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TulsaWORKS keys on accessibility to courses

 5/20/2019 6:00:00 PM

The mission at Goodwill TulsaWORKS Career Academy is to help people gain job skills and earn recognized certifications in order to improve their employability or to advance in their career.

This year, TulsaWORKS has implemented major changes to ensure that it is more accessible to the underemployed as well as the unemployed. Here is what is new in 2019.

More Evening Classes

A typical class day begins at 8:30 a.m. at 2800 Southwest Boulevard. However, the Workplace Computer Skills and Computer Support Tech Training courses have an evening option, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Both are 6-week courses. Workplace Computer Skils is designed for individuals pursuing careers that require computer usage (which is most jobs these days). Computer Support Tech Training teaches computer troubleshooting and repair skills, and prepares participants for the CompTIA A+ Certification exam.

The monthly Continuing Education Unit Seminars for Unarmed Private Security are now on Wednesday evenings that coincide with TulsaWORKS' Phase I and Phase II Unarmed Private Security courses. The Wednesday sessions are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. except for the June and July seminars, which will be offsite at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office training facility on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This change enables our security employers to engage at the same time with every security class offered at Goodwill TulsaWORKS. The courses and CEU seminars are designed for people looking to earn or maintain their Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) license. 

“The TulsaWORKS Career Academy training opportunities were meeting the demand for unemployed participants,” said Parrish McDaris, TulsaWORKS coordinator. “We realized that many more people would benefit, especially those underemployed, if we made our training an option in the evenings as well as during the day and on the weekends.”

Weekday Options Expand

The Forklift/Material Handling seminar has a new session, Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The current Saturday session, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., remains an option. Both sessions are held monthly. The seminar teaches the safe operation of a forklift through hands-on practice in the learning space at Goodwill's Edgar J. Helms Center.

Lab time is now offered for every digital class Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and has already proven useful for many TulsaWORKS participants.

“We want everyone to have equal access to the opportunity and the resources to rise above their current circumstances, and have the career they may have thought was no longer possible," McDaris said.

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