Goodwill is known for its retail stores and its job training services. In Augusta, it’s also hoping to be known for a creative, modern restaurant. Edgar’s Grille opened this week. It’s run by a master chef and Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area.
Unemployed veterans might be heading back to school by the thousands under a new federal program that pays for up to a year of education. So far, there has been an enormous response to the program called the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program.
Work Ready has used about $1.4 million in stimulus funds. And the state has certified 56 counties as "Work Ready," meaning that they've met educational and other goals. Rural areas, however, have few employers that recognize the certificate and even fewer are hiring.