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The Excel Center™ at Goodwill

The Academy at Goodwill to Offer Mental Health First Aid Class

Since July, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas’s programs have helped more than 16,000 Arkansans change their lives through education, training and employment. And now, that effort is expanding.

This year, one of those programs, The Academy at Goodwill is offering a new training course to the public: Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.

To view the pdf of the flyer click here.

This program, along with the others offered by The Academy – CPR, Forklift Certification and Welding prepare and train Arkansans for a variety of diverse, skilled jobs in Arkansas’s thriving economic environment. To learn more about these classes you can email or call 501-372-5100 ext. 1192.

“The Academy at Goodwill provides much-needed training for Arkansans seeking employment or in search of better-paying, higher-skill jobs. Employers are also using these courses as a way to better train their workforce.”
— Branndii Peterson, Program Development Manager – Business Relations

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Help Arkansans Like Tina Get Education and Training

Tina McCann earned her high school diploma at the age of 55! When she came to The Excel Center® at Goodwill, the tuition-free high school for adults, she tested at the fourth-grade level. She was apprehensive about coming back to school, but Tina was also ready to put in the work. “My teachers gave me the courage to finish. They tutored me every week. I went from fourth to seventh grade pretty quickly. I knew then that this was the beginning of a new life for me.”

Tina dropped out of school in the eleventh grade after she became pregnant. People told her she would never amount to anything. “When I received my diploma, I proved they were wrong!” Because others believed in her, she learned to believe in herself. She completed high school in 17 months. Tina then took what she calls “the next unbelievable step.” Tina enrolled in college. She is attending Southeast Arkansas College and is pursuing an associate degree in Business Management.

Make a financial gift to Goodwill and help Arkansans like Tina get the education and training needed to find jobs to support themselves and their families. 


Approximately 315,000 adult Arkansans over the age of 25 do not have a high school diploma and, as a result, earn up to $10,000 less annually than adults with a high school diploma.


The Excel Center at Goodwill provides students ages 19 and older a second chance to earn a high school diploma. The school has flexible and accelerated class schedules to meet the needs of working adults. Classes start every eight weeks. Free drop-in childcare and transportation assistance are available, and life coaches are assigned to every student to ensure that any barrier to success can be overcome.


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