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High School

Excel Center

The Excel Center provides adults 18 and older the opportunity and support to earn a high school diploma and begin post-secondary education while developing career paths in sectors of the local economy that offer better-than-average employment and growth opportunities.Tuition and on-site child care and transportation assistance is available.

Connect with the Goodwill Excel Center  to complete your high school equivalency diploma.



At HopeWorks it’s never too late to go back to school! With a high school equivalency diploma, you will have access to meaningful careers and better paying jobs to support your family. You will be able to participate in trade or technical programs or work toward your college degree. Also, you will set a great example for your children.

You can do this! Call 396-8800 to find out how or visit


Free College

Tennessee is the first state in the nation to offer a free community college education to everyone and that includes adults, too. Ninety-nine percent of southwest graduates find a job. Take advantage by visiting or contact Southwest Tennessee Community College at or 333-5000.

Learn more by visiting or Tennessee reconnect program.


Free Technical college

Just like community college, you can attend the Tennessee College of Applied Technology for free. These skills can lead to specific careers with real demand in Memphis such as aircraft mechanic, automotive technician, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning repair.

Check out TCAT’s programs here, along with salary ranges and the local job market for each.  For more information call 543-6100 or visit


Free Career Training

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

The Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps center supports the job corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.

In addition to career training, Dr. Benjamin l. Hooks job corps center also provides academic training, including basic reading and math, courses in independent living, employability skills, and career success skills are offered to help students transition into the workplace. They also have several academic programs to help our students achieve their full potential.

For more information or to join call 901.396.2800 or visit


National Career Readiness Certificate 

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a valid and meaningful workforce credential. The certification helps companies understand if its employees or potential employees have a certain level of ability in key areas required for many jobs. Through the Workforce Investment Network and TeachEd2Go, NCRC training is Free.

Learn More About NCRC

Manhood University

Manhood University was created, formed, and implemented by The Office of Community Affairs and the faith-based community partners.  This course is facilitated by participating churches and held at their individual locations.

This is a six-session program, and the course topics are:

  • Purpose of a Man
  • Police & Community Relations
  • Applications/Resume Completion
  • Effective Communication
  • Preparing for Interviews/Dress for Success/Mock Interviews
  • Learning the Rules of the Game/Credit-Financial Literacy

Women Offering Women Support- WOWS

 Women Offering Women Support (WOWS) is a six-week program delivered by community partners in a workshop setting. 

The topics include:

  • Who am I? Personality Assessment
  • Belief and Goals Vision Planning
  • Financial Freedom
  • Affordable Home Ownership
  • Health and Wellness
  • Strategies for Positive Communication
 For more information, contact the Office of Community Affairs at 901.636.6507  or visit