LifeLaunch: Ignite

Goodwill partners with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) to provide 105 young adults ages 18-24 involved with the justice system trainings in welding, auto tech (brake repair) and IT leading to industry-recognized certification. Enrollment will begin in December 2020 and JCTC will offer classes through December 2022. The Welding and Automotive Technician cohorts offer credential attainment by completing one class as short at 16 weeks. The IT credential can be attained by completing two classes as short as 16 weeks. Upon earning certification, Goodwill career coaches and JCTC will help participants attain employment with established partners in each field.

For more information about RISE or LifeLaunch: Ignite, call (502) 585-5221 or email

LifeLaunch: Ignite 2.0

We are excited to announce the launch of The Goodwill LifeLaunch: Ignite 2.0 Reentry Programin Lexington, made possible by a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The program serves young adults ages 18-24 who have criminal backgrounds.

Participants will complete eight weeks of job training before being placed in a Work & Learn program, where they will attend Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) to earn a nationally recognized certification, while simultaneously working with an employer partner to obtain hands-on experience.

The collaboration between Goodwill, BCTC and employer partners will assist in reducing recidivism and promoting employment readiness and education, while supporting the students to address barriers such as transportation, shelter, food, substance abuse and mental health.

Over the course of the grant, we will serve more than 100 people living in Fayette County.

For more information about the program, view this flyer.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, you can complete an online referral form here:

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