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My Story: Tyrone Coleman

I was out of work for almost two years. I was despondent because my house was on the verge of repossession and I had depleted all of my 401(K) to pay my house bill. My unemployment was exhausted, so I was desperately turning over every stone I could to find a job. Even though I was a college graduate, my skill set was outdated.

Someone told me about Goodwill® of Central Arizona. After visiting the neighborhood workforce development career center, I was quickly evaluated and tested, and I received funding to gather a number of certifications required to update my skill set to the new standards. With Goodwill’s help, I was provided classes and necessary training to take and successfully pass the industrial certification in computer, CompTIA , A+ and Network+ ,  and I became a Microsoft Certified Professional.

After completing the course and exam, I decided to further my education by enrolling in Cisco entry-level courses. While taking advantage of the services offered by Goodwill , my new skill set qualified me for a position at Freescale Semiconductor.

That time allowed me to volunteer at Goodwill in the IT department, where I was given a bit of real-world experience, and I was able to give a little bit back. Goodwill liked me so much, they hired me part time, and then elevated me to a full-time status, where I’m increasing my knowledge in information technology. I received another Microsoft certification in Windows 7 just this month.

I am thankful for the community program at Goodwill and the services they offered me. Goodwill was able to keep my foundation and family strong.

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  • Pattie
    July 27th, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Good for you, Tyrone! Your story is inspiring, especially because you usually hear about people with minimal education, job experience, etc. and it’s inspiring to hear from someone with your background, and to hear how much Goodwill has to offer people at every level. Thanks.

  • Armice
    October 7th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Congradulation on your success. Im extremely proud of you and pray that Goodwill can assist me with updating my skill set due to my recent unemployment as they have help you.

    Wishing you continued future success and blessing.

    Armice Coleman

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