16 Million People Accessed Learning Resources Provided By Goodwill Community Foundation

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New Tutorials Attract More Learners Interested In Improving Their Life Through Knowledge

The Goodwill Community Foundation creates opportunities for a better life throughout eastern North Carolina and the world.

The Goodwill Community Foundation creates opportunities for a better life throughout eastern North Carolina and the world.

These online learning tools are designed to help anyone with an Internet connection, anywhere, anytime gain the skills needed to improve their life.

More than 16 million people have chosen to learn at GCFLearnFree.org®, GCFAprendeLibre.org®, and GCFaprendeLivre.org during the first half of 2015. The three sites provide no-cost education in a variety of subjects.

This year each site is engaging with more people to help them improve their lives with the addition of new lessons in algebra, GED, SharePoint, Facebook for iPhone, online money tips, and many more topics. The most popular lessons are often in Microsoft Office products like Excel and Word, along with Facebook, Internet Safety, and Computer Basics.

Rev. Dennis McLain, president, GCF® says, "We continue to see growth in the number of learners accessing our free lessons. I believe this directly correlates to the dynamic nature of society today that requires increased aptitude in key areas such as technology and work skills.”

These online learning tools are designed to help anyone with an Internet connection, anywhere, anytime gain the skills needed to improve their life. With options for continuing education credits (CEU), GCFLearnFree®, GCFAprendeLibre®, and GCFAprendeLivre users are able to improve their skills and position themselves for success in the 21st century work force.

“We are constantly developing new, more interactive tools to meet the changing needs of learners,” adds McLain. “The future of education lies in technology and we will continue to be a pioneer in this area in order to create opportunities for a better life.”

Goodwill Community Foundation® (GCF) funds each of the sites in conjunction with its mission to provide opportunities for a better life. Currently, GCFLEarnFree.org has over 140 topics, 1,395 lessons, 651 videos, 59 interactives and games, and 9 instructor-supported classes.

GCF has been providing online learning to Eastern North Carolina, North America and the world since 2000. To learn more about the mission and support of GCF, please visit http://www.GCFGlobal.org.

About Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF®)
Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF®) continues to be a leader in an era of change by providing the training required for the emerging world where technology is integrated into everyday life. The mission of GCF® is to create and provide education, employment and life enrichment opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally for people who desire to improve the quality of their lives.

The GCF Community Foundation, a Durham-based tax-exempt organization, provides employment, fresh produce and volunteer opportunities, family services for parents with children with disabilities and free accounting services to youth programs across eastern North Carolina. GCFLearnFree.org and GCFAprendeLibre.org have provided free lessons for people in North Carolina since 2010 to improve their technology, math and English skills.

All GCF programs are funded through revenue generated from the value of donated items to 38 Goodwill Community Foundation stores throughout eastern North Carolina. GCF employs more than 400 people who earn an average of $20 per hour with benefits at these stores. For more information on GCF®, visit http://www.GCFGlobal.org.

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