COLLEGE PREP INSTITUTE

College Prep Institute

HOURS OF OPERATION & SERVICES

The College Prep Institute (CPI) is a college readiness resource center located within the Center for Leadership Development dedicated to assisting middle and high school students, parents and community organizations serving youth by providing free resources and services. We are here at every point in an individuals educational journey – including evenings and weekends – with caring, highly qualified guidance counselors, tutors and other professionals.

The College Prep Institute is also open to the public. 

Hours of operation

Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

 

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Services offered through the College Prep Institute:

  • One-on-one Licensed Guidance Counseling: receive free counseling from one of our licensed guidance counselors
  • Reading Assessment and Training: improve your reading proficiency with our online software or reading specialist
  • College Research and Selection: research choices, arrange campus visits and choose the right college for you
  • Study Sessions and Tutoring: receive a series of free tutoring sessions from one of our math and English tutors
  • Internships: connect with our College Success Coordinator to learn how YOU can participate in an internship through CLD
  • Workshops: attend professionally led workshops to explore various topics about education and career

MEET OUR LICENSED GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AND CAREER COACH!

Linda Bingham (Ms. B)
BA, Indiana University | MA, Butler University
“Teaching is my passion! I knew at an early age that I wanted to be an educator. I taught for 7 years with Indianapolis Public Schools’ Crispus Attucks and Northwest High Schools. I was a school counselor for 21 years in Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township Lawrence North, and McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology. I retired from Lawrence in June 2013 after 28 years as an educator. I had the pleasure of becoming a Licensed Guidance Counselor for the Center for Leadership Development in February 2013 and it feels as though I am living my dream!”
Ms. B specializes in: exceptional learners, organization and time management, study skills and habits and career counseling.

 

Magdalene Gates (Nita)
BS, Indiana State University | MS, Indiana State University
As a CLD guidance counselor within the College Prep Institute (CPI), Nita provides academic, career and college counseling services for students and their parent and/or mentor. With more than 8 years of experience, Nita’s passion is helping families with testing and finding scholarships and affordable institutions. She is currently a high school counselor in Washington Township.
Nita specializes in: high school preparation, college preparation, college readiness, test preparation, scholarship research, diploma types, test anxiety and college searches.

 

Jeffrey Johnson
BA, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma | MA, Indiana University | MS, Butler University
“From the age of 10 I always wanted to work in schools! For 24 years I have taught history and English in grades 7 through college. I returned to school myself when my daughter entered college, and I earned a M.S. in School Counseling in 2014 after doing my internship at CLD. I was immediately impressed by CLD’s caring staff and their commitment to excellence. In addition to my work here, I currently teach high school history, and I also work as a K-8th grade counselor for Horizons, a summer academic program for at-risk students in Indianapolis.”
Jeffrey specializes in: study skills, time management, success in the classroom, college preparation, growth mindset, college and scholarship searches and application essays.

 

Tracie Lowe
BA, Purdue University 
“One of my great passions in life is helping young people determine future goals and plans. I say that I want to help them not make the same mistakes I made… and I’m not kidding!  With over 20 years of experience in higher education and training, it’s my goal to motivate students to learn about themselves, consider a variety of career paths, and take active steps to achieve their dreams. Career-specific training as a Global Career Development Facilitator gives me additional insight into assessments, theories, workforce trends and more. I’m excited to support CLD students even more deeply on their educational and career journeys!”
Tracie specializes in: career coaching

 

Shelly Parrish
BA, Central State University | MA, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
“I take pride in having a work history that has always been geared towards uplifting the community.  I worked for Youth Emergency Services as a Crisis Counselor for 5 years.  While there, I provided resources to families that were involved with DCS. I was a Guidance Counselor for Indianapolis Public Schools’ for 10 years where I also served as the Director of Guidance.  During that time, I ensured that a countless number of students met the requirements to graduate and move on to higher education. Within Indianapolis Public Schools’, I have worked for George Washington Community High School, Shortridge High School for Law and Public Policy and Arlington Community High School.   In addition to being a Guidance Counselor, I’ve worked as a Home Based Case Worker for families that are involved with DCS.   I am excited about this opportunity to work at CLD as the full-time Guidance Counselor, which gives me a unique platform to empower today’s youth.”
Shelly specializes in: student achievement, high school prep, college readiness, diploma types, scholarship research, personal and social development, crisis counseling and intervention and accessing community resources.

