Goodwill Industries Invests in its Employees by Paying College Tuition and Vocational Training Costs

Two out of every five college students drop out because of financial constraints.

For this reason as well as others, the Goodwill Industries of Central Florida recently announced a tuition prepaid program for its employees.

The GICF will cover 100% of part and full time employees’ tuition, books, and other fees upfront, rather than reimbursing them after.

In the program, participants (or employees) are paired with a Prosperity Planner to create a personalized action plan and to receive one-on-one coaching.

Employees must also meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Must have attended a public college/university in Florida, or attended a technical college or trade school
  • With a grade of “C” or higher

“We want our employees to be trained to be successful at their jobs – and we want their jobs to help them accomplish the goals they desire in life,” Ed Durkee, President, and CEO at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida said.

“We believe that the cost of education should not stand in the way of those aspirations, so we intend to provide employees with the financial pathway to achieve a degree or skilled trade.”

By offering pre-paid tuition, Goodwill’s mission of “building lives that work” is embodied, and employees are encouraged to join.

Over 1,200 individuals are employed by GICF across Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, and Volusia counties. Positions are available in various departments, including retail, warehouse, transportation, HR, and IT.

If you are interested in working at Goodwill, you can apply at and observe the company’s FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn pages for notifications about upcoming hiring happenings.


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