The Academy at Goodwill Expands Its Learning Opportunities
Since July, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas’s programs have helped more than 9,000 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 new training courses to the public: CPR certification, Welding and more in addition Goodwill offers a credential in Customer Service and forklift certification.
These programs prepare and train Arkansans for a variety of diverse, skilled jobs in Arkansas’s thriving economic environment.
“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
The Academy at Goodwill is a licensed trade school, offering specialized training and certifications valued by employers around the state.
For a list of course offerings, schedules and fees, click here.
Re-Entry Services at Goodwill: Giving Arkansans a Second Chance
According to the Prison Policy Initiative, there are 26,000 men and women in prisons across Arkansas. Another 53,000 are on probation or parole. That’s more than the population of the entire city of Conway.
Tackling the increasing prison population is daunting, considering statistics show half of the men and women released from Arkansas prisons will return after committing another crime or violating the terms of his or her release. According to a proclamation by Governor Asa Hutchinson, the answer could partially lie in second chances.
For the third year, the Governor proclaimed April Second Chance Month …
… “I never set out to be a serial bank robber or to be, you know, a professional criminal,” says Jeremy Evans.
Evans knows the value of second chances and redemption. After being laid off from work during the recession several years ago, he found himself in a financial crisis and desperate.
“All of my bills were going unpaid. … there was actually a letter on my front door that I was about to be evicted from my home,” Evans recalls. “…without any planning, I got in my car, drove to a sporting goods store. I bought a hat and some sunglasses, and … I drove north to the next state over and robbed a bank.”
By the time he was eventually caught, Evans held up more than a dozen banks. He spent 5 years in prison. He’d prepared for when he’d go home. Finding work, though, was more difficult than he’d thought …
Color of the Week
The Color of the Week is BLUE. Stop by your local Goodwill location and look for items with blue tags for a 50% discount. The color will change Sunday, May 26th.
10K Gold Fine Jewelry Scrap Lot 13g
Squier byFender Custom Telecaster Electric Guitar
Limited Edition Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Saddleback Leather Backpack Made in Old Mexico
The First Graduates of Arkansas’ First Adult High School
Meet the six students who, on December 8th, became the first graduates of Arkansas’s first high school for adults! Congratulations Theresa, Rachel, Halley, Stefan, Trent and Dayshia!
The next term begins July 15, 2019. We are currently accepting applications. Click here to learn more.
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