Giving Back Locally…Goodwill Industries of East Texas, Inc. announces Walmart Community Grant Award

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Giving Back Locally…Goodwill Industries of East Texas, Inc. announces Walmart Community Grant Award

Goodwill Industries of East Texas announces the grant award of $316,069 from Walmart to support Goodwill’s mission.  This grant award is a demonstration of how Walmart and Goodwill are creating impact in the neighborhoods where we live and work.

Goodwill’s GoodTech Academy prepares adults to test for the CompTIA A+, Networking +, Security+ and Cybersecurity Certifications.  Additionally, Goodwill offers basic computer training, the Google IT Professional Certificate, and a soft skills training program called Skills 2 Succeed.

“Generating a well-trained workforce pipeline, we began our Digital Upskilling Initiative in 2014, when we recognized this could be a pathway out of generational poverty. Over the subsequent years, we have confirmed our belief that technology is the fastest-growing employment sector in our region. It is our desire to assist in  the advancement of our program participants toward this high-demand employment trend,” said Kimberly B. Lewis, President, and CEO

The long-term impact will be financial stability for those Goodwill serves.  Walmart’s upskilling funding for Incumbent Workers will allow Goodwill of East Texas a unique opportunity to accelerate the upskilling programming, to specifically help anyone working in frontline retail, hospitality, food service, or tourism, for example.  When these workers gain professional advancements and/or promotions in related and unrelated fields, such as middle-skill positions in healthcare and Tech-based sectors, it’s good for the entire community.