MERS/Goodwill also offers a variety of skills training programs. These training classes provide individualized instruction, equip consumers with entry level skills, and offer certificates of completion. While in training, students may utilize support groups and case management services available through the rehab programs. Training areas include:
Office Computer and Administrative Skills Training: The 26-week office skills training includes learning typing and data entry, clerical applications, personal computer operations, Windows operating systems, and word processing applications. An emphasis placed on learning the Microsoft Office Suite. Business math, English, spelling, filing, calculator and office procedures are also taught, as needed. Students practice on assigned computers, learn to use office equipment, and understand typical office procedures.
Building Maintenance: This 30-week course is an entry-level study of the basic principles of carpentry, electricity, plumbing and air conditioning. This program prepares students for basic building maintenance, including EPA approved certification for HVAC Recovery. It includes extensive time in a shop completing actual work projects.
Culinary Arts: This 20-week course is designed for students who have an interest in pursuing a career in food service and preparation. Emphasis is placed on building a solid understanding of principles of professional cooking, safety, and sanitation, including extensive hands-on training in the major stations of a working kitchen/cafeteria.
PC Technician: The PC Technician skills training programs include a 20-week program designed for preparing students to achieve A+ certification, and a 10-week program that prepares students for Network+ certification. Successful certification will help students obtain an entry-level position in the IT field, such as computer technician or help desk specialist. These courses also serve as a foundation for students interested in pursuing advanced certifications specific to other areas of the IT field.
- Office Computer and Administrative Skills Training (Office CAST) at the Aftergut Center and Lippman Center
- Data Entry at the Aftergut Center
- Building Maintenance at the Aftergut Center
- Culinary Arts at the Aftergut Center
- PC Tech (A+/Net+) at the Lippman Center