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DISCOVER GOODWILL’S FREE DIGITAL SKILLS TRAINING HELPS IT PROFESSIONALS UPGRADE THEIR CAREERS

Colorado Springs, Colo., January 21, 2020 — Since 2018, Discover Goodwill has been among 10 nationwide Goodwill organizations recognized as a leader in digital skills expansion and training thanks to a $300,000 Google grant. Titled the Goodwill Digital Career AcceleratorSM, the program’s primary purpose is to further the information technology (IT) training and advancement of 170 individuals over a three-year period. Now in its third and final grant year, Goodwill’s LIFT (Learn, Improve, Focus and Thrive) digital skills training is seeking to educate and certify 75 student participants.

“This is the most critical year for our Google grant,” said Joe Mullally, LIFT Facilitator. “If we don’t achieve our enrollee and certification goals, we may never see another grant of this type or magnitude.” Mullally says the program is set up to further the IT education of individuals who are already working in the field but might need further certification, along with those who have an IT background but are currently not in the workforce. Individuals exploring an IT career may also apply for the program.

As a designated Digital Change Agent, Goodwill provides Security+ training for those seeking to increase their marketability in the information technology (IT) field by obtaining cyber security certification. Training is free and geared toward IT professionals who have networking and administrative skills in Windows-based TCP/IP networks and familiarity with other operating systems, such as OSX, Unix and Linux.

Discover Goodwill’s comprehensive training program gives participants the required knowledge to pass the CompTIA Security+ certification—combining online and in-person coursework. Customized training is available to employers who enroll multiple employees and flexible study hours are available—including daytime, evenings and weekends.  

Additional Program Benefits:

  • Live Facilitator Support and Case Management
  • Job Placement and Retention Assistance
  • Paid Voucher for Certification Exam
  • Practice Quizzes and Online Learning Materials
  • Hands-on Learning Workshops
  • Résumé Building and Interview Prep
  • Internships Available

Interested individuals or organizations are encouraged to apply by contacting Tibbie Smith at
719-381-9463 or email tsmith3@discovermygoodwill.org. Additional IT courses offered by Goodwill include A+ and Network+ training.

Goodwill of Colorado

Serving Colorado since 1918, Goodwill’s mission is to help individuals achieve greater independence through the power of work and life-transforming programs. Goodwill annually serves more than 100,000 Coloradans—including adults with barriers to employment, individuals with developmental and economic challenges, seniors, youth, military veterans, farmers and ranchers. Nearly 90 percent of Goodwill’s annual budget supports community programs, social enterprises and sustainability efforts in all 64 Colorado counties. Operating more than 50 stores, donation centers and outlets, Goodwill employs nearly 2,700 Coloradans. Learn more at discovermygoodwill.org and goodwilldenver.org.

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