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GOOD NEWS from Goodwill is a monthly newsletter designed to highlight events and classes at Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries' Learning Centers as well as various other educational and employment opportunities! Scroll through this newsletter to see what Goodwill has to offer you!
JANUARY HIRING EVENTS
Belton Learning Center - Wednesday, January 6th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Waco Learning Center - Thursday, January 7th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries
Temple & Belton Learning Centers - Friday, January 8th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Belton Learning Center, Wednesday January 13th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Employers looking for qualified candidates in various industries including: retail, warehouse, government, contractors, etc... Pre-registration is required for attendance. Contact Morganne Beadnell at the information provided below for more information on how to attend.

(For more information, click on the name of the business).

*REGISTRATION REQUIRED*
If interested in attending an event mentioned, please visit the specified Learning Center OR contact the Business Engagement Coordinator, Morganne Beadnell.
Phone: (254) 315-6225,  E-mail. mbeadnell@hotgoodwill.org
WACO LEARNING CENTER
Free Computer Classes
Our free computer classes are great if you are new to computers and/or looking to sharpen your computer skills. No need to register, just stop by the Waco Learning Center to join in!
 
Computer Basics: Mondays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Internet & E-mail: Tuesdays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Intro to Microsoft Word: Fridays, (1/15 & 1/29)  from 9:00 am -11:00 am
Intro to Microsoft Excel: Fridays, (1/8 & 1/22) from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Can't make it to class due to scheduling conflicts? Set up an individual computer tutoring time with one of our Learning Center staff!

Mousing Around Mondays
Brand new to computers? Not ready to sing up for a class just yet? Mousing Around is a tutorial to help you become comfortable using the primary components of a computer before singing up to take one of our computer classes. A lab attendant will be available form 9:00 am - 3:00 pm every Monday to help guide you. Come by during that time and we will get you started!

Open Lab Resume Fridays
Need some guidance as you prepare/update your resume? A lab attendant will be available every Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm to assist you in getting your resume ready to submit for job applications.

Free Employability Skills Workshops
Starting January 2016, the Learning Center will offer weekly 2 hour employability skill classes. Completion of 1 employability class is required to schedule an individual job search, resume, or interviewing appointment with Learning Center staff. The following classes will be offered:

Job Search & Resume: Wednesdays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Interview & Self Presentation: Thursdays form 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

McLennan Community College Continuing Education Computer Classes
For the Spring 2016 semester, the Waco Learning Center will offer Basic Workplace Computer Skills, Microsoft Word 2010, and Microsoft Excel 2010 each month.

Basic Workplace Computer Skills: Mon, Wed, Fri from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Microsoft Word: Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Microsoft Excel: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

*Please contact McLennan Community College to register. Registration for each month-long course is $10.
 
Free Financial Education Classes - "Money Matters"
Are you planning on becoming more financially responsible in 2015? BBVA Compass Bank is providing a free financial class every month to help you do that. This month the financial adviser will discuss the importance of saving money and creating a budget. This class is free and available to anyone in the community interested in working on their finances.

When: Wednesday, January 20th from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Questions/Appointments: Give us a call at 254-753-7337!
TEMPLE LEARNING CENTER

CPR Certification Class 

This month, the Temple Learning is excited to offer CPR Certification classes provided by Amy Martinez. The class will be $40, payable via cash or money order only. Participants must bring payment and valid photo ID to attend. This course will provide certification through the American Heart Association for the following: Infant CPR, Child CPR, Adult CPR, First Aid, AED, and Choking. Registration REQUIRED - please contact the Learning Centers to register. See flyer.

When: Saturday, January 16th at 1:00 pm

GED Classes
The Temple Learning Center is excited to announce that GED classes will officially begin this year! We've partnered with Temple College to host GED classes weekly, on Mondays and Tuesday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Temple Learning Center. Orientation and assessment is REQUIRED. Please see flyer for detailed orientation information or contact Temple College. (254) 298-8620 or GED@templejc.edu.
 
Financial Education Classes

Are you planning on becoming more financially responsible in 2015? BBVA Compass bank is providing a free financial class every month to help you do that. This class is free & available to anybody in the community interested in working on their finances.

 

When: "Money Matters" Friday, January 8th at 1:00 pm
 

Computer Classes

Interested in learning the basics of utilizing a computer? Need help navigating through the internet? Curious about accessing and using email to communicate with employers, family, and friends? Struggling to utilize Microsoft Office? If you answered "YES" to the previous questions, swing by the Temple Learning Center to take advantage of our FREE Computer Basics, Internet and Email, or Introductory Microsoft Office classes.

 

Computer Basics: Mondays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Internet & E-mail: Tuesdays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Intro to Word/Excel: Thursdays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (alternating weeks)

 

Employment Readiness Classes
This month, the Temple Learning Center will have the following class opportunities available to participants, at no cost: Interview & Self Presentation, Resume & Cover Letter Prep, Conflict Management,  and Intro to Management. Classes are every Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 am - 11:00 am.
*Resume Writing: Every Monday
** Interview & Self Presentation: Every other Tuesday

 

 

Questions? Call the Temple Learning Center at 254-773-6424!
BELTON LEARNING CENTER
GED Classes
We are pleased to announce that we now have GED classes at our Belton Learning Center! These classes are through Temple College, FREE to the public, and are individualized. If interested, you must attend orientation at the Belton Learning Center, Mondays at 11:00 am.
If interested in starting GED classes, please contact Temple College at (254) 298-8620 or by email at GED@templejc.edu.
 
