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GEAR Job Readiness Program

Goodwill’s Education Advancement & Readiness (GEAR) Program is a 3-phase program that prepares participants to make the most of employment opportunities. Throughout each phase, participants receive intensive case management to help them overcome obstacles to employment through referrals to necessary services, such as childcare, healthcare, and housing services. Following GEAR, participants may progress into sector-based occupational skills training, resulting in industry-based credentials. Goodwill’s job placement experts will assist every GEAR graduate with interview opportunities. GEAR graduates are given lifetime access to career development and job placement services. Courses are scheduled throughout the year at all locations.


Phase 1: Creating My Path Problem solving, critical thinking, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills

Phase 2: Job Readiness Skills Communication, decision-making, workplace ethics and professional etiquette

Phase 3: World of Work Career planning, labor market information, resume writing, and interview skills


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Valid photo ID
  • Able to commit to one (1) week of training

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New Orleans

Goodwill New Orleans Opportunity Center 

3400 Tulane Ave. Ste 1000

New Orleans, LA 70119

(504) 456-3925

Baton Rouge 

Goodwill Baton Rouge Opportunity Center 

647 Main St. 

Baton Rouge, LA 70801

(225) 308-0220



Goodwill Houma Opportunity Center

1750 Martin Luther King Blvd., Ste 108

Houma, LA 70364

(985) 262-8666

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