Sooch Foundation commits $100,000 to Goodwill Excel Center
The Sooch Foundation has awarded Goodwill Central Texas a $100,000 grant to support occupational training programs for students of The Goodwill Excel Center. The charter high school is the first and only school in Texas to serve adults ages 17-50, and award a diploma to individuals over the age of twenty-six. Students engage in accelerated academic coursework while also receiving holistic support services including life coaching, a childcare drop-in center, transportation, basic needs assistance, and more. Occupational training programs available to Excel Center students and all Goodwill clients are in high-demand, high-growth industries and are designed to equip people with the skills necessary to obtain sustainable, living wage employment. Occupational training will take place at Goodwill Career Academy.
Sooch Foundation’s investment in the Goodwill Excel Center will fund training, equipment, exam fees, and job placement and retention services for Goodwill Career Academy participants. Services supported by Sooch Foundation will allow students to earn their high school diploma and a career certification or license concurrently, maximizing the student’s marketability and preparedness for employment upon graduation. The Goodwill Excel Center is the first school of its kind to take such an innovative approach to workforce advancement and education, and Sooch Foundation is one of the leading investors in this initiative.
The mission of Sooch Foundation is to make a positive and permanent change in the lives of economically disadvantaged people in Austin through increased educational opportunities. The foundation is focused on helping more adults and their families earn self-sustaining wages and increasing post-secondary graduation rates for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
“While the spending for this particular program is integral to the progress and successful future of our high school students, it’s just one part of our effort to empower 100,000 Central Texans to transform their lives through work,” says Gerald Davis, President and CEO of Goodwill Central Texas.