor

Mayra Rodrigues Lara

Rosalie Hooten

ELL Instructor

ABE/HSE Instructor (Greensburg)

Mike Riley

Isela Vasquez Osorio

ELL TA (Seymour)

MOS/MSSC-CPT Instructor