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The Helms Academy

Goodwill’s Helms Academy provides a tuition free way for adults 18 and older to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously earning college credits. Our collegiate partners include: Camden County College, Community College of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Ocean County College, Rutgers University and Temple University.

Learn more at www.helmsacademy.org.

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Helms Participants Receive:

  • Adult education services
  • Life skills training
  • Career exploration and counseling
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • Resume preparation
  • Vocational job training referrals
  • Individualized academic skills training
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • And other various support services
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Digital Skills Training

Covers instruction in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access and PowerPoint) and QuickBooks in a state-of-the-art computer lab in preparation for employment in the ever evolving automated office environment.

Forklift Certification Program

Intensive one day training session on safely operating three and four wheel counter-balanced lift trucks. Upon successful completion, participants receive a three year certification from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

CDL-B Training

Provides both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction to prepare participants to become licensed school bus drivers. Graduates attain Class B driver with Passenger, School Bus and Air Brake Endorsements, making them eligible to drive school buses, commercial buses, limos, and delivery trucks.

Ex-Offender Re-Entry

Provides previously incarcerated men and women with hands-on job training and a weekly paycheck in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE). It is based in Goodwill’s Contract Services Center located at 1440 East Erie Avenue in Philadelphia.

Job Placement/Member For Life Program

All Goodwill training programs include job placement services. Graduates can also come back to Goodwill at any point in their lives for additional employment assistance, as needed.

Other Employment Services Available

  • Diagnostic Vocational Evaluation
  • Supported Employment
  • Job Coaching
  • Work Adjustment Training
  • Transitional Work Experience
  • Extended Employment

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