Via this partnership Goodwill Industries is providing basic literacy and Microsoft training to qualifying Santa Maria participants and staff members. The training(s) are held on Santa Maria’s campuses and conducted by instructors from CreateINterest.
On May 20, 2022, Santa Maria’s first class who participated in this training graduated. One of the graduates, Jennifer, who has been recently discharged from Santa Maria was offered a paid position with this program. Each participant who completed the training learned valuable skills to assist them with a future job search and received a laptop computer to continue to hone their skills. A second class of Santa Maria participants and staff are currently participating in the Microsoft Office Fundamentals Program at our Bonita House campus and a third class will be starting soon at Jacquelyn.
Graduate Kayla had this to say about the program:
“I am grateful for the opportunity to learn Microsoft fundamentals; it is so valuable! The trainers are inspiring, fun, and engaging, they have given me the confidence to learn the specific Microsoft functions to create Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. The theory and practice in this class have enhanced my skill set and given me a better chance to get a good job.”