Career Training

We put people to Work!

Qualified participants may receive one or more of the following services:

Goodtech Academy –  Train for a career in the IT industry. Goodwill Industries of East Texas provides employment training programs to candidates in various community settings, with an emphasis through grant funding for computer training for women.

Career Assessments – We review your strengths and interests to help you identify which career path best fits you.

Vocational Evaluations This is geared towards individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Also, an individual who has been in a life altering accident or illness and who can no longer work in their chosen field can be redirected to a new occupation.

Employment Services  We provide help with resume writing, interview skills, job searches, application assistance, and job retention and community employment site training.

Job Coaching Services – Job Coaching is offered to individuals placed in employment who require additional assistance to learn new job tasks, ease the transition into employment, and assist in job retention.

Re-Entry Program – The Goodwill Adult Re-Entry Program works to assist formerly incarcerated adults with the challenges they face, to help them transition back into the community.

A Second Chance For Her – A Second Chance for Her combines job readiness skills, counseling, soft skills training, and job placement assistance to women returning to Smith County from prison incarceration; helping them reintegrate into the community.

Youth Works – A free program for men and women ages 16-24 in the Tyler, Texas, area who are seeking job skills to secure a better future. Training includes: Retail/Customer Service, Forklift Operation/Certification, Production/Manufacturing, Computer Skills, GED Preparation, Donation Processes, Janitorial Training, Receptionist/Office Skills.

Supported Employment Services – A more intensive, hands-on, place-and-train model, used to assist in the placement of the more severely disabled into community-based employment. In this program, the Employment Specialist assists with the application, prepares the individual for the interview, including participating in the interview process if allowed, develops the job to the specific needs of the applicant, and provides on-the-job training.

Training Services  We offer work skills, such as money management, how to arrange transportation, how to get along with others, how to remain focused on a job, and many other skills to prepare for community employment.

Work Adjustment Training (WAT) – This is a paid, minimum–wage training for up to 25 hours a week for individuals referred by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). In this program, the individual learns how to interact appropriately with coworkers and supervisors, how to remain focused on a job and to follow through on job tasks, manage time, and accept feedback in an acceptable manner. Specific job training in Janitorial/Custodial, Retail/Customer Services, Computer/Clerical, Cash Handling, Food Service, Shipping and Receiving, and Leadership is also provided.

Vocational Adjustment Training (VAT) An unpaid training in a one-on-one or group setting for 20 hours. Training is offered for one or more of the following topics: Transportation, Communication, Grooming, Goal Setting, Time Management, Problem Solving, and more.

Personal Social Adjustment Training (PSAT)  A more individualized training services program. This is an unpaid training, focused on the development of appropriate social skills. Topics include, but are not limited to: Making Good Impressions, How to Express Yourself, and Being Flexible. This training is offered one-on-one or in a group setting, with five hours of training offered a week.

All services are available to the public with a variety of payment options.
Contact: 903-581-5422 for more information or e-mail