CONTACT: David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development, 412-632-1942 or

PITTSBURGH, April 20, 2015 – Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is now seeking students for its EL Civics classes. This course was created to help non-native English speakers improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills while also learning about civics-related content. 

Students must either be a U.S. citizen or eligible for citizenship (i.e. have a green card or social security number), cannot be an English native speaker, and must need English language services. 

Goodwill’s EL Civics program integrates civics education with English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. The course allows students to increase their knowledge in the areas of U.S. history, geography, government, the legal system and workplace culture. At the same time, students will build their English language and literacy skills by communicating with other students at a similar level and instructors who genuinely care about their progress.

Through the EL Civics program, students will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to become active and informed workers and community members. They will have the opportunity to apply this experience in their daily lives as they work to achieve U.S. citizenship, register to vote or vote for the first time, volunteer for local organizations, and become more involved in their communities.

Committed to providing a flexible schedule for EL Civics students, Goodwill offers many morning, afternoon or evening classes in Lawrenceville and the South Side. Students must complete an orientation program prior to the start of classes. Upcoming orientation dates include:


  • Monday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Monday, May 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 18 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Monday, June 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

South Side:

  • Wednesday, May 13 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for an upcoming EL Civics orientation program, please visit, call 412-632-1820, or email


About Goodwill SWPA 

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals.

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