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

Customer Service Essentials
This is a 3 day course that provides detailed training on the do's and don'ts of customer service while incorporating curriculum that can assist with passing the Customer Service and Sales Certification exam through the National Retail Federation. These classes are free and available to anyone interested in attending.
*Attendance for all three days is required.* The Waco Learning Center will provide both a morning and evening option to attend this month.

Morning Customer Service Essentials Option
Day 1: Tuesday, February 9th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Day 2: Wednesday, February 10th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Day 3: Thursday, February 11th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Evening Customer Service Essentials Option
Day 1: Monday, February 15th from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Day 2: Tuesday, February 16th from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Day 3: Wednesday, February 17th from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
 
Resume Assistance
Need some guidance as you prepare/update your resume? A lab attendant will be available every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 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 skills 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 & Resumes and Interview & Self Presentation.
 
Free Computer Classes
Our free computer classes are great if you are looking to sharpen your computer skills. Registration is required. Please stop by the Learning Center to complete the registration paperwork and sign up for our free computer classes.
 
Beginning Classes
Computer Basics: Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Internet & Email: Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
 
Intermediate Classes
Intro to Word: Fridays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Intro to Excel: Fridays from 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.
 
*Please contact McLennan Community College to register for the following:
 
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
 
*Registration for these month-long courses is $10*

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: Wednesday, February 17th at 5:30 pm
Friday, February 26th at 10:00 am

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, at the Temple Learning Center. Orientation and assessment are REQUIRED and can be completed Mondays, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Please see flyer for detailed orientation information or contact Temple College. (254) 298-8620 or GED@templejc.edu.

When: Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 am - 2:00 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. This class is free & available to anybody in the community interested in working on their finances.

When: "Financial Recovery" Thursday, February 11th at 1:00 pm

Parenting and Anger Management Classes
The Temple Goodwill Learning Centers has partnered with Aware Central Texas to provide Parenting and Anger Management classes each week. Please see the Temple Learning Center calendar for specific class dates or contact Joey Ellis for information by calling (254) 239-6950. Classes are $20.

When: Thursdays at 6:00 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 Writing. Classes alternate weeks. 

When: Every Monday from 9:00 am - 11:00 am


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

Customer Service Essentials
This is a 3 day course that provides detailed training on the do's and don'ts of customer service while incorporating curriculum that can assist with passing the Customer Service and Sales Certification exam through the National Retail Federation. These classes are free and available to anyone interested in attending.
*Attendance for all three days is required*

Day 1: Monday, February 15th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Day 2: Tuesday, February 16th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Day 3: Thursday, February 18th from 9:00 am - 12:00 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: Thursday, February 24th at 5:30 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: "Financial Recovery" Thursday, February 11th at 1:00 pm

Aware Central Texas Classes
The Belton Goodwill Learning Centers partners with Aware Central Texas to provide Parenting, Anger Management, Mood Management, Stress Management, and Juvenile Anger Management each week. Please see the Belton Learning Center for specific dates or contact Joey Ellis at (254) 239-6950. Classes are $20.

When: Tuesdays from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Employment 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 the 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
Free Computer Basics Classes on Mondays & Wednesdays 9 - 11AM
Classes currently offered:

   Computer Basics

   E-mail for Beginners & Intermediate users

   Searching and navigating the Internet

   Introduction to Microsoft Word 

   Introduction to Microsoft Excel 

Time: Weekly - Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9:00AM - 11:00AM - limited seating must pre-register. (New Class starts: Monday - Feb 1st.)
 
Construction Forklift and confined Spaces class at Goodwill
 $65.00 per student
 Forklift Training
Confined Spaces
Electrical Safety
Ladders
 
When: Saturday, February 20th 11AM - 1:30PM
*Note: Limit 12 persons per class*
Cost: 65.00 per person includes class material and hands-on instruction
Pre-registration is required.

Customer Service Essentials Training
This is a 3 day course that provides detailed training on the do's and don'ts of customer service while incorporating curriculum that can assist with passing the Customer Service and Sales Certification exam through the National Retail Federation.
 
Killeen: Customer Service Essentials
Pt. 1, Feb 9 5:30 - 8:30PM
Pt. 2, Feb 16th 5:30 - 8:30PM
Pt. 3, Feb 23rd 5:30 - 8:30PM
 
Harker HeightsCustomer Service Essentials 
Pt. 1, Feb. 8th 5:30 - 8:30PM
Pt. 2, Feb 9th 5:30 - 8:30PM
Pt. 3, Feb 10th 5:30 - 8:30PM
 
Interview and Self Presentation
The key to landing your perfect job is self-presentation and interview skills. We'll teach you how to answer difficult interview questions, dress appropriately for interviews, and the steps to take after the interview is done.
 
Killeen: February 22nd, 1-4PM
 
Resume Writing Class
Do you need to create a resume that tells prospective employers exactly what you want them to know about you and why you would be a good fit for their open positions? Join us at the goodwill learning center for our resume writing class.
 
When: Friday, February 26th   10 -12PM
*Note: Limit 10 Persons per class*
Free class: Pre registration needed
 
Bell County School of Defensive Driving
(All courses state approved certificate issued at end of class.)
Adult driver's education- 60.00
Defensive Driving - 35.00
Tobacco Drug & Alcohol driving awareness - 60.00
MIP - 60.00
DWI & Advance DWI - 90.00

Convenient location at affordable cost.

Learn from certified professional driving instructor.

Master the basics and learn road skills for the DMV driving test.

Get trained in safety procedures and defensive driving.

Our cost-effective drug classes, alcohol awareness classes, and minor in possession (MIP) classes are ideal for court, and personal requirements.

Most insurance carriers offer a driver improvement discount for taking the course

 
When: by appointment only - evening and weekend hours available:
Next Class: Monday - February 29th 9 - 3PM
 
Mood and Stress Management Classes

   Learn to identify the five factors (STORC) that make up human emotion.

   Learn how to use of cognitive behavioral techniques to manage moods and negative feelings.

   Learn to replace destructive and avoidant ways of responding to negative moods (such as drinking) with positive responses.

 
When: Thursdays, February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Parenting 9-11AM
Anger Management 12-2PM
Mood/Stress Mgmt. 2-3PM
Juvenile Anger Management 3-4PM
 
Classes: 20.00 per session
 
 
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.


Shannon Kendrick-Wittmer
Vice President, 
Mission & Workforce Advancement

Shannon's Mission:
"To lead and guide a group of service-oriented individuals aimed at providing quality assistance to people in the community in need of holistic services."



Lindsey Miller
Program Specialist
Careers in Retail

Lindsey's Mission:
"To serve and inspire the community through honesty, integrity, and kindness."


Beverly Wilson
Program Specialist
Operation: Good Jobs

Beverly's Mission:
"To be of service to people and assist them in achieving their goals and purpose in life."
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 visit your local Learning Center.
 
For more information about this month's classes, please check your local Learning Center's calendar.
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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