CONTACT: David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development, 412-632-1942 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org

Pittsburgh, PA, January 28, 2015 – Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania offers many opportunities for people who wish to improve their education.  The agency is now enrolling for free adult education classes at locations in downtown Pittsburgh, Arlington, East Liberty, Lawrenceville, McKees Rocks, McKeesport, Northside, and Southside.  

“Getting a GED or improving your education can help you can find a new job, make more money, or take that next step towards college training programs,” said Judy Martier, Director of Education, Training and Assessment at Goodwill SWPA. “We also have classes to improve your English for those working toward US citizenship.  If you made a New Year’s resolution to expand your education, it’s not too late to register for classes at Goodwill.”

Classes incorporate reading comprehension, mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and analysis -- the core skills needed to pass the GED® test.  Students can choose from several convenient class times during the day, Monday through Thursday.  Evening classes are available at Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center (WDC) in Lawrenceville, as well as the Southside location.

Goodwill’s ESL/EL Civics classes help non-native English speakers to improve their speaking, listening, reading, writing and citizenship skills.  ESL/EL Civics classes are held at the Lawrenceville WDC and Southside. 

Goodwill also offers computer based GED testing at the Lawrenceville WDC computer testing center, with varying times, Tuesday through Saturday.  All candidates for the GED test can take the complete battery of tests at the Goodwill testing center regardless of whether they have taken the preparation classes through Goodwill.  Testing can be scheduled at www.GED.com.  More information about Goodwill’s GED programs can be found at www.goodwillswpa.org/education.

** For more details on dates and times of GED classes, call the Registration Line at Goodwill at 412-632-1841 or email GED@goodwillswpa.org.  
** For more information on ESL call 412-632-1841 or email english@goodwillswpa.org
** For additional information on GED testing:  call 412-632-1847 

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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 2013 provided services to over 53,000 individuals. 

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