History of Goodwill Industries and Goodwill Technical College
Goodwill Technical College operates under the auspices of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern
Louisiana, Inc. (Goodwill). Goodwill is located at 3400 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70119 and is
a member of Goodwill Industries International, North America's leading non-profit provider of vocational
services for people with barriers to employment. In 1947, two Methodist ministers, one in Texas and
one in New Orleans, along with other civic-minded individuals, established Goodwill Industries of
Greater New Orleans at a site originally on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. The agency was
chartered in 1947 as a non-profit corporation. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors in
which Mr. Steven Lorio serves as the chairperson. Goodwill’s mission is to offer opportunities to people
with disabilities and other barriers to employment to improve their economic self-sufficiency through
training, education, support services, and employment. Goodwill is currently in its seventy-fifth (75)
year of service (1947-2022).
In 2015, the administrators of the agency saw a need to bridge the educational gaps for its clients who
not only needed social services but required additional educational training and certification to gain
employment and realize economic self-sufficiency. On March 25, 2015, the Louisiana Board of Regents
granted the agency approval to operate the first proprietary school in its history. The school was formed
with the mission of offering quality, occupational education in a supportive environment that prepares
students for competitive employment to enhance their economic self-sufficiency and quality of life.
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc. applied for the trade name Goodwill Technical
College (GTC) and was granted permission by the State of Louisiana in August 2018 to operate under
this name. In addition, Goodwill Technical College was granted permission to move into its new
location, 2740 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119.
Programs have expanded to include technical skills training, START (Hospitality), Medical Billing and
Coding, and Medical Office Administration Assistant. A variety of programs and supportive services
come together to form a comprehensive and quality technical education program for all the students
Goodwill Technical College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.
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