The Helms Academy
What is The Helms Academy?
The Helms Academy is an innovative partnership of Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies and the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College that provides a no-cost community-based educational option for adults with barriers to education to earn college credits.
The Helms Academy is named for Edgar James Helms (1863–1942), a Methodist minister in Boston and early social innovator who is credited as the founder of the movement in 1902 that would grow into Goodwill Industries.
The Helms Academy provides adult general education development, work-readiness, job development and placement, and wrap-around services resulting in a high school equivalency credential, dual-earned college credits, and access to financial aid for further education and employment.
An individual who completes 30 semester hours of study at a U.S. accredited institution of postsecondary education will earn a high school equivalency credential.
Instruction is provided at the Goodwill Career Center located at Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies’ Headquarters at 540 Central Avenue in the Moxham section of Johnstown.
Course: September 19 – December 16, 2017
CIT 100 – Microcomputer Applications (3 Credits)
Tuesdays & Thursdays * 4:00–5:45 PM
The Goodwill Career Center, 540 Central Avenue (Moxham), Johnstown, PA 15902
Additional Supportive Services
The following services are also provided at no cost:
- Study skills assistance
- Individualized academic skills training
- Computer lab use
- Career exploration and counseling
- College admission guidance and counseling
- Résumé preparation
- Vocational job training referrals
- Job search and placement assistance
- Connection to community resources
- Other various support services
Applicants will participate in an intensive intake that consists of assessments, career counseling, and the provision of pertinent labor market information, especially the requirements and wages of high-priority occupations in our region. Assessment results (reading/math levels, barriers-to-success inventory, interviewing, and career interest surveys) guide the individual’s service strategy plan. All students will be provided with a life coach who will guide and connect them to community resources such as transportation and child care. In addition, the following programs and services will be made available to students in The Helms Academy at no cost to the students: college-readiness, assessment, basic skills instruction, tutoring, life coaching, computer-based instruction, college credit courses, flexibility, career exploration and preparation, job development and placement, and college counseling.
Individuals who test at less than a fourth grade level will be provided with trained literacy tutors. Individuals at the fourth to eighth grade level will be provided with adult basic education/remediation and high school diploma granting program as needed. Individuals at an eighth grade level will be considered for Penn Highlands classes.
Options to Obtain and Submit an Application
Complete application electronically, print, and submit via U.S. Postal mail
Click the application link below to access The Helms Academy Application online, complete it electronically, and print it. Mail to the address below.
Complete a hard-copy application and submit via U.S. Postal mail
Click the application link below to access The Helms Academy Application online. Print it and complete it. Mail to the address below.
Pick up application at Goodwill’s Headquarters at the address below.
Goodwill of The Southern Alleghenies
The Helms Academy
540 Central Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15902
For more information, contact:
Amy Horwath, Vice-President of Mission Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 536,3536, ext. 287.
Jennifer Galiote, Career and Employer Services Professional at email@example.com or (814) 536-3536, ext. 243.
Diane Schlosser, GED Instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 536-3536, ext. 319.