Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake selected as one of the "Preferred Training Partners" for the Purple Line and the Red Line Transit Projects

BALTIMORE, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. is proud to announce it has been selected a "Preferred Training Partner" for the Purple Line and the Red Line light rail projects scheduled to start in 2015. On February 21st, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced the selection of the 16 partners for the projects which will create more than 6,800 jobs. Goodwill will provide job training and job placement assistance.

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's (DLLR) Preferred Training Partner Program is a joint effort to prepare and link residents in each project corridor directly to the contractors selected to design, build, operate and maintain the Purple Line and the Red Line. MTA/DLLR selected these organizations for their demonstrated track record of success with education and training programs and/or the ability to reach into economically- and socially- disadvantaged communities.  See the full list of partners here: http://1.usa.gov/1dYN2e7.

"We are very proud to have been chosen as a 'Preferred Training Partner'," said Lisa Rusyniak, Goodwill's President & CEO. "Our selection to participate in this project is exciting and we look forward to continuing to provide employment opportunities for Baltimore area residents."

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. provides job training, job placement and other human services for people who are unemployed or face other challenges to employment, including people with significant disabilities.  Annually, Goodwill provides services to more than 31,000 people in need of assistance because of physical, mental or other social barriers, and places approximately 2,500 individuals into jobs.

About Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake: For 95 years, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. has helped others help themselves. Revenue generated from the sale of donated goods funds job training, job placement and other human services for people who are unemployed or face other challenges to employment, including people with significant disabilities. For more information on Goodwill, please visit www.goodwillches.org

Media Contact:
Jonathan Balog
VP, Marketing 410-837-1800 ext 175
jbalog@goodwillches.org

SOURCE Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.



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