Goodwill Partners with Albuquerque’s Hispano Chamber of Commerce to Help Seniors Build Digital Skills

Goodwill Industries of New Mexico works with the Hispano Chamber of Commerce to connect low-income seniors, ages 55 and over, with work experience and training to assist them in securing permanent community-based employment. Through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), the Goodwill serves a thriving Hispanic population in Albuquerque; nearly half of all Goodwill SCSEP participants are Hispanic.

In addition, Goodwill Industries of New Mexico has provided computer skills training to the local community since 2005. This free training includes introduction classes for computer basics and Microsoft products like Word and Excel. The Goodwill is currently helping SCSEP participants obtain used desktop and laptop computers to more easily access technology training from home during the pandemic. The goal is to help seniors learn the computer and technology skills they need to find jobs and thrive in the workplace.

The Hispano Chamber of Commerce has been a SCSEP host agency for Goodwill Industries of New Mexico for many years. Goodwill places SCSEP participants at host agencies to train and develop skills that will allow them to secure community-based employment. The Hispano Chamber of Commerce has hired several Goodwill job seekers over the years and offered computer classes for seniors and others in the community.

Learn more about SCSEP at Goodwill Industries of New Mexico.

Goodwill® proudly participates in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a national employment and training program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. A $20,971,372 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor provided 90 percent of the funding for Goodwill’s SCSEP programs in the program year 2018. Goodwills provided the remaining 10 percent through in-kind contributions worth $2,330,152.44. See http://www.goodwill.org/scsep/ for funding details. Albuquerque, NM – Goodwill Industries of New Mexico, Inc. received a sub-award of $1,431,892 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $165,977.56 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.