Goodwill opens vocational training center in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Goodwill has opened the doors to its new facility in Springfield called the Pioneer Valley Job Training and Operations Center.

Goodwill takes over the operations of this new facility aimed at training people who face more barriers to finding employment than others. Pioneer Valley’s new Professional Training and Operations Center is located at 245 Caldwell Drive in Springfield. It is equipped with a computer lab, classroom spaces, and a distribution center with loading docks and parking where donations to Goodwill can be sorted and processed.

Goodwill’s goal with this facility is to help people with developmental disabilities, people coming off public assistance, and people returning from the correctional system. Here they will be able to develop the skills they need to enter the job market.

“We know today that there is a great need for manpower and we are creating this game. We also work with employers so that upon completion of their training there is an employment opportunity,” said Joanne Hilferty, president and CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries.

Among those who spoke on Thursday was Ricky Washington. He started working at Goodwill in 2003 and, through vocational training, passed his forklift test in 2018.

The building here will also serve as a hub for its operations in western Massachusetts.

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