Thank you Granbury Showcase Magazine for the great Forward Training Center  of Hood County article.

“After almost 20 years of incarceration, I chose to live in Granbury to be closer to my Mother, Pat.  She has helped me so much in the past, and I want to help HER now. I was new to the area and did not know anyone except my Mother. I didn’t have clothes on my back, or shoes on my feet.  

Mission Granbury assisted me with clothes, and a lady from AA gave me money to buy shoes. People here in Granbury were very kind in receiving me.  

I was introduced to Forward Training Center of Hood County by Krista Lash, Administrator with Indigent Health Care, Granbury. Krista would later become my Mentor at Forward Training Center in the Faith and Finance class.  

As I entered the doors of Forward Training Center with an ankle bracelet and my story, they accepted me, unconditionally, without judgment. I was told that the Jobs for Life class was full, but after meeting Ron Buckallew-Program Manager and Katy Offutt-Executive Director, I was allowed to join the class, which equipped me with skills to become a productive member of society again.   

The relationships that were built during those times, in and out of class, are invaluable! I gained confidence and hope to apply to the job market.

In the Jobs For Life class I learned how to do mock interviews and how to prepare a resume and vocational plan. They also provided Wardrobe Reassessment and Hair Styling to prepare us for the business world. I took a Faith and Finance Class, as well as being introduced to a Microsoft Excel Class. These classes are faith-based, and centered on becoming a successful and independent individual.

There was a time I kept running into closed doors, and no one would hire me, then I came to a point where I was able to hold three positions at once! I am now working in the food industry, gaining experience that will help me achieve desires of obtaining my own food truck one day.  

I give credit to the Forward Training Center, who fueled my job efforts. FTC is partnered with the United Way of Hood County, community churches, and individuals in the community.

I want to thank the citizens of Granbury for their kindness and assistance in welcoming me to this community, and in particular Krista Lash-Indigent Health Care and Faith and Finance Mentor-FTC; Pat Andris-Mission Granbury; Katy Offutt-Executive Director-FTC; Ron Buckallew-Program Director-FTC; Linnae Lockwood-Jobs For Life Instructor-FTC; June Brooks-Jobs For Life Mentor-FTC; Pius D Souza-Owner-CiCi’s Pizza & Business Partner Team Member-FTC; and Juan Weaver-Supervisor-CiCi’s Pizza.

Most of all, I want to thank God for placing individuals in my path who were willing to mentor and help me gain my independence!

Due to their success in helping students of all ages and all walks of life gain or improve their job readiness skills, Forward Training Center has outgrown their current facility at 1270 Weatherford Highway, and will have a new home at 600 W. Pearl St, Granbury for the FREE fall classes beginning August 30, 2017.

Enroll NOW for:

  • Faith and Finance,
  • Easy Cooking For Life-Tasty, Affordable, & Healthy*NEW,
  • GED Prep,
  • Jobs For Life,
  • Computer (Microsoft Word/Power Point),
  • Adult Literacy


I would highly recommend you get involved with this great non-profit organization, either as a student or volunteer! You will certainly be blessed many times over!”