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1901 E 86 St
Indianapolis, IN 46240
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J Everett Light Career Center

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An educational institution as unconventional as its name, the J Everett Light Career Center (known to students as “the J”) has been offering classes and vocational training since 1972. Located in Indianapolis, students in high school can take classes for college credit, while technicians can learn a trade and nursing students can begin their careers. Also offered are workshops and continuing education for adults.

J Everett Light himself was a vocational instructor who was once Superintendent of the Washington Township School District. Hoping to establish a school which would prepare students for college as well as the job world right out of high school, he worked for years to formulate plans for submission to the state’s Department of Education. After several attempts were rejected, Light’s final scaled-down version of a school was accepted in 1970. Light passed away before the school was completed but it continues to bear his name.


Marion, Hamilton and also Boone County are served by the J, which welcomes students from all over the area. Following Light’s vision, the center offers a number of classes to high school students which can double as college credit. As many experts are downplaying the importance of a four-year degree – especially for students interested in technical work – there are a number of courses preparing students for direct entry to the workplace after one or two years of study. Among these offered are Welding, Cosmetology, Computer Repair, Automotive Collision Repair and Web & Software Programming.

Further credit courses include Hospitality Services, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Services, Communications Technology and Public Safety education. Many of these subjects can lead the student down the road to a 4-year baccalaureate degree.

As for the Nursing Program, accreditation is received from the Indiana State Board of Nursing and nearly all of the Center’s graduates end up completing their requirements successfully. Students can become a Licensed Practical Nurse over the course of eighteen months.

Another unique characteristic is the Student Skills Guarantee. Once a certificate is received by a student, the guarantee goes into effect. If a future employer finds that skills are lacking in that person within the following calendar year, the Center will supplement the education required free of charge.

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For general education and other class work, a one-page application is all that is required. High school students can get to work early on the path which awaits them after the twelfth grade is completed.

The requirements for admission to the Nursing Program are stricter and involve preliminary test results, an interview, a student essay and the transcripts from high school and/or GED and other university studies. Once accepted, students will be required to pass a physical exam and get all of the necessary immunizations. Classes begin in January and August for students hoping to get accepted for certain semesters, though applications are accepted year-round.

Financial Aid

Financial aid applications are accepted for any students applying to the Nursing Program or any other course for college credit. Especially for nursing students, it is important to know whether or not you have been accepted before determining what school will cost. Staff members strongly encourage potential nursing students to attend the information sessions provided by the school.

The process will begin for any student with completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For applicants’ reference, the JEL Center code is 016285. Stafford loans, Pell Grants and other types of aid are available.

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Students may encounter high schoolers attending a class in Welding or a single mother beginning training to be a nurse. There is no typical JEL Center student, though dedication and hard work is the one thing teachers expect. At the same time, Adult and Continuing Education classes will bring students into contact with an even more diverse student body.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. One of the United States’ top 15 cities in terms of population size, Indianapolis offers students the opportunity to supplement their classroom education with an internship or exploration of the arts. In addition, sports fans can take in an Indiana Pacers game in one of the country’s best arenas, Conseco Fieldhouse, or see one of the NFL’s perennial contenders, the Indianapolis Colts.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 5,267 0.63
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 96 0.01
Forcible Rape 435 0.05
Robbery 3,372 0.40
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15,122 1.82
Larceny 26,588 3.19
Vehicle theft 5,257 0.63

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Indianapolis, IN 46240
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population17,975 (17,975 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,076 (1.96 people per house)
Median Household Income$47,430
Families4,376 (2.74 people per family)

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 1, but less than 2 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1805

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2552nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $14,400 $14,400 $14,400
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $600 $600 $600
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,300 $16,300 $16,300
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,200 $20,200 $20,200
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $19,300 $19,300 $19,300

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $14,600(N/C) $14,600(N/C) $14,600(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $3,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $300(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,000(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$100
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 36 (2 male / 34 female)
Admitted 32 (2 male / 30 female)
Admission rate 89%
First-time Enrollment 17 (1 male / 16 female)
FT Enrollment 17 (1 male / 16 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment40

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 12
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits $91,000

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