Goodwill Industries® of Southeastern Louisiana Receives Board of Regents Approval to Open Proprietary School
Goodwill Career & Technical College Opens in May
Goodwill Industries® of Southeastern Louisiana has received approval from Louisiana Board of Regents to establish the Goodwill Career & Technical College (GCTC), which specializes in helping vulnerable populations receive industry certifications and skills in high-demand local industries.
Opening in August at 3400 Tulane Avenue in Mid City New Orleans, GCTC will offer affordable career training and industry based certifications in Broadband Technology (CTECH), START (Hospitality and Tourism), Microsoft Office Technology and Digital Literacy.
“We believe that education is a pathway out of poverty and many in our community are missing the opportunity to obtain employable skills that will help them become economically independent,” said Bill Jessee, president of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana. “The Goodwill Career & Technical College addresses a community need for a comprehensive hands-on curriculum for individuals who otherwise may not successfully earn a technical education.”
In addition to coursework, Goodwill will offer life and job readiness skills, such as resume writing, mock interviews and work etiquette. “At Goodwill, we are in a unique position because we also offer human services to individuals with employment disadvantages and disabilities,” said Kim Rugon, Ph.D., vice president of workforce development and mission services for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana. “Many students are faced with homelessness, former incarceration and other social ills that affect their success and employment. We will provide wrap-around services to help address these barriers.”
Curriculum costs vary per course. Students may qualify for financial aid through their local Workforce Investment Board’s ITA. After one full year of operations, Goodwill Career & Technical College will seek accreditation through the Council on Occupational Education to offer Title IV funds.
GCTC expects to serve 150 in its first year and plans to add two new programs annually. “We anticipate developing a business advisory council to identify workplace needs so that we are delivering trained and ready individuals. It’s a win-win for everybody,” said Jessee.
A school website will launch in May. In the interim, updates will be posted on Goodwill’s main webpage at www.goodwillno.org. Interested applicants can also call 504-889-5533 for more information.
About Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana
Goodwill is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to offering opportunities to people with disabilities and other employment disadvantages to improve their economic self-sufficiency through training, education, support services and employment. In 2014, 2,656 people received Goodwill’s employment and training services. Goodwill is the original social enterprise—operating more than a dozen janitorial and grounds maintenance contracts and 18 retail stores in 14 cities—including Baton Rouge, Covington, Denham Springs, Gonzales, Hammond, Houma, Kenner, Mandeville, Metairie, New Orleans, River Ridge, Slidell, Walker and Zachary.