Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Goodwill of Central Illinois has announced a new free program to assist young adults with career and/or college preparation. The program is called Career Pathways: Bridge to Success. It is a joint effort between Goodwill of Central Illinois, Illinois Central College and Workforce Network.

The goal of the program is to guide young people, ages 18 to 21, through career development, educational achievement and job placement. Participants must have a high school diploma or GED, be unemployed or underemployed, not currently enrolled in school and reside in Peoria, Marshall, Stark or Woodford County.

The program offers: skill determination testing, math and reading tutoring, study techniques and soft skills training, leadership development activities and work experience at a Goodwill retail store. Participants also receive adult mentoring, as well as comprehensive guidance and counseling.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this free service to the young people of Central Illinois,” said Bill Bontemps Goodwill Director of Vocational Services. “This and all of Goodwill’s free programs are possible because of the donations made by the people of Central Illinois. When you donate to Goodwill you are helping your friends, neighbors and family who live in this community.”

For more information or to register for the program, contact Betsy Bladel at
(309) 369-4762 or email her at

Goodwill of Central Illinois is a non-profit organization that provides job training, career and vocational services to veterans, individuals and families who are working to better their lives. Goodwill also operates a youth mentoring program for youth ages 12 to 17. For more information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.

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