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Success Story: Meet Tony

Lawrenceville native Tony Ekeweme is a graduate of Central Gwinnett High School and Georgia State University. An industrious young man, he worked at Georgia State during college and when he…

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Success Story: Meet Alexa

Gainesville resident Alexa Resendiz came to Goodwill’s Oakwood Career Center in August 2021, just a few months before her 19th birthday. She had completed high school in July and was…

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Success Story: Meet Octavious

Cobb County native Octavious Williams had long been interested in fitness, earning an exercise physiology degree from Valdosta State University. He planned to become a clinical exercise physiologist, but after…

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Success Story: Meet Deja

SNAP referral Deja Trotter came to Goodwill in September 2019 because she was determined to become a welder. During her initial days in training, while she was assisting with administrative…

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Success Story: Meet Javier

Originally from Colombia, Javier Gongora immigrated to Georgia in December 2019. He came to Goodwill’s Athens Career Center in February 2020, interested in the welding program. With 10 years of…

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Success Story: Meet Lyric

When the odds seemed stacked against her, Lyric McGhee found solace in the living room of her sister’s apartment – specifically, the couch. “I had to sleep on the couch…

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Success Story: Meet Akin

Thirty-three-year-old Akin Odebiyi was born and bred in New Jersey. He graduated Thomas Edison State College with a degree in information technology and began his career, never thinking he would…

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Success Story: Meet Nathan

Gainesville’s Nathan Oliver joined the Marines right out of high school. He served for about six years, which included a combat tour in Iraq. When he returned to civilian life,…

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Success Story: Meet Aleese

Twenty-two-year-old Aleese Ingram, a lifelong resident of Snellville, has always had a passion for sports. Her father played baseball at the University of Georgia (UGA) and her uncle was a…

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Success Story: Meet April

Although her educational background is in the arts, April Dean Hunter always had a passion for science fiction and artificial intelligence, especially for what the latter makes possible. During her…

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