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Goodwill Provides Job Assistance and More

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The job market can still be a challenge these days for many.  It could be a time to take advantage of services offered by a well-known organization.  Details in this News 13 Problem Solver report.

When you think of Goodwill, you may think of the store on 23rd Street in Panama City.  It is a great place to bring donated clothes, furniture and other items.  It is also a great place to shop.  But, Goodwill provides training for skills that can lead to your next job.

For over fifty years, Goodwill has provided job search assistance.  According to Brooke Lochore, Vice President of Goodwill Public Relations for the Big Bend region, "There's different ways we can do that…through our placement services, job training, job education, counseling, whatever we can do to help someone secure a job…be successful in the job." 

Lochore says the training program helps job seekers reach their fullest potential in supporting themselves, and, "since we are funded thru the sale of our donations...we are unrestricted so it is open to anyone in the public that would like assistance."

Rick Campbell is Training Director for Goodwill's 22 counties in the Big Bend region.  Campbell says, "We will train them in computers...we will train them in basic office skills, customer service, how to answer phones.

Something new this year…Hospitality Training.  According to Campbell, "The idea is to help people understand the idea...what the restaurant business is all about.  We have a lot of restaurants...we have a lot of hotels.  So, we thought this might be a good fit.  Whenever we start a program like this, we go out and talk with employers to find out what it is they need.  For an entire week, it is like a week-long orientation to the restaurant industry."

Campbell says most everyone who completes the Goodwill training services will eventually be placed in a job.

A big service Goodwill provides is to offer courses for those interested in obtaining their GED high school diploma, military veteran services and even assistance for ex-offenders.

For information on classes and the wide range of Goodwill services call 522-3900.