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The sounds of Pomp & Circumstance will soon be heard throughout the hallways of Goodwill’s School-to-Work Training Facility in Pennsauken. This year, we are pleased to report that 11 students from Camden City high schools will graduate from Goodwill’s School-to-Work Program. A partnership with the Camden Board of Education since 1997, this program bridges the gap between school and the workforce for students with special needs. Students spend part of their school day in the classroom receiving academic instruction and the other part acquiring marketable, hands-on job skills. On-the-job training is provided at places including Goodwill’s retail stores, the Cherry Hill Public Library and Marshall’s to name a few. According to Goodwill’s Director of Mission Services Jen Mauro, School-to-Work graduates leave the program with a high school diploma and a resume with real work experience on it. “Many of our students are faced with formidable barriers but we work with them closely to get them through school and into the competitive workforce,” said Mauro.
Eighteen-year-old Jose Hernandez could be a spokesperson for Goodwill’s School-to-Work Program. He is graduating at the top of his class and has already landed a job! Jose studied and worked hard during his four years in the program. His abilities stood out on many community work sites including--Marshall’s. Here, he learned how to merchandise and create displays; unpack new merchandise; apply security tags to valuable items; stock clothes by size in the right departments; and many other retail duties. With a reputation as hard working, detail-oriented and dependable, Jose was hired right away when a permanent position opened at the retailer. It shows that when you put 100% into everything you do, you can get noticed. “With this job, I know I have a bright future. I now have the confidence to pursue other interests like computers,” said Jose.
There’s never been a better time to donate to Goodwill. This is the theme of Goodwill’s television public service announcements (PSAs) currently on the air on FOX 29 and 6 ABC. In this witty series of commercials, “The Goodwill Guy” (aka a truck driver) encourages people to clean out and donate to Goodwill so that we can help put people with special needs to work. Tell us on Facebook or Twitter which one is your favorite! Watch them all here.