Project EXCEL is extremely proud of our partner school instructors and students. This page highlights the accomplishments, projects, and activities of our Project EXCEL instructors and students, both past and present.  

Our staff would also like to recognize you and your students' successes and events. Please submit pictures, newspaper articles, etc., along with a description and names of the people or activities, so that we may give proper recognition.  

Email with the subject line “Website Spotlight” so that we can spotlight you! 

Elkhart Area Career Center broadcasting student interviews South Bend Cubs President

In this episode of EACC Facebook Live, Nathan Ganger speaks with South Bend Cubs President Joe Hart about how the team became affiliated with the Cubs, the Cubs winning the World Series, and changes to the ballpark.


Congratulations to Frank Decker of North Lawrence Career & Technical Center for receiving the PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year Award!

Project Lead the Way: PLTW Recognizes Educational Leader and Teachers of the Year at PLTW Summit 2017

Times-Mail: Free Access - EMPOWERING OTHERS

Please join us in congratulating Frank on this well-deserved award! We're so proud to have him on the Project EXCEL team!


Tony Gonczarow's Students at Southmont High School Completing Day 1 of Gel Electrophoresis Lab

Today the Dual Credit Biology I students have completed day 1 of their Gel Electrophoresis Lab. The students used restriction enzymes to cut two suspect's DNA into identifiable segments. On Thursday the students will run and stain gels and compare the suspects fragments to DNA found at the crime scene. Attached are photos of the students completing the lab. They exhibited great teamwork at executing the task at hand.


Gonczarow takes his class on the road to find answers from the past and from the water

Journal Review: Answers from the Dead

The Paper of Montgomery County Online: Students Test the Waters


Banners, Business and Ben - Murray, that is, of Clay High School in South Bend, and his students getting a lot of attention with his graphic design classes!

Aidex: Banners, Business and Ben: Roland Technology Inspires Future Design Entrepreneurs


IUSA: South Bend Community Schools CTE Graphic Design & Layout Interactive Media Teacher is Featured by Ed Tech Corp



Julie Bravard-Johnson's web design and computer classes at Mt. Vernon High School are making the headlines!

The Greenfield Reporter: Web Design Class Writes App For Preschoolers

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation: Mt. Vernon Graduate Making Money Right out of High School

Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation: Robots, Pancakes & Learning - MVHS Computer Science Covers It



Blue flannel is running wild at Avon High School in Aron Bright's American History class!



These four students are the first students from Leroy Striker’s Project EXCEL Criminal Justice program at Heartland Career Center to successfully graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) and become full-time, paid police officers. All four graduated during the past twelve months.

The Criminal Justice program at Heartland Career Center has been successfully sending students to colleges, military and professional careers since 2010; however, these are the first to become police officers in Indiana.

In order from left to right: Hunter Law - Nick Striker - Leroy Striker, Criminal Justice Instructor - Parker Stouffer - Devin Bechtold

Nick and Hunter both graduated from VU with AS in Conservation Law Enforcement; Nick transferred to Ball State University to complete his BS in Criminal Justice/Criminology.

Nick Striker – Graduated from ILEA in June 2016 (Class #208). Police Officer with Carmel Police Department.

Hunter Law – Graduated from ILEA in October 2016 (Class #209). Conservation Officer with Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Assigned Marshall County.

Parker Stouffer – Graduated from ILEA in February 2017 (Class #210). Police Officer with North Manchester Police Department.

Devin Bechtold – Graduated from ILEA in February 2017 (Class #210). Police Officer with North Manchester Police Department.

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