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 students in grades 4 through 12, 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
(Tutoring only available 3:30 to 7:30)
Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Guidance Counseling and tutoring available all day
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, science, reading and language arts 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!
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.
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.
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.