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November 10, 2013

Goodwill for All

Goodwill Career Center offers classes, services for job seekers and employers

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VALDOSTA —

And their services go beyond job search and interview prep.

Goodwill has partnered with Bank of America to offer personal finance classes where, instead of a prepared lecture or presentation, attendees ask questions about budgeting, homeownership, or whatever financial questions they have that need answers.

Spanish teacher Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto offers a business Spanish class once a week, taking students through business and conversational Spanish, as well as Spanish culture.

Along with job skills, the center does work-adjustment training, teaching “soft” skills like stress management and has partnered with Wiregrass Technical College to offer certifications in ServSafe, custodial and retail.

So far this year, the career center has served about 5,500 people, compared to last year’s 4,507.

The Business Center offers services to employers, posting and publicizing positions, doing pre-screening interviews, and offers them the use of conference rooms for interviews.

This Tuesday, Goodwill hosts a Diversity Job Fair, bringing together job seekers with employers, many of whom will be doing live interviews.

“We reached out to all employers who are actively recruiting, and we received great feedback.”

With employers such as Express Professionals, Lowe’s Distribution, Home Depot Distribution, KBR, eLead, ResCare, Moody Air Force Base, Waffle House, Kelly Services, Automotive Transfers, KAHL Center and Convergys, among others, it aims to bring together job seekers and employers.

“A lot of times, it’s just connecting the individuals to the resources they may not know exist in our community.”

The Diversity Job Fair is being held 1-5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, Goodwill Career Center, 1000 N. St. Augustine Road.

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