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LYONS -- Open Arms Christian Ministries’ Turning Point Education Center will soon consolidate with new nonprofit organization - Wagler Education & Training Center.

Open Arms has operated Turning Point Education Center on its Switz City campus for more than 18 years.

Beginning July 1, Turning Point will be consolidating with Wagler Education and Training Center, with a campus located as part of Wagler Raceway Park, just off State Road 57 South in rural Lyons.

In 2019, Turning Point moved from a temporary classroom building, into the former Open Arms administration building on its Switz City, IN campus to make room for growth. With 172 students so far this current school year, Turning Point has now outgrown the Switz City location.

Jeremy and Jessica Wagler, the owners of Wagler Motor Sports Products, near Loogootee and owners of Wagler Raceway Park, have partnered with Turning Point since 2018 in offering welding, CDL and CNC certifications.

Wagler Education and Training Center, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, recently constructed a training center building, which offers ample classroom, training and office space to meet the growing community needs. WETC will offer the High School
Equivalency Certificate (HSE), as well as certification in adult education programs – welding, CDL (Commercial Driver’s License), CNC Machining, CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant through Glenburn Nursing Home and paraprofessional teaching assistant.

The former TPEC program, which had more than 92 graduates in 2020, has been recognized as one of the best and most efficient adult education programs in the state with a very high completion rate in the 80 percentile range.

Open Arms Christian Ministries will continue to serve children in foster care, the HEbron Home for Boys in Lyons and the Miriam Home for Girls at the Switz City campus.

After July 1, the former Turning Point building, located across from the Greene County Fairgrounds on State Road 54, will meet the growing therapeutic needs to help the traumatized children and youth we serve heal from their past.

Open Arms remains committed to its mission statement, “To exalt the Lord by serving and sharing Christ thought meeting the needs of others.”

“The consolidation will allow Open Arms to concentrate more fully on our core programming that impacts the lives of those residents we receive from throughout the state of Indiana,” Nick Schneider, Open Arms’ Community Relations Director stated, “Many of the youth we deal with on a daily basis come from a background of abuse, neglect, alcohol/drug use, truancy, behavioral and psychological disorders. We are equipped to offer therapy, training and support to change their lives.”

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