Thomas Nelson and Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia sign Declaration of Shared Purpose for Trade Skills Training

October 2, 2017

The presidents of Thomas Nelson Community College and Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia will sign a Declaration of Shared Purpose on Monday, Oct. 2  at 11:30 a.m. at the Thomas Nelson Center for Building and Construction Trades at the Goodwill Support Center, 1911 Saville Row in Hampton.

The Declaration recognizes the collaboration and commitment of Thomas Nelson and Goodwill to the economic prosperity of Virginia Peninsula residents through the development of technical and soft skills that lead to good-paying careers.

In addition, the Declaration also recognizes the distinct and yet common missions of Thomas Nelson and Goodwill: To change lives through workforce training and create pathways to opportunities and success.

“With this Declaration of shared purpose, our organizations affirm our commonality in mission and service to the people of our region, and our distinctive yet complementary strengths in preparing the Peninsula workforce for success,” stated Thomas Nelson President John Dever.

“We believe that by joining efforts, the training and support we can offer students—especially those with limited resources--is greater than the sum of our individual capabilities, assets, and impacts,” said Charles Layman, president and CEO of Goodwill.

The signing of the declaration will take place during the launch of the first collaboration, the WIRED for Success program. WIRED, a partnership between Thomas Nelson, Goodwill and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development creates work-ready NCCER trades electricians for the region through free training and employment opportunities.

Students and businesses of this collaborative will be available at the signing and launch.