I first heard about Goodwill Industries from my friend Gary. He also turned to Goodwill for career services. I have always wanted to work with heavy machinery. I knew that getting my Class A Driver’s License was the first step to doing that. The school was more than I could afford. I was in the process of my job ending in a couple months where I had worked for the last 3 1/2 years. I knew I needed more out of life and I wanted a career and a skill. I did not know how to go about that at 33 years old.
I came to an Orientation Workshop at the America’s Job Center of California and the future started to look brighter. Goodwill helped me write a resume, find the Truck Drivers Institution where I started school June 2016 and graduated September 2016. I was out of work while going to school and had little money to drive one hour each way five days a week from Paso Robles to Santa Maria CA. Goodwill helped me not only with the cost of the schooling but with gas money to get me to and from school.
Once I graduated from the Truck Drivers Institute, I found employment within a few days at Papich Construction Company. I still had no experience for such a reputable company to hire me, but Goodwill helped me enroll into the On the Job Training (OJT) program to help the company with the cost of training me.
In such a short amount of time, I have achieved a dream of mine to have a steady income and a growing career in a job I love doing and look forward to every day. I have a growing salary and advancement opportunities, with a 401k plan, full medical, dental, vision, etc. Goodwill has helped to change this girl who once used to live on the streets, was drug addicted, and had no idea that she was capable of having more than a minimum wage paying job. I have a career, and a future with the help of the supportive staff and Goodwill Central Coast.