North Texas Institute for Career Development, a division of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc., hosted a graduation ceremony for its students Friday, July 19.

Ninety NTI and Work Adjustment Training graduates participated in the ceremony, held at Goodwill’s Campus Drive headquarters. NTI offers a number of programs and training ranging from medical office assistant, nurseaide training and truck driver (CDL) training and more. The average age of a graduate from NTI is 40.

“Our NTI graduates are a unique group of people who all have worked hard to better their lives,” said David Cox, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth. “By offering a hand up through education, instead of a hand out, we are able to help these individuals establish independence, find personal satisfaction and become productive members of society.”

Keynote speaker for the graduation was Andre Johnson. He received local, state and national recognition, including the Jodi Spiegel Enhancement of Customer Service Award, for his contributions to a homeless initiative for Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County. The initiative was in direct connection with the City of Fort Worth’s 10 year Homeless Plan identified as “Directions Home” focusing on job readiness and job placement for homeless individuals. In two years, Andre, along with his team, helped over 500 participants gain employment with an 87% retention rate, with 45 of them returning to college or enrolling for the first time.

About Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc.

Goodwill is a nonprofit leader in providing education, training and career services for people with disabilities, such as physical or mental disabilities, lack of education or work experience and homelessness. Last year, Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth helped place thousands of people in jobs.

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc.’s, 20 retail locations provide not only affordable goods and services, but also jobs for those in need and revenue to support Goodwill’s charitable mission. Goodwill also provides Tarrant County with nine career centers, equipped with job-search experts, computers, Internet access and telephones. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves this chance. For more information on Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, please visit