Once the old Hazelwood prison in Haywood County undergoes its 24-hour makeover courtesy of the “Guaranteed Rate/Ty Pennington Ultimate Neighborhood Giveback Challenge” on Thursday, September 25, it will be on its way to becoming a much needed resource for the community. The new Haywood County Pathways Center will house a soup kitchen, homeless shelter and transitional house for former inmates and others in need.

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Haywood Community College is working together to provide skills and job training classes through its Career Connections Center, located at 23 Hendrix Street within Haywood Community College’s West Waynesville Campus.  A partnership between Goodwill and HCC, the Career Connections Center is a resource for under employed and unemployed people providing job readiness training, job search assistance, résumé assistance, interview coaching, and other services needed to help transition people back into productivity.

“It is our intention, along with Haywood Community College, to provide the services and training needed to ensure job readiness for those within the Pathways Center. We want to help them retool and boost employability,” said Josh Pierce, District Director of Workforce Development at Goodwill.

According to Dr. Barbara Parker, HCC President, “We are excited about working with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina to promote employability skills and job readiness.”  

“Our Career Connections Center will assist with free services like résumé development, job search and on-line applications assistance, plus free access to computers and high speed Internet,” said Lori Mills, Career Connections Coordinator.  The facility is open to the public from 8:00AM – 5:00PM.