Goodwill provides a wide range of training, placement and workforce development services to help people develop the skills they need to find jobs and become more independent. These services are offered at our Workforce Development Centers and are offered in partnership with area community colleges, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Social Services, Mental Health and other community organizations.
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Goodwill’s Career Connections Centers offer free, personalized services to aid in your job search. Services include: resume-writing assistance, skills assessment, career counseling, access to computers and high-speed internet, help with interviewing skills and placement services. Centers are located in Asheville, Elkin, Hendersonville, Hickory, Lexington, Morganton, Mount Airy, Salisbury, Statesville, Waynesville, Wilkesboro and Winston-Salem. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (336) 236-8021.
Goodwill's JobLink Centers offer free professional outplacement resources to the unemployed and underemployed focusing on dislocated workers from entry-level upward. JobLink staff offer full-time assistance and are trained to work with individuals at all levels of experience. The center's resources and services include: computers with high-speed internet access, resume preparation, job search resource and video library, and networking workshops. Goodwill's JobLink Centers are operated under the guidance of the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board.
Goodwill’s JobLink, under the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Program, is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
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The Excel Center is a partnership between Goodwill and Forsyth Technical Community College that offers a unique approach to receiving an adult high school diploma. Students receive help from instructors to complete their adult high school diploma while also earning an additional credential in a skill area that is in high demand with employers. In addition, each student will receive individualized services and support from a career coach to help guide their process to success and job placement assistance. Excel Center participants must be 18 years or older and need three or more credits to complete a high school diploma. For more information, contact Excel Center Coach Andy Ward at email@example.com or (336) 724-3621.
In partnership with Smart Start of Forsyth County, Goodwill offers parenting classes and learning luncheons for women who are pregnant and parents of children 0-5 years of age. S.T.E.P. educates participants on how vocational, economic, and parenting skills intertwine to provide a strong economic foundation for families with children. The program, which benefits Work First participants, is delivered in a classroom setting and helps clients develop coping strategies for balancing personal life while managing the requirements of a new job. For more information on Smart Start, visit www.smartstart-fc.org.
The mission of Project Re-entry is to provide transition services for former offenders returning to Buncombe, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Henderson, Iredell, McDowell, Rowan, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin Counties after serving active prison sentences. Project Re-entry establishes a system of pre- and post-release services that begin with inmates up to eighteen months prior to release. Long-term services continue after the inmates are released. Goodwill partners with the Criminal Justice Department of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council and its partner prisons within the Department of Public Safety to offer employment and training services that help former offenders find jobs and become productive members of the community.
In partnership with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill provides services to individuals with severe mental and physical disabilities. The Supported Employment Program enables these individuals to obtain competitive employment through job development and placement, job coaching and long-term retention services. Goodwill partners with area employers to identify job opportunities for Supported Employment clients and provides support services to ensure employer satisfaction and client success.
Goodwill provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities by assisting with communication, finance management, functional academics, health and safety, independent living skills, leisure and recreation, vocational and social development, transportation and mobility.
Goodwill ArtWorks greeting cards are created by the participants of the Community Access Program which serves adults with developmental disabilities. More information about the greeting cards and other creative endeavors by the participants may be found at goodwillartworks.com.
Goodwill’s ultimate goal is for people to obtain and maintain meaningful employment. Our Employment Services Department places trained participants in competitive employment and, in doing so, gives local businesses access to dependable employees who are well trained and willing to learn. Goodwill offers individuals an opportunity to perfect their job skills prior to employment through a wide range of activities designed to offer "real-life" experience including job coaching, mock interviews, internships and resume, application and job search assistance.
Goodwill's Success Outfitters program provides people with limited resources a way to obtain appropriate clothing for interviews and working on-the-job at no cost. When you donate gently used clothing to Success Outfitters, you enable members of our community to make a great first impression and gain the confidence they need to get back into the workforce. Anyone can donate to Success Outfitters at any time – businesses, churches, educational organizations and individuals. Items collected which are not appropriate for Success Outfitters are donated to Goodwill’s retail operations which underwrite additional workforce development programs. Goodwill offers clothing receptacles and pickup service for organizations that conduct donation drives for Success Outfitters. For more information, please contact:
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