MCC & Goodwill team up to get you trained and hired

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Mohave Community College and Goodwill Industries are working together to get students and members of the community trained and in good careers.

Goodwill is opening Career Service Centers on the MCC campuses.   The centers will help people find careers, get credentials they need and chart out a career course.

“This partnership will not only help our students, but the entire community,” said MCC President Dr. Michael Kearns.  “Together, MCC and Goodwill can help everyone with these one stop career center shops.  It’s a perfect fit for MCC and Goodwill to help our community.”

Earning a credential such as a high school diploma, GED, industry certification or college degree can help you gain more than $500,000 of additional earning power over the course of your career, according to Goodwill’s website.

“We’re very excited about our new partnership with Mohave Community College,” said Courtney Nelson, vice president of Marketing and Communications, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona. 

“Together we will assist job seekers with resume preparation, interview skills training, workshops, local hiring events and more,” Nelson added. “All services are at no cost to the community. We will also plan to talk about employment opportunities on campus in some classes, giving students great tools to take with them when they’re looking to enter the workforce.” 

With the Goodwill Career Centers getting up and running on the MCC Neal Campus-Kingman and the Bullhead City Campus, the next step is to open one on MCC’s Lake Havasu City Campus.  

“It’s in the planning stages now and as we move forward on the other campuses, we’ll gain better knowledge of what we might want to add and incorporate into future plans for the Lake Havasu City campus,” said Tricia Hanks, MCC student success center manager.

MCC offers more than 60 programs of study, including many Career and Technical Education programs that prepare students for careers with great income potential.  These include Auto Shop, Computers, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Surgical Technology, HVAC, Welding and several others. 

“The big focus at MCC is education and skills training, along with providing support for people from the moment they walk in the door until they graduate.” said Hanks,  “We want to provide more! We want to give students more resources to help them not only get the training they came for, but also their dream career.”

The career center on the Bullhead City campus has been up and running since May and has proven a great benefit for the community, according to Campus Dean Shawn Bristle.

“This is a tremendous partnership that’s helping people in our community not only get training for great jobs, but also learn how to find the jobs and land them,” said Bristle.  “It’s the complete package for our students and a major boost to those in the community looking for good careers.”

The career center on the Neal Campus-Kingman will be in the 300 building and opens on July 24.  The center on the Bullhead City Campus is in building 700.

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