History of Forward Training Center
Helping people move forward through training and educational growth.
It all began as a vision to help women go from dependency to self-sufficiency by obtaining life skills and job training. On January 6, 2003, Christian Women’s Job Corps of Granbury (a faith based organization) opened its doors to serve women of all ages, race and religious backgrounds. With the help of founding member, Carol Seay, soon 202 women graduated from the program. In 2016, the program was expanded to include evening GED classes and computer classes.
In March of 2015, the Board and staff recognized that changes to its program and services were necessary in order to assist more people in the community. On September 15, 2015, Katy Offutt with StoneWater Church brought the Jobs for Life program which later came to the formation of the Forward Training Center. Then we offered our first class using the Jobs for Life™ curriculum. This class was so successful that we knew the time was right to expand our program to include men as well as women into all of our programs. To date, over 1300 men and women have been through the program.
As a result, on January 11, 2016 our name changed to Forward Training Center of Hood County. Our mission is to educate, support and inspire life-changing growth in men and women.
Forward Training Center offers a variety of educational opportunities for men and women in the community to further their skills, their goals and their career. It is our desire to help turn the tide of unemployment in Hood County. Many employers are seeking our graduates as their hiring pool. The services Forward Training Center can offer are unlimited. The community, churches, businesses and agencies are cooperating with these efforts and together this nonprofit organization will go “Forward” and make a difference in the lives of men and women in our community.
To date over 400 men and women have joined our community’s workforce with confidence, dignity, and with a hope for the future.
Forward Training Center of Hood County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.