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Featured Scholar

Ali Abdul-Ghani

Purdue Universityghani
"CLD has meant a lot to me in my journey towards higher education because if it wasn't for CLD, I would not have had the funding to go to Purdue University. Obtaining a scholarship means that I am able to focus on my studies and not worry about whether or not I will be able to continue my goal to be an Electrical Engineer. I am truly thankful and grateful to CLD in providing me the opportunity to be able to receive it. Not only that, but with the SAT program, it helped me understand the test and prepare so that I was able to get the right score to be accepted into Purdue. Also the College Prep program taught me what I needed to do to choose the right college, the application process and how to apply for scholarships. I am the first person in my family to go to college and didn't know anything about the process, so this helped me with the steps it took to get into college. But most of all, CLD has taught me what I need to know to be a successful human being, to have self respect and the importance of self worth, and how to develop my leadership abilities."
2016-01-18T01:13:22+00:00
Purdue University "CLD has meant a lot to me in my journey towards higher education because if it wasn't for CLD, I would not have had the funding to go to Purdue University. Obtaining a scholarship means that I am able to focus on my studies and not worry about whether or not I will be able to continue my goal to be an Electrical Engineer. I am truly thankful and grateful to CLD in providing me the opportunity to be able to receive it. Not only that, but with the SAT program, it helped me understand the test and prepare so that I was able to get the right score to be accepted into Purdue. Also the College Prep program taught me what I needed to do to choose the right college, the application process and how to apply for scholarships. I am the first person in my family to go to college and didn't know anything about the process, so this helped me with the steps it took to get into college. But most of all, CLD has taught me what I need to know to be a successful human being, to have self respect and the importance of self worth, and how to develop my leadership abilities."

Morgan Awe

Ball State University
"CLD has provided me with a great foundation for life. Not only did CLD help to provide me with a scholarship, but the self-discovery program provided me with the skills and the insight to get involved at my high school, which allowed me to show off an impressive resume when apply for scholarships. Also the College Prep program taught me a number of things about college that I didn't know and provided me with three amazing women to call and use as a resource whenever I get discouraged or stuck. I would like to encourage all of my fellow CLD scholars to be active in school and to strive for graduation. I implore them to remember the low statistics regarding African-Americans and minorities graduating, and for them to be determined to help raise the graduation rate in our community."
2016-01-18T01:38:45+00:00
Ball State University "CLD has provided me with a great foundation for life. Not only did CLD help to provide me with a scholarship, but the self-discovery program provided me with the skills and the insight to get involved at my high school, which allowed me to show off an impressive resume when apply for scholarships. Also the College Prep program taught me a number of things about college that I didn't know and provided me with three amazing women to call and use as a resource whenever I get discouraged or stuck. I would like to encourage all of my fellow CLD scholars to be active in school and to strive for graduation. I implore them to remember the low statistics regarding African-Americans and minorities graduating, and for them to be determined to help raise the graduation rate in our community."

Julian Batts

Indiana University
"CLD has opened up opportunities for me that I could not have been blessed to have anywhere else. It has allowed for me to be in a remarkable position to better myself and the future ahead. CLD has enriched me with valuable information about the tools to being successful. Through CLD, I now know who I am, where I am going and how I am going to get there."

"To my fellow CLD Scholars- I wish you all the very best as you embark on life's endeavors. Never forget where you came from and the blessing that will help you achieve your dreams. Always be you and never steer off the path of happiness."
2016-01-18T01:42:50+00:00
Indiana University "CLD has opened up opportunities for me that I could not have been blessed to have anywhere else. It has allowed for me to be in a remarkable position to better myself and the future ahead. CLD has enriched me with valuable information about the tools to being successful. Through CLD, I now know who I am, where I am going and how I am going to get there." "To my fellow CLD Scholars- I wish you all the very best as you embark on life's endeavors. Never forget where you came from and the blessing that will help you achieve your dreams. Always be you and never steer off the path of happiness."

Eugene Clifton


Cornerstone University
"This whole CLD experience has taught me the value of all the things that colleges are looking for and that I didn’t know. It helps you think on how to solve problems, work well with others, and always be prepared for the unexpected. Which is why when I come back for CLD volunteer activities I want to tell other students about college and the commitment that comes with the opportunity. I want the chance to communicate to other CLD graduates that even after graduating from the programs you still represent the organization and this is a long term commitment to the Center of Leadership Development."
2016-01-18T01:46:40+00:00
Cornerstone University "This whole CLD experience has taught me the value of all the things that colleges are looking for and that I didn’t know. It helps you think on how to solve problems, work well with others, and always be prepared for the unexpected. Which is why when I come back for CLD volunteer activities I want to tell other students about college and the commitment that comes with the opportunity. I want the chance to communicate to other CLD graduates that even after graduating from the programs you still represent the organization and this is a long term commitment to the Center of Leadership Development."