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    Cheryl Godwin
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    My Story: Cheryl Godwin


    I received my bachelor’s degree in business management in 1991 from North Carolina State University. Since I had already been working part time for a company, I was given a full-time position after receiving my degree. I continued to work there for 18 years, and I was promoted multiple times.

    My husband, Major Dale Godwin, was activated for 9/11 duty in 2006 with the U.S. Army National Guard. We then made the decision that I would resign from my corporate position to spend that time nurturing our two teenage children.

    Our son is just recently graduated from college, and he’ll be starting his new career. Our daughter has just completed her first year of college. Now that we have crossed those major hurdles in our lives, it is now time for me to get back into the workforce, contribute to our family and my individual financial goals. There was one obstacle, though — I’ve never had to search for a job.

    One day at work, my husband was given information on Goodwill Industries International’s Operation Independence Program, and he told me about it. I have truly been in awe of the services they provide for free to assist job seekers with resume writing, computer training, skill training and support. I have prepared my résumé, I’ve been given job leads to research and apply for, and I am currently taking the Microsoft computer training package.

    When I come to the Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont training center, I see so many people who once had a dim outlook on their jobless situation. Now, they have hope and confidence that they will be empowered with skills and resources which will lead to employment and financial independence. The military and their families make such great sacrifices to maintain freedom and liberty for all, and it is so good to see that this program embraces us and provides us assistance.

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    • connie rapp
      August 21st, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      i would like to know where the nearest Goodwill is for the training? i would like to start asap. thank you for your time . Connie Rapp

    • Ruth R.@Austin
      May 23rd, 2014 at 10:18 am

      I had previously used job placement services with Goodwill here in Austin,Tx that led to a 5.5 yr employment with the State Health office. I will be relocating to Arlington,Tx in a few months and will obviously be seeking Goodwills’ services again, after such an awesome result the first time! Thanks, Goodwill! Your services helped me feed my family and get on my feet after umpteen years of unemployment! Be seeing you soon, Ruth

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