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Goodwill Columbus is proud to be one of the region’s largest job providers and a trusted source in Central Ohio for putting people to work through our job skills, training, and first or next best employment opportunities.

Free Classes & Certifications

Goodwill Columbus understands the Power of Work. Whether in-person or remote, career consultants from the WFD team are here to help you on your career path – whether that is your first or your next best job. If you’re ready to take the next step, you can reach out us by completing the form and one of our team members will be in touch with you. 

Our career service programs include: 

  • Individualized Career Plans that will identify each person’s next steps towards a career 
  • Short term upskilling and/or reskilling opportunities for industry recognized credentials in IT, Healthcare, or Hospitality/Lodging/Retail 
  • Continuous one-on-one coaching to help individual’s eliminate barriers for success  
  • Job placement with central Ohio’s best employers 

Goodwill Columbus x AMP

The purpose of AMP is to help out-of-school young adults between the ages of 18-24 enter a career pathway and attain long-term self-sufficiency prior to program completion. Eligible participants will be paired with a Goodwill Columbus AMP Coach who serve as a personal advocate.

Each coach will build a personalized plan to connect the participant to support services and provide assistance in life training, learning new skills, and work experience through paid and non-paid internships, job shadowing, on-the-job training, pre-apprenticeship programs.

  • Young adults, ages 18-24 years old
  • Reside in Franklin County
  • Meet eligibility requirements
  • Not currently enrolled in high school

Introducing Roads2Work

Goodwill Columbus is proud to partner with Capital Transportation Academy on Roads2Work! 

Have you considered a career as a commercial driver? No previous experience is necessary – just bring the desire to be great! The Roads2Work-Franklin County Commercial Driver Training Program is no cost to you and is funded by a grant from Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services, and features a partnership between Goodwill Columbus and Capital Transportation Academy!

Many local, regional, and national Roads2Work partner employers are ready to hire Roads2Work-Franklin County graduates immediately upon completion of the training program.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to change your life!

Types of Classes & Certifications

IT Pathway

Career Pathway Industry Recognized Credentials/ First Job

  • CompTIA A+ or Google IT Support Professional
  • Facebook Social Media Marketing Professional Certification

Career Pathway Industry Recognized Credentials/ Next Best Job

  • Network+, Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker

Class Format

  • CompTIA A+ classes are in-person for 12 weeks/day class, 15 weeks/night class
  • Google IT Support Professional, Network +, Security +, and Certified Ethical Hacker will be completed remotely and can be completed within 3 to 6 six months depending on the student’s skill set
  • Facebook Social Media classes will be remote and can be completed in 4 to 5 months depending on the student’s skill set

Hospitality / Lodging / Retail Pathways

Career Pathway Industry Recognized Credentials/First Job

  • Customer Service Gold, Rise Up Retail, Front Desk Attendant, Guest Room Attendant, Kitchen Cook, Food Server

Career Pathway Industry Recognized Credentials/Next Best Job

  • Maintenance (supervisory role)

Class Format:

  • Classes can be completed remotely in as little 1 week per credential

Healthcare Pathway

Career Pathway Industry Recognized Credential/First Job

  • State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

Career Pathway Industry Recognized Credentials/Next Best Job

  • Medical Billing and Coding (potential for remote work), Medical Front Office Administrative Assistant, Behavior Technician

Class Format

  • STNA – Classes are in-person at The Reeb Avenue Center on the south side of Columbus and can be completed in 5 weeks
  • Medical Billing & Coding, Medical Front Office Adm. Asst., Behavior Technician – Classes can be completed remotely in 24 weeks or less depending on the student’s skill set

Commercial Driver Training (Roads2Work)

NEW Roads2Work-Franklin County Commercial Driver Training Program with Capital Transportation Academy

  • Free training for a Class A CDL 
  • Graduates are eligible for roles offering $60K/year + benefits
  • Must pass a physical and drug screen

Class Format

  • Training will be completed in 5-to-6 weeks

Upskilling/ Reskilling Opportunities

Industry Recognized Credentials

Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.)

Class Format

  • Classes can be completed remotely at home or by utilizing the Upskilling Lab for computer and Wi-Fi access at Goodwill Columbus
  • Credentials can be completed in 3 to 6 months per credential depending on the student’s skill set

Digital LiteracyComputer Basics, Internet Safety, Use of Smartphones and Tablets

Class Format

  • In person classes are available Monday thru Friday at Columbus Metropolitan Library branches throughout central Ohio as well the Ohio Means Job Center. Please click here to see class availability

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