IL Goodwill® Partners with Local College to Help Vets Get Jobs

Female Goodwill employee helps veteran on a computer.Veterans in Central Illinois will receive support in training and search for a job, thanks to a new partnership between Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois and Spoon River College.

The program aims to help veteran job seekers overcome challenges to employment and create a cohesive community network to support this population. New services for veterans will include one-on-one support from a Goodwill® veterans employment specialist, along with computer training, job readiness training, and job search and placement assistance.

“Our mission is to support veterans and all individuals who are working to better their lives,” explained Bill Bontemps, director of vocational services for the Central Illinois Goodwill. “By offering special assistance to veterans and sharpening their résumé writing and interviewing skills, we will help men and women in Fulton County who have served their country find good paying jobs.”

“This collaboration is a great opportunity for both Goodwill and Spoon River College,” said Carol Davis, the VP of community outreach at the college. “We want to expand our services to the people of Canton and the greater Fulton County, and offering a program to help veterans get jobs or learn skills to get better jobs is a perfect fit for our mission.”

Read more about the partnership in the Canton Daily Ledger and watch a video from the partnership announcement below.