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Good to Know - January 2017

Goodwill's eNewsletter for Community Leaders & Supporters

Welcome to the new Good to Know!  For those of you who have been subscribers, you’ll see a fresh new look to our monthly newsletter. For those who are new to receiving this publication, Good to Know is Goodwill’s monthly electronic newsletter. We’ll share stories of the great work that is being done in the communities where Goodwill operates, share upcoming events and information, links to Goodwill blogs and lots of great information.

Goodwill Partnership with MPS Helps Students Succeed

Last summer, Tommy was in the first group of Career and Technical Education students from Milwaukee Public Schools that attended Goodwill’s Culinary Institute Training Program. A new partnership between Goodwill Workforce Development, Goodwill Talent Bridge and MPS, staff with both organizations are raising awareness of Goodwill training programs and opportunities students can access. After hearing about the options available, Tommy applied and participated in Goodwill's Culinary Training, attending sessions for two months at Goodwill’s Café 1919, located at our James O. Wright Center.

Says Tommy of the experience, “I learned great skills in cooking, safe food handling, good customer service, and learned a lot from my teammates. One of the best things I learned was how to form relationships with everyone in my group as well as with the staff at Goodwill. I was a little hesitant when I started as I have a disability which sometimes makes it harder to physically accomplish tasks. But in my training group you had young people and older working together and learning from each other. I felt really comfortable.”

Since Tommy completed his training he has had two part-time jobs in addition to still going to school. “I gained a lot of confidence doing this training and it helped me explore opportunities I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I’ve been able to gain a different perspective on what I want to do, and what skills I want to work on. I’ll be graduating this spring and have already been accepted into the psychology program at Cardinal Stritch University in the fall.”

Congratulations Tommy!

For more information about how Goodwill can help you with your Workforce Development and training needs, please contact Dan Depies, Vice President, Workforce Development, at (414) 847-4880 or

Workforce Skills Training Graduations

Left to Right: Marietta S., Marsha H., Marshell T., Timothy L., Khloud T. Not Pictured (November Graduates): Stephanie A., John H., Margie W., Brandon H., Eric M.

Goodwill’s Workforce Skills Training program held graduation ceremonies in both October and November at the James O. Wright Center for Work and Training in honor of the accomplishments of recent trainees in our Culinary, Manufacturing and Custodial programs. During the ceremony, students were able to reflect on all of their hard work and share speeches about their experiences. The October graduates are pictured below, and each of them is excited to see what the future holds!

At the November ceremony, Gary Engen (Manager, Environmental Services) shared insights with the group about the dedication it takes to reach one’s goals, and motivated them to persist even when the going gets tough. Margie (food service trainee), Brandon (manufacturing trainee), and John (custodial trainee) all shared positive memories highlighting the skills they learned and relationships they gained through their Work & Life Skills classes and worksite training. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments with the support of staff, family and friends!

We congratulate all the trainees for completing their respective training programs and wish them the best in their future endeavors!


RAMAC Business Blender is a Success

RAMAC Business Blender is a Success
Matt Montemurro

On November 17, Goodwill hosted the RAMAC (Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce) Business Blender at the Goodwill Center for Work and Training – Enterprise. Nearly 100 people from RAMAC attended the event, which included tours of the facility, networking and refreshments. The after-five event was a great opportunity to share with RAMAC members the many faces of Goodwill and get a chance to speak with current and potential customers.

Mission Support Center
Tel: (414) 847-4200

James O. Wright Center forWork & Training
Tel: (414) 353-6400

Metropolitan Chicago -
Tel: (312) 994-1440