Community members and businesses gathered at the Morris Center Thursday night to celebrate the achievements of the award recipients, which included their Community Partner Award, given this year to Savannah Technical College President, Dr. Kathy Love. Dr. Love is an active and engaged member of the workforce development community. She is always looking for ways in which Savannah Technical College can serve as an economic and community development partner for the region.
“It’s so energizing for us to be able to bring the community together to do two things: to celebrate the mission of Goodwill and the work that we’re doing with so many of our associates in the community, and the other is to celebrate the individuals, community partners and business partners that have given to us so freely over the past year,” Goodwill of Southeast Georgia President and CEO Michael Winckler said. “It’s a collaborative effort.”
Goodwill also awarded two Associate Achiever Awards to Goodwill Store Manager Brian Lollie, and Goodwill of Southeast Georgia’s Senior Director of Donated Goods Jessica Callaway Penny.
International Auto Processing of Brunswick received the Business Partner Award. IAP has partnered with Goodwill Staffing Services since 2013 as their primary labor source for vehicle processing and movement. Every day, more than 100 Goodwill Staffing associates provide critical services to IAP while providing individuals the opportunity to gain valuable work history and performance experience.
The Program Achiever Award went to the Work Readiness and Enrichment Program Class of 2018 – 2019. WREP began in 2017 as a collaboration between Chatham County Juvenile Court and Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. The program works to help young men reach educational milestones and gain skills to help them enter the workforce. All WREP students in the class of 2018 – 2019 made significant strides in education attainment, 66% regained a full grade level, 13% regained two full grade levels and 60% became successfully employed with local businesses.