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Success Story Friday: OST Graduation

June 25, 2010

The graduates., originally uploaded by Goodwill – Southern Piedmont.

This morning, 31 graduates of our Occupational Skills Training programs received their awards during a graduation ceremony held in their honor at the Carole A. Hoefener Center Uptown.

We’re always thrilled to celebrate with our graduates, but today’s ceremony was especially uplifting. The new unemployment numbers were released today, with Charlotte’s jobless rate falling for the third straight month, which is a hopeful sign for our graduates. Some of them, like Banking & Customer Service graduate Susan Byrdsong, who started her new job on Monday, have already managed to secure jobs. Others have several interviews lined up and feel well-equipped to turn those interviews into opportunities.

We also welcomed back a recent graduate and true success story, Linda Lorde, to serve as our guest speaker. “You have to have faith in yourself,” she told the crowd.

What are you celebrating today?

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