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Barbara Bush Funding Helps Goodwill Clients Succeed

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Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc., and Baltimore City Community College Partner Together

BALTIMORE, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thanks to funding from the Barbara Bush Maryland Literacy Initiative, Goodwill's Waverly Family Support Center will help 15 parents to earn their General Education Diplomas (GED's), 50% more than in 2010.  Along with helping parents to earn their degrees, the grant funds will allow computer skills training, classes in financial literacy, and classes to help parents teach their children how to use computers and download e-books.  Reconditioned computers will be provided to parents who complete their coursework.  The instructors will be Baltimore City Community College adjunct faculty.  

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake is pleased to announce that its partnership with the Baltimore City Community College will produce a record number of parents completing their requirements for the General Educational Development (GED) degree.  

A press conference to announce the grant award will be held June 9th at the Waverly Family Support Center located at 829 Montpelier Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Dr. Carolane Williams, President of the Baltimore City Community College; Kiev Richardson, with the Bush Foundation; and Jean Mitchell with the Maryland Family Network will speak to the grant project's purposes.  

Goodwill CEO and President Marge Thomas is pleased to be part of an endeavor with so many benefits to the community. Ms Thomas commented, "It is so gratifying to be able to partner with BCCC and leverage the academic strengths of their professors to help our Waverly clients be more tech savvy and marketable in this computer driven day and age. And to be recognized (with financial support) by the Barbara Bush foundation is an unexpected but welcome benefit."

Ursula Villar
(410) 837-1800 ext 185

SOURCE Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.


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