Goodwill Industries of Northern New England today will graduate its second class in its TeachME job training program for refugees and immigrants.
The eight participants are scheduled to graduate this morning at 11:30, according to a press release. The program offers basic computer skills, interviewing, how to fill out a job application and professionalism, as well as hands-on training in the retail industry at the Goodwill store in South Portland. Graduates will receive a certificate listing their skills and competencies, as well as assistance getting a job with a local business. Several have already secured employment at Hannaford, Wal-Mart, Goodwill and the Portland Regency Hotel. Participants in the program were referred by state and local agencies and their countries of origin include Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Somalia.
Last May, the program graduated six people. Funding is provided by Coastal Counties Workforce Inc., one of Maine's local Workforce Investment Boards.