When: Every Monday & Thursday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

CPR Certification Class
This month, the Belton Learning is excited to offer CPR Certification classes provided by Amy Martinez. The class will be $40, payable via cash or money order only. Participants must bring payment and valid photo ID to attend. This course will provide certification through the American Heart Association for the following: Infant CPR, Child CPR, Adult CPR, First Aid, AED, and Choking. Registration REQUIRED - please contact the Learning Centers to register. See flyer for more information.

When: Saturday, January 23rd at 1:00 pm

Financial Education Classes
Are you planning on becoming more financially responsible in 2015? BBVA Compass bank is providing a free financial class every month to help you do that. These classes are free and available to anybody in the community interested in working on their finances.
 
When: "Money Matters" Thursday, January 14th at 1:00 pm

Employement Readiness Classes
This month, the Belton Learning Center will provide Resume Writing and Interview & Self-presentation classes available to interested participants. Employment Readiness classes are typically scheduled on Thursdays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Please see Learning Center Calendar for specific class dates.

Computer Classes
Interested in learning the basics of utilizing a computer? Need help navigating through the internet? Curious about accessing and using email to communicate with employers, family, and friends? Struggling to utilize Microsoft Office? If you answered "YES" to the previous questions, swing by the Belton Learning Center to take advantage of our FREE Computer Basics, Internet and Email, or Introductory Microsoft Office classes.

Computer Basics: Mondays from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Internet & Email: Tuesdays from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Intro to Word/Excel: Thursdays from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (alternating weeks)
 
 
Questions/Appointments? Please call us at 254-613-4334!
KILLEEN LEARNING CENTER
Bell County School of Defensive Driving:
(All courses: state approved certificate issued at end of class)
- Convenient location at affordable cost.
- Learn from certified professional driving instructors.
- Master the basics and learn road skills for the DMV driving test.
- Get trained in safety procedures and defensive driving.
- Gain confidence and skill for driving in difficult situations.
-Most insurance carriers offer a driver improvement discount for taking this course.
 
When: By appointment only, evening & weekend hours available
Please see flyer for more information.
NEXT CLASS: January 12th & 19th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
 
Cost: Defensive Driving - $35
Tobacco, Drug, & Alcohol Driving Awareness - $60
MIP - $60
DWI & Advanced DWI - $90
Adult Driver's Education - $60
 
Construction Forklift and Confined Spaces Certification Class 
$65 per student. Covers forklift training, confined spaces, electrical safety, and ladders. 
 
When: Saturday, January 23rd from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Please note: Limit 12 persons per class. $65 includes all class materials and instruction. Pre-registration is required. Please see flyer for more information.
 
Mood and Stress Managment Classes 
- Learn how to identify the five factors (STORC)  that make up human emotion.
- Learn how to use cognitive behavior techniques to manage moods and negative feelings
- Learn how to replace destructive and avoidant ways of responding to negative moods with positive responses. 

 When: Thursdays, January 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
 
CPR Certification Class
The Killeen Learning Center is excited to offer CPR classes provided by Amy Martinez. Certification is authorized by the American Heart Association. The class will be $40 per person, payable via cash or money order only. Participants must bring valid ID to attend. Please call to r
egister if you plan to attend. For my information, please click here
 
When: Thursday, January 14th at 3:00 pm

Lone Star Legal Aid
The Killeen Learning Center will be hosting an on-site visit from Lone Star Legal this month. If you find yourself answering yes to the following:
Do you have question about a civil law issue that need answers?
Do you need help preparing a will, power of attorney or medical directive?
Do you need help applying for benefits, such as food stamps?
 
Please stop by to meet with a Lone Star representative.
Pre-scheduled appointments are available. Please click here for flyer.

When: Tuesday, January 26th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
 
Computer Basics Classes
The Killeen Learning Center will provide computer classes weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Classes include the following:
- Computer Basics
- Email for Beginners & Intermediate Users
- Internet Navigation
- Introduction to Microsoft Word
- Introduction to Microsoft Excel
 
* Seating is limited, must preregister *
 
 
Questions? Feel free to call us at (254) 634-0637!
Monthly Classes &
Events Calendars
Click the appropriate link below to view the class and events calendar for the Learning Center in your area.

Getting to Know Our Mission Services Team
Connecting you with the dedicated team working hard to fulfill our mission at Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries each day.


Denise Gonzalez Cates
Vocational Services & 
Training Coordinator

Denise's Mission:
"To use my life experiences to teach, inspire, and create a positive sense of self-worth in those I serve."

Nina Torres
Learning Center Specialist II
Temple Learning Center

Nina's Mission:
"I believe life and all its bringing's are merely temporary. That being said, if you find yourself discouraged or in a downfall, you will only be there a short time, but while you are there, I will do all I can to guide you to a better and bright path with my smiling personality and determination." 

CAREERS IN RETAIL

Do you currently work in or have experience in the retail, restaurant, or hospitality industry? Ar you ready to turn you job into a career? If you answered "yes" to both questions above then check out Careers in Retail! This initiative focuses on helping participants gain the leadership development skills necessary to advance in their position and provide employers qualified individuals to fill mid-level jobs within the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industries. To find out more, please
click here.
 
If interested in applying for the Careers in Retail program, please click here for the application and return it to any of our Learning Center locations. If you have any questions about the program, please email careersinretail@hotgoodwill.org or contact the program manager:
 
Kaylah Johnson
CiR Program Manager
(254) 495-9415

This month's CiR Classes:
SELLING ESSENTIALS

Killeen: Jan 5th & 6th, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Waco: Jan 18th & 19th, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Operation: Good Jobs

Operation: GoodJobs assists all veterans, transitioning military (Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserves), and their families with job training and placement services with individualized, holistic service plans to help each participant succeed. The plan services the needs of the whole family with the goal of achieving job placement, retention, and long-term financial stability.

For more information, please contact the Program Manager, Katie Martin.

(254) 399-0191
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