Dr. John Meyer and John Nadeau
Some of the greatest suggestions are born out of requirement. Many others are from inspiration or an unlikely alliance. At initially look, it could feel that Hodges College and Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida wouldn’t have considerably in prevalent. Having said that, a number of discussions led to the realization that there is a great deal of typical ground. With the two companies doing work collectively, we can greater handle the workforce education requirements in our location.
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida maintains a number of Local community Resource Centers (CRC) in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties primarily co-found within just its suppliers. Each and every CRC has a coordinator onsite to guide men and women with a broad assortment of expert services, which includes unemployment assistance, Supplemental Nourishment Assistance Plan (SNAP), unemployment and furlough owing to COVID-19, position queries, resume preparation, digital competencies training, and acquiring prosperous, meaningful employment. There is also the Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute, which supplies mentorship for aspiring tiny business homeowners. There are instruction certifications in locations that include things like automotive, culinary, and house healthcare, and support with obtainable housing.
Hodges University offers workforce-directed certificates and degrees that are in desire in the area and outside of. Places contain healthcare, technology, company, management, and finance. College students can just take courses on campus, on the net, and through our Know-how Increased School rooms (TEC), which makes it possible for them to show up at class from wherever, are living on the web. Hodges College also gives an outstanding English as a Second Language (ESL) certification software.
Equally Goodwill and Hodges College function really hard to be accessible, however there is yet another way to acquire that to the following level. Goodwill gives a robust start off for individuals wanting to commence or alter a career owing to the upheaval triggered by COVID-19. Hodges University has launched a new initiative referred to as HU Immediate, An Express Division of Hodges University.
Commencing with the Lehigh Acres Goodwill spot, HU Direct will have access to classroom room and an instructor’s office environment, right in Lehigh Acres, in Goodwill’s CRC. Classes and workshops can be held in the Lehigh Acres group on times and occasions that greatest go well with the community’s inhabitants. Hodges College is recognized for specializing in adult learners, which is why most programs are held in the evenings and on weekends on campus, or on the net.
Some of the prepared choices consist of English as a Next Language (ESL), Pathways to Household Possession, Immediate Help Pros, plus many workshops and classes, with substantially a lot more to adhere to, each in Lehigh Acres and all through the region.
This alliance delivers a lot more academic and workforce coaching possibilities to people, appropriate in their local community. For both of us, the greatest reward is observing that glance of hope and new confidence as they acquire new information and capabilities that will assist them comprehend their goals. It’s a constructive impact that will carry forward for generations.
A lot more information about this is obtainable at https://pathways.hodges.edu/programs/hodges-immediate/
Dr. John Meyer is president of Hodges College and serves on the Goodwill Industries of SWFL board. John Nadeau is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida.