Stretching Your Dollar... Free Job Training

By Maureen O'Boyle - bio | email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – With unemployment at record numbers in the Charlotte area, more people are looking for ways to enhance their skills in hopes of finding work.

Shelley Allen of Concord discovered Goodwill's job training courses while shopping at the Goodwill store.

"I never went to a Goodwill store until I needed to," Allen said.  "That was when me and my husband both found ourselves unemployed."

Allen lost her job in August of 2009 and found she needed more computer skills for the jobs she was hoping to land.

At Goodwill's store, Allen discovered the organization's job resource centers.

Allen enrolled in the Banking and Customer Service class held at the Charlotte resource center.  There are career centers located in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland counties.

Allen is hoping to land a job in the banking industry and is grateful for the chance to enhance her skills.

"We're having fun, we're learning but we're having fun," Allen said.

The courses offered at the resource centers are free.  The money raised at Goodwill stores goes to pay for the courses.

As the economy struggles to rebound, Goodwill hopes people in the Charlotte region will continue to donate generously and shop at the Goodwill stores.

"This has offered me hope that once I'm done I'll feel secure to go into a job and sell myself," Allen said.

Click here for more information about the job resource centers offered by Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont.

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