Goodwill Program: Computer Programmer Training
“Goodwill gave me the independence to live a normal life and participate in society. I would not be where I am today had it not been for Goodwill.”
When an accident left Andy paralyzed, he had two possible choices regarding his future. Would he choose a life of frustration or a life of determination? Andy chose the latter. That determination brought him to Goodwill seeking computer programmer training.
The effect of his decision to come to Goodwill is being realized more than 20 years later. The skills Andy acquired at Goodwill helped him launch a successful career. Today, he works as a business support manager for one of Charlotte’s top banking institutions. He says Goodwill opened doors to employers and gave him confidence. Andy received a GoodWork award at Goodwill’s Cornerstone Celebration in May 2009.
“When you have a life-changing event, you don’t get a handbook of what to do,” Andy says. “You really don’t know what your life holds out in front of you. At Goodwill, I was able to take advantage of a curriculum that gave me both the education and outlets for future employment.”
Earning a paycheck, Andy says, has allowed him the financial freedom to own a home and raise a son – without any government assistance.
“I was determined to be back to work within five years of my accident,” Andy says. “With Goodwill’s help, I was back working within two years.”
Andy keeps Goodwill close to his heart – serving as a member of the agency’s Board of Directors. He is also a founding member of his bank’s Disability Affinity Group, which provides resources to employees with disabilities and those who have a family member or friend with a disability.
“Goodwill gave me the independence to live a normal life and participate in society. I would not be where I am today had it not been for Goodwill,” Andy adds.