Adam started working for Goodwill Manasota in January 2009. And a year later, shortly after the birth of their fourth child, his wife, Sue, came to work there as well. Neither Adam nor Sue had a high school diploma.
Sue’s GoodPartner Coach (a free life coach assigned to all Goodwill Manasota Team Members) told her about a program offered by Goodwill which would enable her to earn an actual high school diploma rather than a GED. She also learned that she could attend classes during work hours, and it would not cost her one penny. Sue began this program and eventually she left Goodwill. Although she no longer worked at Goodwill, she wanted to continue working to earn her high school diploma. She found that as long as she was working somewhere, she could continue in the program offered by the partnership between Goodwill and Ave Maria Preparatory School.
Meanwhile, Adam’s GoodPartner Coach was also talking with him about getting his GED or participating in the Ave Maria program. Adam resisted at first. He told his Coach that going back to school when a person is over 30 is not an easy thing and just the thought of it was overwhelming.
Sue eventually graduated from Ave Maria Prep with her high school diploma which enabled her to move into a leadership role as an assistant manager at her new job. Adam knew that having a diploma would help out with family, and he wanted to be able to offer his children the best life possible.
Adam came to see his GPC the following winter to request enrollment forms so he could begin the journey towards becoming a high school graduate. What changed for Adam? Why now? What had changed for Adam was three things: 1) his wife had earned her high school diploma and was moving forward with increased job responsibility and increased pay 2) the class was offered at his work location which made it much easier and 3) Adam had an interest in obtaining his Commercial Drivers License, and the first requirement for that program was to have a high school diploma or GED.
Last month, Adam was one of nine graduates who received a high school diploma at Ave Maria Preparatory School. His wife, their four kids, and other family members joined him for the celebration. Now both Adam and Sue are high school graduates and both are planning to attain additional education so they can, once again, increase their earning ability and add to their family’s livelihood. Additionally, they are both glad to be role models for their four children They began their family with educational disadvantages, and they have overcome those disadvantages and are turning the opportunities before them into bigger and brighter futures for themselves and their children. This is the true spirit of our mission at Goodwill Manasota. This is truly a story about changing lives through the power of work. It's what we do...