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Goodwill Offers No-Cost Adult Education Classes through Partnership with Altoona Area School District

September 8, 2017, Press Release

JOHNSTOWN, PA, September 8, 2017—Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies announces a partnership with the Altoona Area School District (AASD) Adult Education Program to offer no-cost adult education classes at the Goodwill Career Center on Central Avenue in the Moxham section of Johnstown. Classes will be offered beginning September 11 and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00–3:30 P.M. Classes are self-paced, but consistent attendance is encouraged for the maximum benefit.

Classes will be taught by a PA-Certified teacher from the AASD Adult Education Program. Subjects include preparation for the GED® or HiSET® Exam for adults pursuing a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma, and Reading and Math refresher classes for adults who already obtained their high school diploma, but wish to improve their skills and be more prepared to enter the workforce, a postsecondary school, or a training program.

“We’re excited to partner with the Altoona Area School District to offer classes so adult learners can earn their diplomas and brush up on basic skills to better prepare for postsecondary education or training and obtaining employment,” stated Bradley R. Burger, President/CEO of Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies. “Our ultimate goal is to help people with barriers to employment to break down those barriers through education,” he added.

Tina Swineford, AASD Adult Education Program Director said, “Our partnership with Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies is an exciting opportunity to expand our free adult education services to reach more Cambria County residents. Our current classroom in the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center is easily accessible to those living near Richland.” She added, “Thanks to this partnership, adult education will be more accessible to those living near the Moxham neighborhood. Education leads to better employment and career opportunities resulting in a stronger community for everyone.”

For more information or to register for classes, please contact Jennifer Galiote, Career and Employer Services Professional at Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies at (814) 536-3536, ext. 243 or jgaliote@gogoodwill.org.

Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies (formerly Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley, incorporated in 1962) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Johnstown, Pennsylvania serving the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, and a portion of Westmoreland. Revenue from the sale of donated goods in the organization’s 10 Goodwill Retail Stores supports its mission of empowering individuals and families with employment barriers to achieve their fullest potential in the community through work services. Adult and youth services include education and career services, job placement, postemployment supports, and psychiatric rehabilitation. The agency is an independent, community-based member organization of Goodwill Industries International, a 179-member network in the U.S., Canada, and 13 other countries. Learn more at www.GoGoodwill.org.

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