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  • The most important thing about being a mother

  • is leading by example.

  • What do you do when you have nothing?

  • A year ago, I found myself homeless with my daughters.

  • The whole shelter experience

  • for the kids

  • I kept telling them that we were just on vacation

  • and waiting for the house to be ready.

  • That's the worst thing I ever had to do.

  • I grew up in the housing projects in East Nashville.

  • So, nobody ever talked about career paths.

  • I didn't know what to do or where to go

  • but I kept saying

  • they are watching how you handle this.

  • You have a serious example to set for these girls.

  • Most people think that Goodwill is just a retail store

  • but it's so much more than that.

  • While I was living at the shelter

  • I found out that Goodwill and Google

  • actually have a program to provide IT training.

  • The program is called the IT Support Professional Certificate.

  • When I learned that I could get a scholarship through Goodwill

  • it was life changing.

  • Chelsea is the kind of person

  • Goodwill was designed to support.

  • That's why, thanks to the assistance of,

  • we started the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator.

  • Using tools and resources from Grow with Google

  • the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator

  • is focused on connecting more than a million people

  • with the skills they need to advance in digital careers.

  • The Google IT Support Professional Certificate

  • was a great building block for this.

  • I joined the four a.m. club.

  • I would get up while the girls were asleep

  • do my school work.

  • While I was studying

  • I learned that a Google representative

  • was going to come and give a Tech Talk at Goodwill.

  • I had to go.

  • Chelsea really stood out when I met her at the Goodwill event.

  • so I asked her to send me a resume.

  • During the interview process, Chelsea demonstrated

  • not only the foundational technical knowledge that she developed

  • but her initiative.

  • And that's exactly what we need for people who are working in our data centers.

  • So we brought her on board.

  • I absolutely love my job.

  • When I first got the job

  • my daughter, she was like, "Mom,

  • you got this job!

  • That means we'll have a houseforever!"

  • The future of work is now and it requires digital skills.

  • In the year that we've been working with

  • we've seen more than a quarter of a million people build their digital skills.

  • A year ago I wasn't sure where my life was going.

  • I thought everything was falling apart.

  • I feel hopeful about the future now.

  • I want my daughters to know

  • that they can achieve any goal that they can set for themselves.

  • My goal is to be a developer. That's what I want to do.

  • I've come this far, I plan to go to the stars.

  • My name is Chelsea Rucker, and I'm a Data Center Technician for Google.

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Chelsea Rucker: Accelerating a career with the help of Goodwill

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/06
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