Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program and Goodwill Industries International Expand Workforce Development Efforts Nationwide
- Comcast Donates More Than $800,000 to Provide Career Development and Training Services for Thousands of People Through Goodwill® Career Centers; Company Will Also Provide Free WiFi Through Its Lift Zones Program
Today, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program announced a significant new partnership with Goodwill Industries International to provide digital skills and workforce development training for thousands of adults with low incomes at Goodwill nonprofit organizations across the United States. In addition, Comcast will install free WiFi access in Goodwill locations to enable people to get online to search for and apply for jobs as well as take digital skills training and certification programs to prepare for entry and mid-level occupations.
According to the World Economic Forum, by 2030, nine out of 10 jobs will require digital skills. Today, the National Skills Coalition estimates that one-third (31 percent) of U.S. workers still lack basic digital skills.
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“Access to the internet offers a life-changing pathway for workers to get the skills they need to move up the economic ladder and prepare for the jobs of the future, but not everyone is capable of taking full advantage of the technology,” said Broderick Johnson, executive vice president, public policy and executive vice president, digital equity, at Comcast Corporation. “Greater internet adoption and increased digital skills will not only lead to higher paying jobs, but also make our country more competitive globally.”
“Goodwill has a long history of offering job seekers support that sets them up for success. From résumé building and interview preparation to connecting job seekers to local employers and community colleges, we provide a range of service to those in need of opportunities,” said Steven C. Preston, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “This partnership with Comcast will provide many Goodwill participants with free connectivity and discounted devices, which are essential for people to access training and basic support to move forward. Our partners at Comcast are helping us ensure that those job seekers can gain economic mobility and pursue new beginnings with confidence.”
Comcast’s investment will bring training and free WiFi to the following Goodwill locations nationwide:
- Palmetto Goodwill@ (Charleston, SC)
- Goodwill South Florida (Miami, FL)
- Goodwill@ Industries of the Chesapeake (Baltimore, MD)
- Goodwill Houston (Houston, TX)
- Goodwill@ Easterseals Minnesota (Saint Paul, MN)
- Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois and Wisconsin Stateline Area, Inc. (Rockford, IL)
- Goodwill Industries Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
- Goodwill of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia (Maple Shade, NJ)
Eight Goodwill organizations have been onboarded and two additional Goodwill markets will be named in the coming months.
Last September, Comcast announced a multi-year program to launch more than 1,000 WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers nationwide, working with its network of thousands of nonprofit partners and city leaders. Lift Zone sites complement Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which in 10 years has helped connect a cumulative total of more than 10 million people with low incomes to the internet at home.
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