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Goodwill's Good Careers Academy earns Accreditation

Goodwill's Good Careers Academy has earned a six-year institutional accreditation—the maximum length of time possible for a career school—from the Council on Occupational Education, a U.S. Department of Education recognized national accrediting agency.

Along with validating the quality of the Academy's career training programs, accreditation is also the gateway to eligibility for financial aid and Pell Grants through the US Department of Education.

The Good Careers Academy offers affordable career training in healthcare, information technology and other high-demand fields. The Academy provides top-quality instruction through a partnership with The Alamo Colleges. Current program offerings include Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant, Nurse's Aide, Administrative Assistant, Apartment Maintenance Technician, Commercial Driver License and NCCER Core Certified Construction Worker.

"Earning accreditation is our most significant achievement since we launched the Good Careers Academy," says Marla Jackson, interim President & CEO of Goodwill. "Not only is this an endorsement of the quality of our instruction, but it puts us in a position to really help our students with tuition assistance."

Independent auditors evaluated every aspect of the Good Careers Academy, including operational procedures, performance outcomes, educational curriculum, faculty and staff, Industry Alliance Council, facilities, equipment, strategic plan, and the institution’s self-study. Based on their findings, the auditors awarded the accreditation for six years, the longest term possible for a career school.

Goodwill began the Good Careers Academy in 2009 to offer affordable, high-quality career training for individuals wishing to start, retain or advance their careers. Since then, more than 800 students have entered the academy, with a placement rate upon certification in students' field of study of over 80%.

As a non-profit organization with a mission to help change lives through the power of work, Goodwill keeps tuition rates significantly lower than other schools while providing support for students both in and out of the classroom to help them complete their courses and find job placement upon certification. The Academy also provides basic skills training to build a foundation for other certification programs when necessary, such as Microsoft Office, Computer Technology and more.

"Our goal is to prepare individuals for well-paying, high-demand careers while providing a skilled, job-ready workforce to local employers," Jackson says.

There are now three Good Careers Academy locations in San Antonio, all located within the Goodwill facilities at IH-10 and DeZavala Road; downtown at 406 W. Commerce Street; and off of I-35 near Splashtown.