Heavy Equipment Training

The first heavy equipment/construction training class has been completed! This small group held their graduation on Wednesday, July 5. The 11 graduates received NCCER core and construction equipment job skills training. Some participants already have jobs lined up, while others have interviews scheduled this week. Henry Nunn, who had the highest GPA in the class, says that this training gives him a better opportunity to provide for his family. He learned about the class at the Career Center in Bay Minette. Ty Vaughn was referred by the SNAP Employment & Training program. Both of these men have interviews lined up with Construction companies.

The classes were offered by A Cut Above the Rest Training Facility co-founders, Melinda Ricketts and Juanida Pitts. The Mission of A Cut Above The Rest Training Facility is to provide construction equipment and commercial lawn equipment job skills training (Nationally recognized craft skill training credentials), life skills and employability training to ex-offenders, displaced workers and veterans.Goodwill Easterseals provided the classroom space – in exchange for 2 “scholarship” slots. The regular cost for the program is about $3,000 per participant. Most of the slots were funded by Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services.

What is a Goodwill Bargain Store??

Did you know that there are two different versions of Goodwill Stores? Besides the standard stand-alone retail stores, Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast has two Bargain Stores, one in Mobile and one in Pensacola.

In the Bargain Stores, the merchandise is not displayed on shelves (except for a few token items). When you walk inside a Bargain Store you will see a sea of blue rolling bins that are filled with everything under the sun. These bins are refilled with goods three times a day. So be ready for the rush each time the new bins are brought into the retail area! The inventory is constantly rotating, so you never know what will be available for purchase.

  

Rachel, a Goodwill employee, says the Bargain Store is like Good Friday every day, with crowds at the door waiting for them to open. I arrived 30 minutes before the store opened, and a line was already forming.

The items found in the Bargain Store are items that have been on the shelves in the retail store that did not sell or smaller items just not worth pricing. You purchase some merchandise by weight. Large items, books, electronics and a few other items are priced separately, but still at a huge discount.

Here are some of the items the Bargain Store had to offer during my visit.  I was especially excited about the Telescope!

     

Today we Celebrate Helen Keller Day

On Helen Keller Day, we celebrate human resilience and achievement . Celebrated annually on June 27, the day commemorates the life and achievements of Helen Keller, American activist, author, and suffragist.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed June 27, her birthday, to be celebrated as Helen Keller Day, a celebration of human grit and hard work.  The holiday promotes the idea that people can overcome challenges and achieve anything they want if they put their hearts and souls into it.

Born in Alabama, Helen Keller suffered from an illness in her childhood that left her blind and deaf at the age of two. Despite her challenges, Keller learned to communicate in sign language with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan. In 1904, Keller became the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor’s degree in the US.

Gulf Coast Focus on iHeart Radio

On iHeart Radio’s Gulf Coast Focus, Arielle of 100.3 the Beat talks about the help her 2 year old son has received from Goodwill Easterseals. She is joined by Uncle Henry of News Radio 720, and Mary Booth of Mix 99.9. Lydia Gaudet and Randy Henry discuss all of the mission services Goodwill Easterseals make available to our community. Have you ever wondered exactly what is being done with the revenue from Goodwill Easterseals retail stores? You donations and purchases provide education, employment and encouragement to people in your community. Listen to learn more.

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