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Workforce Development

We believe in the power of work.

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 

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

Business Services Career Pathways

NEW Career Pathway Industry Recognized Credential/First Job

  • Mortgage Originator License through the NMLS

Class Format

  • Classes will be completed in a hybrid delivery model for 4 weeks
  • Fully remote options are available for those unable to attend 2 days of in-person classes weekly

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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Connect with a career consultant today, call or text
614-966-9283 or click to schedule directly via Calendly.

Ohio to Work

Get access to resources that can help you find the right career for you.
As part our goal to equip 100,000 people with the tools to advance economic mobility through the power of work by 2030, Goodwill has partnered with JobsOhio on the new Ohio To Work initiative designed to help job-seeking Ohioans find career resources to find work or move into long-term careers with local employers.

Ohio To Work combines Goodwill’s resources to reach unemployed and at-risk workers in Ohio by expanding coaching and support services, career services, tools, training programs and supplementing funding options to cover training costs. Learn more about Ohio To Work

The Ohio To Work program provides job seekers with the opportunity to access free career guidance and resources. To receive support from Ohio To Work and Goodwill Columbus, connect with a Goodwill Columbus coach today.

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