Goodwill Manasota, Meridian School forge new partnership

College students within the employment courses not too long ago held on the Ranch Lake Goodwill; Pavitra Ciavardone, Goodwill’s director of neighborhood engagement & strategic partnerships, and Heather Hale, cosmetology teacher at Meridian School, are center row, left facet

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – In its continued efforts to spice up the employability expertise of neighborhood members, Goodwill Manasota has cast a brand new partnership with Meridian School. Twenty-four college students enrolled within the cosmetology division have benefited from coursework offered at Goodwill’s Ranch Lake neighborhood room on February 6 and seven.

These “looking for employment” courses had been led by Heather Hale, cosmetology teacher at Meridian School. As a part of the coursework, Hale taught college students how cosmetologists discover employment and supplied steering on what needs to be worn to interviews. She gave the scholars a theoretical price range of $25 after which directed them to pick and gown in gadgets from the Ranch Lake retail retailer. The category then mentioned whether or not these outfits had been acceptable, and why.

On the shut of the category, college students had been supplied the selection of returning their clothes or buying any gadgets they appreciated. Goodwill supplied every scholar with a $10 reward card towards any desired purchases.

“I used to be so excited to share pointers with my college students on acceptable salon apparel in addition to the advantages of discount looking for interview and work apparel,” mentioned Hale. “We’re grateful for using Goodwill’s neighborhood room; via the event of this collaboration, I’ve realized a lot in regards to the fantastic work the group does all through the neighborhood!”

Hale’s plan is to incorporate this class as a part of Meridian’s common cosmetology curriculum, in partnership with Goodwill, and maintain it yearly on the Ranch Lake location.

“We’re happy to accomplice with Meridian School to assist college students achieve expertise and confidence as they put together for his or her future careers in cosmetology,” mentioned Goodwill Manasota vp Margie Genter. “Not solely did they be taught very important job search expertise however they had been additionally uncovered to the worth of resale buying, which permits tight budgets to be stretched a lot additional.”

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Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit group that modifications lives via the facility of labor. With philanthropic donations and income generated by the gross sales of donated items, Goodwill is ready to help individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and people with different boundaries to employment by offering jobs, job expertise coaching, and free profession providers. For extra info or for an inventory of places, go to or name 941-355-2721.