As Stefany Williams put it, it seems like graduations are everywhere these days. It used to be you worked for 12 years and celebrated that big graduation from High School. Now, even preschoolers have graduation ceremonies. (Which is very adorable, don't get us wrong.) This graduation held a lot of weight. Graduating didn't just happen because the session ended. The students at Quest Academy achieved something big.
The GoodWORKS Career Center was packed on Saturday, December 3. Students, families, support systems and employer gathered to celebrate nine students that made a huge step towards job readiness.
Goodwill's Quest Academy is a five-week program for young adults ages 18-25 in the urban core. Quest gives students classroom time to learn soft skills such as how to act and dress appropriately in a workplace. Quest also partners each student with a four-week internship in a field that fits their career goals to gain work experience. Students spend four days each week at their internship to apply what they've learned. On the fifth day, they come back to the classroom to discuss what worked, opportunities that still exist and build their skills.
Quest students leave the program empowered to earn and keep employment, or seek additional training. And, Goodwill is there to help each student achieve their goals.