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Goodwill breaks ground for W. Columbia location

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Staff Report
Published Sept. 16, 2015

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina broke ground Tuesday on a new location at 2119 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia.

The 35,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open in the summer of 2016, will create approximately 20 full-time positions, the non-profit said. The building will include a retail store, outlet store, and the Midlands organization’s ninth Goodwill Job Connection.

Goodwill Job Connections provide free assistance to help job seekers connect with potential employers and find permanent employment. Services include access to resources like computers and the internet, fax machines, telephones, and job leads and referrals. A trained employment specialist is on site to assist individuals with their job search.

Goodwill also provides job training services to help people gain the skills needed to begin careers in Manufacturing, Food Service, Retail, Call Center, Cleaning Management, and as Certified Nurse Aides.

“We look forward to having a convenient, accessible location for the people in West Columbia and expanding the employment services available in the Midlands,” said Patrick Michaels, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.

Goodwill helps people become independent through education and training leading to employment. Last year, Goodwill placed 10,596 people in jobs through its training programs and Job Connection services.

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