Goodwill North Central Texas Offering Virtual Job Training and Placement, Digital Skills Training

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (April 20, 2020) – As North Texans face unemployment and furlough in record numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Goodwill North Central Texas, Inc. is offering a free, virtual Job Resource Center providing job training and placement services, as well as digital skills training through the Digital Career Accelerator to the public.

“We’re proud to be able to continue to fulfill our mission of providing jobs and job training despite our retail locations being closed during this time,” said David Cox, President and CEO. “By transitioning to online workforce development services we’ve already been able to serve more than 1,400 individuals virtually and stand ready to assist those facing unemployment over the weeks and months to come.”

The virtual Job Resource Center offers job search techniques, job leads and placements, as well as job readiness skills training including resume writing, interview skills building, dressing techniques and more. The virtual Digital Career Accelerator offers free digital skills classes, in both English and Spanish, including basic computer skills, Windows OS, Internet basics, Email, and Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel certifications.

In order to register for these free services, interested individuals should visit  www.GoodwillFortWorth.org/JRC or www.GoodwillFortWorth.org/DCA and complete the intake form to register. A member of Goodwill North Central Texas’s Workforce Development team will then reach out to get the job search or skills training process started.

Since moving to virtual on Monday, March 23, Goodwill North Central Texas has served 1,421 people through the Job Resource Center and 83 individuals through the Digital Career Accelerator. As a comparison, in the first two weeks of March, prior to moving to virtual, Goodwill North Central Texas’s face-to-face and in-person Job Resource Centers served 173 individuals, indicating an increase in need and utilization of the services as COVID-19 restrictions have increased.

About Goodwill North Central Texas, Inc.

Goodwill is more than a thrift store. The largest employer of people with disabilities in the world, Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance.

Goodwill North Central Texas’s 25 retail locations provide revenue through the sale of donated goods to support Goodwill’s mission – job training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities and other barriers to employment including lack of education or work experience and to vulnerable populations including the homeless, at-risk youth, veterans and the formerly incarcerated. For more information on Goodwill North Central Texas, please visit www.goodwillnorthcentraltexas.org.

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