48 graduate from Goodwill job training programs
This morning, we celebrated 48 students who have completed our Occupational Skills Training programs with a graduation ceremony at the Charlotte Museum of History.
Students who successfully completed our Banking & Customer Service, Construction, and Hospitality & Tourism training programs were inspired by guest speaker, Holly Alexander of Concorde Construction, who was named one of Charlotte’s “40 under 40” in 2011.
Alexander spoke to the students about tools for success, and reminded them that “you can’t always get what you want, but you’ll get what you need!”
Graduate Nikki Ellis, who represented the Banking & Customer Service class, brought the entire room to tears with her inspirational story. Her successful corporate career was cut short when she was convicted of failing to report fraudulent activity at her company.
She lost her job, her children and her freedom. When she was released from a short stint in prison, Ellis was rejected by employers time and time again. “Goodwill has not just given me skills, it’s given me my dignity back,” she said. “I haven’t secured a position yet, but I know I’m already a success story.”
Congratulations to all of Goodwill’s graduates – past and present. You are an inspiration to us all!
To our generous supporters, thank you. By donating, shopping, or volunteering, you are helping us change lives! For more information about this program and other programs that we are able to offer to the community free of charge, visit our website at www.goodwillsp.org. Thank you!