A side to Goodwill you may not know about

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- When you think of Goodwill, you think of donated clothes that are later sold. But, where does that money go?

Local 8 News Reporter Sarah Jane Cobb found out that it doesn't stop in the store.

The money sold from donated items goes to support Goodwill's job training programs. One of those is their CNA program, which Marketing Director Erin Rosolina said is the easiest to highlight.

"We have an amazing pass rate for the NAT exam, at the end where they are getting their state certification, and almost each one of our students is offered a job at the end of their time in our class," said Rosolina.

Jillian Mantikow is enrolled in this session. They are two weeks into the six week program.

"I'm actually looking to be an RN," said Mantikow. "So I have some of my Associates Degree done and this is a good point of entry into the field, so I can see it firsthand as a CNA."

Rosolina told Local 8 News this program was designed for adults.

"It's designed for people who haven't been in school for a long time, you don't even have to have graduated high school to take it," she said.

The pass rate for the skills portion of the state certification exam is 87 percent. The pass rate for the written portion of the test is 83 percent. Rosalina said if students don't pass the exam, educators will stick with them to make sure they do.

"We actually bring in employers who are seeking CNAs so that our students can kind of pick where they want to apply," said Rosolina. "That helps us have a really good placement rate, so most of our people end up getting jobs."

For Jillian, the program didn't cost a dime because of Goodwill's partnerships.

"We try really hard to make our programs free for participants. There are opportunities for private pay if someone wants to sign up right here, right now, but for the most part, most of our students don't pay for their services," said Rosolina.

Rosolina said their goal is to make sure the program makes a big difference in their students' lives.

"If you can go from minimum wage to something much higher, that's going to support your family and change the way that you're living," she said.

For more information about the program, call 865-588-8567.



 
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