Goodwill Community Foundation Reaches New Milestone in Online Education

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30 Million Unique Users Access Lessons on The Non-Profit Learning Site

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We have pioneered in the area of online learning for 15 years, and are constantly developing new, more interactive tools to meet the changing needs of learners.

On November 4, 2015 GCFLearnFree reached a milestone – more than 30 million people accessed lessons at GCFLearnFree.org®, GCFAprendeLibre.org®, and GCFaprendeLivre.org during 2015. This is the highest annual user milestone since the sites’ inception in 2000.

The three sites each provide no-cost education on a variety of subjects to help people improve their lives. With the addition of new lessons in algebra, GED, SharePoint, Facebook for iPhone, online money tips, and many more topics, the organization has engaged deeper with people seeking online resources for learning. 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, "The goal of GCFLearnFree.com is to give people an opportunity to learn the skills they need to be successful. As our world becomes more dynamic in nature; requiring increased aptitude in key areas such as technology and work skills; the need for this service grows exponentially.”

The GCFLearnFree online learning tools are designed to help anyone with an Internet connection, anywhere, anytime gain the skills needed to improve their life at no-cost. 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 have pioneered in the area of online learning for 15 years, and 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 in eastern North Carolina, North America and the world. Currently, GCFLEarnFree.org has over 140 topics, 1,395 lessons, 651 videos, 59 interactives and games, and 9 instructor-supported classes. 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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