Helms College, located in Macon and Augusta Georgia
Mission & Philosophy
Goodwill Industries believes work plays a critical role in the ability of individuals to achieve desirable life outcomes. The founder of Goodwill Industries, Rev. Edgar J. Helms, believed that individuals wanted and needed a hand up, not a hand out, and his basic philosophy set the vision since 1902. Moreover, Goodwill believes that work is better caught than taught, and it provides opportunities for individuals to “catch” a solid work ethic. Through work, individuals are enabled to assume the role of the worker in addition to other roles within the community. Work forms a cornerstone of a person’s relationship with other people and is critical for preventing and minimizing social problems.
To this end, the faculty, staff, and administration at Helms College believe that access to quality education and relevant hands-on experience are the first steps to career and personal success. As a result, the development and maintenance of training programs and related services focus upon maximizing career opportunities and improving the lives of individuals by giving them the skills they need for success in the workforce.
Helms College is committed to bringing together appropriate staff, curricula, physical facilities, instructional equipment, and other components needed to deliver an exceptional educational experience. Through its student-centered focus, the Helms College helps individuals to successfully achieve their educational objectives in order to enable them to lead more fulfilling lives. Helms College promotes student access and progress, and its philosophy of student learning and development is embedded in all of the instructional and support programs it offers.