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.
Grant funding will be used to support the acceleration of Goodwill’s skills training courses and programs. Incumbent service sector workers can receive training to advance their careers, in areas including those in which an IT-Sector Industrial Certification is required or preferred.
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.