Goodwill, MTC partner on Community College 101 series

Goal of Goodwill Manasota and Manatee Technical College effort is prepare community members for success in technical college training program

Published Thursday, December 29, 2016

Goodwill Manasota Team Member meets with her College NavigatorSARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Recent grants from Goodwill Industries International (GII) will enable Goodwill Manasota – with the partnership of Manatee Technical College (MTC) – to expand its local impact. The partners will present “Community College 101,” a program designed to prepare participants and provide them with the support needed to successfully complete a technical college job training program. 

The curriculum for Community College 101 offers students the opportunity to explore various career opportunities, learn how to apply and get into college, apply for financial aid and obtain funding to help pay for college, learn how to be a successful college student, receive a guided tour of MTC, and get individualized support from Goodwill’s “college navigator.” Those who successfully complete Community College 101 may be eligible to apply for funding from Goodwill for support services and ongoing support as well as case management to help them complete their post-secondary education.

The GII grant is making it possible for Goodwill Manasota to integrate the Community College 101 curriculum into its current services by offering the program to clients of its Job Connection program and its internal GoodPartner Coach program. Individuals are screened for eligibility through an intake process.

Through Goodwill's GoodPartner Coach program and Job Connection career services, Goodwill team members and Job Connection clients participate in a career needs assessment and the development of an individualized case management plan, and then go through training components to reach ultimate desired outcomes. Job performance and educational benchmarks are set, providing clear expectations for career advancement readiness.  

“Goodwill Manasota is proud to partner with MTC on this worthy venture, which will help participants to reach higher and achieve more in their careers,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to gain the valuable skills needed to transition into post-secondary education while learning about careers in fields that interest them, regardless of the barriers they may face. We are grateful to MTC for working with us to help students to achieve their career and life goals.”

MTC is a post-secondary adult, career and technical education center. With industry input, they provide training for adults in high-wage, high-demand careers and prepare students for employment, licensure and national certifications in over 50 careers in the fields of building and construction, transportation services, hospitality and tourism, medical and health-related services, public services, cosmetology, manufacturing, information technology, communication, and business management and administration. 

In 2015, Goodwill served 1,509 people in Job Connection offices throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. With 22,739 services provide in 2015 to team members and external clients, Goodwill knows there will be a huge impact on those looking for credentialing and higher-paid employment.

Community College 101 is presented in a three-part series; the next one takes place in January: 

  • Thursday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Goodwill Manasota’s Corporate Campus (2705 51st Avenue East, Bradenton), Training Room D
  • Thursday, January 19, 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Goodwill Manasota’s Corporate Campus (2705 51st Avenue East, Bradenton), Training Room D
  • Thursday, January 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at MTC (6305 State Road 70 E, Bradenton)

Visit or call college navigator Nancy Crawford at (941) 355-2721, ext. 297 to schedule an intake and sign up for Community College 101.


PHOTO ID: Goodwill Manasota GoodPartner Coach and College Navigator Nancy Crawford with Goodwill Manasota team member Liza Dressel.

About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2015, Goodwill Manasota served 22,739 people, placed 961 people in jobs and assisted 358 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 41 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota, in essence, belongs to this community and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit